Poopie's: A Glens Falls Tradition Since 1954

Story by John Coleman

If you are in the North Country and are looking for a great meal in a friendly environment, Poopie's diner in Glens Falls is just the place.

Poopie's has a selection of delicious food for anybody's tastes

Don't laugh at its name, Poopie's is no joke. Jerry "Poopie" Dimanno got his name from his Italian mother who affectionately called him �Papino� as a child. His friends later changed it to �Poopie,� and since then it stuck.

Poopie's began in 1954 as a small lunch counter located in the once Italian neighborhood in Glens Falls' eastern end. When it was opened by Poopie's father, Joseph Dimanno, there were no menus and choices were limited to burgers, hot dogs, and potato chips. Poopie took over after his father's death in 1976 and expanded, maintaining its reputation as being a friendly and classy place to eat, while adding a few more choices to the menu.

Jerry "Poopie" DiManno expresses his taste in music and sports both on the radio and on the walls with autographed photos of his favorite bands and celebrities.

One of the first things you'll notice when you walk into Poopies are the walls adorned with hockey sticks and framed photos of favorite rock stars, athletes, and local celebrities;many autographed. The stereo blasts a steady stream of rock music, and Poopie frequently turns up the volume a couple of notches, putting a little boogie in his step as he busily shuffles around the grill.

If you choose to eat at Poopie's for breakfast or lunch, you will find yourself surrounded by a host of friendly locals who have eaten at the restaurant for years.  The breakfast menu consists of eggs, French toast, buttermilk pancakes, New York Strip Steak (served with eggs), home fries, corned beef hash, bagels, muffins, and cereal.  Breakfast sandwiches are served on a grilled/buttered hard roll and can be topped with your choice of cheese, ham, bacon, or sausage.

For lunch, the famous Poopie burger is the menu favorite. For a mere $3.50, the "one-and-a-half" consists of six ounces of freshly ground beef, topped with your choice of lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, and bacon served on a grilled hard roll.  Add a generous side of home fries or French fries, and you'll have a burger experience like no other.

Other items on the lunch menu include a club sandwich, Philly cheese steak sandwich, Reuben sandwich, chicken parmesan, hot dogs topped with meat sauce, and grilled chicken sandwiches. Appetizers include French fries with a gravy option, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fried zucchini sticks, chicken tenders, clam strips, fried shrimp, and an assortment of salads, jalapeno and cheddar poppers, and potato skins with bacon and cheese.

Looking for a lighter fare?  The �cup-and-a-half� special includes a cup of Poopie's famous soups (creamy chicken noodle reigns supreme) and a half of your favorite sandwich for just $3.95.  After your meal, don't forget to grab a slice of pie or a loaf of Italian bread from the neighboring Villa's bakery where its made fresh and delivered to Poopie's daily.

On a recent visit to Poopies, I ordered the "one-and-a-half" burger with a side of french fries. The burger was so big i needed to cut it in half and it is the only burger I've eaten that melts in your mouth. The french french fries were heaped high on my plate and were satisfyingly greasy. You'll surely need an extra side of napkins with any meal at Poopies.

At Poopies, the prices are just as good as the food, and service is timely.  You will always be greeted with a smile and treated with respect.  Not a Glens Falls local?  You'll feel like one at Poopies.

Know of any other good burger joints in Glens Falls? Let us know!

Eat in or take out at Poopies, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday

54 Lawrence Street
Glens Falls, New York
(approximately 4.5 miles off exit 19 of I-87)

Phone: (518) 792-6155


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