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Toronto Hound visiting Buffalo - Need recommendation for 1 lunch & 1 dinner

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My wife and I will be taking advantage of the strong Canadian dollar by doing some shopping in Buffalo early June. We'll most probably be staying in the Embassy Suite, downtown, have a car and GPS as well.
Are there any good restaurants in and around Buffalo worth trying out or shall we eat at say 'Treadwell' or some Niagara vineyard restaurants on the Candian side before driving over?!
We are open to ALL cuisine except Chinese. (Since we doubt any Chinese food in Buffalo can come close to what Toronto has to offer!)
Thanks in advance!

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  1. There are a lot of great places to eat. Since you didn't really specify what type of experience you're looking for, but mentioned Treadwell, these are places that might be in that vein:

    Left Bank
    Tempo
    31 Club
    Tabree

    The Wine Thief (Elmwood Ave) also does a good dinner and has an interesting atmosphere. I don't know if it's ever been mentioned on these boards, but I've had a couple good experiences there in the past 6 months.

    Blue Monk (also on Elmwood Ave) is a Belgian-style bistro that does lunch and dinner, and has something like 25 high-quality beers (mostly Belgians) on tap, and a huge number of beers by the bottle. From what I understand, Canadians who love beer love this place because they have beers that are hard or impossible to get across the border. And the food is pretty good too.

    All of these restaurants are in the city.

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    Left Bank
    511 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

    Tabree
    423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

    Wine Thief
    431 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

    31 Club
    31 N Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY 14201

    1. absolutely Bistro Europa http://europabuffalo.com/. by far the most thoughtful food in Buffalo, and the best use of local ingredients. I understand that they have a special arrangement with a fishmonger in Boston - the seafood is always top-notch. the house-made charcuterie is on par with beast and marben in toronto (black hoof probably has them beat).

      for an authentic Buffalo experience, there is an Italian place called Mulberry Cafe which is tucked away in a neighborhood in Lackawanna which is heart of the former steelworking area. I don't typically get excited about Italian food, but the menu is very good. http://www.mulberrybuffalo.net/

      Tabree is also very good, but is pricey, especially compared to Bistro Europa.

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      Bistro Europa
      484 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

      Tabree
      423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222