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Buffalo to TO: Anything Chowish?

Dear Toronto Hounds:
I'm visiting my ancestral home and need to fly into Buffalo and rent a car to make the finances work. Is there anything delish along the way including slight detours? I'm open to anything but particularly like mom and pop ethnic and have posted on this site before about the wonderful ethnic restaurants found in strip malls in GTA. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Depends on when you're travelling, but there is a nice little winery in Jordan, ON. called Featherstone winery (.ca) and they serve light snacks to compliment their wine on the porch of their 1830's farmhouse. Very cool. It may only be on weekends, though.

    1. In Buffalo--Spot Coffee, Global Market (for soup and sandwiches), Lexington Co-op (try the local White Cow yogurt, custard, and drinks)

      1. I'll be traveling Friday and Monday May 23-26 so i'll miss the weekend activities at Featherstone. I was hoping for truckstops off the highway or near Buffalo airport. I know of some places near Pearson (very good South Indian) but not familiar with the Buffalo to Toronto driving route.

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        1. re: gourmaniac

          It's a very pretty route though a little boring re: chow, unless your willing to venture inland into hamilton/mississauga/niagara etc., which would take you off your route considerably. How far are you willing to detour? In not far, you may just want to wait for the strips malls near Pearson.

          One thought is that the niagara college dining room is open for lunch most days (except monday) and that is right by the highway just before the St. Catherines Skyway, only a 5 minute detour: map/link is here


          We often just hit the swiss chalet near Grimsby (and I hate swiss chalet) when we're travelling to/from niagra and need a fast meal.

          1. re: gourmaniac

            If you're looking for a truck stop there's a Husky on the highway; not sure which exit but it's near Niagara On the Lake/ St.Catherines. I imagine they have a website with addresses. I've only been to this particular location once and we had a child and horse in tow so it was the ideal stop for us. We've eaten at two other Husky's and the menus (may vary from location to location somewhat) are pretty decent for quick roadfood - and much better than fast food. Much of it tastes homemade. You can get everything from a burger to a full meal. Inexpensive and filling. And kids will get a kick out of the telephones with phone cards right at your table. Hope this helps.

          2. If you want to venture off the QEW a bit, you can stop into Niagara On The Lake. It's a beautiful small town at the mouth of the Niagara River, looking across the lake at TO.
            We go to The Olde Angel Inn (angel-inn.com) for some fine British pub fare.
            There are other suggestions if you search for NOTL on the Ontario board.


            1. You might consider stopping in Oakville at Sweetsmoke, in a strip mall on Rebecca. It gets high praise on this board, myself as well, and is probably the closest thing to real BBQ around here.Great desserts, too.Just go south from the QEW on Burloak and turn left (east) on Rebecca. Sweetsmoke.ca website.

              1. Is there a Fifth Wheel along the way. That's my all time favourite truck stop

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                1. re: air621

                  Yes, there's a Fifth Wheel at Grimsby. I agree - solid, unpretentious fare at reasonable prices. The "Hungry Man" breakfast is typical - 3 eggs, 3 bacon, 3 sausages, 3 pancakes, toast and home fries for $9.99. (The smaller version, which is 2 of everything, is a dollar cheaper.) Dinner might be meatloaf, pork chops, or liver and onions. Nothing fancy, but fast and tasty.

                  1. re: KevinB

                    Anchor bar in downtown buffalo is the invontor of the buffalo wing and still the overall best chicken wings i have ever tasted. I have been known to drive to buffalo sometime just to have some anchor bar wings.


                2. Thanks all for your suggestions. I will print and bring on my trip. Also noticed on searching the tristate board a map from Buffalo airport to Toronto with a route that passes through a number of buffalo region chowspots (Ted's, Charlie the Butcher etc). I will report back when i return from your fair city.

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                  1. re: gourmaniac

                    Some thoughts on Buffalo and area:

                    I believe Charlie the Butcher is located beside the Buffalo Airport so you've got a good start there. I haven't been personally but it seems to be a local favourite (I like Bar Bill http://barbill.com/ in East Aurora and want to try Schwabl's as well). Ted's http://www.tedsonline.com/ has good dogs but their onion rings are unique, they're more like an onion straw. Anderson's Custard http://www.andersonscustard.com/ has numerous locations in the Buffalo area as well, I usually hit up the location on Main St in Williamsville. I prefer Duff's wings to the Anchor bar but it's really a matter of preference, as they are both good in their own way. I went to a hole in the wall called The Pub http://www.thepubwebsite.com/ in Depew one time on a whim. The food was good and very reasonable, it's a local hangout I'd assume and gets busy on sports nights, the locals seemed friendly enough even though the place looked a little sketchy. Dibella's http://www.dibellas.com/ has awesome subs, I believe they supply the Wegman's chain with the bread and meat as they are pretty much identical.

                    In Niagara on the Lake on the Canadian side there's a little pub calle the Olde Angel Inn http://www.angel-inn.com/ . I usually stop there for fish and chips while in the area, I can't comment on much else but the fish and chips are good!

                  2. Thanks all for your responses. I'm back and don't have much to report. While near Buffalo airport, i tried to find Brennan's for wings, got lost and settled for a Ted's red Hots on Transit Road. Not bad, especially the onion rings, but the dog was just OK. I noted the Husky's near Grimsby and thought i would try it on the return trip but was concerned about missing the flight. I had some Chinese buns purchased at a Scarborough Chinese bakery that sufficed after a nice lunch at Sam Woo.