7 Fan-freakin-tastic Blue-Collar Comfort Food Dishes Around WNY

City Guide, Food & Drink


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on January 22, 2018

BBQ Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Sandwich / Photo x Brett Smith

Whether it’s with a kind word, a hearty meal, a cold beer or free I-don’t-see-the-point-in-using-them tickets to a local sporting event, Buffalonians sure know how to comfort each other.
Comfort food lifts our spirits on a cold winter’s night. It gives us the energy we need to power through the workday. It helps us to bond with strangers and friends alike. It’s been there for us during our industrial past, and it’ll be there for us in the Economy of the Future.
There are a lot of restaurants in Buffalo you can go to for affordably-priced, tummy-warming comfort food. However, there are a few dishes that stand out above the rest. We’ve assembled a few notables below to warm you up this winter season, or whenever you need warming.
We know, there are so many more delicious, comforting dishes served at reasonable prices around WNY. Tell us all about it by commenting and DMing us on social media! We want to hear your thoughts, Buffalo.


BBQ Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf Sandwich from Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizzas

32 Main St, Hamburg, NY 14075 / website
That subhead is neither a typo, nor a string of random words. It’s an actual dish served up regularly at Butera’s in Hamburg and it’s clearly designed to mercilessly pummel any sense of hanger you might have into submission.
Topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and coleslaw, you might think the result would be an indiscriminate mish-mash of umami, but surprisingly, the distinct ingredients stand out and play very well with each other. You should probably enjoy this with one of the many local craft beers Butera’s has on draft.

Polish Platter / Step Out Buffalo

Polish Platter from Polish Villa (I & II)

I – 2954 Union Rd, Buffalo, NY 14227 / website 
II – 1085 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 / website
For the uninitiated, the Polish Villa restaurants are the closest thing to eating homecooked meals at babcia’s house. There’s a lot of great comfort food on the menu, but the Polish Platter –Golabki, pierogi, kielbasa, potato, veg, soup/ salad and rye bread with butter – is a Cheektowagan feast and proven hangover cure.
Eat the entire platter and you’ll feel like Will Ferrell after getting a tranquilized in Old School. Grrrraaahhhhhhh!!!


ABV Loaded Tater Tots / Photo x Brett Smith

Loaded Tater Tots from Allen Burger Venture

175 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / website
Like all Mike Shatzel-operated restaurants, ABV presents guests with an on-going, major dilemma: Which amazing beer do you drink next?
Thankfully, finding food to pair with the beer isn’t such a predicament. ABV has a lot of comfort food dishes on offer, but the king of them all is the Loaded Tater Tots. Topped with pulled pork, melted cheese, jalapeno peppers and a fried egg (optional) the Loaded Tots will keep your craft beer drinking game strong and go a long way to minimizing that next day hangover.

Stuffed Banana Pepper Burger from The Grill at The Dome

175 Brompton Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / website
Let’s get this straight: All burgers are comfort food.
That being said, the award-winning Stuffed Banana Pepper Burger at The Grill at The Dome is a doozy. Creamy, spicy, meaty and gigantic, it’s the perfect food for a local golfer whose game has been relegated to a giant inflatable dome next to The 290. At $10, its blue-collar price is much lower than those of the gourmet burgers you’re going to mention in the comments section.
Just make sure you hit the range before eating this behemoth.

Kimchi Stew – Koreana

1010 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / Facebook
As fatty and fiery as the best chicken wings in town, the kimchi stew at Koreana is both exotic and comforting at the same time.  Slow-cooked pork ribs, spongy tofu, a broth as soothing as a handmade quilt and spicy kimchi offer a range of experiences in one bowl that all add up to pure comfort food.

Mike Sandwich / Photo x Kathryn K. on Yelp

Mike Sandwich – Spot Coffee

Multiple locations / website
As far as decadent breakfast sandwiches go, the Mike Sandwich at Spot is one of the best and it doesn’t even contain any meat. Creamy, eggy, melty and fatty, the sandwich goes great with an Americano or other espresso drink that doesn’t go heavy on the milk.
Pro Tip: Order the Mike Sandwich on focaccia bread for maximum comfort.

Chicken and Red Velvet Wafflles

Freddy J’s Chicken & Waffles

Southern fried chicken and red velvet waffles – Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St, Buffalo, NY 14213 / Facebook
Fried chicken and red velvet waffles drenched in butter just looks like comfort food. And, here’s the thing – they taste like it too! The serving size I got on a recent visit was a bit small for the price ($11), but maybe that’s a good thing: I was able to finish up the workday without a nap.
We know, there are so many more delicious, comforting dishes served at reasonable prices around WNY. Tell us all about it by commenting and DMing us on social media! We want to hear your thoughts, Buffalo.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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