Food Porn: Taffy’s Charbroiled Red Hots

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I was recently having a discussion with a friend about how there is nothing cool in the Southtowns, and for the most part it’s true. (Alli edit: I disagree..have you been to East Aurora?).  But if you look hard enough, you can find those hidden gems.  Taffy’s is one of those gems located in Orchard Park.

Taffy’s has been around for almost 60 years (est 1949).  Located at the busy “5 corners” intersection (more specifically, the corner of Southwestern Blvd and Orchard Park Rd), it’s an odd place for a little hot dog restaurant.  However, Taffy’s, which started as a farmers market stand, was around way before all the big plazas and car dealerships in the area sprung up…up to ten years ago there was mostly woodland and a (very) small airport behind Taffy’s…now its a huge Tops/Lowe’s plaza.

Regardless of what has built up around it, Taffy’s still has the same old traditional “hot dog stand” cuisine, and it’s as delicious as ever.  Hamburgers and hot dogs, freshly cut fries, potato spuds, and more recently, chicken fingers and various grilled subs and sandwiches fill the menu.  But maybe what they have become most known for is their massive selection of milkshakes.  Check out the extensive milkshake menu below…

Milkshake Menu

Milkshake Menu

For about 4 bucks and some change you can try out one of their creations; around 100 flavors and counting (they always add a few each season).  And yes, they are delicious.  I don’t know what their secret is, but they are hands down the best milkshakes in the southtowns area.  And with so many flavors, there really is something for everybody.

During this visit I tried something new, their Greek Steak Sandwich.  This seems to be one of their newer menu items.  Now, as much as I love Taffy’s, I didn’t have a lot of faith that they could pull off anything that wasn’t a hot dog or hamburger.  But I was pleasantly surprised by how good this sandwich turned out to be.  My only complaint was that the oil that was used was not a home made blend, you can almost tell that it’s Italian Dressing from a bottle instead of Greek dressing, but that’s really the only change that would have made the sandwich better.

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In the picture below you can see an order of their fresh cut curly fries that they serve.  Nothing groundbreaking, but just a good solid fresh cut fry.  Also pictured are their potato spuds, a favorite menu item of Alli’s.  They are pretty basic, some small potatoes boiled and served swimming in butter and given a side of sour cream.

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There is really nothing on the menu that is “bad.”  Again, this is a fairly simple hot dog stand, here a few things to note…

Obviously, the hot dogs are Sahlens (what else?).  They are only open from spring to fall.  The actual building is the same as it was when it opened; just a tiny red house that looks rather out of place in a sea of busy streets, fast food places, and big plazas.  Seating is mostly outside; while on a raining day you can go inside (which is filled with some cool 50s memorabilia and the original bar), there are only a few seats available.  Outside, however, over the years the seating has expanded a lot (see the top picture), and on a nice spring or summer day, who wouldn’t want to sit in the sun?  Everything is pretty inexpensive and the portions are pretty decent.  On a warm summer evening the ordering line can get long, but thanks to the usually very friendly local girls working at the counter, it moves quickly.  Finally, they ONLY TAKE CASH.  I know this is inconvenient to many, but most of us down here have gotten used to it.  However, for new customers it’s a very important fact to know.

Most of us southtowners have been to Taffy’s, it is one of the most well known places around down here, but for those of you that haven’t….it’s worth a trip down, at least for a milkshake.

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4 thoughts on “Food Porn: Taffy’s Charbroiled Red Hots

  1. porky

    Great call. NOTHING beats a Taffy’s milkshake on a warm summer day.

  2. that’s nearby the “new” duff’s in OP

    it seems like you have disregarded duff’s (and anchor bar) on your whole site… is it because it isn’t a “gem” or too well-known or typical or don’t care for the wings or what?

    also, this place reminds me of a place called frosty’s in lancaster where i had a milkshake… i think it’s in the national registry or something and my guess is that the building is at least a century old because the size of it is so small that there’s no room for customers

    (edit: ususally very friendly) usually

  3. auroragyps

    I lived in Buffalo for 11 years (West Seneca for 9 of them) and was just thinking about Taffy’s. How eerie that’s it’s just one day after your post. I miss Taffy’s terribly, not just for the food & shakes, but for the atmosphere. Sounds like they’re still doing really well, if not better, since I moved away. Good for them.

    I almost always got the fried clams on a roll, but I can’t remember if I had a favorite shake. I think it’s because I tried a different flavor everytime.

  4. Those fries look great. Based on my love for dogs in summer I must check this place out.

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