Get a Taste of Summer at These Roadside Foodie Gems

Summer brings more than great weather to Niagara Falls USA. During the season, a treasure trove of delicious roadside food stands pop up in Niagara County — here’s where to head to satisfy your cravings.

Sullivan’s Hot Dogs

Niagara Falls

Only open from April to September each year, Sullivan’s is a real seasonal favorite in Niagara Falls. Along with their classic dogs, they offer variations slathered in guacamole, slaw and jalapeños as well as drool-worthy side options like loaded nachos and greek fries. They also have kraut-topped sausages — and are dog-friendly, too!

Misty Dog Grill

Niagara Falls

Located right in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls, the famous Misty Dog Grill makes for the perfect pre- or post-sightseeing food fix. The stand features a huge menu (think BLTs, hamburgers and mac-and-cheese) with some of the best bargains in the city. For dessert, Twist O’ The Mist, located right next door, won’t let you down for ice cream — in fact, the building is in the shape of a giant ice cream cone.

Dan the Man Old Fashioned Ice Cream Stand

Niagara Falls

Looking for an insider dessert spot? You’ll find the locals forming lines at Dan the Man’s in Niagara Falls. The family-run business offers all your favorite dairy delights from cones and custard to milkshakes and floats, as well as specialty sundaes like their gooey pecan mudslide.

Brownie's Eats & Treats

Wilson

Picture-perfect and super tasty, Brownie’s serves up big portions with a side of friendly service. The joint offers all your fast-food faves from burgers to chicken fingers, but its soft-serve ice-cream is arguably its greatest treat. Enjoy your cone on one of the Instagram-worthy outdoor picnic benches.

Reid’s Drive In

Lockport

For over 70 years, this nostalgic drive-in in downtown Lockport has been serving up sandwiches, dogs and fries to loyal locals and visiting tourists, always offering some of the best deals in town. Save room for one of their irresistible pineapple or black cherry shakes.

Widewaters on the Canal

Lockport

With its scenic waterfront location, Wide Waters is a popular road-trip pitstop along the Erie Canal. The menu here tempts with classic American staples as well as local delights like hearty beef-on-weck sandwiches. Afterward, sit on the jetty across the road and take in the sunset.

The Silo

Lewiston

Every vacationer loves a quirky food-stop and The Silo in Lewiston is hard to beat for a side of character and unique history — the silo originally stored coal, allowing boats to stop and fuel up. Along with its panoramic restaurant, its roadside caboose dishes up stop-you-in-your-tracks ice cream. Love a foodie challenge? Finish their gallon sundae and you’ll receive a t-shirt for bragging rights.

Bye’s Popcorn

Olcott

Located near Olcott Beach on Lake Ontario, the local legend that is Bye’s Popcorn has been serving up cartons of crunchy happiness for almost a century. Flavors here range from old-school buttered to treats like caramel with pecans and cashews. It’s all proudly GMO- and gluten-free, too.

Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard

Lewiston

Owned and operated by the Hibbard Family since 1939, this Lewiston landmark is still serving the same 80-year-old recipe dreamed up by Harold Hibbard way back when — and is still made by a Western New York creamery. Expect a rotating menu of flavors like lemon cheesecake, butter almond and “coconut obsession,” and make sure to sample their new flavor collaboration with big-time Hibbard fans the Barenaked Ladies: a coffee custard called the “Big Barenaked Bang,” available this summer.

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