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Oct 14, 2010 04:35 PM

Buffalo This Weekend

This board is full of great info, and I've been through many of the recommended posts. We're visiting Buffalo this weekend, and the most crucial decision is dinner Saturday night. On Friday we're at a banquet-y thing for a conference. So Saturday I would love someplace fun and full of locals, not too fancy. What would you choose among the many restaurants that are tops on your board (and why)?
Allen Street Hardware
Left Bank
(I've left out Rue Franklin because I don't want French and Oliver's because it sounds too formal.)
For breakfast/lunch I've got Lake Effect Diner, Ulrich's, and Schwabl's on the agenda.
In the Beef on Weck board, I was drawn to Anderson's Frozen Custard (but for the custard, not the BOW). Any other custard recs?
Thanks so much!

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

Rue Franklin
Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Left Bank
511 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

Lake Effect Diner
3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214

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  1. Skip Anderson's and go to Abbott's if you are looking for custard.

    From your list, I'd select dinner at Tempo or Hutch's. They have consistently excellent food. Mother's can be spotty (though it's generally good on weekends). Hardware is the spot to go for a before-dinner (quiet and relaxing) or after-dinner (live music, crowded) drink, but not for the food. Left Bank is great, but I doubt you'll get in on a Saturday night without reservations made weeks ago.

    Tempo is a slightly nicer atmosphere than Hutch's...more sleek and clean. Hutch's can be louder, especially in the bar area, and the decor is more muted, maybe slightly out of date? But the food is a toss up. I'd look at both of their menus to make your decision.

    Left Bank
    511 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213