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At Buffalo, the chain restaurant Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is the most popular spot among the locals for succulent BBQ delicacies. Visit the place for some quality time with your loved ones and try to catch their live music events. Some of their popular dishes are the bbq pork ribs and chicken steaks. The place also specializes in various combo meals in which you can add the flavors of your own choice. Also, feel free to ask for recommendations as the staff here is friendly and quite knowledgeable about the menu. However, even if you make a random selection from the menu, you won’t be disappointed with the tasty treats on offer.
Lloyd Taco Factory is one of the most popular fast food joints among the locals who want to indulge themselves in some hearty Mexican delicacies. The decor here comprises of dim lights, wooden tables and graffitied walls. The food is cooked made-to-order and is always served freshly prepared using some delicious local ingredients. Some of the better known dishes from the menu are Cortez Salad, Thai Tacos and Mexicali Spring Rolls. Don’t forget to complement your meal with a glass of chilled beer. If you are looking for a budget Mexican meal in the city, Lloyd Taco Factory is a great choice.
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.
Kostas Family Restaurant, as the name suggests, was opened by a greek family decades ago and is still run by them. The cozy Greek family atmosphere is evident right from the ambiance to the food that is served here. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner this place has an impressive menu. One can try traditional Greek cuisine like the Souvlaki or Gyro, even the homemade burgers are quite popular. The southwestern omelet is absolutely delicious and not to mention the delectable traditional Greek dessert—Baklava.
Set in a restored 1952 diner, Lake Effect Diner is one of the best of its kind and also a popular haunt for breakfast. Using ingredients from local producers and making their own breads as well as cured meats, this diner takes pride in preparing everything from scratch daily. Dig into their dishes like In The Grass, Black and Blue, Crabby Patty, Meatless Meatloaf, Eggs Benedict and Potato Pancakes. Slurp on their handmade milkshakes, floats or malts. If you have room, indulge in their decadent desserts as well. A fabulous place for families, this place will ensure you have a pleasant dining experience without costing a lot.
Ted's Hot Dogs has been a popular place to eat in Western New York since it was founded by Greek immigrant Theodore Liaros in 1927. His philosophy was to serve delicious foods cooked to order in a clean, friendly atmosphere. This still holds true today. The menu is simple: hot dogs charcoal-broiled to order, hamburgers, plus chicken, Italian sausage, polish sausage and fish sandwiches. Try a locally-produced dog or burger with Ted's famous hot sauce for a real treat. Round out your meal with Ted's famous onion rings and a loganberry drink, a Western New York specialty.
My Tomato Pie, located in Northtown Plaza, is primarily known for its popular fried green tomatoes. These plump, green tomatoes are coated in cornmeal then lightly fried and served with roasted red peppers alongside a ranch dip. Other appetizers include Mama Rose's stuffed peppers, stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta. Lunch entrees include a variety of sandwiches and wraps, including panini made with homemade Focaccia. Dinner entrees include pasta dishes like spaghetti and cheese ravioli, as well as Chicken Marsala and Eggplant Parmesan. There are over a dozen specialty pizzas on the menu, as well as a variety of calzones.
When the Roadhouse Grill restaurant chain went bankrupt, the displaced employees were able to pool their resources to buy the building that housed the local restaurant and open it back up as the Buffalo Roadhouse Grill. This fun, casual, family-friendly restaurant has a menu that features all-American foods. They have a large selection of burgers and sandwiches, including all-American burgers made with their signature spices, a turkey burger, and even a Buffalo Roadhouse Bison Burger, made with low-fat, low-cholesterol bison meat. Sandwiches, steak, pasta and the Buffalo Roadhouse Chicken Wing Soup, which tastes just like a Buffalo chicken wing, are also popular options. There is a children's menu, and catering is also available. The sports bar located within the restaurant is the perfect spot to watch a Sabres or Bills game. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This popular cafe sits inside an 1829 building which once housed the Clarence Center Post Office, hence the name. They serve a variety of coffees and specialty beverages, as well as gourmet Panini sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and desserts. In warmer weather, you can sip your coffee on the cafe's wrap-around porch and if you have children you can order from their menu some favorites like PB&J and grilled cheese for the little guys. Beverage selections include regular and decaf coffee, espresso, specialty coffees (for example, their rich white chocolate mocha), smoothies, milkshakes, tea and Chai. Wine and beer are also served, along with liquored coffees and frozen drinks. Live music adds a nice touch to Friday and Saturday evenings.