Sometimes it takes having a visitor to make you appreciate the multitude of Roadfood options you have in your own town. I suppose it is that way for landmarks as well. For example, we never go to Niagara Falls unless someone comes to visit. But enough of that talk: let's get back to food.
During the winter months, Ted's Hot Dogs offers buy-one-get-one-free hot dog coupons, which I always take great care to cut out and keep in my wallet. After all, there is a Ted's within a few miles of my office, and you can find one in this area without working too hard. A trip to Ted's should be a no-brainer, of course. However.... To my shame, I have had to throw away unused coupons several times this winter and spring without having made a trip to Ted's. Oh, the horror. Is there any hope for me? Maybe it takes an intervention.
A few weeks ago in mid-March, Chris (ayersian) contacted me and told me that he would be driving through Buffalo on his way to Iowa (searching out breaded beef tenderloin sandwiches, among other adventures). He asked if I would like to meet for a late dinner when he stopped to stay over. Of course I was delighted, and so my daughter and I met him when he arrived (my wife was under the weather that evening).
First stop: Ted's. We had some dogs and fries, along with Loganberry juice to drink:
Not shown in that picture are the side orders of chili and cheese for the dogs and fries (along with ketchup for the fries). The dogs were grilled as usual and were as tasty as ever.
After Ted's, we went next door to Anderson's ice cream, deciding on the soft serve twist and chocolate ice cream:
It was great to spend some time with Chris again. The food and the company were enjoyable, and it was good to be reminded of what's all around us. After all, if I can zealously eat Roadfood in Connecticut, there is no reason to miss out on it in Buffalo.
What is great is that this is not the end of the story. A couple of weeks later, Chris stopped by again on his way back from Iowa. This time we (all three of us and Chris) went to Duff's for chicken wings. It was a relatively warm spring Saturday evening, and the place was packed. We had about a 30-minute wait for a table, but once inside the service was fast and efficient. We ordered the medium wings, which are fairly hot. Here are a couple of shots of the wings and fries. "Why fries with chicken wings?" you may ask. The fries actually provide a pretty good complement to the heat of the wings, not quite as cooling as celery but still a good side dish.
As you can see, the wings from Duff's are coated with sauce and are a bit messy to eat. We order wings from Mazzia's fairly regularly, and they tend to be a bit drier. That dryness is not in a bad way, and both places provide excellent wings.
Chris was kind enough to give us a couple of breaded pork tenderloins from his Iowa travels. I don't know how I had the discipline to wait, but we have just recently taken them out to eat. Here is a picture of them reheated, cut in half, and waiting to be eaten:
These two BPT's were tasty, crunchy, and filling, and they had suffered nothing from their journey.
Many thanks to Chris for stopping by and visiting with us (and for bringing the BPT's as well). We enjoyed the time together and regret only that it was a short visit each time.
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