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Since 1952, John and Mary's has been the place to go for subs, pizza, wings and more. When the late John Guida first opened the eatery, he served just three different sub sandwiches. People would line up to have their sandwiches on Friday nights. Today, the local chain of casual, family-friendly restaurants has nine locations in the Buffalo area. The menu includes many more items including pizza, chicken wings and fingers, hot and cold subs, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and even a fish fry on Fridays. Most of the restaurants now serve beer and wine to enjoy with you meal. Lunch specials are served daily from 11a to 3p. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This tiny, old-fashioned diner is operated by Charlie Roesch, who many consider to be the food ambassador of western New York. The regional favorite of beef on weck is why you come here. Freshly sliced roast beef comes served on a salt-encrusted kummelweck roll. It's actually the "weck" roll, a kaiser-like roll topped with Kosher salt and caraway seeds, that makes the sandwich. Often Charlie himself, wearing his trademark butchers apron and white hard hat, can be seen behind the counter carving the beef himself. During the warmer months, you can dine outdoors on picnic tables. He also provides efficient catering.
This popular, casual restaurant is noted for its signature open faced Rueben sandwich, purported to be the best in Western New York. The eatery was named after the late John Patrick Fitzgerald, a pressman who was on the now defunct Courier Express newspaper for over 50 years. Mr. Fitzgerald was well known in Buffalo’s Irish community. The restaurant’s menu includes Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage and Irish beer cheddar soup, along with salads, wraps, wings, and sandwiches, as well as steak, ribs, and chicken dishes. Their Buffalo combo includes a mini beef on weck served with chicken wings. They offer free Wi-Fi, USD2 daily drink specials, and have 15 flat screen TV’s. -Christine A. Smyczynski
John's Pizza and Subs is home of John's original chicken finger sub, served with tangy hot sauce, lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese and topped with blue cheese, They also serve a variety of specialty subs with unique names like Steak in the Grass (chopped rib eye steak, spinach, and provolone) and the Godfather (capicola baked with pepperoni and provolone cheese). They also have wings and fingers, salads, and a wide variety of pizzas on the menu, including gourmet pizzas like Bob's Big Mac and Chicken Fajita Pizza. Try their 2-foot party sub for special occasions, as well as their daily lunch specials. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This authentic "New Yawk" style deli, which has take-out as well as an eat-in area, is owned by Jon Cohen, a New York City native. Since 2006, he has been bringing a little bit of New York City to East Amherst residents. Stop by for breakfast and enjoy eggs served on a roll, bagel, or wrap. If you are especially hungry, try the Heart Attack, made with bacon, sausage, ham, egg, onion, and melted Swiss cheese. For lunch, choose from salads or try one of Jonny C's specialty wraps, such as grilled chicken, Greek or Cobb. Other menu selections include burgers, wings, and a Friday fish fry. However, their claim to fame is their selection of "New Yawk" deli sandwiches. Really hungry? Try the Big Mouth, which features one pound each of corned beef, pastrami, and turkey, plus a quarter pound of Swiss cheese all topped with Russian dressing. Eat it all in 30 minutes and get your picture on the Wall of Fame and a Big Mouth T-shirt. - Christine A. Smyczynski