Now that summer is finally here, it’s time to find an outdoor hangout where you can pull up a bench and enjoy a meal under the sun.
One such neighborhood restaurant is Reid’s in the Town of Tonawanda. The eatery has been serving the Kenmore-Tonawanda area for the past 44 years. The quaint little stand serves hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, shakes and more at a great price.
Diners are greeted by a slick board on the front of the stand that lists the eatery’s offerings. Sandwiches and prices range from red and white hots ($2.25) to double cheeseburgers ($4), with ham, sausage, chicken and crab at prices in between. Wash it all down with soft drinks ($1.25 to $2.75), bottled water ($1.50), floats ($3.50 and $5.50) or milkshakes ($3.50 and $5.50).
Once the order is placed, there is plenty to view inside the restaurant to pass the five or so minutes it takes for the food to be prepared. A seat back from the old Yankee Stadium perplexes regulars who know that the owners are Red Sox fans. A line of bobbleheads (Santa, Yoda and the Wicked Witch of the West, among others) gently shakes in the breeze. Signs encourage patrons to visit the establishment’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
When the order is served, it’s time to take a paper plate full of goodness and find a seat on a patio at either side of the restaurant. Umbrellas are available at several tables for those who do not want to get too hot as they eat.
The lightly breaded, deep-fried chicken sandwich ($3.75) will impress with its tenderness, juiciness and size – larger than the sesame hamburger roll that surrounds it. No fast-food chain can beat it. It and the accompanying onion rings ($3.25) were cooked to a perfect crisp without being overly greasy. French fries ($2.25) also are offered as a side dish, and cheese may be added for an additional 75 cents.
Any sandwich can be topped with American cheese (25 cents extra) or provolone (75 cents extra). Reid’s also offers free onions and a sweet and tangy sauce, a secret recipe that is only described as tomato-based when ordering. It’s a highly recommended addition to any of the sandwiches.
Dessert comes in the form of soft and hard ice cream and yogurt ($2.50 to $3.50) in a variety of flavors, from the traditional chocolate, strawberry and vanilla to the more exotic sponge candy, peanut butter cup, butter almond crunch and lemon sorbet. Specialty items include arctic swirls ($3.50 to $5.50) and sundaes ($3.25 and $4.50) with such extras as sprinkles (25 cents) and peanuts, pecans and whipped cream (50 cents each).
Reid’s on Elmwood
Where: 2800 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda (877-7343).
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.
Extras: Cash only, parking in lot or on side streets, open seasonally.