Food Porn: Grumpy’s

Every town seems to have a Hot Dog/Hamburger joint that is only open during the summer.  While most of them offer similar menu items, these places can usually trigger some fond memories from childhood.  Orchard Park has Taffy’s, North Tonawanda has Mississippi Mudds and North Buffalo has Grumpy’s.  So, Alli and I took the short drive to Hertel last week and decided to enjoy a brief moment of sunshine and eat some hot dogs outside.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Take Out/Food Stand
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs
  • Price Range: Under $10 (Most items are under $5)
  • Location: North Buffalo

For our first meal at Grumpy’s, Alli and I played it safe and went with an order of Ribbon Fries ($3) and two Texas Hots ($2.75).  I was intrigued with their Fried Veggies menu; Fried Broccoli an Cheese has the potential to be amazing or disastrous.  But this was the first 70 degree day of 2011 and Alli and I knew what we were in the mood for, hot dogs and french fries.

The dogs themselves were exactly what we wanted, cooked over a charcoal grill and topped with a lot of sauce and onions.  I ordered the Texas Hot, which comes with the your typical texas-hot sauce, onions and mustard.  The mustard and sauce both had a bite of vinegar that worked very well, nothing too revolutionary, but exactly what I wanted.  Alli ordered her Texas Hot with cheese sauce instead of mustard and enjoyed it.

We were pleasantly surprised by the size of our order of Ribbon Fries.  For only $3 you get pretty good size mound of fried potatoes.  The only problem was when we got our order the potatoes were room temperature.  But, unlike an order of soggy fries you might get at the Erie County Fair, almost every piece of potato had been cooked long enough and every bite had a crunch.  Normally, I’m not a huge fan of Ribbon Fries because when they are pumping them out at a rapid pace, the “Insert Summer Event” workers tend to undercook the potatoes and I’m stuck eating large amounts of soggy slices of potato.  That wasn’t the case with these fries and we quickly devoured the entire plate.

I know it’s quicker for us to go to Louie’s on Elmwood but there is a certain “feeling” that Alli and I have when we sit on wooden picnic benches and eat hot dogs and fries on a warm/sunny day.  Now that we are both done with college; summer has a different meaning but that “warm” feeling we get from eating at these food stands is still there.  We’ll probably come back to see what the hell an order of Fried Broccoli and Cheese looks/tastes like.  Grumpy’s does serve ice cream as well and on the day we visited the line was pretty long for cones. Their menu seemed pretty normal and didn’t have anything that would come close to our “go to” ice cream place.  But if you are shopping on Hertel/Elmwood and want a (very) cheap meal and/or a place that’s very kid friendly, this is one of the best options.
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