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Is Buffalo Hot Dog Heaven?

Remember that Philadelphia couple that sold all of their worldly possessions and hit the road on a fantastic adventure traveling from city to city in search of unique things to see and do? Well, Larissa and Michael have expanded on their Buffalo visit by documenting the best places to go for great hot dogs? What make Buffalo hot dogs different from the rest? Which places did they go? What did they learn from the locals? From chargrilled flavor to the almighty local Sahlen’s brand, Buffalo has a certain flair when it comes to cooking up some real wiener winners. See the couple’s regional hot dog review here.

Unfortunately, upon stopping at their only planned city location to grab a hot dog, they discovered that it had closed due to a fire. At the time, Louie’s on Elmwood had posted a sign stating that they would be back, but as we all know by now, that is not going to happen – at least at that same location (see why).

For now, hot dog lovers are suffering in the city, until another hot dog joint opens. I am aware that Rascal’s on Niagara Street has reopened, but I have yet to hear from anyone whether the dogs there are worth a visit or not (it’s on my list though). Of course Buffalo diehards are still praying for the day that Ted’s returns to the city – wouldn’t the former Cozumel location on Elmwood be perfect? Or down at Canalside?

Rumors abound that Louie’s will one day return to Elmwood, but other than speculation, there’s not a lot going on when it comes to urban grilling or charbroiling hot dog spots. Grillers in Downtown Buffalo certainly didn’t last long. And the new Five Guys on Delaware? The chain is known for its burgers, but has anyone tried out their hot dogs? In recent months we’ve seen an increase in the city’s burger scene, with places like SoHo Burger Bar on Chippewa stepping up to the place, but not so much when it comes to hot dogs.

In five years, what will the hot dog scene look like in Buffalo? It can only get better, right?


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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