My favorite Restaurant in Buffalo has to be Mighty Taco. I just love a good extra hot Super Mighty with halepenos. I always have 2. I only get back to the area about twice a year. My second favorite isn't in Buffalo but rather in a little place called Water Valley. The Water Valley Inn. This place is run by a friend of mine named Debbie. Try it sometime, you will not be dis-appointed.
The prices are great and the portions are huge.
Favorite Dish: Super Mighty at Mighty Taco, and Steak and Shrimp at The Water Valley Inn.
Nick's is owned by my Buffalo travelling companion's brother. He had also worked there at one time. Of course I am a bit partial, but it is some of the best pizza I have ever had! They also have salads, buffalo wings and BBQ Fries (see below!). There is a small cafe area in the front of the shop where you can eat or you can carry out!
Favorite Dish: I love the BBQ Fries! Fresh out of the fryer, the fries are marinated in BBQ sauce and served with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks! MMMM good! This is the only place I personally have ever seen these made. I have tried to reproduce them to no avail :(
Lets start with the Ancor Bar, you know, home of the wing. Othere great local spots are Mighty Taco, Louies Texas Hots, Hillview Restaurant / Diner, Olympus, Ted's Texas Hots, another trip to Mighty Taco, The Buffalo Brew Pub, Cheers, Picasso's Pizza, and desert at Mighty Taco just to name a few. I dare you to find better food in any other city!
The Original Home of the Chicken Wing- They really do have the best wings in the city (and the best service- my best friend works there!) ....
Go there on a Friday or Saturday night after 8pm - Jazz great Do Do Green and band performs (she looks about 70, but we think she's in her 90s!) . They're great- this place is the real thing - and really reflects the city - Great food, Great music, friendly people and a laid back vibe (i mean, you're ripping apart wings, drinking alcohol while listening to some of the finest jazz tunes around)
Favorite Dish: Chicken Wings, of course (tip. order them extra crispy, medium sauce)
If you have a really special occasion such as graduation, engagement, etc. Oliver's is the place to go. The taster's menu includes a fixed list of dishes with a complementary wine or liquor for each dish. The price is extremely reasonable for such a combo. In other major metropolitan areas, the prices would be much higher.
Favorite Dish: The Taster's Menu
While it is not my favorite restaurant, I would also like to plug the Anchor Bar.
The Home of the Chicken Wing. Created by Momma Theresa herself. They also have some wonderful live jazz if you hit the right night.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Wings, of course. The rest of the menu leaves a lot to be desired.
It is a brew house that has the brewery built right in. Great food and TVs to watch sports. Like a good pub they have peanuts to eat.
Favorite Dish: Salad, Fish Sandwich w/fries.
This is a small, modest restaurant on the Erie Canal. It's just a regular place. Nothing real fancy here, just good food at a good price.
Favorite Dish: I had a sandwich.
La Nova's Pizzeria for the the pizza and wing lover.
Order out. They deliver. Also they will ship wings anywhere in the country
Favorite Dish: Nuclear Wings and Pizza Combo