The Rue Franklin is a jewel of a restaurant in downtown Buffalo. It feels like you are entering a restaurant in Paris when you walk through the doors. The dining room is elegant, yet inviting and cheerful. In the summer months, they have a garden area that is beautiful and a great setting for a meal. The staff are all top-notch. They are friendly, attentive and know the menu like they cooked it themselves.
And then there is the food. The menu that changes seasonally and is inspired by the freshest ingredients available. You might find yourself presented with an entree of lamb, lobster, game hen, or antelope on any given visit. The food is always delicious no matter what you order.
The Rue Franklin offers a three course prix fixe menu is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It costs from $25 to $30. It's a great bargain and a great way to get into one of Buffalo's best restaurants without spending your entire allowance.
You definitely need to call ahead for reservations, especially on the weekend.
Favorite Dish: When the cassoulet is on the menu it just calls out to me and when the desserts are presented, they have a warm gratin of berries that I love.
This is the place that started the rave. The Anchor Bar started making hot wings years ago, and they pride themselves on being where it all started.
If you order the hottest style wings, the cook will watch you eat them because very, very select few people can finish them.
Favorite Dish: Hot wings, of course!
This place is a bar and a great place to get chicken wings. They have about 10 different combinations between a set quantity of wings, a bucket of fries, a pitcher of soda and a pitcher of beer. The wings can be hotter than you ever imagined, or to suit your taste. The last time I was there, there was a warning at the bottom of the menu, and this is what it said: "Warning- Our mild wings are hot, our medium wings are very hot, and our hot wings are very, very hot." If you've never had hot wings before, then I suggest you get the mild with the hot sauce on the side.
Favorite Dish: Wings and beer!
Classic Buffalo style hot dogs that are somehow credited as being from Texas. A standard fried hot dog toppped with onions, mustard, and a special chili sauce. They also do all kinds of other normal foods such as burgers, chili fries, and eggs. Good shakes are served here as well. It's a little expensive, but worth it to splurge on once in a while.
Favorite Dish: Texas Red Hots
I believe there are other locations for Johnny Rocket's but, the one I was at was in Walden Galleria. It looked like a fun place, and the price wasn't too bad. Well, must say that it indeed was a fun place to go. Formica tables, juke boxes on each table - although the music selected is played on the overhead loud speaker, and the waitress provides you with 4 nickles for the jukebox. The service was great, the music fun - mostly 1950s/60s stuff. Every-so-often the waitress staff would come out on the floor to entertain with one song. My next restaurant tip shows them performing.
Favorite Dish: I had the Patty Melt - Grilled onions, American and Tillamook? Cheddar cheeses on grilled rye bread. It took a little getting used to with the rye bread, but it was delicious.
I think my friend, MissAntarctica, had the Route 66 - Fresh grilled mushrooms and onions, Swiss cheese & mayonnaise. She said it was yummy.
They were very quick to bring refills for our drinks. Stephanie had Mr Pibb, which she said tasted like Dr. Pepper, and I had Iced Tea. Love the fact that it wasn't the pre-sweetened stuff, but real brewed tea.
My only gripe was that there were nothing served with it - no fries, pickles, salad.... and no fork offered. But at the same time, the servings were huge, and we didn't really need the extras.
I am a big fan of anything spicy, be it mexican, thai, etc. Of course we have all probably had Taco Bell, but Mighty Taco raises the bar quite it bit above it.
Much more flavor in the seasoned meat, better sauces, and MUCH more generous portions!
If you have a sensitivity to spicy foods, you might want to sit this one out, as it can cause... "intestinal upset".
Favorite Dish: I had the regular soft taco with medium sauce. Much more flavorful than Taco Bell, and the shell was full with lettuce, meat and cheese to the point it was falling out the end with each bite! I wish we had one here!
Menu available on their site.
The Anchor Bar & Restuarant is the original home of Buffalo Chicken Wings... established in 1935!
Favorite Dish: I had the best Spicy Bar-b-que Chicken Wings I've ever eaten at the Anchor Bar!
Get extra napkins! :-)
I also bought 2 bottles of the Anchor Bar's Honey Bar-b-que sauce for $5.00 each!
Flying Tigers, you can watch the planes land and take off. It's very romantic and very cozy.
The wait staff is very accomodating, like if you have special requests. I celebrated a Birthday there and they took my picture with my guy and let me pay when he wasn't around etc.
Favorite Dish: Chicken is good here, served any way.
Hutch's is another perennial favorite. While other come and go, Hutch's goes on and on serving great food and packing people in. The menu offers a variety of dishes, both small and large plates. Pasta, meats, seafood, whatever you like you can probably find on the menu.
They also have a great wine selection, both by the bottle or glass.
You should definitely call for reservations.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the Jambalaya Pasta. It is a fettucini dish that is loaded with shrimp, chicken and chorizo sausage, all in a spicy tomato cream sauce. Try it, you'll like it.
Tabree is a newer, small restaurant serving bistrot style french meals. Inside, the restaurant is a little on the small side with about 8 tables and a bar area. Outside, they have a great patio for warm weather dining.
The menu is varied and the daily specials are truly special. Their wine list compliments the menu with wines to suit most budgets.
Favorite Dish: Diver Scallops w/ Crabmeat & Avocado, Provencal tomato puree, grilled artichokes as an appetizer is a great way to start out your meal. I would also recommend the Duck Roulade as an entree. The duck was cooked perfect and the accompanying vegetables and sauce matched perfectly.
If you even wonder why Buffalo wings are called Buffalo wings than look no further. They were invented in Buffalo NY at the world famous Anchor Bar. If you've never had buffalo wings then I truly pity you, for you have not lived. Sampling is a must for any visitor to the north east of North America.
Favorite Dish: Buffalo wings. Make sure you pick up some outstanding "suicidal recipe" sauce to take home. You'll be in heart clogging heaven!
This restaurant in Buffalo serves Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. It was delicious. When we went it was not at all crowded and the service was great.
Check out the little fish tank in the back of the room it's filled with swaying sea anemones and one little fish.
Favorite Dish: Mango Curry....mmmm, just writing about it makes me hungry! I ordered green tea and they brought me my own little pot and a tea bowl. The rice came separately from the curry so you could dish out your own portion.
Home of the 'Buffalo Wing'. Created in 1964, Anchor Bar created the craze called Buffalo Wings. These are always my favorite appetizer wherever we go. I am a glutten for punishment, so I always get REALLY hot wings. Sometimes they will make your eyes water and your lips burn. Bring your Pepto and Rolaids to Buffalo! On top of the good food, many celebrities have been known to stop in from football stars, musicians, White House Officials to Foreign Diplomats.
Favorite Dish: Buffalo Wings of course!
Duh...the Anchor Bar. Best Wings in the world! They were actually invented here a while back.
Great wings...and plenty of other great food too. Try the sampler plate. Everytime I go in there, I see a celebrity (sports player, Commentator, actor). Everyone loves some good wings!
Favorite Dish: W I N G S !
DUFF'S. Best 'Buffalo Wings' anywhere! In Amherst (3651 Sheridan Dr, 834-6234), at the junctions of NY-324 and NY-263. Can be very crowded so best to go at an odd time. Wings are very saucy, hot, and delicious. On weekends make a note of all the out of town cars in the parking lot... tourists!