Anyone across the country can go to Applebee’s, Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Dairy Queen. In Buffalo, New York, we’ve been blessed with a number of local restaurant chains that many residents consider to be head and shoulders above the national chains.
Jim’s Steakout – Top quality subs, salads, wraps and tacos, but Jim’s is best known for their steak and chicken hoagies. All food is made to order, served quickly, and available at nearly any hour of the day – most are open into the wee hours of the morning (5 a.m. in many locations). Jim’s has ten locations throughout the Buffalo area – five in the downtown area (Allen St., Chippewa, Delaware Ave., Elmwood Ave., and Main St.), four in the “northtowns” (Sheridan Dr. in Amherst, Transit Rd. in East Amherst, Sheridan Dr. in Tonawanda, and S. Transit Rd. in Lockport), and one in the “southtowns” (Seneca St. in West Seneca). Check out the menu at jimssteakout.com.
Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Started in the Bronx in 1946 for Swedish siblings Carl and Greta Anderson, the former Buffalo residents returned to their home and opened a stand on Kenmore Ave. in 1947. They moved into a larger stand on Sheridan Dr. in Kenmore in 1953, and today the family operates seven locations in the Buffalo area (Amherst, Williamsville, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Lockport, and Kenmore). Anderson’s serves burgers, salads, roast beef sandwiches (a Buffalo tradition), and much more for your lunch or dinner meal, but Anderson’s is best known for their original-recipe soft frozen custard, available daily in vanilla, chocolate, and “twist” (both flavors together), and often featuring a special flavor of the day – specialties like strawberry, pistachio, mint, coffee, and butter rum, to name a few. They also serve flavored Italian ices, thick rich milkshakes, and iced coffee drinks. Check out the menu at www.andersonscustard.com.
Ted’s Hot Dogs – Founded in 1927, Ted’s is the one chain that has made its way out of Buffalo – with one location in Tempe, Arizona. Greek immigrant Theodore Spiro Liaros began Ted’s in a horse-drawn hot dog cart near the construction site for the Peace Bridge, and today, the company has seven locations in the Buffalo area (Amherst, Williamsville, Lockport, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Tonawanda, and North Tonawanda). Known for its charbroiled hot dogs, Ted’s also serves handmade onion rings, old-fashioned milk shakes, and their homemade “secret sauce” – they also have fabulous French fries. Check out the menu at www.tedsonline.com.