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USA Today tells the story of Ted's Hot Dogs

Ted's Hot Dogs has built a strong foundation in the Buffalo area, boasting nine locations -- including its first downtown spot and a food truck -- and recently hosting a wildly popular customer appreciation day, featuring $1 hot dogs.

National news site USA Today has taken notice, publishing "Ted's Hot Dogs: Buffalo's other classic food fave" Thursday morning. The thorough piece traces the history of the chain, what factors separate it from a national chain, defines Loganberry and offers a rather handy tip.

A nicely grilled Ted's Hot Dog. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

A nicely grilled Ted's Hot Dog. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

"One option not on the menu that is very popular with locals is to order your dog 'extra grilled' for even more blackened, smoky taste, and since the whole reason to visit Ted’s over other hot dog options is for the coal grilling, this is the way to go," writes Larry Olmsted of USA Today.

"Likewise, the foot-long is better than the regular just by virtue of more exterior surface area to capture the grilling, and the jumbo is appreciably thicker, meatier and more satisfying. Many locals also ask for their buns toasted."

Ted's brand has a Western twist, too, as a joint in Tempe, Ariz., has been open since 1983; in fact, the three cross-country walkers from Buffalo even made a stop there this week.

If you're really gung-ho about Ted's, we have bushels of content from the past. Here are some of the highlights:

*Explaining the split between Ted's and Theodore's
*Galarneau praises Spiro T. Liaros' influence
*Letter to the editor: Fond memories of Ted's founder Spiro T. Liaros
*Some Greek restaurants in Buffalo got their start from...Ted's?
*Read about Loganberry in "100 things every Western New Yorker should do at least once"*Emotional connection to iconic Buffalo foods [2006]

"Rewarding foods that we eat can easily become associated with additionally happy or comforting times in our lives. The taste of a Ted's hot dog, for example, is rewarding and memorable on its own, but couple that taste with the warmth and happiness of a regular trip to Ted's with friends or family, and you get a link that's very difficult to break."

-- University at Buffalo associate professor of psychology Dr. Derek Daniels to Emeri Krawczyk in 2006

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