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Apr 8, 2009 12:33 PM

Anyplace good in Buffalo near UB?

I'll be in Buffalo for the first time next week for a conference, and am staying at the Residence Inn near the university. Does anyone have any suggestions on places to eat? I'm probably going to hit Duff's for the obligatory wing stop, but am clueless about what else is nearby and worthwhile. I'm burned out on pizza since I live in a college town, but I could be swayed if there were someplace exceptional. I'm not looking for anything fancy, but a good Vietnamese or Mexican place would be a treat. Also, is there a place that sells good six-packs in the area?

Thanks in advance....

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  1. NYPost just did a Buffalo travel story with lots of food. there are a number of buffalo threads on chow. search "beef on weck"

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    1. re: sarapeater

      I'll hunt down the Post story. Sandwiches aren't really what I'm looking for. I'm looking for geographic advice as much as anything. I would assume being near a major U would put me near something a little exotic than a roast beef sandwich.

      (I found the Post article, thanks.)

    2. Go to
      You'll find that you can search the area around the North Campus. Almost any local supermarket or food store has 6 packs. Try Flying Bison (local).
      Personally, I don't like Duff's but then I'm a locavore of long standing. If you have to eat wings near the campus I guess it's ok.

      1. Elmo's would be a better choice for wings then Duff's.
        It is somewhat agreed on this board that Elmo's (close to where you are staying - behind the University) and Bar Bill (in East Aurora) are the two best examples of Buffalo Wings.

        I need to warn you that Vietnamese and Mexican in Buffalo, while good, is not of world-class standards.
        For Vietnamese... try Saigon Bangkok
        For Mexican... try El Palenque.

        For shopping for six-packs... you have hit gold. If you are a beer enthusiast, you absolutely must visit Consumers.
        Consumer's beverages is a fantastic beer store, with hundreds of beers to chose from. I would recommend the location at Transit Rd (78) and Klein Rd, which you can reach by traveling east on Maple until you reach Transit and then turning left.
        You could also visit the Sheridan Drive@Niagara Falls blvd location, which is smaller, but also nearby.
        If you are in a pinch for time, a decent selection of beer can be found at the Wegman's supermarket chain, though a lot of their beer is not refrigerated, and refrigeration is a must in my book.
        I agree with houdini, try the local Flying Bison brand beer while in town. Aviator Red is the crowd favorite.

        2349 Millersport Hwy, Getzville, NY 14068

        Saigon Bangkok Restaurant
        512 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14223

        El Palenque Mexican Grill
        951 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14226

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        1. re: jerryc123

          Unfortunately, Saigon Bangkok just had a fire and was closed for repairs this week.

          1. re: houdini


            Have you been to either Jasmine on Niagara Falls Blvd, or Red Pepper on Maple? Both are directly across from the Boulevard mall.
            Jasmine is Thai, and Red Pepper is Chinese-Vietnamese. I've never been and I have heard reviews from excellent, to just alright. I generally don't recommend a place unless I have actually been there.

            Jasmine Thai Restaurant
            1330 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY 14150

            Red Pepper Chinese-Vietnamese
            3910 Maple Rd, Buffalo, NY 14226

            1. re: jerryc123

              Jasmine Thai is OK but pretty basic and nondescript. It seems to me to lack the contrast in flavors I usually find in Thai food. I'll have to look up Red Pepper.
              You might enjoy browsing if you haven't already - I tend to disagree on some of their reviews, but...
              I like Rapaport's better

              1. re: houdini

                Thanks for the link. I had forgotten about that.

              2. re: jerryc123

                Red Pepper has been good every time I have been but it's not the cleanest place so I would opt for take out given the choice. Their Pho was very good!

          2. You will be near the Amherst campus, which is located amidst your typical suburban sprawl. Not so interesting for eats - there is more near the South Campus (Main St.) area. If you want Vietnamese 99 Pho on Bailey is good. Shango for upscale N.Orleans influenced food (has a good wine and beer selection, too) on Main St. Both are near the south campus. The guide houdini posted is good, but keep in mind you can't trust all the reviews.

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            1. re: jmoryl

              Thanks for the tips, all. I didn't want to drive all the way through Hell and Creation and end up at Applebee's. Thankfully, the Residence Inn is near Elmo's.

              1. re: wondertrev

                I wholeheartedly agree with jmoryl.
                I suggested destinations based on your original request in your posting, but if circumstances allow you some leeway in travel, you will find much better eats as you travel into the urban core. Keep in mind Buffalo is a "twenty minutes to anywhere" kind of city, so if you have a car and a map, (or GPS) you can really expand your options.

            2. you may be tired of pizza but if not try leonardi's pizzeria..its buffalo style! a hometown favorite..its located about 2 minutes from ub where millersport, eggert, and grover cleveland all meet. best pizza in town!