Goin' shoppin' in Buffalo - apart from wings?? [Moved from Ontario board]
I'm joining the throngs and going to Buffalo shopping next week...any good chow experiences I should try and fit in while I'm there?? I've done the Anchor Bar wings thing...wondering what else is worth taking a break from shopping for??
Don't know if this will get moved by the Chowteam but it is of interest to Toronto audience...
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Check Chowhound or Roadfood.com for the best Beef on a Weck. Pretty tasty when it's done right.
This thread belongs right here on the Ontario board, where it can be of use to Torontonians about to make the shlep to Buffalo, though you might want to tap into the Tri-State board that includes Buffalo in its lineup. That's where you can get up-to-the-minute tips from locals who're actually on the scene. There's also a good website on Buffalo restaurants, similar to Chowhound but mainly devoted to local college students on a budget, hosted by Bill Rappaport (not sure about the number of p's in his name).
Ted's, recommended earlier on this thread, is a solid lunch tip, though I'm only familiar with the original spot on Niagara Falls Blvd. Good basic and tasty fast food (dogs and fries especially) in a better-than-average cafeteria-like setting. If you're staying for dinner, though, I'm partial to Mother's, which I try to hit every time I'm in Buffalo overnight. It's an entertaining dive in the downtown area, just off the Allen St. antique district, with imaginative cooking, an exceedingly lively young crowd, reasonable prices - and just about the best modestly-priced wine list I've run into in North America. A little gem.
And a tip about shopping. Most Canadians rush to the discount malls and Walden Galleria, but few - it seems - are aware of Sym's, a large discount men's and women's clothing store situated on the edge of a large plaza in a northeast suburb of Buffalo. But you can be sure Buffalo residents know about it, though. There's nothing near Sym's for a good nosh that I'm aware of. So you'll have to drive a bit in case you get the hungries while rummaging through Sym's.
Adjusting this slightly to 'any foods available in Buffalo that aren't here in Toronto' (surely that makes it an Ontario post!).
A number of prepackaged foods from D'Artagnan are worth seeking out. In particular the "duck bacon" is heavenly.
Of course, in case any Canada Customs people are reading, we always defrost the package, buy a grill and cook and eat it before returning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We recently made the shopping trip to Buffalo from T.O. Had 2 great meals. Romeo&Juliet's: casual, great service and great value. Had pizza and the lasagna special. Falafel Bar: Best chicken shwarma I've ever had. No liquor license. Both are on Sheridan Ave. in Amherst. Also picked up some french butter at Wegman's. Yum.