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Best Places to Grab a Hot Dog in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on June 22, 2022
Photo courtesy of Ted’s Hot Dogs

When it comes to choosing the best hot dog places in Western New York, people definitely have their favorites, but one thing we can all agree on is if it’s a Sahlen’s hot dog, then it’s sure to be a good one. In that regard, this guide won’t steer you wrong if you’re on a quest to find the best hot dog places our region has to offer.

To aid in your search for the best hot dogs in Western New York and/or your neighborhood, we polled our social media followers to bring you a list of the best around town. Pro-tip: save this post for future reference.

Let’s get into the guide – in order to pull the following list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best hot dogs in Buffalo and WNY. They answered with their top picks and we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations below. If it was mentioned, it’s listed below.

Because we received hundreds of comments resulting in tons of recommendations, there are options all across WNY, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

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Best of the Best

While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again. It’s safe to say these are our readers’ top 5 picks for hot dogs in Buffalo & WNY – in order and first place was by a landslide! Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions.

1st: Ted’s Hot Dogs (Multiple Locations)

2nd: Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs (Kenmore)

3rd: Red Top (Hamburg)

4th: Taffy’s (Orchard Park)

5th: Connor’s Hot Dog Stand (Angola)

Guide to Best Hot Dogs in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

Connor’s Hotdog Stand

8902 Lake Shore Rd Angola, New York 14006 • $

BurgersHot DogsIce Cream

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Seasonal hotdogs in Angola ...

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Custard Corner & Grill

211 Porter Ave Buffalo, NY 14201 • $

Ice CreamHot Dogs

Buffalo

We are a family oriented outdoor seasonal restaurant serving up grilled favorites and delicious custard and ice cream treats. We have plenty of outdoor ...

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

707 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14223 • $

AmericanHot DogsDeli-SandwichesBurgers

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Frustrated that he couldn’t get a quality hot dog with more than just traditional elements of ketchup and mustard, Frank persuaded his brother, Paul, ...

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George’s Hot Dog Stand

5808 Herman Hill Rd Buffalo, New York 14075 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot Dogs

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Classic summer dog stand has grown to offer indoor and outdoor seating and a long list of great food. ...

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Gutter Dawgs

2 Manton Pl Buffalo, NY 14207 • $

Hot Dogs

North Buffalo

Located inside Barrel & Brine. Offers hot dogs. ...

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Buffalo

2811 Bailey Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

BurgersIce Cream

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Louie's Texas Red Hots has Six locations in WNY, serving Sahlen's Hotdogs. Open 24/7 ...

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Orchard Park

3905 Southwestern Blvd Orchard Park, NY 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Fast Food

At Louie's Texas  Red Hots we GUARANTEE We have the best food, hot dogs, & burgers around plus an atmosphere to match. Try us and you'll be convinced! ...

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Seneca

777 Harlem Rd Buffalo, New York 14224 • $

Burgers

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Louie's Texas Red Hots has Six locations in WNY, serving Sahlen's Hotdogs. ...

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Mississippi Mudds

313 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

When you pull up a chair on the Mississippi Mudds rooftop dining area, you can't help but smile. For nearly 25 years, the family restaurant has been a ...

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Nina’s Custard

2577 Millersport Hwy Buffalo, New York 14068 • $

BurgersDeli-SandwichesHot Dogs

North Towns

Casual Table Service

For ten years Nina's custard has been serving you the same delicious Sahlen's Hotdogs and frozen custard. We thank you for all the years of business. ...

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Old Man River

375 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot DogsSeafood

North Towns

Casual Table Service

For over 30 years, the gigantic blue whale on the roof of Old Man River has been a recognizable symbol of summers arrival on the Niagara Street waterfront. ...

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Red Top

3360 Big Tree Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $

BurgersHot Dogs

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The classic Red Top Hot Dogsï¾ hasn't changed in decades, and hopefully it won't anytime soon. Great view of the lake and open air 'dining' too. Red ...

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Red’s Hot Dogs

634 Main St East Aurora, NY 14052 • $$

Hot Dogs

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Western New York's best char-grilled hot dogs (own brand), USDA Choice "Beef on Weck", Handmade burgers, Italian & Polish Sausage, Bologna & Onions, ...

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Reids Drive In

150 Lake Ave Lockport, NY 14094 • $

Hot Dogs

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serving up hotdogs, hamburgers, and ice cream. ...

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Seneca Texas Hots

2449 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14210 • $

AmericanGreek

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Seneca Texas Hots is serving up Texas red hots, burgers, souvlaki, and of course their special sauce. They have drive-thu access and a newly renovated ...

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Sullivan’s Hot Dogs

501 Cayuga Dr Niagara Falls, New York 14305 • $

BurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

A great Niagara Falls spot in the summer for families to eat a freshly grilled hot dog with some hand cut french fries or sweet potato fries followed by ...

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Taffy’s Charbroiled Red Hots

3261 Orchard Park Rd Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

BurgersDeli-SandwichesHot Dogs

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Taffy's still has the same old traditional 'hot dog stand' cuisine, and it's as delicious as ever. Hamburgers and hot dogs, freshly cut fries, potato spuds, ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Amherst

2351 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst, New York 14228 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Cheektowaga

3637 Union Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Downtown

124 W Chippewa St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Lancaster

4878 Transit Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14043 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – North Tonawanda

333 Meadow Dr North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs (Orchard Park)

3193 Orchard Park Road Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

BurgersAmerican

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serving the highest quality food, cooked to order, in a clean and friendly atmosphere over the last 85 years has made Ted's Jumbo Red Hots a tradition.   ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs (Tonawanda)

2312 Sheridan Dr Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $

Burgers

North Towns

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serving the highest quality food, cooked to order, in a clean and friendly atmosphere over the last 85 years has made Ted's a Western New York AND Tempe, ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs (Williamsville)

7018 Transit Rd Williamsville, New York 14221 • $

BurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Serving the highest quality food, cooked to order, in a clean and friendly atmosphere over the last 85 years has made Ted's Jumbo Red Hots a tradition.   ...

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Zorba’s Texas Hots

5 Lee St Depew, New York 14043 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

At Zorba's Texas Hots we are a friendly, family owned restaurant. The same owners ( Tom $ Shirley Galanes ) since the doors opened 40 years ago. With ...

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