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It wasn’t until I tried to explain the appeal of Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs to a retirement-age friend that I realized what the little Kenmore restaurant is up against. I had just finished extolling the virtues of a delightful handful of adventure called the Violet Beauregarde, which tops a custom-made frank with spicy blueberry barbecue sauce and frizzled shoestring onion …

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When the Buffalo Bisons announced naming rights for its home stadium had shifted from Coca-Cola to Sahlen's, it was safe to expect concessions would take a porky turn. Sahlen's hot dogs have been sold at the ballpark since 2012, but the local company's array of products will be far more visible this year, with the return of footlong hot dogs after a six-year hiatus, a n…

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Here's a saliva-inducing fact for Buffalo hot-dog lovers: Ted's Hot Dogs will celebrate its 92nd anniversary on Feb. 20 by offering regular hot dogs for 92 cents. Ted's nine Western New York locations will participate in the deal during business hours Wednesday. A regular hot dog from Ted's usually runs for $3.05, so this is a pretty significant savings. Customers may o…

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Ownership of the 70-year-old Ted's Hot Dogs restaurant in the Town of Tonawanda is shifting from uncle to niece. Peter T. Liaros, whose own father, Theodore S. Liaros, founded Ted's Hot Dogs in 1927, sold his half interest in the restaurant at 2312 Sheridan Drive to his niece, Thecly L. Ortolani, according to a deed filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office. The price was…

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Hot dogs are not a health food. They don’t seamlessly fit into any food pyramid, nor are they recommended to be a part of any diet that doesn’t induce night sweats. You can boil, grill or charbroil them, and dependent on your level of desperation, thaw and eat them raw. None of these cooking methods affect the street meat’s nutritional value, so if you’re looking to …

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Summer’s fleeting, so we feel obligated to chow down as much charcoal-grilled food as we can. Louie’s Original Foot Long took over the space at 1893 Niagara St. that was previously the site of George’s American Diner, and opened in March. The new location replaces the long-time one on Elmwood Avenue that was destroyed by a fire in 2013. Old photos on the walls pay ho…

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Apparently National Hot Dog Day wasn't enough to satisfy Buffalo chain Ted's Hot Dogs. The long-serving tubular meat purveyors will celebrate their 91st birthday by selling 91-cent hot dogs all day July 19 at each of the nine Western New York locations, which you can find here. A regular hot dog from Ted's ordinarily costs $3.05. To announce the promotion, Ted's mark…

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After years of criss-crossing Western New York with its trucks, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs opened a place to call its own on June 13. Brothers Paul and Frank Tripi have turned a former automobile repair shop at 707 Kenmore Ave. into their first restaurant. The counter-service place serves up the custom hot dogs that Frank has been known for, with several new food items -…

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Heads up, hot-dog lovers. Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs owners Frank and Paul Tripi will open their first brick-and-mortar restaurant on June 11 at 707 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda, at the intersection of Starin Avenue, with hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The project of the food truck connoisseurs was announced in November, updated last month with news that Frank's EXPO Market ve…

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs Cuisine: Artisan hot dogs, grass-fed burgers and hand-cut fries. Owner: Frank Tripi Price range: $3.99-$5.99 Established: 2013 Dishes to try: Modern Chicago (hot dog with tomato jam, mustard, spicy house peppers and a pickle) $5.69; Violet Beauregard (hot dog with blueberry barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and onion crunch), $5.69. Good…

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Ted's Charcoal Chariot Cuisine: Classic charcoal-broiled hot dogs, burgers, chicken, sausage and sides. Owner: Ted's Hot Dogs Price range: $2-$7 Established: 2015 Dishes to try: Foot-long hot dog dressed to order (choose from ketchup, mustard, onion, relish, sauerkraut, hot sauce, mayo, etc.), $4.85; hand-battered onion rings, $4.35, plus cheese sauce for dipp…

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Die-hard people huddled in cars eating lunch. Brave souls trying to enjoy spring sunshine despite Lake Erie wind chills in exchange for a taste of summer. These are typical scenes this time of year at Red Top in Hamburg. That’s the way it’s been since 1946 when the original founder returned from the war and opened the hot dog stand. Today, Dennis McNaney and his daughte…

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Louie's Original Footlong Hot Dogs, an Elmwood Avenue standard for 25 years, is back on the West Side. A day after opening at 1893 Niagara St., a visit found the flavors true, the fries still addictive and new offerings like the Big Luigi, a sausage sandwich that pretty much requires the use of both hands. Owner Angelo Turco was staffing the counter, and greeting old…

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When the Elmwood Avenue location of Louie's Original Footlong Hot Dogs burned down in 2013 after 22 years in business, fans of the comfort food establishment were resigned to a single spot: Louie's seasonal enterprise at 69 Grand Island Blvd. in Tonawanda. On March 17, however, the newest Louie's location opened in Buffalo, in Black Rock at 1893 Niagara St., the restaur…

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The charcoal-grilled hot dog king of Western New York wants to say thanks to its loyal subjects. On Feb. 21, they can get all the tubesteak they want, at 91 cents a pop. The offer is good at all nine Ted's Hot Dog locations. Better yet, customers can enter to win one of 10 golden keychains that net them an extra Ted's dog for life, when they buy a grilled item and…