By cheap, we mean “great value”.
Let’s be honest, just about anyone could find good food if they don’t mind giving up their right arm in return. The challenge is finding quality dining at an affordable rate.
While its not hard to find great value in Buffalo and Western New York, it’s always nice to be pointed in the right direction. Of course, “cheap” is a relative term, but we think these places will do the trick no matter what meal you’re looking for.
Check out these quality spots with great prices in the Northtowns, you won’t be sorry – or broke.
5235 Main St., Williamsville / (716) 634-3447 / More Info
Break’n Eggs’ sweet and savory crepes have locals lining up outside the door. Believe me, it’s worth the wait. There is a “build your own crepe” option, complete with delicious toppings. You can select a healthy crepe by ordering the buckwheat crepe (also gluten free) loaded with egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and maybe a sprinkle of cheese. Alternatively, go for the original crepe and add toppings like bacon, Nutella, caramel, brie cheese, and other options that may be a bit sinful, but they’re good for the soul. There are savory crepes, seafood options, and sweet crepes, like the one with warm granny smith apples, maple syrup and whipped cream. Absolutely delicious!
2. Mes Que
1420 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo / (716) 836-8800 / More Info
Technically in North Buffalo, but if you find yourself on the southern side of the Northtowns, makes for a great option!
Mes Que has a cozy ambiance, tasty food, and crafted cocktails. They have soup and salads, plus excellent items to share like gourmet pizzas and small plates such as an assortment of cheeses and meats. Their cocktails are creative and refreshing and always hit the spot.
9160 Transit Road, Buffalo / (716) 636-1803 / More Info
Grover’s has arguably the best burgers in WNY, depending who you ask. Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives himself made a stop at Grover’s to experience the hype of their cheeseburger soup. The original menu is fantastic, but they always have great specials on top of that. There’s even a breakfast themed burger with egg, ham, cheese and hash browns. Best of all these huge burgers are extremely affordable! Be sure to stop in for a quality burger and an ice cold beer.
4. Amy’s Place
3234 Main Street, Buffalo / (716) 832-6666 / More Info
Originating as a Lebanese and American restaurant in a classic diner setting, Amy’s Place has adapted over the years to cater to the vegetarian and vegan diet, completely removing meat from their menu in 2021. Everything here is scrumptious including the Falafel Sandwich and a major crowd pleaser – the Barb Special which consists of deep fried eggplant patties, tomatoes, french fries, and garlic spread wrapped into a pita. Amy’s does not disappoint when it comes to value and vibes.
5555 Genesee St., Lancaster / (716) 681-6938 / More Info
Not only does Boston Hotel have fresh seafood, but you can’t beat their prices. You can get a dozen clams, raw or steamed cheap, and a dozen oysters at an affordable cost. They’re delicious on their own, but they got me hooked on sprinkling a little celery salt, lemon juice, and hot sauce in the shell with the raw clam before devouring it; so delicious!
313 Niagara St., Tonawanda / (716) 694-0787 / More Info
Mississippi Mudds is famous in Buffalo for their beautiful location, char-broiled hot dogs, sweet potato fries, and WNY’s ‘best chicken breast sandwich’. Regardless of what you choose to order, you can’t beat that crispy, charred flavor you get from their grill. The Louisiana sweet potato fries are to die for; loaded with honey and butter. You can’t beat the fact that you can eat outside on the rooftop with a fantastic view of the river. When you’re done eating, head downstairs to hit up the ice cream stand, and take a walk by the water. It’s a great summer spot, and believe me you haven’t lived until you’ve try those sweet potato fries!
This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.