Food Porn: Redlinski’s Red Hots

I haven’t read much about the Redlinski’s restaurant or the company, but I simply assumed they would pale in comparison to Ted’s Hot Dogs or Sahlen’s. In Buffalo those are the respective kings of the hot dog world and whenever a friend from Rochester/Batavia/wherever would try to tell me otherwise, I would usually ignore them. So when Alli and I visited Redlinski’s Red Hots in West Seneca last weekend, I was excited to try a new restaurant but also not expecting too much.

The restaurant sits in a plaza that has seen an incredible amount of turnover in the last 15 years, Alli and I both have fond memories of going to birthday parties at Major Magic in this very plaza when we were little. The inside of Redlinski’s is very large (formerly a home to an auto parts store), with a white and red theme that reminded me of Five Guys. Similar to other Hot Dog restaurants you simply walk up to the counter and order your food, however their menu has a larger variety of Hot Dogs/toppings than most. The biggest complaint about the restaurant has been their prices and not their food. The prices are in fact a little bit more expensive then competitors but not by much. Alli and I ordered two hot dogs, a burger, fries with gravy, a drink and a milkshake and the total was under $25.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual, Hot Dog/Hamburger Joint
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs
  • Location: West Seneca
  • Prices: Hot Dogs $3-4, Burgers $5

I ordered two hot dogs, their Coleslaw Dog ($3.69, gallery) and their Texas Chili Dog ($3.69, pictured below) that were both served on a Schwebel’s bun and charbroiled. I immediately noticed the hot dogs were a little bigger then Sahlens with a slightly sweeter flavor. The Coleslaw Dog was very simple, a hot dog topped with sweet coleslaw and a pickle. The Texas Chili Dog was topped with raw onions, mustard and Redlinski’s own Texas sauce which had some ground beef. It didn’t have a particularly strong flavor but still enjoyable. While I definitely liked the juicier/meaty-er Redlinksi hot dogs, I’m still a Sahlen’s fan until the day I die but I now realize that’s not the only game in town.

Alli opted for the BBQ Burger ($5, pictured above) instead of a hot dog. The presentation wasn’t that exciting (a burger with BBQ sauce on a bun) but their homemade BBQ sauce was pretty damn good. It had a really smokey flavor with pieces of onion and was thick like a Kansas City style sauce, you can even buy quarts of the sauce at the restaurant. The burger seemed fresh and not a prepackaged frozen patty. There are plenty of toppings you can choose from but Alli kept it very simple. We also ordered their French Fries with Gravy ($3, gallery). The fries were prepackaged crinkle cut and the gravy was thick but neither were particularly special. We finished the meal with a Chocolate Milkshake ($5, gallery) which Alli really enjoyed; it was very smooth, not too thick and had a perfect milk chocolate flavor. I would not call it the best milkshake we’ve ever had but it was very refreshing on a 95 degree day.

Along with having some pretty good food, the restaurant seemed to be a fun place to bring your kids. A large costumed hot dog was entertaining guests and an employee walking around offering free ice cream. For those who work in the area, they do offer a lunch deal consisting of a hot dog/burger, fries and drink for $5. Redlinski’s turned out to be a pretty good lunch spot on a hot August day and even convinced me that there is a world out there besides a good Sahlen’s hot dog.

Photo Gallery:


Redlinski's Charcoal Fired Red Hots on Urbanspoon

One thought on “Food Porn: Redlinski’s Red Hots

  1. Now I have to go there to see if their Texas Sauce is still another variant on “the Sauce”.

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