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Where to Get the Best Milkshakes in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on July 13, 2022
Photo courtesy of Hertel Ave Poutine and Cream

Warm weather and the refreshing taste of a milkshake go hand in hand. When it comes to choosing the best milkshakes in Western New York, we think we can all agree that there has to be a variety of flavors to choose from and acing the right consistency is crucial. In that regard, these places are known to be crowdpleasers.

To aid in your search for the best milkshakes 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 milkshakes 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 milkshakes in Buffalo & WNY – in order and first place was by a landslide! Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions.

1st: Taffy’s (Orchard Park)

2nd: Mister Sizzle’s (West Side)

3rd: Hertel Ave Poutine and Cream (Hertel)

4th: Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream (Lockport, Hertel)

5th: Anderson’s (Multiple Locations)

Guide to Best Milkshakes in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

Abbitt Ice Cream -N- Stuff

368 Abbott Rd Buffalo, NY 14220 • $

Ice Cream

South Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Open for the season. All the old favorites including Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Brownie, Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie, also enjoy gourmet Asian inspired Wraps. ...

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Adrian’s Custard & Beef

2335 Grand Island Blvd Grand Island, New York 14072 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot DogsIce Cream

North Towns

Casual Table Service

A Word from Adrian's Custard $ Beef We serve great Beef on Weck sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, sausage all made fresh to order. Perrys ice cream, custard, ...

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Amsdell Ice Cream

3041 Amsdell Rd Hamburg, NY 14075 • $

Ice Cream

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Family owned and operated since 2014! We proudly carry over 40 flavors of hard ice cream! Custard and Dole Whip too! ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Buffalo

2634 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Cheektowaga

3724 Union Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $

Ice Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Kenmore

2235 Sheridan Dr Kenmore , New York 14223 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Lancaster

4855 Transit Rd Lancaster, New York 14043 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Williamsville

6075 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard- Amherst

2369 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst, New York 14221 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Antoinette’s Sweets

5981 Transit Road Depew , New York 14043 • $$

Ice Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

Antoinette'sâ„¢ has been serving up homemade candy and ice cream to the Western New York area for three generations. We specialize in crafting a vast ...

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Beach House

5584 E River Rd Grand Island, New York 14072 • $

North Towns

Casual Table Service

For over thirty years The Beach House has been serving the people of Western New York delicious food at a reasonable price. ...

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Big Sings Ice Cream

6251 Goodrich Rd Clarence Center, NY 14032 • $

Ice Cream

North Towns

Local walk-up/take out ice cream shop serving Clarence Center and surrounding community for 16 years ...

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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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De Dee’s Dairy

8715 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara Falls, NY 14304 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Storied, old-school ice cream parlor with generous portions, many flavors & covered outdoor seating. ...

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Elmwood Taco and Sub

925 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

For the past 35 years, ETS has proudly remained a family business. The Lucchino family is dedicated to providing their customers with fast and delicious ...

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Fran-Ceil Custard

3411 South Park Ave Lackawanna, New York 14219 • $

Ice Cream

Buffalo

Take Out, Fast Food

FRAN-CEIL's was established in the early 1950s serving frozen custard treats to the people of Blasdell, Lackawanna, and the surrounding areas of Hamburg, ...

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Frosty’s Ice Cream – Depew

2424 George Urban Blvd Depew, New York 14043 • $

Ice Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Biggest Cones in WNY An Enormous selection of delicious items where everyone can find something they love! Leave with a smile and a Very Large Yummy Treat! ...

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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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Green Acres Ice Cream

4357 Broadway Depew , New York 14043 • $

Ice Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Green Acres Ice Cream offers the LARGEST menu variety around. We offer Upstate Farms Soft Custard. This is real custard, the old fashion way (not ice ...

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Hanna’s Frosty Treats

140 Taunton Pl Buffalo, NY 14216 • $

Ice Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Sundaes, lemon ice, shakes, and more! ...

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Hertel Ave Poutine and Cream

1488 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

AmericanIce Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

A Word from Hertel Ave Poutine and Cream Buffalo's best poutine pairs up with fresh home made ice cream for a delicious combination of flavors! Come ...

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Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard

105 Portage Rd Lewiston, New York 14092 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Hibbards Original Frozen Custard is a one of a kind located in Lewiston, New York. Stop by and try the best soft, creamy custard in Western New York! ...

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Jamie’s Ice Cream

1401 Nash Rd North Tonawanda, NY 14120 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We serve delicious custard and a wide variety of Perry’s Ice Cream flavors, as well as many other sugary treats. ...

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Janie B’s at Brookside

2990 Lockport Olcott Rd Newfane, NY 14108 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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Juicy Burger Bar

1 Buffalo St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Juicy Burger is a much loved little spot in the 'burg that serves that little something of which Buffalo/America just can't seem to get enough. As simple ...

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King Condrell’s Candy & Ice Cream

2805 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, New York 14217 • $$

Ice Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Old fashioned ice cream parlor with an amazing chocolate shop inside! Each day our Master Chocolatier uses his passion for the art and science of candy ...

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Kone King

865 Center Rd West Seneca, NY 14224 • $

Ice Cream

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We are a family owned and operated creamery who cares about our customers.  We kick off each season on March 1st, and is dubed by the community as 'free ...

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Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream – Hertel

1900 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

Ice Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

A Word from Artisan Ice Cream Lake Effect is an artisan ice cream company, owned and operated by Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi, that specializes in unique, ...

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Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream – Lockport

79 Canal Street Lockport, New York 14094 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

A Word from Artisan Ice Cream Lake Effect is an artisan ice cream company, owned and operated by Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi, that specializes in unique, ...

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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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Main Street Ice Cream

35 Main St Hamburg, New York 14075 • $

Ice Cream

South Towns

Fast Food

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Milton’s

3425 Union Road at Walden Buffalo, New York 14225 • $

AmericanDiner

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

Milton]s is a local favorite stop for those interested in a faster, on-the-go lunch or dinner. Milton s serves good, tasty food, made-to-order fast! You ...

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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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Mister Sizzle’s

346 Connecticut Street Buffalo, NY 14213 • $$

Burgers

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

Everyone is welcome at Mister Sizzle's. Our casual atmosphere, quick service, and good food makes us the perfect hangout. With ten different types of burgers, ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Angola

9049 Erie Rd Angola, New York 14006 • $

Ice Cream

South Towns

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Nick Charlap's specialty is producing premium homemade hard ice cream (40+ flavors), ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Boston

7264 Boston State Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $

Ice CreamBurgers

South Towns

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Specialize in producing premium homemade hard ice cream. Five locations across ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Elmwood

2800 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14217 • $

Ice Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Nick Charlap's specialty is producing premium homemade hard ice cream (40+ flavors), ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Hamburg

10 Euclid Ave Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$

Ice CreamBurgers

South Towns

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Specialize in producing premium homemade hard ice cream. Five locations across ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – West Seneca

1203 Union Rd West Seneca, New York 14224 • $

Ice Cream

Buffalo

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Nick Charlap's specialty is producing premium homemade hard ice cream (40+ flavors), ...

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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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Oh Sugar

5129 Lockport Rd Lockport, NY 14094 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

In the spring and summer, we are an ice cream shop and we have fresh baked cupcakes. In the fall and winter, we take and fill treat orders daily ...

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Oliver’s Candies

211 W Main St Batavia, NY 14020 • $

Ice CreamDessert

Genesee County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Candy, gifts, and ice cream shop. ...

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Pam’s Custard Corner

2190 South Park Ave Buffalo, NY 14220 • $

Ice Cream

South Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Ice Cream Desserts ...

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Pautler’s Drive-In

6343 Transit Rd. Buffalo, New York 14051 • $

BakeryBBQBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot DogsSouthern

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Seasonal business (open April-October) serving hand pressed burgers, hot dogs. delicious salads, ice cream and much more. ...

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PJ COOLS Ice Cream Shoppe

6160 Transit Rd Depew, NY 14043 • $

Ice Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serving all of your favorite ice cream treats. Cones, Shakes, Sundaes, Floats, Cakes, & much more!! Plenty of INSIDE & outside seating. Large parking ...

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Platter’s Chocolate Factory & Cafe

908 Niagara Falls Blvd North Tonawanda,, New York 14150 • $

Cafe-CoffeeIce Cream

North Towns

Cafe / Coffee Shop

Platter's Chocolates is a family owned and operated chocolate manufacturer located in North Tonawanda, New York. While we make many fine chocolates, we ...

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Rayzor’s Dawg House

8178 N Main St Eden, New York 14057 • $

South Towns

Casual Table Service

A family friendly environment offering all of your favorite traditional summer foods, off the grill and from the fryer. ...

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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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RJ’s Ice Cream

6622 Lincoln Ave Lockport, NY 14094 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serves ice cream ...

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Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream

431 Main Street East Aurora, NY 14052 • $

Ice Cream

South Towns

Fast Food

Serving small batches of freshly crafted super premium ice cream. Unique, traditional and seasonal flavors. FROM SOB: "Right now, there’s probably ...

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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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Sunset Grille

18 Shore Dr Wilson, New York 14172 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Sunset Bar $ Grill, located in the quaint lakeside village of Wilson, NY, is referred to by those in the know as the hidden gem of the harbor. Nestled ...

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Swan Street Diner

694 Swan St Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$

DinerAmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Rehabbed 1937 Sterling Diner, originally located in Newark NY. This darling is now serving breakfast and lunch in the heart of Larkinville. The Swan ...

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Sweet Jenny’s Chocolate & Ice Cream

56 E Spring St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $

Ice Cream

North Towns

Fast Food

Since 1985, Sweet Jenny's has been producing small batches of ice cream and chocolates from fresh wholesome ingredients. Our products are created in the ...

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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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The Cereal Spot – Elmwood

545 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

American

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Providing Cereal, Ice Cream and desserts to Buffalo NY ...

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The Chocolate Bar

114 Chippewa Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

New AmericanPizzaSeafoodWine Bar

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

We have a passion for great food and desserts. Combine our incredible drinks, a sexy hip atmosphere and a trendy location and that's the Chocolate Martini ...

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The Pink Cow Ice Cream

13055 Broadway Alden, New York 14004 • $$

BBQBurgersDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

Cheektowaga/East

The Pink Cow, serving delicious ice cream! PLUS - At The Eatery @ The Pink Cow we offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious ...

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The Silo

115 N. Water St. Lewiston, New York 14092 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Now you can have The best food this side of the Niagara brought out to you and placed by your side during your party, event or special occasion. Whether ...

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The Village Scoop Ice Cream

318 Central Ave Lancaster , NY 14086 • $

Ice Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Ice cream shop in Lancaster serving Perry’s Hard ice cream, soft serve, dairy free Dole Whip. ...

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Tony’s Bayview Drive-in

3804 Lake Shore Road Buffalo, New York 14219 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot DogsIce Cream

South Towns

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tony's Bayview Drive-in serves hot dogs, hamburgers, curly fries, shakes, and ice cream. ...

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Uncle G’s Ice Cream

7030 Washington St Lockport, NY 14094 • $

Ice Cream

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Opens in April - Columbus Day,  Seasonal ...

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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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