Hamburg, NY

Suns Out, Buns Out at Red Top

J.M. Lesinski
A shot of the front entrance of Red Top in Hamburg, New York.Photo byPhoto by J.M. Lesinski

Right off Lakeshore Road at the corner of Big Tree is a local legend of Western New York, serving up the best in grilled goods just a quick walk from the beach. Red Top Hot Dogs in Hamburg, New York is a local institution that has been around for as long as one can remember, the iconic red roof a beacon for tasty hot dogs, shakes, and just about everything else everyone loves about good old-fashioned outdoor grub.

One can never go wrong with the char-grilled taste and perfect snap of the hot dogs at Red Top. The cheese dog is always a solid choice for a small upgrade, while the same goes for the classic chili dog, or better yet both in the chili cheese dog. For those looking for a little extra crunch to go with the signature snap of the hot dog, the kraut dog or kraut with cheese is right up one’s alley.

Burgers are always solid too, with a no-nonsense approach simplifying how to order them. Choices are burger, cheeseburger, double burger, or double cheeseburger, with peppers and onions available on each option for a little extra. The value for the price is still unbeatable locally anywhere after all these years.

For appetizers, the fries at Red Top are one-of-a-kind, freshly cut and fried up perfectly crispy. The cheese fries are an easy upgrade for maximum flavor and at a price that will make one’s wallet happy too. Any order of nachos is a safe bet too, especially with the works, piled high and sure to satisfy any hunger.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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