Saturday, April 13, 2013

Favorite restaurants: Pautler’s Drive-In of Clarence

It’s spring, and that means it’s time for the return of Pautler’s Drive-In of Clarence, located at 6343 Transit Rd. in East Amherst. Established in 1958, Pautler’s is another family-owned and operated business that offers quick food that says summer, sun and fun.
There is a definite 1950s feel to Pautler’s, from the background music to the décor to the food: basics like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, beef on weck, curly q fries and fried bologna sandwiches. There’s also a lighter menu featuring chicken souvlaki and a selection of salads, plus a kids menu that offers a drink and fries with one of the following: hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger, chicken fingers or the perennial kid-favorite, grilled cheese.
The best deals at Pautler’s are the combo meals, which start at less than $5 (hot dog). Each meal includes a medium drink, steak fries or curly q fries and your choice of hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger, beef on weck or chicken fingers. These meals are made even better if you can find some of the coupons they offer in local coupon booklets – buy a combo meal, get a free custard!
Oh, yeah – in addition to great food, they serve awesome custard, ice cream (Perry’s!), frozen yogurt, milkshakes, floats and more. To add to the diner feel of Pautler’s, they host a popular Tuesday night Cruise Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; the 2013 edition kicks off on May 14th and runs through September.
Pautler’s does close for the winter, so make sure you get there before the snow flies!

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