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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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  1. Check Chowhound or Roadfood.com for the best Beef on a Weck. Pretty tasty when it's done right.

    1. I have always enjoyed a quick bite at Ted's Hot Dogs (locations at Galleria Mall and Niagara Falls Blvd) when I am in Buffalo.

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      1. re: ParsleySage

        I love the wings and the pizza at Buzzy's which is across from the Target on Niagara Falls Blvd near Military Road.

        1. re: paper_bag_princess

          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.

      2. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        1. 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.

          1. The Permier Gourmet (and beer) store and the Premier Wine store are right next to each other on Deleware. It's worth the trip even if you have to pay tax.


            They have lots not available here in Ontario

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            1. re: mikeb

              You are right about Premier Wines being worth the trip! I purchased a 1.5 Litre of The Little Penguin Chardonnay for $11.99. A 750ml bottle of the same wine sells for $11.00 at our LCBO. Even when you factor in tax it's still a deal.

              1. re: ParsleySage

                Can someone explain how it works when you purchase wine/spirits over the border at some place like Premier Wines and Spirits - in the instance where you haven't stayed more than 48 hours? Are you still allowed to bring it across and simply pay the tax/duty? How does this work, or must you be away 48 hours no matter what to bring it back into Canada?

            2. This is a site that covers the Buffalo area. http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/restaurant...
              As a local, I find it to be right on in it's reviews mostly. If you want to stay in the are of the Galleria, you might want to take a look at this article which appeared recently - http://www.buffalonews.com/entertainm...

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              1. re: houdini

                Jillvis, you can bring wine, beer or spirits back home to Canada even if you've only crossed the border for a single day. I go cross-border shopping from Toronto to Buffalo quite often, usually just as a day-trip. Occasionally, I'll pick up some wine and/or beer. My experience at the border has been that sometimes they make me pay the taxes (I always declare everything) and sometimes they just wave me through without making me pay anything (that's usually if I haven't spent a lot and am bringing back mostly groceries & only beer, not hard liquor). If they do make you pay, expect to be dinged for duty, "Provincial liquor mark-up fee" which I think varies from province to province, as well as GST & PST. It may end up costing you as much in taxes, if not more, than what you paid for the bottle. However, some liquor prices are so low state-side, that even with all the taxes figured in, it still turns out to be a good deal.