Ted’s Hot Dogs

Hamburgers | Hot Dog
One of the best
Michael Stern | July 12, 2018

Ted’s began as a horse-drawn hot dog cart in Buffalo in the 1920s. It became a permanently-anchored hot dog stand under the Peace Bridge in 1927; and opened as a bigger store on Sheridan Drive in 1948. There are now eight Ted’s in Western New York, and one in Tempe, Arizona. We’ve never been disappointed at any of them.

Natural-casing Sahlen’s brand franks, available regular length or foot-long, are cooked on a grate over charcoal that infuses each one with pungent smoke flavor and makes the skin crackling-crisp. As they cook, the chef pokes them with a fork, slaps them squeezes them, and otherwise abuses them, thus puncturing the skin and allowing them to suck in maximum smoky taste.

In consultation with a person behind the counter known as “the dresser,” you decide how you want to garnish your tube steak. The stand-out condiment is Ted’s hot sauce, a peppery concoction laced with bits of relish. You also want onion rings, sold as tangled webs of crisp fried batter and limp onion. Better yet: half & half, which is onion rings and French fries. To accompany a foot-long and O-rings, the beverage of choice in these parts is loganberry juice, which is a kind of grand cru Kool-Aid.

What to Eat
Ted’s Hot Dogs, Foot Long Hot Dog
Foot Long Hot Dog
Regular and foot-long
Ted’s Hot Dogs, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Sweet, crisp onion rings are a must-eat.
Ted’s Hot Dogs, Aunt Rosie’s Loganberry
Aunt Rosie’s Loganberry
Loganberry: ''like bug juice at sleep-away camp''
Ted’s Hot Dogs, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
Mustard & hot sauce go well with a char flavored dog.
Ted’s Hot Dogs, Loganberry Shake
Loganberry Shake
Loganberry shake: taste of Buffalo
Ted’s Hot Dogs, Half & Half
Half & Half
Wickedly oily onion rings share space with French fries.
Ted’s Hot Dogs, French Fries
French Fries
Paired with char dogs, of course.
Ted’s Hot Dogs, Mac & Cheese
Mac & Cheese
Rich, creamy mac & cheese is OK, but not on par with dogs, burgers, onion rings.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday10:30 am - 11 pm
Monday10:30 am - 11 pm
Tuesday10:30 am - 11 pm
Wednesday10:30 am - 11 pm
Thursday10:30 am - 11 pm
Friday10:30 am - 11 pm
Saturday10:30 am - 11 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 3 hr 28 min total driving
11 stops | 6 hr 4 min total driving
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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