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    Spot Coffee: A Double Cappuccino With Style

    by tpal Updated Sep 13, 2004

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    Spot Coffee - Elmwood

    If you're in Buffalo and looking for a cafe' latte and a panini in a Seattle style coffee shop with local color ... Spot Coffee's the place. You'll find interesting young (always young) employees, with interesting body art(and other decorations) and an adventurous sense of fashion, yelling out things like "Grande house on wheels for the hump back whale!!!!!" You may feel out of place if you don't have a laptop or homework but who knows the next Ezra Pound may be at the next table.

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    Mothers: The Ultimate Steak Sandwich

    by johngayton Written May 7, 2006

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    Really Nice People

    This was a bit special, even more so that the fact that I was:

    a) STARVING
    b) In Good Company
    c) I wasn't allowed to pay

    Here I go again, talking Buffalo "FRIENDLY": Tod, his spectacularly beautiful lady friend AND a georgeous blonde insisted that if I wanted something to eat then: "Jump in the car boy, let's go to Mothers............"

    I'm a trusting guy, in a strange town (SORRY CITY!) and went along for the ride - it's almost midnight now as we duck and dart through the deserted backstreets of downtown Bufffalo and then pull up at Mothers - Hi Guys, Thank You Guys - I am instantly in serious "Chill and Friends" Country.

    "Have the steak sandwich, John." suggests Tod, as he orders a round of beers.

    Favorite Dish: Well, guess what my favourite dish here is????

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    Gabriel's Gate: Archetypal Buffalo

    by johngayton Updated Dec 11, 2012

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    Friend

    If you have been through the rest of my Buffalo page then you may be a bit bored by my continuing of the "friendly folks" theme here in Buffalo. But it is, and always will be, a continuing, repetition of the same theme, much like a piece of classical music - the base theme acts to introduce the subjects, the crescendos giving the emphasis.

    Lunching with an old (younger than me, as always!) backgammon adversary, after three days of trying to hook-up, was a total pleasure - great company and the guided tour with the valet-service on my coat was really fun!

    But back to the restaurant - Gabriel's Gate on Allen St is yet another of Buffalo's little gems, interesting decor, friendly (OMG!!! "Friendly - must stop using this word in conjunction with Buffalo!!) and chatty stafff, good food, reasonably-priced (I Think ??- seeing as Jules wouldn't let me pick up the check).

    Favorite Dish: It has to be the French onion soup, the house speciality, with its gratinated cheese layer still bubbling as it arrives in front of us - that was a perfect "soupe a l'oignon gratinee".

    For a main I had the "Beef on Weck" which is the other Buffalo standard (apart from the wings) and that was PDG as well, though I am reliably informed there are better to be had - Charlie the Butchers is supposed to be the best.

    That said, lunch was thoroughly enjoyed :)

    Cheers Jules!

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    Frank & Teressa's Anchor Bar: Had To Be Done!

    by johngayton Written May 7, 2006

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    Corner of N (?) and Main

    OK, This is where it all started and hence MUST be on any cook's culinary pigrimage.

    As a bar/restaurant in its own right The Anchor is well worth a visit, managing to juggle being a friendly local bar as well as a tourist destination. Staff are friendly and well-informed about the bar's history, there's a decent range of beers (McSorley's if my memory serves me well) - but as always here in the US - TOO BLOODY COLD!!!

    The food offering is a pretty extensive menu with an Italian bias, including home-made pasta dishes, pizza, burgers et al and is perfectly executed.

    Decor-wise, the claim is that all the wall ornamentation has been built up over the years by donations from customers and the tale of the first license plate is almost believable.

    There is a lot of hype, but it's good hype, fun and friendly - well worth the Amtrak ride from NY!!!

    Favorite Dish: Well it has to be doesn't it!!!!!

    Yep, the World-famous wings!

    And so here's me adding to the hype - these are GOOD wings, I had mine HOT and they lived up to my expectations - they also do them in "suicidal" - DON'T!!!

    Chicken wings must have been done elsewhere before, somewhere, but who first thought of serving them with a hot sauce, crisp celery and the bleu cheese dip? The celery and dip act as the perfect counterfoil to the heat of the wings and whilst I have had better wings and better sauce I cannot match the spot-on combination here at The Anchor.

    Not only that but it ain't hugely expensive either :)

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    Ted's Hot Dogs: The best hot dogs. Ever.

    by sissah Written Jan 30, 2004

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    Ted's Hot Dogs are an institution in Buffalo. The service is quick -- you walk in, get in line and follow your dogs across the grill, into the bun and on to your tray -- and the hot dogs are awsome. They do have burgers and sandwiches and fries etc. as well, but really, the reason to come here is for the hot dogs -- normal, footlong or jumbo, and they are really worth it.

    Favorite Dish: The hot dogs. Ted's uses Sahlen's hot dogs, and they are a staple in any freezer in Buffalo. If you've taken a road trip to Buffalo, buy yourself a cooler and pop in to any supermarket and grab some to take back with you.

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    Old Man River's: How can you go wrong with a whale on the roof?

    by sissah Written Jan 30, 2004

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    This was my favorite place to eat as a kid. They have a pirate ship in back, a whale on the roof, a hand-drawn menu tacked to the walls around the counter, and its vegitarian hot dog is a carrot. The place is really great, and the honey-butter for the sweet potato fries just rocks. It's right on the water in Tonawanda, next to Mississippi Mudd's, and I'm pretty sure it's a seasonal place. In the summer, Niawanda Park (the thin land between the street and the river) is a picnic-y, boating spot with paved walking/biking trails(great to watch the July 4th fireworks from and the boatraces, when they have them) right across from it.

    Favorite Dish: The sweet potato fries are amazing. Get some loganberry to drink, while you're at it. It's a really sweet pop without the carbonation. You'll see it all over Buffalo -- it's one of those local things.

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    Mighty Taco: Migh-ty Ta-co, Migh-ty Ta-co

    by sissah Written Jan 31, 2004

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    I don’t even know if Buffalo has a Taco Bell. I mean, I’m sure there’s probably one around somewhere, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it. Who needs Taco Bell when you have (drum roll, please) Mighty Taco? Mighty Taco is Buffalo’s own fast-food Mexican chain, and the joints are scattered all over Western New York. The food is great and really cheap – a Mighty Taco costs $.99 for the meat, lettuce, tomato and cheese. So good. The Super Mighty Burritos are great too. I once saw a guy try to eat a Super Mighty Pack (four Super Mighty Burritos) in under five minutes to win a bet. That’s a lot of beef. He was dancing and about ready to die. I was hoping he was going to puke or explode. He didn’t. Still, it was great. You do have to pay extra for sour cream and the other extras, but you do get the tomato and lettuce, so it’s good. And the food really is so kick ass. Side note: the weirdest compliment I ever received came from an out-of-town boyfriend eating at Mighty Taco for the first time. “This taco tastes like you.” Yeah. I’m still a bit baffled by that one.

    Favorite Dish: The Super Mighty Burrito or a hard-shelled Mighty Taco. Cause they make my belly happy!

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    Food Court at Walden Galleria: Do try Cajun food

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Feb 20, 2010

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    The Food Court had the following outlets:

    Arby's
    Cajun Cafe
    Charley's Steakery
    Dairy Queen
    Easy Wok
    Landie's Candies
    Mr. Smoothie
    Orange Julius
    Oyishi Japan
    Sbarro Italian Eatery
    Subway
    Taco Bell

    Favorite Dish: Different members of the entourage settled for different menu. However, Cajun Cafe turned out to be a pleasant delight.

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    Food Court at Fashion Outlets: Dinner at a busy Food Court

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Feb 22, 2010

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    Due to long weekend, the Mall and its food court were very busy.

    Food Court and Restaurants:

    Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill
    Aunt Annie's Pretzels
    Ben & Jerry's
    Dunkin Donuts
    Honey's The Original
    La Rosa Pizza
    Lotus Express
    Pita Gourmet
    Subway
    Teriyaki Delight

    Favorite Dish: Since many members of the entourage went to get their favorites, it is difficult to sum up the experience.

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    Schwabls: Roast Beef on Weck - YUM!

    by CdnJane Written Feb 20, 2013

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    My traveling companion had heard about Schwabl's from a Food Network show. She and her husband went and loved it. So when we planned our road trip to Buffalo for shopping and eating (not necessarily in that order), Schwabl's was at the top of our list. However, we decided to wait until our last lunch to try it. It was definitely worth the wait and worth the visit. A lady in the Eden Kazoo Museum told us it was the only place her family would go for roast beef, and I can understand why!

    We were warmly welcomed upon entering the restaurant, which set the tone for our visit. I have highly recommended Schwabl's to friends and family, and even to the border crossing guard when we came back into Ontario! Worth the drive, but make sure you are hungry. You wouldn't want to miss a bite.

    Favorite Dish: Having had enough salt and bread in previous days, I went with the roast beef on bread special, and it was immense! Had the pickled beets and the German potato palad with it; good decision. My friend had the beef on weck, and was really impressed with the kimmelweck bun: there was enough salt and caraway seeds, the outside was crispy but the bun was soft and delicious. She was really happy with the sandwich.

    There was a good inch-plus of thinly sliced beef on the bread. It was more well-done by the time we got there, and I would normally have ordered it rarer. However, it was so moist and tender and delicious that it didn't matter. The gravy was so amazing: pure, rich beef flavor. It almost didn't need the horseradish (which I did find to be on the hot side).

    The German potato salad was amazing, tangy but not too sharp, with one taste treat after another. The bacon was present, but not overpowering. I had been told that it was worth the trip in itself, and I agree. Wonderful! I love pickled beets and Schwabl's were tart without being too strong or too sweet. Exactly the way I like them.

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  • Buffalo Brew Pub: Cheap eats in a not-so-cheap part of town!

    by jokesbyjen Written Feb 22, 2006

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    Very pub-like local brewery. They have tons of different home brews, as well as eclectic other brews. Their food is SUPER cheap and you get pretty good portions! Free peanuts, too! (and you get to throw the shells on the ground!) Rare find in a hoity-toity area like amherst/williamsville.

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    SCHARF'S RESTAURANT: Great...

    by wgrc1971 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    SCHARF'S RESTAURANT: Great German place, out of the way on Buffalo's East Side, near Schiller Park. (Just off of Genesee St, Route 33). 34 S. Crossman St., Buffalo. 895-7429

    http://www.scharfsrest.com

    Favorite Dish: Everything has been good. I've had the potato pancakes, Rouladen, Porkschnitzel, etc. They have spatzle as a side dish, something else you don't see every day. Spaten Lager is on tap.

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    Trattoria Aroma: Excellent Italian food and wine

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 11, 2008

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    Trattoria Aroma is one of my favorite restaurants, so I can hardly be called unbiased. That said, having just returned from Tuscany, Trattoria Aroma is as close to the real thing as you'll find in Buffalo. The food is delicious whether you order from the menu or choose one of the many specials they feature. You can get everything from a brick oven thin crust pizza to a wonderful plate of mussels to a delicious serving of braised short ribs.

    The wine list is full of great red wines at reasonable prices. They also have many wines available by the glass. Additionally, there is a full bar that attracts a great blend of people to enjoy a cocktail.

    The restaurant itself is pleasantly decorated and the tables are not right on top of each other. In the summer, they have a great patio where you can enjoy your meal and the sunshine.

    The wait staff is very friendly, helpful and attentive. Have a question, don't be afraid to ask. They will always give an honest recommendation.

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  • Buffalo's world class cuisine(???)

    by ajt141 Updated Sep 18, 2003

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    Buffalo is a town you CANNOT go hungry in. Here's my choices for best foods:

    Best Chicken Wings (need to list the top 3 because there's so many places):
    1.) Pearl Street Brewery {76 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 716-856-2337}
    2.) Duff's {3651 Sheridan Dr Buffalo, NY 14226}
    3.) La Nova's {371 W. Ferry St., Buffalo, NY 716-881-3303}

    Best Chicken Fingers (Buffalo actually shakes them in sauce and you can only get them that way in this town-nowhere else!):
    Nino's {1737 Orchard Park Rd, West Seneca, NY 716-674-9066}

    Best Italian: La Bella Sicilia {2909 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14225}, but there's a myriad of wonderful Italian restaurants.

    Best Sandwiches/Subs: At any Jim's Steakout, hands down-especially at 5 in the morning when you're hammered.

    Best Roast Beef on Weck: Schwebel's {couldn't find address, it's in West Seneca though}

    Best Steak: E.B. Green's {The Hyatt Hotel, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14201 716-855-4870}

    Best Mexican: Cozumel {153 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 716-884-3866} and of course any Mighty Taco.

    Best Casual Dining: Gabriel's Gate {145 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 716-886-0602}

    Best Breakfast: The Original Pancake House {5479 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 716-634-5515}

    Best Lunch: Alice's Kitchen {3122 Sheridan Drive Amherst, NY 14226 716- 834-4182}

    Best Dinner Restaurants (my top 5):
    1.) Hutch's {1375 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209}
    2.) Flying Tigers {100 Amherst Villa Rd.
    Cheektowaga, NY 14225 }
    3.) The Roycroft Inn {555 40 South Grove St.
    East Aurora, NY 14052}
    716-652-5552
    4.) Jimmy Mac's {Elmwood Ave.
    Buffalo, NY 14222 716-886-9112}
    5.) Brownstone Bistro {Brownstone Bistro
    297 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY 14202
    716-842-6800}

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    Shango Bistro & Wine Bar: New Orleans Bistro

    by Herkbert Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Shango is a great place to go for New Orleans cajun/creole cuisine. It's a comfortable place with just enough tables to not give you that squeezed in feeling. The wait staff are all friendly and helpful, and the food is delicious.

    They also have a great wine bar with many good wines available by the glass.

    We've gone in for dinner and Sunday brunch and enjoyed our meals every time.

    Favorite Dish: For brunch: "Green Eggs and Ham" - Pesto scrambled eggs, prosciutto, and roasted red peppers. Delicious!

    At dinner: I have to have a bowl of gumbo. It is as good as any gumbo I've had in New Orleans.

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