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Niagara Falls for Foodies

jacqm121 Jul 10, 2013 08:58 AM

My husband and I are headed to Naigara Falls at the end of July. We are well aware that it's a tourist trap but my hope is that there is a good restaurant or two on either the US or Canadian side. We'll only be there for 24 hours but any breakfast, lunch or dinner recommendations would be greatly appreciated. There's nothing worse than a bad, touristy meal! Thanks in advance!

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    ylsf Jul 10, 2013 01:00 PM

    Definitely recommend that you check out the Ontario board as well for the Canadian side recs. I would also consider going to Buffalo for a meal. I really enjoyed some of the BBQ places in that area but might not be worth it for you if you are from areas that already do this well, etc

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    1. re: ylsf
      jacqm121 Jul 10, 2013 01:07 PM

      Thank you! We'll be driving from Boston so we plan to stop in Buffalo on our way.

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      TeacherFoodie Jul 14, 2013 01:29 PM

      Hi jacqm121,

      1) Canadian Side: Niagara Falls

      Niagara Falls doesn't offer too much that would be considered "foodie" worthy. If you want a nice place for a salad at lunch on the Canadian side there is a restaurant with a great view of the falls called Edgewaters Tap & Grill. It has an outside patio. When I was there last summer I had a salad with strawberries, chicken and goat cheese in it - it was good not great food, but here you are going for the view. There is also Jamie Kennedy's restaurant Windows, and Massimo Capra's restaurant The Rainbow Room but I have not eaten at either.

      2) American Side - nothing I know of near the Falls - head to Buffalo

      In Buffalo, you have a few good options. If you have ever had Burmese food, and even if you haven't, you should go to Sun restaurant. The food was great! Burmese food is sort of a mix of Thai and Indian. We first tried it in San Francisco and were hooked! Here is the link to my review:

      Yelp also loves it!

      Also, Shango is a good option - they have cajun/creole tood. They are open for dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. They also have a happy hour on Thursdays from 5 to 7. Check it out on their website:

      If you go to Shango you are not that far from Anderson's custard. If you like frozen custard is it supposed to be very good.

      Another consideration would be Bistro Europa. We had lunch there and both thought it was fantastic. You need to make a reservation for dinner because it is very small. Great service and food with local and fresh ingredients.

      Elmwood village is a cute area and is worth a visit. It has many little restaurants and cafes.

      Other restaurants that are supposed to be good but that I have not tried are: Chef’s, Mother’s, Seabar, Left Bank, Bistro Europa, Bacchus, Rue Franklin, Nekktar and Tabree.

      Enjoy your trip!

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      1. re: TeacherFoodie
        jacqm121 Jul 15, 2013 01:55 PM

        Thank you so much! This is the reply I was hoping for! I can't wait to try Sun. I'll report back after our trip.

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          TeacherFoodie Jul 15, 2013 02:31 PM

          Great and enjoy!

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