Help a few hounds from Toronto get a great meal in Buffalo
A few of us are in Buffalo for one night in May and are looking for some local eats . . . We are going casual, so we don't want anything we have to get dressed up for.
We like all types of food and are open to anything.
We will be in town for lunch and dinner
Price really doesn't matter
Give me your best recs for 1 day in Buffalo
Well, if you want to sample local Buffalo cuisine, try BarBill in East Aurora for what are IMHO, The best wings and beef on wek in the area. I'd do lunch there.
Dinner, I might go to Hutches, The Friars Table or Saigon-Bangkok. If I wanted a memorable dinner, I'd go to Daniels in Hamburg.
Second the Bar Bill in East Aurora for wings. Also make sure you order a loganberry soda to drink somewhere. I'm not sure if they have this in Toronto but I really miss it in NYC.
If you want Indian food you can't go wrong at Tandoori, which is on Transit just north of Sheridan, at the northwest corner of that intersection.
By local food do you mean wings, weck, etc.? There are so many place that serve good wings that I would use some other criteria; personally I like Cole's on Elmwood because they have a great selection of microbrews to go with the wings and a decent old time bar atmosphere. Anchor bar kinds sucks, IMO. Duff's is another wing favorite that comes up a lot, but it is in a rather boring suburban location.
Globe Market on Elmwood is a good place to catch a quick lunch.
For dinner you might try Tempo, Hutch's, Shango or Bacchus (decent wines by the glass): all not too fancy but nice food. Do a search - there have been some other threads on Buffalo. If you are from Toronto you will likely be disappointed by any Chinese food and possibly by the Indian.
Left Bank, on Rhode Island, small but loud, upscale brownstone-type bistro with great dishes, thoughtfully prepared. $$ http://www.leftbankrestaurant.com/
Hutches, on Delaware Ave, old-time favorite of local foodies, never a bad meal, comfort dishes, attentive service. $$-$$$
Friar's Table, on Kensington Ave, retro style steakhouse, still authentically rat-pack era. Reasonably priced - consistently excellent steaks, and like stepping back in time. Hey Daddy-O, get a Gin Martini & Surf and Turf. $$
Schwabl's, on Center Rd. West Seneca, German. Carved roast beef on weck(salty bun) in a venerable 1940's institution. Expect to dine in comfy close-quarters. $-$$
Cole's, on Elmwood Ave, tavern and restaurant, very large selection of craft beers at the old wood bar. Very decent food. $-$$
Roycroft Inn, on Grove Street, East Aurora, Very nice menu in a authentically restored 1900 Arts-&-Crafts (mission-style) building. Excellent Sunday Brunch. $$
Gabriel’s Gate on Allen St, an old restaurant/tavern, and the only restaurant that still has a real woodburning fireplace. Good sandwiches for lunch. $-$$
Really Old Favorite:
Ulrich’s Tavern, on Ellicott St, oldest continually-run tavern in the city, German-Irish in flavor, it serves lunch weekdays, and dinner Thur-Sat (get the potato pancakes and German sausages.) $ http://ulrichstavern.net/
Laughlin’s, on Franklin St, gorgeously appointed, casual gastro-pub, good beer selection, good food, very comfortable. $-$$
Fiamma Steak, on Hertel, haven't been, but trusted friends say excellent steak, “best in Buffalo?” $$$
Shango, on Main, Cajun-Creole, with good craft beer (Chimay on tap) and wine list. $$
Buffalo Style Chicken Wings:
Anchor Bar, on Main St, inventor of the buffalo-style wing, most popular with tourists, and therefore open for lunch and dinner all the time. Decent wings, though locals have other favorites for any number of personal reasons. $-$$
Duff’s, on Sheridan Drive near UB, Amherst, local favorite, they advertise their hot as very hot, very hot as suicidal, you get the idea. Their wings are always too salty when I go. $
Elmo’s Sports Tavern, on Millersport near UB, Amherst, my personal favorite for wings. Other styles like Cajun, bar-b-que, and honey mustard, too. $
The Elmwood Village, was once a college bar strip, but now has plenty of upscale restaurants.
Delaware Avenue, was once millionaires row, and has mostly upscale restaurants, though spread out far between. Plan your trip and get reservations.
Hertel Avenue, on the northern side of town, is quickly becoming “restaurant row” with almost a new restaurant opening daily. Heavy percentage of Italian-American and ethnic restaurants. Just drive down the street and check out each menu in the window.
The ‘burb’s. Buffalo is a large city with a small population and small-town feel. An archaic state law prohibits the city from growing past the last century's established boundry, so much of "buffalo" is actually labeled as The highway system was designed to handle twice as much traffic than we have, so Buffalo is literally a “twenty-minutes-to-anywhere” town. Don’t be afraid to try a destination restaurant in a suburban area.
Buffalo is known for these culinary treasures (try them when you are in town):
Buffalo Style Chicken Wings, Beef On Weck, Sponge Candy, Loganberry Drink, Flying Bison brewery.
Two good sources for Buffalo restaurant reviews:
Started by a UB professor who was continually asked where to eat...
City based website with no news of the suburbs...
Smile while in Buffalo, and have fun!
I liked you're 20 mins. to anywhere comment. After living out of the area for about 25 years I returned with a friend from the place I now live in and realized everytime we discussed how far it was to someplace in Buff. everyone wound up saying that it was just a 20 min. drive. How true it is.