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We're on the road to Toronto with stops in Pittsburg and Buffalo. Looking for some good places to eat, but not to break the bank. Thanks for your help.

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  1. I don't know Pittsburg, and others in Toronto will let you know their favorites in Toronto soon enough. But in Buffalo, I don't think you'll do better than Mother's for tasty, imaginative food, remarkably reasonable wine prices, a lively and casual atmosphere and extremely good value. It's in the downtown area, on a short street (Virginia Place, if I recall), just off Allen Avenue. Outside, it looks like a dive, but once you get inside, it's beautifully laid out and lots of fun. Every time I go to Buffalo for the weekend from Toronto, I always hit Mother's.

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    1. re: juno

      In Buffalo, you should go to La Nova. I know this is a strong statement, but they have the best wings I have ever had. By far. Try their World Famous BBQ wings. You will not be dissapointed. Very good greasy pizza as well, but the wings should not be missed. There are two locations. One very near the airport and the other near the boarder on West Ferry (sp ?) ave

      1. re: jeff75

        LaNova used to be good in a rough working man's way. But It has gone way down hill, and it's been a few years since I've been there. The crust on the pizzas became similar to gas station pizza crusts. The wings became deep fried, refrigerated, and then finished to order on the BBQ.. And very expensive!
        So I indulge only at Buzzy's on Pine St(?) , just before Military Trail, across from the Econo Lodge (?) Motel , as you go from Canada out to the Outlet Mall. Been going there for almost 20 years for the white pizza. rRecently the crust has slipped a bit , but still my favourite pizza place anywhere.
        VVM

        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          Second Buzzy's. Good wings and pizza, although I've never had the white pizza.

    2. For the stop in Buffalo, I would suggest Anchor Bar (1047 Main St, near the corner of North St) http://www.anchorbar.com/directions.asp for their wings...best medium chicken wings!

      Buzzy's (mentioned above) is ok for the wings & pizza, but the place is small and service could be better. It's worth checking out if you're in the area: http://buzzyspizza.com/index.htm

      1. Reading these and past posts re places to eat in Buff. I feel can be misleading. One might get the impression the only places in that town that are any good are wing and pizza joints. This is definitely not the case and I was glad to see at least one place outside of that category mentioned ie. Mother's. Although I've never been there I've been told it is quite good. I know you asked for places that won't break the bank, but there are plenty of good restaurants in town that are reasonably priced.

        You might try Sole mentioned below as well as Le Metro in the same plaza and same ownership. Also if you are looking for good Indian food I highly recommend Tandoori. For Prime Rib you can go to Friar's Table. There are many more, but my poor memory fails me on the details of others. No matter what I hope you enjoy your stop in Western New York and remember its more than just a wing and pizza town.

        1. I agree with the sentiment above - Buffalo has a lot more going on than wings and beef on weck. Mother's is quite good, but in the same general neighborhood, I like Toro better. But a place I really miss, often overlooked, is Shango, on Main St near Kenmore Ave. Great beer list, ambience, cajun-inspired food - and as far as avoiding breaking the bank, I would consider them one of the best bang-for-the-buck meals in the city.

          1. here are some more suggestions...

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/384905