Summertime in Western New York means maximizing every drop of sunshine. One way to do that is to bust open the grill, throw on some meat and get to the delicious business of barbecuing. If you’re short on time or ambition, however, take advantage of the many places in the area serving up some of the very best barbecue.
Some of the spots on this list are well known, like Fat Bob’s, and others are more hidden gems type places, such as Wild Bill Hickory BBQ. Each is deserving in its own right. Many feature patios, where you can soak in the summertime while enjoying savory, lick-your-fingers-it’s-so-good barbecue.
Maybe you take this list and do a barbecue crawl. Maybe you just find one new place that becomes a favorite. Either way, we hope you get out and enjoy the best barbecue that Buffalo has to offer!
1. Fat Bob’s Smokehouse
41 Virginia Place, Buffalo
716-887-2971 / fatbobs.com
This Allentown District restaurant cooks its meat in a custom-built Texas smoker. Everything on the menu is made from scratch.
2. Wild Bill Hickory BBQ
9840 County Road, Clarence Center
716-908-5263 / facebook.com/wildbillhickoryBB
Don’t expect fine dining here (It’s literally a trailer with some picnic tables), but do expect some of the best beef brisket you’ve ever tasted in this area.
3. One-Eyed Jacks Smokehouse Grill
5983 South Transit Road, Lockport
716-438-5414 / oneeyedjacksbbq.com
The atmosphere is down-home and barbecue fall-off-the bone tender at this popular Lockport eatery.
4. Smoke on the Water
77 Young St., Tonawanda
716-692-4227 / sotw77.com
This boat-accessible restaurant on Elliott Creek serves delicious barbecue and other southern comfort food with a twist.
5. BW’s Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue
5007 Lake Ave., Blasdell
716-824-7455 / bwbbq.com
This Southtowns restaurant is known for its big portions and great barbecue. It does a robust, and well-known, catering business, too.
6. Brickyard Pub & BBQ
432 Center St., Lewiston
716-754-7227 / brickyardpub.com
This Village of Lewiston spot is known for its melt-in-the-mouth brisket, along with its smoked wings. The service and ambiance are both top-notch, too.
7. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
301 Franklin St., Buffalo
716-880-1677 / dinosaurbarbque.com
This eatery in the heart of downtown serves up delicious barbecue and equally yummy sides.
8. Suzy-Q’s Bar-B-Que Shack
2829 Niagara St., Buffalo
716-873-0757 / facebook.com/suzyqbbqny
This bare-bones roadside smokes its meat with fruit wood and hickory, creating particularly flavorful meats. It’s served with homemade sides.
9. Roaming Bison Tavern
732 Hertel Ave., Buffalo
716-235-8281 / rbtbbq.com
This Bourbon bar serves up southern style dishes, including tantalizing barbecue paired with homemade sauces.
10. Master’s Barbecue Company
43 Buffalo St., Hamburg
716-393-6478 / mastersbbq.com
This Village of Hamburg eatery serves up a smorgasbord of delicious meats, along with homemade barbecue sauce and sides. They use hickory, red oak, apple and maple wood in their smoker.