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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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  • Full Service

    Buffalo RiverWorks

    359 Ganson St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$$$$

    Buffalo

    • American
    • Beer Bar/Hall
    • Buffalo Food
    • Boat Friendly
    • Bar Area
    • Handicap Access
    • Happy Hour
    • Late Night
    • Live Music
    • Lunch
    • Patio
    • Private Parties
    • Reservations
    • Waterfront
  • Full Service

    Eckl’s @ Larkin

    703 Seneca St Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$$$$

    Buffalo

    • Steakhouse
    • American
    • Buffalo Food
    • Seafood
    • Burgers
    • Dessert
    • Bar Area
    • Happy Hour
    • Reservations
    • Catering
    • Good for Beer Lovers
    • Good for Wine Connoisseurs
    • Handicap Access
    • Healthy Options
    • Lunch
    • Private Parties
    • Romantic
    • Special Occasion
    • Take-out
  • Catering

    Nikki’s Chocolates WNY, LLC.

    27 Chandler St Suite 205 Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

    North Buffalo

  • Full Service

    The Barrel Factory

    65 Vandalia St. Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$$$$

    Buffalo

    • American
    • New American
    • Farm to Table
    • Good for Beer Lovers
    • Bar Area
    • Family Friendly
    • Happy Hour
    • Private Parties

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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

Fast Casual

Abbott Texas Red Hots

1291 Abbott Rd Buffalo, NY 14218 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Hot Dogs
  • American

Abbott Texas Red Hots has been a community staple in western New York for decades. First opened in 1952 near Mercy Hospital, Abbott Texas Red Hots thrived ...

Fast Casual

Connor’s Hotdog Stand

8902 Lake Shore Rd Angola, New York 14006 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Ice Cream

Seasonal hotdogs in Angola ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Late Night
  • Patio
  • Take-out

Custard Corner & Grill

211 Porter Ave Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Ice Cream
  • Hot Dogs

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

Fast Casual

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

707 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Hot Dogs
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Burgers

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, ...

  • Patio
  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Family Friendly
  • Order Online
Full Service

George’s Hot Dog Stand

5808 Herman Hill Rd Buffalo, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Hot Dogs

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

  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out

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Gutter Dawgs

2 Manton Pl Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Hot Dogs

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

Fast Casual

Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Buffalo

2811 Bailey Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Burgers
  • Ice Cream

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

  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Fast Food

Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Orchard Park

3905 Southwestern Blvd Orchard Park, NY 14127 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • American

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! ...

  • Take-out
  • Order Online
  • Family Friendly
Fast Casual

Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Seneca

777 Harlem Rd Buffalo, New York 14224 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Burgers

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

  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Mississippi Mudds

313 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

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 ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Boat Friendly
  • Dog-Friendly Patio
  • Handicap Access
  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Waterfront

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Full Service

Nina’s Custard

2577 Millersport Hwy Buffalo, New York 14068 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Hot Dogs

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. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Handicap Access
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Full Service

Old Man River

375 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Hot Dogs
  • Seafood

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. ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Boat Friendly
  • Patio
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Take-out
  • Waterfront
Fast Casual

Red Top

3360 Big Tree Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs

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 ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Handicap Access
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Red’s Hot Dogs

634 Main St East Aurora, NY 14052 • $$$$$

South Towns

  • Hot Dogs

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

Fast Casual

Reids Drive In

150 Lake Ave Lockport, NY 14094 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Hot Dogs

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


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Fast Casual

Seneca Texas Hots

2449 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14210 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Greek

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 ...

  • Take-out
  • Lunch
Full Service

Sullivan’s Hot Dogs

501 Cayuga Dr Niagara Falls, New York 14305 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

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 ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Handicap Access
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Full Service

Taffy’s Charbroiled Red Hots

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

South Towns

  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Hot Dogs

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, ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Dog-Friendly Patio
  • Patio
  • Handicap Access
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Ted’s Hot Dogs – Amherst

2351 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst, New York 14228 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs

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

  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Ted’s Hot Dogs – Cheektowaga

3637 Union Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs

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

  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out

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Fast Casual

Ted’s Hot Dogs – Lancaster

4878 Transit Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14043 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs

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

  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Ted’s Hot Dogs – North Tonawanda

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

Niagara County

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Hot Dogs

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

  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Ted’s Hot Dogs (Orchard Park)

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

South Towns

  • Burgers
  • American

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.   ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Handicap Access
  • Take-out
Full Service

Ted’s Hot Dogs (Tonawanda)

2312 Sheridan Dr Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Burgers

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, ...

  • Handicap Access
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Full Service

Ted’s Hot Dogs (Williamsville)

7018 Transit Rd Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

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.   ...

  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Bar

The Beer Keep

1002 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • New American
  • Hot Dogs

The Beer Keep Bar & Shop is a laid-back hangout in the heart of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. Post up at the bar, sit outside, ...

  • Good for Beer Lovers
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Bar Area
  • Patio
Full Service

Zorba’s Texas Hots

5 Lee St Depew, New York 14043 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • American
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches

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 ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out

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