Great Road Food between Niagara and Poughkeepsie area?
I have to post a pretty broad query here, because google maps indicate that there are three very different car routes to take between these locations, differing only by minutes. Keeping in mind that we're driving on a Sunday and will be going through Niagara Falls from Canada about 11 a.m.: any ideas about places along the major routes to stop for lunch and dinner breaks? (One route goes to Albany and then down; another goes so far as Syracuse and then down through Binghamton and on; the other cuts south from Buffalo through Elimira to Binghamton and on.)
We can take time enough for sit-down restaurants, but will not want fancy or formal stops. Great drive-throughs would be just fine, too. We love various "ethnic" cuisines (anything from Thai to Mexi, Polish, Greek, etc.), but we also appreciate a great burger joint, Italian deli, etc.
One way to think about this: what places in the far Upstate would you really miss if you had to move away?
Thanks! As I entered my internet "what-the-heck-is-weck" search, I came across this Chowhound thread that dissed the Anderson brand versus Schawbel and some other places:
One poster does note that the Sheridan location is a better experience than the other Anderson outlets. What say?
I also saw a video about Anderson's, and that indicates that they sell their own char-dogs. Teds or Louies are different enough to matter, I assume?
I do recall hearing that there are some great brands of hot dogs in the Buffalo area...
re: Bada Bing
For hot dogs and other grilled foods, I would recommend Ted's over the other local chains named above (Anderson's Louie's). Ted's uses local Sahlen hot dogs, as do most of the others. However, their grilling set-up is "bigger and better" than the others. Also, Ted's has the best onion rings anywhere.
I don't care for beef on weck, but I'm sure that for this (and other hot "sliced meat" sandwiches, as well as for chorizo and Italian sausage), Charlie the Butcher's is the best choice. Near the Airport on Wehrle at Cayuga.
Anderson's has its strong points, mainly for the frozen custards and shakes. For meals, I do go there often with my family because of the variety they offer. They have "something for everyone" (I often opt for soup), especially finicky kids who want something bland. But bland doesn't do it for Chowhounds.