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50+ of the Best Low Key Eateries in WNY

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on July 1, 2022
Sullivan’s Hot Dogs and Ice Cream / Photo courtesy of Sullivan’s Hot Dogs and Ice Cream

On a hot summer day, nothing is better than a cold drink in a paper cup and a meal served on a plastic tray. Yes, we’re talking about the places in town that are nothing fancy to the eye but they’re packing all the good stuff. Typically you’ll find the menu on a board that hasn’t changed in years because if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

Well, if you’re looking for the best places that fit this bill, we’re here to help. In a recent post on our Instagram and Facebook our followers shared their favorite low key places to bring you a list of the best around town. Pro-tip: save this post for future reference.

Let’s get to it, here’s the best Low Key Eateries in WNY:

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Abbott Texas Red Hots

1291 Abbott Rd Buffalo, NY 14218 • $

Hot DogsAmerican

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Abbott Texas Red Hots has been a community staple in western New York for decades. First opened in 1952 near Mercy Hospital, Abbott Texas Red Hots thrived ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Buffalo

2634 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Cheektowaga

3724 Union Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $

Ice Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Kenmore

2235 Sheridan Dr Kenmore , New York 14223 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Lancaster

4855 Transit Rd Lancaster, New York 14043 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard – Williamsville

6075 Main St Williamsville, New York 14221 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard- Amherst

2369 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst, New York 14221 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesIce Cream

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The uniquely WNY combination of Ice Cream and Beef on Weck. ...

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Colosso Taco

66 Main St Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $

Buffalo FoodMexican

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Colosso Taco is a Mexican restaurant in Tonawanda who menu also contains pizzas, subs, fingers, wings, and list of daily specials. ...

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Connor’s Hotdog Stand

8902 Lake Shore Rd Angola, New York 14006 • $

BurgersHot DogsIce Cream

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Seasonal hotdogs in Angola ...

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David’s Steak Hogay

8442 Niagara Falls Blvd Niagara Falls, NY 14304 • $

Niagara County

This Niagara Falls Sub Shop and Pizzeria offers Niagara Falls Catering. If you are within the Niagara Falls area and are looking for Niagara Falls ...

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Galassi’s Sub Shop

452 Payne Ave North Tonawanda, NY 14120 • $

American

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Still here after 40 years. Home of the NiteMare. (steak cheese ,sausage, and peppers). Rolls are from Canada. Same place from day one. ...

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George’s Hot Dog Stand

5808 Herman Hill Rd Buffalo, New York 14075 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot Dogs

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Classic summer dog stand has grown to offer indoor and outdoor seating and a long list of great food. ...

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Jim’s Steakout – Main St

3094 Main St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Jim's Steakout is a locally-owned Buffalo tradition. We use only the highest quality brand name products to prepare the best quality food. Our food is ...

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Jim’s Steakout -Elmwood Ave

938 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Jim's Steakout is a locally-owned Buffalo tradition. We use only the highest quality brand name products to prepare the best quality food. Our food is ...

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John & Mary’s – Depew

6425 Transit Rd Buffalo, New York 14043 • $

Deli-SandwichesPizza

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

John and Mary's serves PIzza, Subs, Wings, Wraps, $ Salads. ...

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John & Mary’s – Hamburg

40 Buffalo St Buffalo, New York 14075 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Reopened and redesigned after a fire in the winter of 2018. John and Marys Pizza has been a buffalo tradition since 1952, serving up the best pizza ...

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John’s Pizza & Subs – Gettzville

680 Cambell Blvd Buffalo, New York 14068 • $

Buffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesPizza

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Home of the Origanal Chicken Finger Sub serving WNY since 1982! We serve quality food with great friendly service at great prices. Your one stop pizza ...

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John’s Pizza & Subs – Grand Island

2131 Grand Island Blvd. Grand Island, New York 14072 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-SandwichesPizza

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Home of the Origanal Chicken Finger Sub serving WNY since 1982! We serve quality food with great friendly service at great prices. Your one stop pizza ...

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John’s Pizza & Subs – Tonawanda

1436 Niagara Falls Blvd. Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

Buffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesPizza

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Casual Table Service

Home of the Origanal Chicken Finger Sub serving WNY since 1982! We serve quality food with great friendly service at great prices. Your one stop pizza ...

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John’s Pizza & Subs Tonawanda 2

4241 Delaware Ave Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

Buffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesPizza

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Home of the Origanal Chicken Finger Sub serving WNY since 1982! We serve quality food with great friendly service at great prices. Your one stop pizza ...

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Johnny’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

4841 Union Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $

Buffalo FoodDeli-SandwichesPizza

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

We are a family owned business who has been serving the Western New York area for over 50 years. You will always find an owner on premises and we take ...

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Jonny C’s NY Deli and Caterers

9350 Transit Rd East Amherst, NY 14051 • $

American

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Jonny C’s NY Deli is a New York style deli located in East Amherst, New York that also offers Buffalo catering services. ...

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Lee’s Barbecue

1269 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$

BBQ

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Lees Barbecue is the best in WNY and has been around almost 40 years. ...

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Buffalo

2811 Bailey Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

BurgersIce Cream

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Louie's Texas Red Hots has Six locations in WNY, serving Sahlen's Hotdogs. Open 24/7 ...

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Orchard Park

3905 Southwestern Blvd Orchard Park, NY 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Fast Food

At Louie's Texas  Red Hots we GUARANTEE We have the best food, hot dogs, & burgers around plus an atmosphere to match. Try us and you'll be convinced! ...

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Seneca

777 Harlem Rd Buffalo, New York 14224 • $

Burgers

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Louie's Texas Red Hots has Six locations in WNY, serving Sahlen's Hotdogs. ...

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Mary’s Deli

525 Main St Dinkirk, NY 14048 • $

American

Southern Tier

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serving pizza, subs, calzones, wings, and more! ...

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Mayback’s Deli

1598 Niagara Falls Blvd Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Deli - Sub Shop ...

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Mississippi Mudds

313 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14150 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

When you pull up a chair on the Mississippi Mudds rooftop dining area, you can't help but smile. For nearly 25 years, the family restaurant has been a ...

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Mustachio’s Pizza

2701, Elmwood Avenue, Tonawanda Town Kenmore, New York 14217 • $$

AmericanBuffalo Food37963878Deli-SandwichesDinerItalian38233866PizzaSeafoodVegetarian

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

We're Right Under Your Nose! Since 1989 Mustachio's Pizza has been serving Kenmore, Tonawanda, North Buffalo, Riverside, and Black Rock all of their favorite ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Angola

9049 Erie Rd Angola, New York 14006 • $

Ice Cream

South Towns

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Nick Charlap's specialty is producing premium homemade hard ice cream (40+ flavors), ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Boston

7264 Boston State Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $

Ice CreamBurgers

South Towns

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Specialize in producing premium homemade hard ice cream. Five locations across ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Elmwood

2800 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14217 • $

Ice Cream

North Buffalo

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Nick Charlap's specialty is producing premium homemade hard ice cream (40+ flavors), ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – Hamburg

10 Euclid Ave Hamburg, New York 14075 • $$$

Ice CreamBurgers

South Towns

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Specialize in producing premium homemade hard ice cream. Five locations across ...

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Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream – West Seneca

1203 Union Rd West Seneca, New York 14224 • $

Ice Cream

Buffalo

Fast Food

WNY dairy/ice cream business. Family owned $ operated for over 50 years! Nick Charlap's specialty is producing premium homemade hard ice cream (40+ flavors), ...

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Parkside Drive-In

5095 Day Rd Lockport, NY 14094 • $

American

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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Pat’s Submarines

1741 Abbott Rd Buffalo, New York 14218 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Website says: Let us cater to you...graduations, communions, and family gatherings. ...

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Pautler’s Drive-In

6343 Transit Rd. Buffalo, New York 14051 • $

BakeryBBQBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot DogsSouthern

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Seasonal business (open April-October) serving hand pressed burgers, hot dogs. delicious salads, ice cream and much more. ...

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Pete ‘n Paul Pockets

2124 S Park Ave Buffalo, New York 14220 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

South Buffalo

Fast Food

A winning team for great taste. Serving the hard working people of South Buffalo for years! ...

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Raymondo’s Pizzeria

1580 E Delavan Ave #3604 Cheektowaga, NY 14215 • $

Pizza

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Pizza, wings, subs, and more! ...

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Red Top

3360 Big Tree Rd Hamburg, New York 14075 • $

BurgersHot Dogs

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The classic Red Top Hot Dogsï¾ hasn't changed in decades, and hopefully it won't anytime soon. Great view of the lake and open air 'dining' too. Red ...

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Red’s Hot Dogs

634 Main St East Aurora, NY 14052 • $$

Hot Dogs

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Western New York's best char-grilled hot dogs (own brand), USDA Choice "Beef on Weck", Handmade burgers, Italian & Polish Sausage, Bologna & Onions, ...

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Reids Drive In

150 Lake Ave Lockport, NY 14094 • $

Hot Dogs

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serving up hotdogs, hamburgers, and ice cream. ...

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Ricotta’s Pizza & Rix – Ellicott Rd.

7025 Ellicott Rd Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Casual Table Service

  Ricotta's Pizza $ Rix Country Store have been serving New York for over 40 years. Ricotta's is well known for its Pizza, Wings, Subs, and Pasta ...

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Ricottas Pizza – Niagara

349 Niagara St Buffalo, New York 14201 • $$

AmericanDeli-SandwichesItalian38233866Pizza

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Pizzeria Established in 1988, Ricotta's Pizza is known for not only fresh, made-from-scratch pizza but delicious subs, hoagies, wraps, tacos, wings, ...

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Ricottas Pizza & Rix – Buffalo Rd.

3545 North Buffalo Rd Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

Pizza

South Towns

Ricotta's Pizza $ Rix Country Store have been serving New York for over 40 years. Ricotta's is well known for its Pizza, Wings, Subs, and Pasta dishes ...

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Ronny’s Take-Out

222 Aurora St Lancaster, New York 14086 • $

Buffalo Food37963878Deli-Sandwiches

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service

Ronny's Take Out Pizza has a wide variety of menu items to suit any taste buds: pizza, wings, fingers, breads, fresh salads, tacos, Italian dinners and ...

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Seneca Texas Hots

2449 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14210 • $

AmericanGreek

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Seneca Texas Hots is serving up Texas red hots, burgers, souvlaki, and of course their special sauce. They have drive-thu access and a newly renovated ...

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Steve’s Pig & Ox Roast

951 Ridge Rd Lackawanna, New York 14218 • $

AmericanDeli-Sandwiches

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Family owned and operated for 35 years! Great food cooked over charcoal fire...can't get better than that! ...

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Sullivan’s Hot Dogs

501 Cayuga Dr Niagara Falls, New York 14305 • $

BurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

A great Niagara Falls spot in the summer for families to eat a freshly grilled hot dog with some hand cut french fries or sweet potato fries followed by ...

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Sunny’s Family Drive-in

5780 S Transit Rd Lockport, New York 14094 • $

Deli-SandwichesItalianPizza

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Sunny's has been serving Lockport since November of 1976 with a tradition of serving the highest quality foods available. Our menu includes Pizzas, Wings, ...

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Sunset Grille

18 Shore Dr Wilson, New York 14172 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Sunset Bar $ Grill, located in the quaint lakeside village of Wilson, NY, is referred to by those in the know as the hidden gem of the harbor. Nestled ...

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Tacos and More

4473 Lake Shore Rd Hamburg, NY 14075 • $

Mexican

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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Taffy’s Charbroiled Red Hots

3261 Orchard Park Rd Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

BurgersDeli-SandwichesHot Dogs

South Towns

Casual Table Service

Taffy's still has the same old traditional 'hot dog stand' cuisine, and it's as delicious as ever. Hamburgers and hot dogs, freshly cut fries, potato spuds, ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Amherst

2351 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst, New York 14228 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Cheektowaga

3637 Union Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14225 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Downtown

124 W Chippewa St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – Lancaster

4878 Transit Rd Cheektowaga, New York 14043 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs – North Tonawanda

333 Meadow Dr North Tonawanda,, New York 14120 • $

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersHot Dogs

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Now Offering Online Ordering with Curbside Pick-Up. Curbside and contactless pick-up via our online ordering system. Simply place your order online and ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs (Orchard Park)

3193 Orchard Park Road Orchard Park, New York 14127 • $

BurgersAmerican

South Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Serving the highest quality food, cooked to order, in a clean and friendly atmosphere over the last 85 years has made Ted's Jumbo Red Hots a tradition.   ...

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Ted’s Hot Dogs (Williamsville)

7018 Transit Rd Williamsville, New York 14221 • $

BurgersDeli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Serving the highest quality food, cooked to order, in a clean and friendly atmosphere over the last 85 years has made Ted's Jumbo Red Hots a tradition.   ...

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Tony’s Bayview Drive-in

3804 Lake Shore Road Buffalo, New York 14219 • $

AmericanBurgersDeli-SandwichesHot DogsIce Cream

South Towns

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tony's Bayview Drive-in serves hot dogs, hamburgers, curly fries, shakes, and ice cream. ...

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Viola’s Submarine House

1539 Military Rd Niagara Falls, New York 14305 • $

Buffalo FoodDeli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Violas Submarine House is open for both dine in and take out.   ...

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Wales Center Hotel

12243 Big Tree Rd Wales Center, NY 14169 • $

American

South Towns

Bar

Sports bar with Buffalo food and entertainment. ...

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Ziggy’s Taco & Sub

3975 Main St Amherst, NY 14226 • $

Mexican

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Tacos, subs, chicken fingers ...

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Zorba’s Texas Hots

5 Lee St Depew, New York 14043 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-Sandwiches

Cheektowaga and East

Casual Table Service, Fast Casual / Counter Service

At Zorba's Texas Hots we are a friendly, family owned restaurant. The same owners ( Tom $ Shirley Galanes ) since the doors opened 40 years ago. With ...

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