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Chowhound in Buffalo - what not to miss

Hi there,

Do you have any suggestions for must visit:

- Gourmet, unique or ethnic grocers/food shops

- kitchen stores (gadgets, dinnerware etc)

- cookbook stores

- diners / dives

- restaurants

and finally, where are the best wings?

thanks so much

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  1. Breakfast? Original Pancake House-Main St.-Williamsville

    1. Sponge Candy: Alethea's in Amherst/Clarence

      Ted's Hot Dogs (order a foot long with everything, and "burn it", get onion rings). Local Chain. 8 locations in Buffalo area

      Wings: Elmos on Millersport near UB Amherst Campus for large, crispy excellent wings. Duffs for more saucy excellent wings.

      Schwabl's for Beef on Weck

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

      1. Well, go to BarBill's in East Aurora and get both wings and beef of wek - one stop shopping. Boce Club Pizza has been recommended to you before and unless you want something more than local cuisine, that will do you this visit.
        If you want an idea of what is available, look at http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/restaurant...

        1. Lake Effect Diner on Main Street in North Buffalo is a great diner choice, probably best for breakfast.
          Betty's on Virginia in Allentown isn't really a diner, but has great breakfasts and lunches in an old, beautifully renovated brick house. Fresh and tasty food for very reasonable prices.

          Bar Bill in East Aurora should be your choice for wings and Beef on 'Weck, and could also satisfy your "dive" interest. Be prepared to wait for a table if there's a hockey or football game on.
          Ulrich's on Virginia in the downtown area is another good "dive" spot, with good German food, decent wings (not on Friday nights, when the fryer is dedicated to fish fry), and a very authentic, local Buffalo atmosphere.
          Gabriel's Gate on Allen in Allentown has the best wings in the city, and maintains a bar-ish atmosphere, despite a large menu.

          Mulberry's in Lakawanna is the best Italian around - homemade pastas, mozzarella, sauces. Also has long waits.
          For upscale Italian, Lomabardo's on Hertel is a solid choice.
          Tempo on Delaware in Allentown has consistently excellent food, largely French-inspired, if you're looking for a splurge meal (and in Buffalo, "splurge" is not too bad).

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          Lake Effect Diner
          3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

          1. Thanks very much everyone. I'll be looking up these spots online this weekend and mapping routes. I really appreciate your help.

            6 Replies
            1. re: Breadcrumbs

              Anderson's frozen custard, several locations- Don't miss loganberry ( a drink), Premier Wine and Gourmet shop on Delaware ( kitchen gagets and etoh).

              1. re: rkaene

                Is there a good Latin American grocer in town? I'm looking for Vigo brand paella. In the box is a can of seafood and a bag of seasoned rice. It is sooo delicious so please help out this desperate 'Hounder!!

                1. re: Doopsylalolic

                  Any new info in 2011 on possible Latin American grocery availability?

                  1. re: Doopsylalolic

                    Did you try Wegmans? Their city store on Amherst st might carry it. They have a lot of different ethnic food items and the selection varies from store to store. Or possibly the Preimier gourmet store. I found the beer from the brewery in the little town in Germany where my hubby was stationed there. Some times both they and Wegmans will order things in for you too.

                    1. re: kitchendeeva

                      Thank you, I will try there. Vigo has some products that compete with Goya, but Vigo's paella is the one I'm after.

                2. re: rkaene

                  rkaene, thanks for this tip...I've added this Premier location to our list. We'd only been to their other location in Williamsville before but this sounds much better w the Gourmet shop as well!!