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21 Most Popular Buffalo & WNY Restaurants of 2021

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on December 22, 2021
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D.A. Taste / Photo x Brett Llenos Smith for Step Out Buffalo

Every year we look back at the most notable things that happened in the food and drink and entertainment industries. We look at the best new restaurants, the full list of places that opened and closed throughout the year, and the most popular topics and events across StepOutBuffalo.com. It’s fun to see where Buffalonians stepped out to most in 2021 – what made you stop scrolling and start drooling!

To compile this list we pulled together our content to find the most viewed restaurant listings and articles on StepOutBuffalo.com this year, both old spots and new, to get the 21 most popular restaurants of 2021 – in order. If you haven’t tried them yet, add these to your step out bucket list for the upcoming year!

21.

Harvest Restaurant

444 Main Street Medina, NY 14103 • $

New American

Other

Casual Table Service

Locally sourced farm-to-table restaurant in Medina, NY. FROM SOB: "Thanks to the rise of remote work, small towns and villages are getting more interest ...

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20.

Bailey Seafood

3316, Bailey Avenue, Kensington Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$

SeafoodAmericanDeli-Sandwiches

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1985 Bailey Seafood was founded in 1985 out of a passion for fresh seafood. Started out with only one employee, the ...

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19.

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

707 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14223 • $

AmericanHot DogsDeli-SandwichesBurgers

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Frustrated that he couldn’t get a quality hot dog with more than just traditional elements of ketchup and mustard, Frank persuaded his brother, Paul, ...

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18.

Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

190 Scott St Buffalo, NY 14204 • $

Beer Bar/HallGermanBrewery

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

The ninth American franchise of Munich's famous Hofbrauhaus, the Buffalo operation features live German music nightly, long tables and benches, beer hall, ...

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17.

Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream

431 Main Street East Aurora, NY 14052 • $

Ice Cream

South Towns

Fast Food

Serving small batches of freshly crafted super premium ice cream. Unique, traditional and seasonal flavors. FROM SOB: "Right now, there’s probably ...

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16.

Long Weekend Bakery + Cafe

34 Central Avenue Lancaster, NY 14086 • $

BakeryCafe-Coffee

Cheektowaga and East

Long Weekend Bake Shop is Buffalo's plant-based bake shop. With a menu that is 100% vegan friendly, and plenty of gluten-free items, choose from cupcakes, ...

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15.

Sto Lat Bar

4475 Transit Rd Williamsville, New York 14221 • $$

PolishAmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Sto Lat Bar is a restaurant and bar, serving authentic Polish cuisine, signature cocktails, local draft beers, and much more! Located in the new BFLO District ...

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14.

Barkology

4939 Genesee St Cheektowaga, NY 14225 • $

Cheektowaga and East

Bar

"Barkology is Buffalos first and only indoor/outdoor dog park and bar that will also offer daycare service. Dogs will love spending time at Barkology, ...

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13.

Falley Allen

204 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Falley Allen serves contemporary American dishes and drinks. The name? A tribute to Lewis Falley Allen, the man both Allentown and Allen Street are named ...

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12.

Patina 250

250 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Patina 250 offers casually refined, eclectic cuisine in the heart of downtown Buffalo. Executive Chef Evan Wargo sources the best local ingredients of ...

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11.

Cookies and Cream

2114 Seneca St Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$

Ice Cream

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The aim of Cookies & Cream is to deliver an authentic, nostalgic Ice Cream Parlor experience with a twist, as we also deliver the aromatic and delicious ...

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10.

Patrick’s Rooftop

500, Pearl Street, Downtown Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Buffalo

Bar

Patrick's Rooftop is the cherry on top at 500 Pearl. With awe-inspiring views of Downtown Buffalo and Lake Erie, Buffalo's highest rooftop bar is a must ...

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9.

Jack Rabbit

1010 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

New American

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar, Take Out

Serving scratch soups, snacks, burgers, Buffalo food, banging rotisserie chicken and cast iron pizza. Look out for live music events too!   More ...

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8.

D.A. Taste

368 Abbott Rd Buffalo, NY 14220 • $$

Mexican

South Buffalo

Food Truck / Stand / Cart, Take Out

D.A. Taste's bestseller in the early going has been beef birria tacos (three for $12, nine for $25). Tortillas are dipped in a special oil before hitting ...

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7.

House Of Charm

517 Washington St Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$

Pub FoodAmerican

Buffalo

Bar

Downtown saloon with great hospitality. food and prices. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" posts="1" ...

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6.

Clarksburg Cider

4493 Walden Avenue Lancaster, NY 14086 • $

CideryAmerican

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

Clarksburg is for hard cider drinkers who don’t take themselves too seriously. Whether you enjoy foraging for wild edibles, or your roof rack just came ...

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5.

Tappo Day Club

140 Chandler Street Buffalo , NY 14207 • $

American

North Buffalo

Bar, Casual Table Service

This exciting new concept and development aims to further revitalize the Black Rock area and strengthen the Buffalo community. The project is lead by the ...

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4.

South Transit BBQ and Grill

6703 South Transit Rd Lockport, NY 14094 • $$

BBQSouthern

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Catering, Casual Table Service

About South Transit BBQ & Grill: We are Don and Victoria Davis and are the owners of South Transit BBQ & Grill! Our passion for cooking bbq style ...

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3.

Lago 210

4038 Hoover Rd Hamburg, NY 14219 • $$

New American

South Towns

Casual Table Service

They say there’s much to be found at the water’s edge—Peace. Clarity. Purpose. And just as it serves up inspiration and awe, at Lago 210, water is ...

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2.

Simply Pierogi

4475 Transit Rd Harris Hill, New York 14221 • $

Polish

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

Simply Pierogi - Polish Kitchen is our fast-casual restaurant serving Polish cuisine in a modern-day format. Enjoy Pierogi Bowls, Salads, Polish Platters ...

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1. Coco’s Crepe Chalet

The #1 one most popular “restaurant” of 2021 was actually a seasonal winter pop-up food stand launched by Buffalo’s own Coco Bar & Bistro on Main Street. During a long pandemic winter this magical French crepe-slinging stand warmed our hearts and helped us escape the mundane for a bit. Cheers to you Coco!

Coco Bar & Bistro

888 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$

French

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Coco's oozes 'relax and enjoy the evening'. This charming neighborhood spot has everything but a neighborhood. We love the vibe, and the Coq au vin almost ...

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