Ted's Hot Dogs

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Ted's Hot Dogs
IndustryFast food
FoundedMarch 24, 1965 in Buffalo, New York
Number of locations
Area served
New York, Arizona
Key people
Spiro Liaros, President; Theodore "Ted" Spiro Liaros, Founder
ProductsHot Dogs

Ted's Hot Dogs is a chain of hot dog restaurants based in Buffalo, New York. Founded on March 24, 1927 by Greek immigrant Theodore Spiro Liaros, Ted's Hot Dogs is a Western New York tradition based primarily upon their charcoal broiled hot dogs, as well as their homemade secret hot sauce, old-fashioned milk shakes, and handmade onion rings.


Theodore Spiro Liaros first began his work with hot dogs by operating a horse drawn hot dog cart near the construction site of the then new Peace Bridge, connecting Buffalo with Canada. The sister of the construction site's foreman was using a tiny nearby tool shed to sell sandwiches to the workers and passersby. When the bridge was finished in 1927, she offered to sell the shack to Ted. So began Ted's Hot Dogs. At the time, a hot dog and drink cost $0.22.[1][2]

In 1948 a second Ted's opened up in a northern Buffalo suburb, the Town of Tonawanda. In the follow decades, Ted's would expand to Cheektowaga and Amherst. The menu expanded beyond just hot dogs and today you can find eight Ted's locations in the Buffalo area, with an additional one in Tempe, Arizona.[3] The chain has inspired other hot dog restaurants around the US.[4]


A sampling of the fare at Ted's Hot Dogs

Ted's menu focuses on their charcoal hot dogs broiled to order. Regular, foot-long and jumbo all beef are available. Fries and the Buffalo-famous Loganberry beverage are frequent side items. Ted's sells a wide variety of grilled foods including burgers, Italian and Polish sausage and vegetarian hotdogs.

Handmade milkshakes and homemade onion rings round out the average meal, while options of sausage, chicken, and french fries are also available. Buffalo-famous Loganberry is also a frequent drink selection.

"Ted's Famous Hot Sauce" is generally a staple for many visitors and can be purchased by the jar.


  1. ^ Becky Mercuri (2007), The Great American Hot Dog Book, ISBN 9781423600220
  2. ^ Theodore Liaros, A family tradition, archived from the original on 2012-08-12
  3. ^ Sherwood, Robbie; Fiscus, Chris (September 25, 1999). "Ted's a great place to stick a foot into your mouth". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Jack (June 19, 1985). "Barkers' hot dogs are producing howls of joy". Atlanta Constitution. Retrieved 17 August 2020.

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