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Rayzor's Dawg House in Eden does summer food right

If Rob Ray were a hot dog he would look like the caricature used for Rayzor’s Dawg House in Eden.

Picture a black eye, missing tooth, shirtless Ray with the body of a hot dog, wrapped in a bun with gloves up. Stripes of ketchup and mustard run down his hot dog chest.

While the restaurant bears his name, Ray isn’t involved anymore except to stop in and say hello to friend/owners Jeff Walker and his fiancée, Kimberly Steiner.

If you are looking for a new hot dog joint, it’s worth the ride to Eden.

The building is darling, with rough wood/lumberjack feel. Sabres photos are everywhere. The piece de resistance is a mini scoreboard running Ray’s fight videos.

This is a cheese dog with fries. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Walker prides himself on using local businesses including Chiavetta’s potatoes for the fresh-cut fries, Clark’s Poultry & Seafood, Hoelscher Meats and Eden Valley Growers.

The menu is everything a hot dog joint should be, abbreviated because we don’t need lots of extra stuff. Walker’s aim is to be affordable for families, and we think he has achieved it. Prices listed include tax.

A regular Dawg (Sahlen’s) starts at $2.95 with additions of cheese ($3.75), chili ($3.95) and chili cheese ($4.75) available.

Burgers (Angus steak) are one-third pound and start at $3.95 up to $6.75 for a double blue cheese cheeseburger. (Pepperjack, Swiss and American are other cheese choices.) A veggie burger is $6.

Italian sausage ($5.50), chicken sandwich ($6.95, regular, spicy or Italian marinade), chicken fingers ($6.75), pulled pork ($5.75), fried bologna ($5.50) and grilled cheese ($2) round out the big stuff.

A big plus? Rayzor’s char-broils grill items over a real charcoal fire.

We had a regular dog, double cheeseburger ($6.20) and chicken sandwich special with curly fries ($9), plus an order of sweet potato fries ($4.25).

The dog could have been a little more charred, but it was solid. The tender and juicy chicken sandwich had a nice coating of spices. It was spicy, but not too hot.

The double cheeseburger was thick and juicy, and plenty of our choice of American cheese ($6.20). Dare we say it was very Five Guys-esque without the high price tag? The rolls for everything were super fresh.

We loved the toppings bar. Filled with the usual lettuce, tomato, red onion, dill pickles and relish, it also had sauerkraut, sweet "hotties” pickle and a hot sauce/relish-like condiment. Ketchup (Nickel City) and mustard (Weber’s and regular yellow) are on tables.

Our mountain of curly fries ($3.95) were crisp and hot. Straight cut ($3.75) are also fresh cut. While not fresh cut, the sweet potato fries were excellent. Thicker, they tasted like sweet potatoes, versus the thin, overcooked tasteless version some places serve. The honey butter was perfect for dipping.

Curly fries come in one size - this mountainous portion. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Other sides include onion rings ($4.25). Fountain drinks are $2.35 with free refills.

Ice cream is requisite for a hot dog joint. Rayzor’s serves Perry’s and Upstate Milk soft-serve. The Enforcer ($5.25) is blizzard-type item. Luke’s 5 for Fighting ($6.50) features five add-ins.

Simple cones of hard ice cream start at $2 for one scoop; a soft serve baby cone starts at $1.25. Shakes ($4.95) are made the right way with hard ice cream. Sundaes are $3 for a regular, $3.75 large. A pup cup for your pooch ($1.25) has vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and a Milkbone. On our visit, the ice cream special was buy-one, get-one free regular soft-serve cone.

Rayzor’s is super clean and very family friendly, including a diaper changing station in the ladies’ room with baby wipes. Picnic table seating, a large lawn, playground for kids and Sabres corn hole games are outside.

If you need another reason to visit Eden besides the Corn Festival, Rayzor’s is it.

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Rayzor’s Dawg House

8178 N. Main St., Eden (575-4991)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Price range: $2-$9 with daily food and ice cream specials.

Parking: Large lot

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

Gluten-free options: No specific gluten-free menu.

Rayzor's Dawg House is at 8178 N. Main St. in Eden. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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