Using custom built Texas smokers, this restaurant in the heart of Allentown boasts the most succulent barbecued meats in the city. Run by restaurateur par excellence Bob Mollot, the sports bar features pork, beef and poultry slow-cooked over low heat to produce that tell-tale red ring around the meat. It is a laid-back kind of place with pool tables, dartboards, and three TVs showing your favorite games. A daily happy-hour gets folks in the mood and the weekend live entertainment keeps them that way.
This is one place you should not judge by its cover. Located in Buffalo's historic Allentown district, the restaurant looks like a dive. However, it has one of the best inexpensive wine lists in the city, not to mention excellent food and service. In the kitchen, the chefs feature dishes like a traditional 'surf 'n turf' and steamed mussels in a Scotch Bonnet Pepper broth. As a bonus, Mother's Restaurant the restaurant is open late, and there's an outdoor patio for warm summer evenings.
You've likely heard of Buffalo wings and may even know that Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar is where they originated in 1964. Here they consider them to be 'the best in the world' and if you can't actually come to Buffalo, you can still order them online as well as their signature sauce. If wings aren't your thing, you can choose from made-to-order pub-grub. Minutes from the Buffalo Theater District, this casual, unpretentious bar features live jazz on certain nights also. The decor inside features walls plastered with awards and articles extolling their famous and ubiquitous wings.
The decor is not exactly upscale and the dress code is very informal, but the food in this North Buffalo restaurant is outstanding. Basically, it's a pizzeria with pasta, wings, subs and other munchies that will force you to loosen your belt a notch or two. It is an affordable blue-jeans joint—no pretentiousness here—a great place to bring the kids. Nearby attractions include Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and the Anderson Gallery.
You can't miss this version of the Hard Rock Cafe chain, it has a 1959 Cadillac embedded above the front door. Inside the 178-seat restaurant, the walls are covered with photos, paintings and memorabilia from the world of rock 'n' roll. Its treasures range from Elvis' brown suede jacket, Buddy Holly's sunglasses, and John Entwistle's Fender guitar to a stained-glass wall in honor of the Hindu god Ganesh. The cafe offers typical diner fare with lots of burgers, fries, salads and finger foods.
The brainchild of Chris Dobson, Weinkeller is a blend between a gourmet restaurant and winery in Niagara Falls. Sporting a classic wine-cellar decor, replete with wooden themes, walls stacked with bottles of vintage wines and wooden-barrel tables, this restaurants evokes a rather sophisticated ambiance. Choose from a variety of old-school favorites like pork chops, pastas and barbecued chicken and wash it down with a fine glass of wine. If picking the perfect wine seems hard, the sommelier can help you make a choice from one of the in-house wines or an imported one.
Casual and friendly, Osteria 166 is a nice place to stop by for a quick lunch or a leisurely, fun meal out with friends. The atmosphere is lively and vibrant, with plenty of groups and couples enjoying a meal out. The restaurant has a buzzing bar section, as well as a quieter restaurant dining area. The bar often features live music and is great for an after work drink with colleagues. The menu is largely Italian featuring comfort favorites like Fresh Mussel Stew, Burrata with Charred Bread, Veal, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Classic Pizza.
Occupying a first floor space in the swank Avant Building in Downtown Buffalo, SEAR introduces an inventive take on the classic New York steakhouse. This modern restaurant offers an exquisite chef-driven menu that features brilliantly plated creations of Wagyu Beef Carapaccio, Pork Belly, Prime Ribeye, and the Kansas City strip. There is also a small plates menu, and a customary seafood menu serving staples like Seared Sea Bass, and Seared Ahi Tuna. An impressive wine list featuring nearly 350 wines complements the flavors wonderfully. With respect to the decor, SEARS sports a chic, modern layout, replete with dark mahogany wood furniture, sleek banquette seating, and a delicate crystal ceiling to dine under. The restaurant also provides a room for private dining, as well as a separate bar counter, distinct from the main dining area.
While this upscale yet casual downtown eatery has all sorts of lunch and dinner entrees to choose from, the reason you come here is for the chocolate. First, the entrees offer salads like Greek pasta salad, Buffalo cobb salad or Thai chicken salad, or perhaps try a sandwich like turkey Florentine, peanut butter, honey and banana or Buffalo chicken. Then there's desserts, with specialties like molten lava cake, frozen hot chocolate and more, including homemade ice cream with flavors like Belgian hot fudge, sinnamon (sinfully delicious cinnamon?), and "peanut butter panic". They also serve over 2 dozen different martinis. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Since 1990 Mohawk Place has been known as one of Buffalo's premier live music clubs. Over the years it has hosted national acts, local live blues acts, as well as underground and independent bands. Actually, they welcome any music that is not mainstream, including indie rock, punk, avant garde, new wave and folk. In 2002, the venue went through a major expansion to allow for a bigger stage and seating for 300. They host a Friday-night happy hour featuring local blues bands.
Located conveniently in the heart of Downtown, Berrafato’s Prima Pizza and Pasta is a great take out, delivery and dine in Italian restaurant that offers everything from pizza to spaghetti and meatballs. Upon entering, there is a bar seating against the window and a spacious dining area. The dining space has an old charm and a warm atmosphere. A fun place to hang out with friends after school, college or work. Make sure you try the Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza – A classic hit among the masses. It comes with a generous layer of cheese that simply melts in your mouth along with some thick slices of Ronnie.
Charlie the Butcher's Express is a classic deli that specializes in traditional American cuisine, especially fresh sliced roast beef. Located in the historic Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo, this delicatessen serves delicious sandwiches including baked ham, corned beef, prime rib and roast pork. Charlie's special dishes include roast turkey, mini beef, buffalo roast beef and mini turkey. This deli also provides a take out and catering service for private events.