We had no idea Reid’s existed when we wrote a post about seasonal hot dog stands last year. In the last 7+ months since, we’ve had dozens of friends and readers tell us we needed to visit the small Lockport hot dog stand. It took a while for us to finally eat there, since they are only open seasonally and it’s a bit of a drive up to Lockport. Going into our meal we knew they had hot dogs, their menu was incredibly cheap, they have some magical ‘sauce’ and that a lot of people who grew up in Lockport seem to have a strong nostalgia tie to the restaurant (similar to Southtowners may feel with Taffy’s or George’s). The restaurant has no internet presence, literally everything we knew about Reid’s was from word of mouth, which rarely happens these days.
- Restaurant Type: Seasonal Hot Dog/Burger Stand
- Cuisine: Hot Dogs, Burgers
- Location: Lockport
- Prices: Everything is Under $5
When Alli, my brother Tom and I arrived to Reid’s, we weren’t super hungry and only had $20 bucks cash (FYI: Reid’s only takes cash). We figured we could order a couple of things and get a small sample of their menu. We soon found out we probably could have ordered one of everything with that $20, it really is that cheap. At the end of the meal we ordered two burgers (one double), a hot dog, two onion rings, two fries and two drinks and collectively spent less then $10. My burger was a dollar! One. Dollar.
It was a little chaotic ordering our food, the restaurant doesn’t have a single ‘order window’ and there’s really no organized line. Basically you find some space at the counter, wave down a teenager and tell them your entire order. There’s no point in going to sit down and wait for your name to be called because the food is served to you almost instantly. There appears to be some indoor seating but there are also plenty of picnic tables around the property as well.
We ordered almost everything with their special sauce. After trying it on a hamburger, hot dog, onion rings and french fries, I’m still not sure what it is (I’ve been told its a LeFrois sauce) or if I really even enjoy it. Its a thin sauce with a bit of a sour kick, similar to some Texas sauces we’ve had. The burger was pretty tiny, the bun was steamed and a little too soft and the burger was juicy but not that flavorful. The hot dog was alright and out of all of the food we tried, probably worked best with their sauce. The onion rings and french fries weren’t exactly ‘fresh’, both tasted like pre-made frozen versions. Again, I can’t complain too much because everything we ordered was barely over $1 a piece.
Don’t get me wrong, I smiled when I walked up to the counter and watched how Reid’s operated. And you can’t complain with their insanely cheap menu prices. I can’t believe a place like this still exists and can make a profit, it looks like nothing has changed over the years. We didn’t try everything on the menu, and while the food that we had wasn’t that great or special, I can see the charm in the place and how it could be a local favorite. It has ‘post Little League dinner’ written all over the place and all of the kids who were in line were really pumped to be there. That said, unless you really are on a very tight budget, live in the area or have some nostalgia with the restaurant, you might want to think about driving the 25+ minutes out to Lockport for a visit.