Food Porn: Nina’s Custard

I didn’t need to look online or even ask any co-workers about Nina’s Custard before I finally decided to try it out for lunch, somehow I knew exactly what the food and atmosphere was going to be like.  My initial expectation was Anderson’s but with a “mom and pop” vibe, which is exactly what I found when I went inside for the first time last week.  Their menu has all of the summer favorites like hot dogs (Sahlens), hamburgers, onion rings, as well as a large ice cream counter with a large menu of sundaes and cones.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual
  • Prices: Almost every item is under $5
  • Location: Getzville
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs

I haven’t had a chance to try any of their desserts, probably not the best idea for a lunch break at work, but I have tried a couple items off their regular menu.  On my most recent trip I ordered their footlong hot dog, a delicious Sahlen’s dog that was properly char-grilled (my favorite way, none of the flat top nonsense).  I ordered the dog with “everything” which was two large pickles, some spicy mustard, relish, onions, hot sauce and ketchup.  There was definitely a lot of strong flavors going on and next time I’ll keep it a simple so I can actually taste the hot dog.  Their hot sauce has a good heat and the potent raw onions and mustard might be challenging to some.  I also ordered a side of onion rings which were a little greasy but still had a fluffy batter and nice sweet onion bite.

On my next trip I decided to order their burger (above) combo.  The burger was pretty thin but had a nice charred crust on the exterior and still a good juicy flavor inside.  I wasn’t asked how I’d like it to be cooked and I wouldn’t compare the burger quality to Ruzzine’s, Grover’s or even Five Guys.   But for only $3 bucks on it’s own, it compares favorably to a normal diner or hot dog stand burger and I do love a good potato roll.  I also ordered the burger with everything but something must have been lost in translation and my burger came with only lettuce and tomato.  It didn’t ruin my meal but I felt it was worth noting.  The cross cut/waffle fries (pictured in gallery) were very crispy and seasoned but otherwise nothing special.  I would have preferred some freshly cut fries instead but for the price I can’t complain.

Both lunches hit the spot and were under $8 bucks, the menu/atmosphere reminds me of a popular neighborhood hot dog stand (Mississippi Mudds, Taffy’s) except Nina’s is open all year round and has a lot of indoor seating.  It operates very much like a hot dog stand as well, you place your order at the counter and wait for your number to show up on their sign in the dining room.  As the weather continues to get better and better, this place will get busier and busier.   But if you want to convince yourself it’s summer time already, definitely stop in and order a foot long and some onion rings.

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