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Mar 18, 2009 11:45 AM

Buffalo's Restaurant Week

Hey Fellow Buffalo 'Hounds,

Have you heard of the upcoming Restaurant Week? It hasn't seemed well advertised, but there are a lot of restaurants participating, and many are offering great deals. I know we'll be headed to Tempo, Daniels (weekdays only, sadly), and Fiamma, and maybe Muse for Sunday brunch, if we're not too stuffed by then. Anyone else making plans?

Some of the less-pricey places are offering dinner for 2 for $20.09, which I think is a great way to make this accessible to lots of people...

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  1. How odd, I have not heard anything about this and i DO watch the news and I also work in PR! I am gonna look thru the site and see if any are do-able. Thanks for the link!

    1. I heard about it - and called around at spots I was interested in trying. As they point out on the web site - it's up to the restaurant as to what the fixed price gets you. After hearing several, I think it's sort of like "Taste of Buffalo" but in house. At the one place I'm going, it'll be like a slight discount on a full meal.

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      1. re: houdini

        Well, I stand corrected! I was able to read an article in the local paper and found - to my chagrin - that there are indeed restaurants that are offering up quite a mouthful. is the article and I'm guilty of making an assumption that the few I called were representative - not so!

        1. re: houdini

          I heard about this a few weeks ago. I'm sorry I didn't think of posting it here on Chow at the time. This looks like a great event and a fabulous way of getting people out to INDEPENDENT local restaurants, instead of TGI-Mc-funsters.

          By the way, while looking at the list I noticed that Scotch'n Sirloin was included - I always thought they were a national chain and had avoided them for that reason. I haven't been there since my teenage years with my family. Perhaps, it is time for a visit.

          I also wanted to put in a plug for FrogHair out in Williamsville. A friend told me that Scott Donhauser, former executive chef at Stillwater, who then when on to open Verbena on Maple in Amherst, had a falling out with Bill Goodhue and has moved on to FrogHair. I have not been there yet, but my understanding is that he will upgrade the menu from pub food to something more inventive. More good news in the clinical sterile environment of the 'burbs.

          I should also put in a plug for the 31 Club on 31 North Johnson in the city. The wife has been there a few times and says it is a sexy little place with good food. They are new, and kind of off the radar, so I thought it was worth a mention.

          1. re: jerryc123

            Thanks for the input! I have been to FrogHair a few times, not all that recently, so I need to get back there. I hear it's a bit crazy on the weekends but the times I have gone during the week I have enjoyed the food and the service.

            Now Scotch n' Sirlion is on my "avoid" list. Then again, I was only there once and just had a horrible experience...from the service (non-existent), to atmosphere (the loudest place I have been to in WNY so far) to the food....BUT, I would love to hear your experience and maybe I will try it again. It did kinda have a "chain" feel to it IMHO (I think they are only a local chain) but I am always open to giving a place another shot.

            1. re: L_W

              I know it is a bit late but my wife and I went to Shango for Restaurant week. It was a wonderful experience, I really appreciated the fact that they made a three-course menu just for this event. Plus, the server promoted it as the special, sometimes you see specials get pushed aside and only hear about them later.

              1. re: chefremarkable

                Actually, it is not too late.

                My wife and I were at Tempo last night and they still have 20.09 specials until Wednesday. The hostess explained that restaurant week was a huge success for them, but I am not sure if that has anything to do with it.
                Of course we didn't order anything for 20.09!

                If you feel you missed out, you may want to call around and see if your restaurant of choice still has some restaurant week specials. You never know.

                1. re: jerryc123

                  I dined at Tempo with a party of 10 Saturday night, and despite their website saying the Restaurant Week menu wouldn't be available on Sat., it was, and I think 8 out of 10 of us ordered from it. I got the KC steak, which was huge and perfectly prepared, and paired with their hand-rolled gnocchi and sauteed broccolini.

                  I also hit !Toro! Friday night. That was an excellent deal. The RW offering included a choice of 3 apps (I got delicious and pleniful mussels with sausage), 3 entrees (tenderloins with veggies in an amazing sauce), and a glass of wine for $20.09. That's a great deal at Toro, where a glass of wine alone can set you back $9...service was a bit slow - it was PACKED and running a wait even for rez - but the food was worth it.

                  I'm glad to hear it was such a success. I hope they keep it around!

        2. Bumbing this back as a fall restaurant week starts today. The link in Rosemary's post still works.