Food Porn: George’s Hot Dog Stand

I grew up only a couple miles away from George’s Hot Dog Stand and have fond memories of the place from my childhood.  Even though I haven’t been back in a while, I am well aware of their menu and how diehard their fans are.  I know many people who look forward to the first day they open their doors for the season.  Since I’ve moved into the city, our dining in the Southtowns in general has dropped off and I’ve been wondering when I’d get another chance to go back to George’s.

Last night Alli and I had to make a trip to OP and decided to stop by for a quick dinner.  Even at 6:30pm on a random Wednesday night there was a line well out of the door.  Almost every picnic table was taken and their expanded parking lot was also near capacity.  For those who aren’t familiar, you enter the restaurant and place your order and then slowly slide down the counter where you are handed your drinks and finally your food.  It can look somewhat intimidating to a new customer but the process is remarkably streamlined and it’s entertaining for the kids to watch order slips be thrown down the zipline.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Hot Dog Stand, Casual
  • Location: Hamburg
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs, Burgers, Fast Food
  • Prices: Almost everything is under $5 CASH ONLY

A friend of mine had just visited George’s and I asked her for any new menu recommendations, while I didn’t try the sweet potato fries she suggested, I ended up getting a good sample of their standard menu.  I ordered their Big George ($4), a quarter pound burger on a Costanzo roll and topped with lettuce, tomato and mayo.  This isn’t the kind of place where they ask you how you want the burger cooked, it’s a frozen prepackaged beef pattie but that’s OK.  The roll is a little big for my taste but it’s a nice grilled burger that is served within seconds of being taken off the grill.  Alli and I both ordered hot dogs (Sahlens) that are charbroiled like Ted’s which, in my opinion, is the best way to serve them.  Nothing new and exciting here either, just a good hot dog.  Alli and I both tried the dogs with their Texas sauce (Alli added some cheese sauce as well) which was not a good idea.  The sauce had a really sour and salty kick and tasted a little too much like the prepackaged stuff you’d find at your local grocery store.

We also shared an order of their fresh cut curly fries (pictured above, $3) which were fantastic.  They were piled high and gave me flashbacks to the Erie County Fair.  They were crispy while still having a nice potato flavor, without question they were the stars of the meal.  I also tried their peanut butter & jelly milkshake ($4, recommended by my friend) that was also really good.  Essentially, it was a vanilla milkshake with some strawberry “jam” flavoring and actual peanut butter added.  The peanut butter was shaken up so that it was only small flecks that could still fit up the straw.  All of that said, as tasty as the milkshake was, it really didn’t have any resemblance to an actual PB&J sandwich.

For the most part, none of the food at George’s is really that special.  The reason this place is so popular is probably due to the fond memories people have from visiting the location over the years (they’ve been around since the 60′s) and the fact that its a nice place to go in the summer.  But if you’ve been to Mississippi Mudds, Old Man River, Taffy’s or any local neighborhood hot dog stand you’ll notice much of the same.  If you’re visiting Chestnut Ridge with the family and want a cheap, good bite afterwards it’s a great decision, just remember its cash only.  Their menu has grown over the years and aside from their hotdogs/hamburgers, they also have a decent vegetarian menu as well as some Greek and Mexican items (though I cannot comment on the quality of these).  While not completely in the woods, it has a nice outdoor feel and sitting at a picnic table eating burgers is always a good idea.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: George’s Hot Dog Stand

  1. whyjake

    It’s worth noting that the do NOT take credit cards… cash only.

    • Alli Suriani

      thank you for reminding me! sorry i neglected to mention that, will edit post now.

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