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Buffalo Signature Dishes

louuuuu Jun 29, 2010 05:31 AM

Going to B for the weekend and would like to sample local specialties. Know about Wings and Wecks ..any other Buffalo offerings unique to the region?

Driving from NYC -- any places along the way?.

  1. louuuuu Jul 6, 2010 05:10 AM

    Always like to report back. One of my pet CH peeves: when posters ask for help and then are MIA, never to be heard from again.

    Ok, hit 3 of the possible 5 signatures: Weck at Schwabls, Wings at Anchor, Sponge at Mike. A 2 hour wait on the Rainbow from Canada scrapped a visit for the hot dog...and trying the Pizza would have been strictly anthropological since I'm not a fan of thicker crusts and decided not to waste the calories.

    All three were outstanding. The handcarved RB ordered rare was then and rare -- and that's rare. My family ran a deli in the Midwest and never used cutting machines because they toar the meat. Besides my Uncle cut CB faster than a machine. The carver at Schwabl was not as fast... and my only complaint is the time it took to get the sandwich after ordering... almost 40 minutes!!! But the result was well worth the wait.

    The wings at Anchor came much faster... and were fantastic and the sauce outstanding. Moist, golden and meaty wings! Ordered the hot... and my interior stayed hot for most of the evening. Sampled their weck, but not in same league as Schwalbl. When we walked in thought this is a tourist trap because it almost looked like a movie set. That may be, but the wings couldn't have been prepared better.

    And the sponge candy was a surprise ... very light and the chocolate smooth and sweet.

    If I ever get there again will be sure to try the Pizza and the charcoal dog. And try to catch a Bison game.. Nice park.

    Over all impression -- a hard drinking town, that takes its finger food very seriously. And the folks aret Minnesota Nice.

    Schwabl's Restaurant
    789 Center Rd, Buffalo, NY 14224

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    1. re: louuuuu
      Sra. Swanky Jul 6, 2010 09:44 AM

      Thanks for the report , Lou -- glad you enjoyed Buffalo. :o) You made me very nostalgic!

      1. re: louuuuu
        TheDewster Oct 27, 2010 10:49 AM

        Superb post, I visit quarterly from Toronto and agree with your points.

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        rkaene Jun 29, 2010 12:37 PM

        bocce club Pizza, Bailey location
        andersons frozen custard, multiple locations
        antoinettes ice cream- West Seneca location is near Schwabls for beef on weck

        Schwabl's Restaurant
        789 Center Rd, Buffalo, NY 14224

        1. Sra. Swanky Jun 29, 2010 07:11 AM

          Another great local specialty once you get to Buffalo is sponge candy -- delcious and near impossible to find anywhere else. A really good place is Mike's Candy Shop on Clinton St. - http://mikescandies.com/

          Another great Buffalo dessert destination:

          Condrell's Candy & Ice Cream
          2805 Delaware Avenue

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          1. re: Sra. Swanky
            sbp Jun 29, 2010 12:16 PM

            Yeah, if the "holy trinity and the pope" in Cajun cooking is onions, bell pepper, celery and garlic", then in Buffalo it's Wings, Weck, Sponge Candy and....

            Ted's Hot Dogs. Ted's dogs are not like NY hot dogs, which are very beef/garlic centered. These are pork and beef, and at Ted's they are cooked over a real charcoal fired grill. Tell them you want a foot long with the works and "burn it." They have a great hot sauce for the hot dogs, too.

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