America’s Byways: Great Lakes Seaway Trail

329 MILES | 6 hr 31 min | by Michael Stern
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America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.The Great Lakes Seaway Trail takes you through Niagara Falls and the 1000 Islands and into the vastly underappreciated regional-food bonanzas of Rochester and Buffalo, New York.

1

Crystal Restaurant

Watertown's oldest restaurant has a wonderfully fuddy-duddy meat-and-potatoes menu as well as a full bar serving what are billed as "all legal beverages."

2

Don’s Original

Don's Original at Sea Breeze Amusement Park is the place to taste Western New York's favorite hot dogs: red hots (aka Texas hots), white hots and chili dogs.

Must Eats
White Hot , Chili Dog
3

LDR Char Pit

Rochester, New York. Thin-cut steak is cooked 30 seconds on each side. The result: a seasoned, lean, utterly delicious steak sandwich that belies its low cost.

4

Nick Tahou Hots

Nick Tahou is a Rochester, New York legend for its "garbage plate" -- the best sort of kitchen-sink meal that will challenge the most voracious appetite.

5

DiCamillo’s Bakery

There's nothing like the smell of bread baking; you'll get a snootful if you come to DiCamillo's in Niagara Falls early in the morning. Excellent donuts, too.

Must Eats
6

Ted’s Hot Dogs

Ted's is a Buffalo, New York, treasure, its charcoal-grilled hot dogs with hot sauce, a side of O-rings, and a loganberry a great American meal.

7

Anderson’s Frozen Custard

Year-around, Anderson's serves superb custard that is soft and creamy and rich. No indoor seating at this location in Buffalo.

Must Eats
8

Anchor Bar

The original home of the Buffalo chicken wing, the Anchor Bar is an essential stop on any foodie eating tour of the Nickel City.

9

Charlie the Butcher

Charlie the Butcher serves Buffalo's unique beef on weck sandwich at its best, plus a wide variety of excellent butcher-block specialties.

10

Alethea’s

Buffalo's best chocolatier, Alethea's also is a great ice cream parlor with an array of homemade toppings, fresh whipped cream, and crisp nuts to top sundaes.

11

Schwabl’s

Schwabl's is a tavern restaurant that serves that great Buffalo specialty, beef on weck, at its best. It just might be America's #1 roast beef sandwich.