America’s Byways: Great Lakes Seaway Trail

329 MILES | 6 hr 31 min | by Michael Stern

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.


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."


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

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.


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.


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

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.


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

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.


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.



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.



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.