Ted’s Hot Dogs is a Buffalo, New York area icon. With 8 locations in the greater Buffalo area and one in Tempe, Arizona, Ted’s Hot Dogs is a true example of taking America’s simplest (and favorite) food to another level!
Ted’s Hot Dogs History
Ted’s got its start in 1927 when Greek immigrant Theodore Spiro Liaros bought an old construction shack at the base of the newly constructed Peace Bridge in Buffalo. He began serving hot dogs out of the shack and, three generations later, Ted’ Hot Dogs is still a Buffalo mainstay.
Ted’s uses Sahlen’s brand hot dogs that are specially made with a casing to stand up to the way Ted’s grills their dogs over charcoal. The result is a crackly, juicy hot dog patrons can top with Ted’s special hot barbecue sauce, plus the standard mustard, onions, relish, pickles, and the “red stuff.”
They also hand make their fries and onion rings and serve a Loganberry fountain drink made with pure cane sugar.
The Hot Dog Stories “crew” stopped at the Williamsville location at 7018 Transit Road for a bite of lunch on our way to Chicago. Co-owner and grand-daughter of the original Ted, Thecly Ortolani, greeted us warmly and gave us a history of the place while we sampled the fare.
The dogs were piping hot and the onion rings were RIDICULOUS! Ted’s Hot Dogs is a true hot dog joint that respects and remembers its roots and serves up top-notch food with a friendly smile. Even though we only spent an hour or so at Ted’s, we got a real feel for the authenticity and warmth of this timeless hot dog joint.
If you are ever in the Buffalo area and you’re craving an excellent hot dog (with the best onion rings the Hot Dog Stories crew has ever had), check out Ted’s Hot Dogs.
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