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With its downtown location not far from Dunn Tire Park and HSBC Arena, this pub is a favorite spot for sports fans looking for a cold brew and solid pub food before or after the game. Pearl Street also has its regular customers who come just for their micro-brews with names like Lake Effect Pale Ale, Trainwreck and Lotus. There are four levels, eight bars, a basement cellar bar area for live music, and a sit-down restaurant that is perfect for the whole family.
Toutant which, is also pronounced as "Too-tawnt", is a Southern cuisine restaurant which serves food with a contemporary touch. Buttermilk fried chicken and shrimp Po' boy are their specialties. The appetizers are all made in-house including the sausages and biscuits. Located in Buffalo, this three story restaurant's interior looks stylish with exposed walls and artistic lighting. The customers can choose from a variety of wines, cocktails and whiskeys which are available at the bar. This elegantly designed restaurant also has private rooms on the third floor.
Located in a quaint house from 1864, this Allentown restaurant features an unpretentious, casual and relaxed environment. Inside it has a hunting-lodge appearance, cozy and rustic, yet not too staid as can be seen with the animal heads mounted on the walls. Gabriel's is known for their wings, in fact they are consistently rated as some of the best in the city by various publications. This is saying something since we are in Buffalo after all. Other items on the menu include typical American fare such as NY Strip, Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo and BBQ ribs. The bar is also a nice place just to have a drink if you decide not to sit down for dinner.
This restaurant was once a hardware store and now it has been converted into a well-managed, neighborhood spot that serves American comfort food with a twist. On the menu diners will find sandwiches, burgers, panini and salads, however these are definitely not your mother's homemade meals. There are other standard choices as well, so don't fret, not everything is so eclectic. On Monday nights, check out their 'Backroom', where guests can hear live jazz, acoustic, open-mic, etc. after dinner.
A 1950's style vintage diner located in the North Park locality of Buffalo, Bertha's Diner is a favorite among localities and tourists alike. This small yet cozy diner has a warm and casual ambiance with a stylish mural adorning the back wall that goes perfectly with the decor and theme of the restaurant. The light fixtures fixed and mounted on walls and the ceiling throughout the diner are original. This diner specializes in breakfast and brunch with the menu featuring bagels, omelets, pancakes, and French Toast. The lunch menu includes Rattle and Roll (cheeseburger, fries and milkshake combo), Elvis (just a cheeseburger) and Buddy Holly (deep-fried chicken fingers on a Kaiser roll). Other popular items on the menu include club sandwich, Italian sausage, and fried bologna.
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.
Close to the University at Buffalo's South Campus, this restaurant caters to the student population and area business people. Locals say it has best omelets in town, but the restaurant really is known for its traditional Lebanese dishes and various veggie options. Some of the dishes include Lebanese specialties like kibbeh (ground lamb, cracked wheat, and pine nuts), and the popular schwarma. An efficient and friendly staff serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and the Sunday morning brunch is a great time to fill up for the whole day.
This family owned and operated restaurant and catering company has been a fixture on Williamsville's Main Street for over 20 years. They specialize in soups, sandwiches, and salads, which are all made fresh daily. Some of their sandwiches include roast turkey, corned beef, and even a veggie pita with hummus. Grilled sandwiches include corned beef with swiss, pastrami with provolone, grilled cheese with tomato, and their spinach bread sandwich of the day. Moreover, the salad menu features a spinach salad, Greek salad and taco salad. One of their specialty services is corporate catering and local delivery to places of business, as well as catering for showers, cocktail parties, and other events. You can even call ahead and order a boxed lunch to take along on a road trip or picnic. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This upscale restaurant, located in an older home on historic Main Street in the Village of East Aurora features creative American cuisine. The restaurant, owned by Chef Rick Pohlman and his wife, Kathy, has a two-story dining room plus a full service bar which includes an outdoor patio. Dinner entrees include steaks, meats, pastas and more. They can accommodate groups from 10-50 in their upstairs dining room. In addition to private events, they also provide catering services.
This homey and comfortable restaurant, located on 25 pastoral acres in rural East Aurora, was originally built as a hunting lodge in 1901. Back in the 1930's, it was converted into a tea room and has been a restaurant ever since. Some of their noted lunch items include Chicken ala King and the Old Orchard Chicken salad. Other lunch items include a variety of "hero" sandwiches and salads. Featured dinner entrees include Hawaiian BBQ'd mahi-mahi, coq au vin, and Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin. Moreover, some old-time traditional Old Orchard favorites include Chicken Fricassee and their famous chicken pot pie, both served with their signature cranberry orange relish. Naturally, desserts are made in-house. After you eat, be sure to take a stroll on the grounds and relax by the duck pond. - Christine A. Smyczynski