Heid’s

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Heid’s has been around over 100 years and as long as any living human can remember, hot dogs have been its claim to fame. For a while there were branches of the original, but today only this one remains: a fast-food dog house with some tables inside and picnic tables outdoors under a tent.

The menu is totally wienercentric. Hofman brand franks (since 1879) made of beef, pork and veal in Syracuse are quickly grilled, a process you can watch after placing your order. They are handsome sausages with a delicate casing and plump, muscular insides. In the old days the one and only available condiment was mustard. But since John and Randall Parker started running Heid’s back in 1995, the topping choices have expanded to include chili, onions and ketchup.

The beverage list is a short one, including milk shakes, sodas, beer and chocolate milk.

 

Bill Homan | February 15, 2009

Heid’s has been a Syracuse institution since 1917, and the Heid’s history goes back as far as 1886. The Texas Hot (coney) with chili sauce, mustard, and chopped onions is a specialty of the house. They get a nice crust from the flat top grill; the only thing missing for me is a “snap.” They’re made from pork and veal, according to the griddle man; I think I’m more of a beef hot dog fan. But the combination of chili, mustard, and onions is magical! The chili has a lingering heat and I love it. No beans here, just spicy meat. The Freihofer’s roll, a local favorite, is soft, yet holds up well to the dog and toppings.

They say they make their own baked beans. These do taste homemade; they’re slightly sweet and just soft enough, and they pair well with the Texas Hot. To wash it all down is another local favorite, Byrne Dairy chocolate milk.

A couple of interesting notes: Heid’s didn’t offer ketchup until November of 1991. They had been selling Hofmann hot dogs exclusively since they opened in 1917, but there was a rift between the two companies for about four years starting in 1993, and Heid’s stopped selling Hofmann brand products altogether. Thankfully that rift was mended and their long time fans have once again been enjoying the taste they and their parents (and their parents’ parents) grew up on.

I really like and respect that they make their own mustard, chili sauce, and baked beans, and that they stick with local products such as Freihofer’s, Byrne Dairy, and Hofmanns. Heid’s opened up a number of franchises locally for a few years in the mid-1990s, but today only the original remains and it truly is a classic gem.

What to Eat
Heid’s, Texas Hot
Texas Hot
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Another variation on the Texas Hot, but with a German frank instead of a White hot, this made for one fine meal!
Heid’s, German Frank with Chili
German Frank with Chili
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One of my favorite dogs. A nice clean flavor unique to Heid's.
Heid’s, Original White Coney
Original White Coney
Must-Try
The red stuff on the white hot is a delicious sweet pepper relish, perhaps best used on a red hot.
Heid’s, Mixed Double
Mixed Double
Must-Try
A German frank and White coney - undressed.
Heid’s, Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese
The texture was on point. However, the lack of cheese flavor caused this dish to fall flat for me.
Heid’s, Strawberry Milk
Strawberry Milk
A childhood classic from a local dairy to wash down Heid's classic dogs.
Heid’s, French Fries
French Fries
Decent, not superlative, fries.
Heid’s, Dill Pickle
Dill Pickle
Pickles are sold as a side. We like the idea!
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 10pm
Monday10am - 10pm
Tuesday10am - 10pm
Wednesday10am - 10pm
Thursday10am - 10pm
Friday10am - 11pm
Saturday10am - 11pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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