BBQ & Breakfast in Buffalo?
Coming in from Toronto for a Sunday. Looking for good BBQ and breakfast.
BBQ- Have heard good things about Kentucky Gregs. Any good? A friend of mine likes Smokey Bones. I've never been to either. Any other places??
Brekky- I went to the Original Pancake House in Williamsville last year. Not bad, the bacon pancakes, which were awesome, were by far the best thing there. The rest I was a bit lukewarm on. Any other good tasty downhome breakfast joints to send me to??
Since you'll be in on a Sunday, you'll have some good, upscale brunch choices. Shango, Left Bank, and Nekktar have the best offerings for around $11-$16 for a heaping plate, including breads, coffee/tea, and I think a drink (at Nektar). Betty's is more of a down-home, standard kind of breakfast spot ($7-$12), with fresh, locally-produced offerings, and some good vegan and vegetarian choices in the mix. It gets packed on Sundays, though. There's also the diner circuit, but I'd avoid that if I had the options listed above...
KG is also my BBQ choice but if they are closed Sunday's, I'd recommend Suzy Qs. I thought it was really good the one time I went. I don't know that they are open Sunday, though. BW's out in Blasdell is a step down, but passable. I would avoid Fat Bob's if you're looking for good BBQ. I see it pop up here every once and while as a recommended spot, but frankly, their BBQ is not up to snuff.
As a member of a KCBS competition barbeque team, I feel like I need to speak up here.
Smokey Bones is a chain that does not "barbeque" on site. I believe all their meat is smoked offsite, sealed in kryo bags, and then reheated before serving. Yes, the meat has the signature red smoke rings you should see in authentic bar-b-que, but the whole TGI-McFunsters cookie-cutter-corporate atmosphere really leaves me cold.
Calling Smokey Bones a bar-b-que joint is akin to calling Applebee's a neighborhood grill.
Some authentic barbeque places I would suggest are...
Donnie's Smokehouse - 833 Jefferson Avenue Buffalo (716)884-2191
Probably the best in Buffalo. The neighborhood could be somewhat rough.
Kentucky Gregs - Two locations in Cheektowaga & Orchard Park.
Very Good. Sorry to hear they are not open Sundays.
One Eyed Jacks - 5983 Transit Rd Lockport.
Very Good - Worth the trip.
Buffalo Barbecue & Brew, 1680 Elmwood Ave (716)362-2602
Very Good - Their sauce is a little too sweet for my taste.
SuzyQs Barbeque 2829 Niagara St (716) 873-0757
Very Good - Been a few times, but not recently.
After many "benefit of the doubt," I too, have given up on Fat Bob's. From over seasoning, to under smoking, to consistency problems, I can just can not recommend this restaurant.
On a separate note....
For breakfast, Original Pancake House rocks!!!
My favorite is the Apple pancake, an egg and apple creation that is out of this world.
Appreciate the passion! Thanks very much.
I'm from Toronto so needless to say BBQ is not a part of our culture. I mean, it's a part of MY culture, but my point is that there's slim pickins up here to say the least when it comes to authentic BBQ. One place does a great job (Buster Rhino’s) and a bunch of places that say they are trying but totally don’t get it. But BBQ and the interest in authentic BBQ is booming here. Within a few years I think we'll have a half-dozen or so quality places that serve real BBQ – not just the one.
In the meantime I'm happy to give any place a chance, including Smokey Bones, chain notwithstanding. I'm fully and completely aware that chains do their own thing and their products are not even to be whispered in the same vein as true BBQ. I know that. Problem is, I'm coming in on a Sunday and most mom and pops places seem to close then. Plus I've heard enough good things about SB to at least warrant a visit to see for myself. Especially if my first options are closed that day.
To me, tasty is tasty. While it's certainly true that you can’t compare true BBQ to what the chains serve, I’m open to give things a shot. As long as I leave happy I won’t die if things are smoked offsite with very little love and adherence to tradition, and are not nearly as good as the real deal.
Thanks for all these other recs! Will absolutely look into them now. My Sunday plans have kind of fallen through but I will need these in the near future. Awesome.
As an aside, love that you are a member of the KCBS. I’ll be seeing you at the Royal in October!!!!!
Donnie's!! Ooooh..I'm so glad someone mentioned Donnie's Smokehouse. That really is the best BBQ in Buffalo! And it's OPEN ON SUNDAYS!!! I don't know why I didn't remember that...
Ok, the neighborhood gets a bad rep, but it's actually getting better. I work just around the corner at Roswell Park...it's really not that bad, especially on a Sunday afternoon. And on the plus side, the neighborhood and ramshackle nature of the place makes it perhaps more authentic (in the south, all the best BBQ spots are tucked away in somewhat questionable neighborhoods or just a series of smokers set in some guy's backyard).
MAGIC - you should definitely hit Donnie's. It's not that we're down on Smokey Bones ONLY because it's a chain that imports its meat in bags, but because it just isn't that good. So check out Donnie's. It's the closest thing to authentic BBQ I've seen outside of the deep south.
Jerryc123: Is Buffalo BBQ & Brew really that good? We had a very disappointing experience there...now I'm wondering if we should give it another chance. I liked the atmosphere, and thought it might be a good spot for Sabres viewing. Would like if their food were better...
I've been to SuzyQ's for dinner only, so I can't really comment on whether there's a better time. But dinner has been great! Smokey Bones is just eh. I didn't have a good meal there the one time I went, so I didn't comment on it. I know others who like it, but...well, let's just say I'm from the south, and Smokey Bones just isn't BBQ. So I would avoid if I could go to Suzy Qs.
Haha, well I'm from the north so I don't know any better :)
I called and Suzy Q's is closed Sundays so Smokey Bones it might have to be. Either that or Famous Daves (which I know nothing about).
Compared to the BBQ options we have in Toronto (almost nothing save for one really great place called Buster Rhino's) those are still viable and attractive options for me. Too bad I'm not coming in on a Saturday but ah well...
To say "Ok, the neighborhood gets a bad rep, but it's actually getting better." and "The neighborhood could be somewhat rough" doesn't quite get the idea across. You are asking for trouble going into a neighborhood where drive by shootings are a weekly occurrence to get some BBQ - no matter HOW good it is. I've lived in Buffalo for about 60 years and my days of going there are over.
I'd sooner eat the Q at Friendly's.
Wow! Really? I think that's pretty harsh. I work literally 1/2 mile from Donnie's every single day, and I can't think of the last time I heard of a drive-by shooting occurring nearby. And I walk on my lunch breaks around the Fruit Belt, and there's a lot of positive things happening over there. Obviously this isn't the place to discuss community building, but I would hate to think people are "asking for trouble" by going to Donnie's. I still recommend it, Magic. You can check out the 'hood yourself on Google Earth.
I'm adventurous enough, I'll likely throw caution to the wind and check it out myself. I have a friend with some Buffalo insight. I'll ask him for his two cents. But I don't see it as a huge impediment to me visiting. I do appreciate all the advice given to me. Very useful - all of it.
So, this morning's News has an article which should interest you: http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/story.....
That drive-by shooting (the latest of many near there) was at 4:30 in the afternoon - about a mile from Donnie's BBQ.
It's only "harsh" if it's not true. Me, I'll get my Q someplace other than the war zone.
I am planning on writing a more comprehensive review of the BBQ scene in Buffalo. I really like BBQ, and as a member of a KCBS team that competes, I think I have a bit of knowledge on the subject. Until then, I am bumping this thread with a list of restaurant's that specialize in barbecue in Buffalo.
By the way: barbeque and barbecue are both accepted spellings.
Donnie's Smoke house
One Eyed Jack's
Suzy Q's Barbeque
Buffalo Barbecue and Brew
Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit
2186 George Urban Blvd, Depew, NY 14043
One Eyed Jacks
5983 S Transit Rd Ste 1, Lockport, NY 14094
Fat Bob's Smokehouse
41 Virginia Pl, Buffalo, NY 14202
Donnie's Smoke House
883 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204
Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill
2007 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
1753 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225
Suzy Q's Barbeque Shack
2829 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14207
Buffalo Barbecue & Brew
1680 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14207
I'll be going to Buffalo (from Toronto) and am thinking about trying either KG or Suzy-Q for BBQ ribs. Is there a difference in the "style" of BBQ at these two restaurants? I don't like my BBQ too sweet and would appreciate your opinion. Also, thanks for the referral to this thread from the Ontario board.
1110 Chenango St, Binghamton, NY 13901