Old Man River and Mississippi Mudds - Tonawanda, NY
Old Man River and Mississippi Mudds are two hot dog / hamburger / ice cream stands located on the Niagara River in Tonawanda, NY, north of Buffalo. A couple of weeks ago I took the day off and went with the family to visit these places during the all-too-short summer season here in Buffalo. Those coming to Buffalo might enjoy visiting either or both of these restaurants. Both are owned by the same company, as shown on the tray paper:
The menu at Old Man River has the usual assortment of summer food, including hot dogs:
The menu also has hamburgers:
Finally, there is the usual assortment of side dishes:
We ordered a grilled hot dog:
We also had a hamburger:
We had the grilled chicken sandwich, called a chicken club sandwich but not a club sandwich in the traditional sense:
Finally, the fries:
The food is not spectacular but is great to eat while watching traffic along Niagara Street and watching the park across the road, next to the river. You can see the river from inside Old Man River or when sitting at a table next to the street:
Old Man River has a selection of ice cream, but we decided to walk the two blocks to Mississippi Mudds for ice cream. MM also sells dogs, burgers, and fries, of course. The sign tells you of the great selection of ice cream to be had, whether soft serve or hard packed. Perry's is the local maker of ice cream from Akron, NY:
We ended up with the twist soft serve ice cream in a waffle cone, which came with its own cup for holding:
Very good flavor and a nice way to end a meal while watching the river across the street. Here is the view from the outside seating area:
In the category of "that's kind of strange" is this place located between Old Man River and Mississippi Mudds: Mississippi Mudds Pizza. I suppose if you are dying for pizza while at the river, you have a place to stop at. However, dogs and burgers fall more into the specialty of these restaurants. With all the good pizza places in Buffalo, you would be better off ordering from one of them.
No gourmet food at any of these places, but it is very enjoyable, no doubt aided by the sights and sounds of the Niagara River (and no ice floes this time of the year).