USA Today: Cheap Eats: Why not wieners and wine at FLX Wienery


Remember in that wine-soaked comedy Sideways?At the nadir of his romantic agony, Miles, the film’s pathetic protagonist, uncorks a cherished 1961 Cheval Blanc in a fast food restaurant and drinks it out of a disposable cup.

Pairing an old Bordeaux with a burger and fries is shameful, right?

It doesn’t have to be. So say the couple behind a brand-new cone and grill eatery in Finger Lakes wine country pushing a new wave of artisanal hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, shakes and fries.

“We don’t discriminate,” says Isabel Bogadtke, 32, general manager at FLX Wienery. Her husband and business partner, Christopher Bates, 33, is the chef.

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