Louie’s Texas Red Hots Celebrates 50 Years

louies_greek_key-2Since opening its doors in 1967, Louie’s Texas Red Hots has proudly been serving its delicious Sahlen’s hot dogs, special sauce, Greek favorites and more. The name has become synonymous as one of Western New York’s landmark chain restaurants and they’ve recently partnered with Sahlen’s, another Buffalo original. This year, as the restaurant celebrates its 50th Anniversary, they will show gratitude to its customers with “Take it Back Tuesdays” until May.

The community that has helped Louie’s grow from one to seven locations is welcome to stop by any of its restaurants on the first Tuesday of every month until May, and if they purchase one hot dog they receive a second at a “retro” price.

“When I opened there were about 20 Texas Hot places and they all went family style. We stayed true to the Texas Hot to make it the leader of his business,” said Louie Galanes, owner, Louie’s Texas Red Hots. “We are extremely grateful to Western New Yorkers who have made Louie’s Texas Red Hots a culinary institution. Without them we wouldn’t be able to serve residents and visitors throughout Niagara and Erie Counties. ‘Take it Back Tuesdays’ is a way for us to show thanks as we think about the past 50 years.”

In addition to “Take it Back Tuesdays,” Louie’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary by being the official sponsor of the Buffalo Bandits, a new app; and promoting it’s “Skip the Dishes” amenity, an online delivery and pickup service.

Louie’s Texas Red Hots may be best known for their Sahlen’s hot dog grilled on a flat top, served on a steamed roll with mustard, silver onions and topped with Louie’s special, 100-percent beef, spicy meat sauce, but certain locations serve a variety of dishes 24/7. There is a full breakfast all day, in addition to made-to-order sandwiches such as Souvlaki Beef and Chicken along with Gyro’s and homemade spanakopita. Try Louie’s Old Fashioned Milkshakes made with real ice cream, milk and syrup, which has been popular for 50 years.

Louie’s Texas Red Hots originally opened May 2, 1967 on Bailey and Delevan Aves, and now has seven other locations. Its newest location is on Webster St. in North Tonawanda. They also have locations at Delaware and Hertel Ave., Bailey Ave. and Route 33, Elmwood Ave. near Forest, Harlem and Mineral Springs, Transit near Losson Rd., and Southwestern Blvd. and Abbott near New Era Field.


Eat Like an Italian in Niagara Falls USA

The Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls.

The Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls.

What you eat is where you are – and there’s no better way to know a destination than through its food. Niagara USA is home to 800 farms, 20 wineries, one brewery and even a cideria, so it’s no wonder that our culture has seeped into some of the best eateries around.

In Niagara Falls, there are one-of-a-kind restaurants so authentic, so beloved by locals and visitors alike, that I can’t imagine visiting the Honeymoon Capital of the World without experiencing them.

Like many cities in the U.S., Niagara Falls saw an influx of Italian immigrants in search of a better life for themselves and their families in the early 1900s. The legacy of this movement includes amazing restaurants where recipes from the old country are found on the menus.

Here is a trio of some not-to-miss haunts while in Niagara Falls USA.


Not much has changed at Fortuna’s since 1945 – not even the sauce and salad dressing recipes. For authentic Italian food, head to Fortuna’s – in Little Italy, near Niagara Falls State Park. Every generous dish can be enjoyed in a cozy atmosphere or ordered for take out.

Try the antipasta and don’t skip the handmade gnocchi or ravioli. Steak, veal, poultry and fresh seafood are also on the menu.

Fortuna’s is located at 827 19th St., Niagara Falls.

Como Restaurant

As much of a landmark as the falls themselves, the Como Restaurant is another great option in Little Italy. Four generations of the Antonacci and Colucci families have been perfecting specialized Italian dishes, which are still prepared in true old-world style. Every dish is a reflection of Francesco Antonacci, who started the business in 1927. Try a pasta dish, and pair it with one of the Como’s many wines.

The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and take out. Visitors can also catch a meal as they are leaving town, as the Como has a second location, which is just past the Niagara Falls International Airport.

As seen on the Food Network, the Como Restaurant is not to be missed.

The Como Restaurant is located 2220 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

Wine on Third Pizza Bistro

For a modern version of Italian – pizza, that is – head over to Wine on Third Pizza Bistro for lunch, or its neighbor, Wine on Third, for dinner. Brick oven pizzas with unique toppings, and a fresh chef salad with house dressing, make for a perfect lunch.

Wine on Third has an expanded menu, including sushi, tapas and more. Don’t forget its happy hour and drink menu – and the excellent wine list and scrumptious martinis will leave you toasting the Cataract City.

Wine on Third is located at 501 Third St., Niagara Falls.

This blog post also appeared on “Niagara Now” in Niagara Frontier Publications.


WNY using its noodle: The latest food craze hits the left side of New York

There’s nothing slippery about it. A noodle bar is one of the latest and hippest dining trends. From Manhattan to LA, foodies are noshing at these Asian haunts. The noodle bar craze finally arrived in Western New York this summer. Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel unveiled its newest restaurant, The Noodle Bar at Koi.

The Noodle Bar at Koi restaurant offers a quick, healthy, savory, and affordable dish and a new alternative for lunch or a late-night snack. Everything is fresh, authentic from China, and made to order – and the experience between chefs and diners is interactive.

A part of this friendly and attentive staff is Executive Chef Gary McHale, a self-taught chef who has absorbed the technique of preparing innovative dishes throughout the world. His creativity can be seen in his sushi rolls, from decorative sushi to rolls with sausage, this chef does not disappoint.

The comfortable, modern environment is welcoming with plush booths, warm colors and an open kitchen. Watch master chefs prepare items such as noodle and rice dishes, congee (porridge), and dim sum (dumplings) in front of guests.

A first class dining experience at Koi

I recommend a bowl of petite noodles in chicken broth, with steamed juice dumplings of pork and crab meat. The carbs in this dish may be a small portion, but they are plentiful. There’s no delicacy in eating this dish. Served in a ceramic bowl with a spoon, do not be afraid to cut these meaty treats with a knife.

A bowl of steaming noodles at the Koi bar

Be sure to wash down this piping hot dish with a glass of Pennyworth or Coconut juice (both $3.50 per glass). Both herbal drinks, the latter is blended on ice, and is a clear drink of young coconut. So sweet yet refreshing, you’ll be asking for a cup to go.

Pennyworth – – worth every cent

Forget the slots and crap tables, The Noodle Bar at Koi hits the jackpot.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel – The Noodle Bar at Koi Restaurant
310 4th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303 (near hotel entrance doors)