Best Spots for Fish Fry According to Western New Yorkers

Written by Step Out Staff
Published on February 12, 2021
Photo courtesy of Overpass Pub

We don’t want to over simplify this, but frankly Buffalo (WNY) Fish Fries are where it’s at.

The larger than life pieces of fish, the tarter sauce, the high key side game.

Like wings, beef on weck, and sponge candy, the Friday night (or any night) fish fry is a sort of a “buffalo thing”. The Buffalo News does a great job in this article explaining the history of the Buffalo fish fry. While the most common time to find Western New Yorkers in search of a good fish fry is during Lent, many of the restaurants mentioned below offer a fish fry dish beyond Lent and more than just Fridays.

What makes a good fish fry varies depending on who you ask, but a certain crispness is important if you ask us. And then there are the accouterments – at least a couple of sides that come with it like french fries, mac salad, potato salad, a dinner roll and the 1000% necessary tartar sauce. Homemade everything is a plus if not a must.

Photo courtesy of The Cornerstone Bar & Grill
Photo courtesy of The Cornerstone Bar & Grill

In order to pull this list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best fish fry in Buffalo and WNY. They answered with their top picks and we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations below. If it was mentioned, it’s listed below.

Because we received hundreds of comments resulting in over 50 recommendations, there’s an option in almost every neighborhood in WNY. From sit-down service to fast casual options and take out for instance, fish fries are served in a variety of places, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

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Best of the Best

While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again. It’s safe to say these are our readers’ top picks for Fish Fry:

  1. Wiechecs Lounge (Buffalo’s East Side)
  2. Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs (Kenmore)
  3. Wallenwein’s Hotel (East Aurora)
  4. Curry’s Pub (North Buffalo)
  5. Gene McCarthy’s (South Buffalo)
  6. Griffon Gastropub (Clarence, Niagara Falls, East Aurora)
  7. Hoak’s (Hamburg)
  8. McPartlan’s Corner (Williamsville)

Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions!

Check out the comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for menu item recommendations and specific info you can’t get anywhere else, out of the mouths of customers! Plus explore more guides with recommendations according to Western New Yorkers.

Photo courtesy of Central Park Grill
Photo courtesy of Central Park Grill

Guide to Best Fish Fry in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

A and C Meat Co.

6472 Southwestern Blvd.
Lakeview NY 14075 • $$

Buffalo

Situated in Lakeview NY  just 10 miles from downtown Buffalo,  A&C Meat Company opened it's doors on October 31, 2015 and it didn't take long for

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Aj’s Corner Store

2894 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo NY 14217 • $

Buffalo

Corner/Convenience Store

Groceries, cold-cuts, sandwiches, check cashing, stamps, utility bill payment service, lottery, e-liquid and vaporizers.

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Alabama Hotel

1353 Lewiston Road
Basom NY 14013 • $$

American

Buffalo

Bar and Restaurant

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Alton’s Restaurant – Elma

2221 Transit Road
Elma New York 14059 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Experience the finest in casual dining in a clean, warm and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the best home cooked meals at the most reasonable prices around. Since

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Alton’s Restaurant – Walden

2250 Walden Ave
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

Experience the finest in casual dining in a clean, warm and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the best home cooked meals at the most reasonable prices around. Since

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Apollo Family Restaurant

3387 Park Ave
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

American (New), American (Traditional), Diners and Greek and Mediterranean Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Apple Granny’s

433 Center St.
Lewiston New York 14092 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Apple Granny's was started in 1830 serving American cuisine like steak, chicken, ribs and fish.

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Athena’s Family Restaurant

729 Young St
Tonawanda New York 14150 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Athena's Family Restaurant says: Family owned and operated for over 20 years! Enjoy homemade meals and soups made daily, delicious breakfast or our

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Athens Family Restaurant

2801 Harlem Rd.
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

2801 Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga NY 892-5019.   Open: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Bailey Seafood

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

Seafood

North Towns

Meal Prep

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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Beach House

5584 E River Rd
Grand Island New York 14072 • $

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

For over thirty years The Beach House has been serving the people of Western New York delicious food at a reasonable price.

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Bellevue Hotel

544, Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, Cheektowaga Town
Erie County New York 14227 • $

Cheektowaga and East

The Bellevue Hotel is a neighborhood favorite, offering great food and service in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Stop in for Wing Specials on Mondays and

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Black Water Tavern & Tap

12443 Broadway
Alden New York 14004 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

Blackwater Tavern $ Tap is a new renovated local tavern in the town of Alden, New York. dedicated to the history of Alden's Black Water Baths.

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Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub

2134 Seneca Street
South Buffalo New York 14220 • $$

American

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Blackthorn Restaurant $ Pub is the quintessential cozy, no pretense South Buffalo joint that has been serving this neighborhood for decades. They offer

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Broadway Hotel

?158 Main St
North Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $

Niagara County

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Brunner’s Tavern

3989 Main Street
Amherst NY 14226 • $$

Buffalo

Brunner’s Tavern is a local Buffalo favorite. Famous for it’s steak sandwich, chicken wings, and homemade macaroni salad.

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Buffalo Brew Pub

6861 Main St.
Williamsville New York 14226 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

At Buffalo Brewpub we brew our own beers! New York State's Oldest Brew Pub dedicated to Fine Beer, food, and fun! Renowned for its fabulous beer and savory

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Buffalo Irish Center

245 Abbot Road
Buffalo New York 14220 • $

Irish

South Buffalo

The Buffalo Irish Center is much more than a meeting place in a pub, a bingo hall, or an establishment for little girls to learn dancing. Since 1970, the

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Buffalo Soul

454 Pearl St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

Southern

Buffalo

Restaurant $ Lounge in Buffalo, NY specializing in scratch made soul food and local Buffalo favorites. Taste the Soul of 716!!!

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Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizza

32 Main St
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

Italian

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Butera's Craft Beer $ Craft Pizza was newly established in September of 2015, but carries on the tradition of excellent customer service and food from

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BW’s Barbecue

5007 Lake Ave
Blasdell New York 14219 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Buffalo's best bbq with fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked brisket, pulled pork and chicken with the taste of summer.

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Candy Apple Cafe

81 Buell St.
Alden New York 14001 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Candy Apple Cafe is the quintessential small town American diner, and it has small town prices too.

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Casey’s Black Rock

484 Amherst St
Buffalo New York 14207 • $$

North Buffalo

Casey's is the type of place where you can get good reliable bar food, and inexpensive drinks. They have a great fish fry on weekends, a spaghetti dinner

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Central Park Grill

2519 Main Street
Buffalo New York 14214 • $

American

North Buffalo

CPG was one of the first bars to open in Buffalo and has succeeded this long due to its great food and staff as well as being the neighborhood bar for

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Clay Handi Restaurant

3054 Delaware Ave
Buffalo New York 14217 • $

Indian

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Clay Pot Cooking: Preserve And Enhance The Nutrition In Your Food. Clay Handi Restaurant Offers Traditional Pakistani/ Indian , Halal, Vegetarian and Vegan

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Colden Country Inn

8815 State Rd
Colden New York 14141 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

We are a Casual Restaurant with a Family Friendly Dining Room $ Deck Outside. Our Bar Room Area Has 3 Flat Screen High Def TV's For Your Enjoyment.As well

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Connor’s Restaurant

3465 Seneca St
West Seneca NY 14224 • $$

American

Buffalo

The best location in Buffalo for a fish fry, beef on weck, chicken wings, pizza, reubens and plenty of home cooked meals!

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Curly’s Grille

647 Ridge Rd
Buffalo New York 14218 • $$$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Step Out's 2 cents: Curly's has undergone a lot of transformations over the years. Famous for their Jerk Chicken and Black Bean soup for years, but

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Curry’s Pub

864 Kenmore Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Currys Pub is more than a local fish fry joint!ï¾  With our signature dishes like 'The Dibble', a stuffed pepper sandwich and Scallop Chardonnay, a

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Danny’s Restaurant – Cheektowaga

3715 Genesee Street
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

A casual dining atmosphere, specializing in chicken, steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive salad bar. Home of the Famous Chicken Wing Soup! Home of

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Danny’s Restaurant – Orchard Park

4300 Abbott Rd.
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A casual dining atmosphere, specializing in chicken, steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive salad bar. Banquet facilities seat 25 - 70 with full bar service. Home

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Daryl’s Pizzeria

163 Main St
Perry NY 14530 • $

Pizza

Buffalo

Perry's finest pizza, subs and wings since 1981

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David’s Steak Hogay

8442 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls NY 14304 • $

Buffalo

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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Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC.

6004 Buffalo Ave
Niagara Falls New York 14304 • $

Soul Food

Buffalo

AWARD WINNING Food Truck bringing you a variety of fresh gourmet sandwiches based on Belgian waffles!!

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Doc Sullivan’s

474 Abbott Rd
Buffalo New York 14220 • $$

Buffalo Food

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Neighborhood pub set in the heart of South Buffalo's Irish Heritage district serving up cold beer $ spirits along with Pub Fare.

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Dockside Bar & Grill

153 Sweeney Street
North Tonawanda, New York 14150 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

A historic building along the Erie Canal has been transformed into The Dockside Bar and Grill, a casual-dining restaurant near the Gateway Harbor area

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Duff’s Famous Wings – Williamsville

4545 Transit Road
Williamsville New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969

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Duff’s Famous Wings- Buffalo

3090 Orchard Park Rd
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969

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Duff’s Famous Wing’s – Amherst

3651 Sheridan Dr
Amherst New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969

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Duff’s Famous Wings – Niagara Falls

8351 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls New York 14304 • $

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It was in 1969

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Duff’s Famous Wings – Orchard Park

3090 Orchard Park Rd
Buffalo New York 14224 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

WARNING! MEDIUM IS HOT! MEDIUM HOT IS VERY HOT! HOT IS VERY VERY HOT! 'Our wings are famous for a reason. Duff's has been committed to serving the highest

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Duff’s Famous Wings -Depew

550 Dick Rd
Depew New York 14043 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Website says: In 1946, Louise Duffney opened a corner Gin Mill at Sheridan Drive and Millersport Highway in Amherst, New York, just north of Buffalo. It

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East Eden Tavern

8163 E Eden Rd
Eden New York 14057 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Love the Garbage Platter- served on a garbage can lid, serves 4 ish $39.99, ($29.99 on Tues.) - full rack of ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, mac n

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Eddie Brady’s

97 Genesee St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $

Buffalo

Bar

Eddie Brady's is located in the heart of Downtown Buffalo. Stop in for $3 Bottles, $4 Mixed Drinks, and $8 Sandwiches.

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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

707 Kenmore Ave
Buffalo New York 14223 • $

American

North Buffalo

Fast Casual

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, to

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Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

BBQ

Buffalo

Freddy J's Barbecue is one of Buffalo's best kept secrets, providing soul food with a touch of elegance.

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French Pub

1250 French Rd
Buffalo New York 14043 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Pub features traditional Buffalo cuisine such as Beef on Weck and Chicken Wings, as well as daily dinner and lunch specials.

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GDI Countryside Inn

2049 Sandridge
Alden NY 14004 • $$

American

Buffalo

GDI Countryside Inn is a family owned & operated Restaurant and Banquet facility. We specialize in American, Polish, Seafood,Char-Broiled Steaks and

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Gene McCarthy’s

73 Hamburg St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Under the ownership of a team of local craft beer enthusiasts, the long time bar now features a brewery next door, which provides locally brewed beer to

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Griffin Gastropub – Clarence

5445 Transit Rd
Clarence New York 14031 • $$

American

North Towns

SOB Says About Griffin Gastropub: According to Griffon Gastropub's website, 'If you're looking for a typical 'neighborhood grill' type of place, keep looking,'

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Griffin Gastropub – Niagara Falls

2470 Military Road
Niagara Falls New York 14303 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

The Griffon Pub is a gastropub located in Niagara Falls, NY that boasts 50 beers on tap and a unique, creative menu. Our staff is friendly and knowledgable

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Griffin Gastropub East Aurora

634 Main Street, East Aurora, NY, United States
East Aurora New York 14052 • $$

American

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

72 beers on tap, a grand, old industrial building, long list of fine bar grub and even a childrens' menu. This place is a no brainer and a great addition

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Hamlin House

432 Franklin Street
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB says: I'm a sucker for stunning old Italianate style mansions with food. To me the Hamlin House is like a slice of Buffalo chopped and served on a

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Happy Swallow Restaurant

1349 Sycamore Street
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

East Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Happy Swallow Bar $ Restaurant is a locally owned establishment run by the Golimowski family. The Bar is open 7 days a week, hours listed. The kitchen

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Hayes Seafood House

8900 Main St.
Clarence New York 14226 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Hayes Seafood House offers a wide variety of Fresh Seafood products and entrees for the Western New York region. Located at 8900 Main Street in Clarence,

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Hideaway Grille

399 Division St
Buffalo New York 14120 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Tucked away in North Tonawanda, the Hideaway Grille quickly welcomes you with its friendly, at-home atmosphere. Family owned and operated since 2000. Hideaway

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Hoak’s

4100 Lake Shore Rd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Friday fish fry and great view of Lake Erie and the city.

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Hoovers Restaurant and Dairy Store

6035 Ward Rd
Sanborn NY 14132 • $$

Buffalo

Good old home cooking mixed with American Fare & WNY favorites. Old fashioned milk shakes, Perry's ice cream and custard served all year round. Daily

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Jades Bar Restaurant

​4495 Broadway Street
Depew NY 14043 • $$

American

Buffalo

Jades has been a 30 yr staple!! Its new owner Pattie, has been with the family for 10 yrs!! She has brought back the original family recipes!!

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JoAndy’s Place

858 Bloomingdale Rd
Basom NY 14013 • $$

Buffalo

Daily specials, homemade soup, Friday fish fry, Always striving for the best quality, always from scratch.

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Joey’s Place


• $$

Buffalo

Joey's Place is expanding at our new location! Joey's is still serving delicious homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, lasagna, beef on weck and more.

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JP Fitzgeralds

4236 Clark St
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Great Reubens and much more JP Fitzgerald s is the Southtowns hottest spot for casual fun with family and friends. From ワThe Best Reuben Sandwich

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Kenmore Fish Market

3279 Delaware Ave
Kenmore NY 14217 • $$

Buffalo

A local favorite for fresh fish and seafood to dine in or take out. Award winning chowder, renowned fried seafood, and tasty seaonal items found here!

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Kodiak Jack’s

3481 Two Rod Road
Buffalo New York 14052 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Come enjoy live music in our grove during the summer or a fish fry on Friday. When it comes to Kodiak Jack's there is always something fun to stop by and

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La Hacienda Brighton

900 Brighton Rd
Buffalo New York 14150 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary it is fun to reflect back as to how La Hacienda Brighton started out from nothing and developed into one of the premier

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Lancaster’s Broadway Deli

5430 Broadway
Lancaster New York 14086 • $

Buffalo

Broadway themed Sandwich Shop, Cafe $ Catering Company located in the Village of Lancaster, NY. We have an extensive sandwich and salad menu along with

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Lebro’s

330 Cambell Blvd
Buffalo New York 14068 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Lebro s dishes are served to satisfy. That means we don t skimp on the preparation or the delicious ingredients that ensure your order tastes even better

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Leo’s Pizza

2249 South Park Avenue
Buffalo New York 14220 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Huge menu!! We specialize in pizza, but have a variety of other items like subs, burgers, specialty sandwiches, appetizers, and can't forget wings!!

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Local Grille @ The Dome

8230 Wehrle Dr
Harris Hill New York 14221 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

  Local Grille @ The Dome says: Local Grille is a year-round restaurant located at The Dome Complex, which is an indoor golf and entertainment

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Lock 34 Bar & Grill

80 Main Street
Buffalo New York 14094 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Located in Lockport, Lock 34 Bar $ Grill is a great place to bring your friends and watch a Bills or Sabres game. Happy Hour specials and live music are

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Londa’s Diner

576 Dick Rd
Depew NY 14043 • $

American

Buffalo

We are family owned and operated diner located on the border of Cheektowaga and Depew in the Dick Urban plaza. Featuring Cathy's famous desserts as

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Lucia’s on the Lake

4151 Lakeshore Rd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says About Lucia's on the Lake: Looking for a solid choice with a casual atmosphere, some bar crowd, a good view and good food then Lucia's on the

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Major Tom’s Drop Zone

5842 Camp Rd, Hamburg, NY, United States
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

Buffalo Food

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

WWII themed Italian restaurant. Home of the platoon-sized lasagna, howitzer (homemade jumbo manicotti), 40mm Buffalo shells, chicken undercover, and boneyard

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Mandy’s Cafe

3796 Clinton St
Buffalo New York 14224 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Mandy's cafe serves American style cuisine.

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Margies Bar and Grill

5044 Broadway
Depew NY 14043 • $$

Buffalo

Located in the heart of Depew, Margie’s Bar and Grill is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, or cocktails. Danielle along with her partner Mike are keeping

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Mayback’s Deli

1598 Niagara Falls Blvd
Tonawanda NY 14150 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Deli - Sub Shop

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McPartlan’s Corner

669 Wehrle Dr
Buffalo New York 14226 • $$

American

North Towns

We are renowned for our fresh Hadlock fish fry as well as our buffalo style chicken wings and our beef on weck sandwiches.

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Mikey Dee’s Cafe and Catering

227 Main St
East Aurora New York 14052 • $$

American

South Towns

We offer 'Comfort Food for the Soul' on our truck and the Restaurant. We are available for any special event you have planned. We also offer a wide variety

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Mister B’s

2201 Hyde Park Blvd
Buffalo New York 14305 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Mister B s Pizzeria, Restaurant $ Tavernis Famous for Serving The Best Pizza, Wings, Beef on Weck, Fish Frys and BBQ Ribs in Niagara Falls, NY. We also

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Mitchell’s Tavern

734 Sheridan Dr
Buffalo New York 14150 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The history of Mitchells dates back to the 1940's. James Mitchell purchased the property for the Mitchell Family returning home from WW2. The original

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Mooney’s – West Seneca

1537, Union Road, Ebenezer
West Seneca New York 14224 • $$

American

South Buffalo

Bar

Mooney's Sports Bar $ Grill was started with two things in mind; families having a fun dining experience and giving our customers top quality food in HUGE

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Mooney’s Sport Bar & Grill – Transit

4545 Transit Rd
Harris Hill New York 14221 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

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Mooney’s Sports Bar & Grill – Kenmore

1535 Military Rd.
Buffalo New York 14134 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Mooney's was put together with one thing in mind - having a good time. When you come here, you can expect good drinks, an awesome menu, and good times.

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Mooney’s Sports Bar $ Grill – Depew

4628 Broadway
Buffalo New York 14043 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Come check out our brand new location on Broadway in Depew! Mooney's was put together with one thing in mind - having a good time. When you come here,

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Mooney’s Sports Bar $ Grill – Tonawanda

83 Niagara Street
Buffalo New York 14150 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Site says: Mooney's was put together with one thing in mind - having a good time. When you come here, you can expect good drinks, an awesome menu, and

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Mr. Ventry’s Pizza

10051 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls NY 14304 • $$

Pizza

Buffalo

The best pizza and wings in Niagara Falls, NY can be found here at Mr. Ventry's Pizza on the Boulevard! In addition to our selection of thin crust, traditional

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My Tomato Pie

3035 Niagara Falls Blvd
Buffalo New York 14221 • $

Buffalo Food

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

One of Buffalo New York's Unique Pizza Restaurants is Nestled in the North Town Plaza. My Tomato Pie is famous for their fried green tomatoes. The menu

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North End Bar and Grill

2692 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo NY 14217 • $$

Buffalo

Great neighborhood bar and pub

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Nowak’s Tavern

1458 Lovejoy St
Sloan NY 14212 • $$

Buffalo

Good Times. Good Friends. Cold Beer.

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O’Neill’s Stadium Inn

3864 Abbott Rd
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Neighborhood Pub with great homemade American fare, over 50 wing flavors, house cooked turkey, beef corned beef and so much more.. Along with great breakfast

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Off The Wall Sandwich Company

4068 N Buffalo St
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

Burgers

South Towns

Southtowns one stop shop for off the wall, burgers, grilled cheese, sides, salads and starters.

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Olive Tree

5240 Broadway St
Buffalo New York 14086 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Located in Lancaster, Olive Tree Family Restaurant is renowned for serving breakfast all day, everyday, its mouthwatering meals and its true family atmosphere.

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Orange Tree Inn

2230 Cayuga Drive Extension
Niagara Falls NY 14304 • $$

American

Buffalo

Your go to place for homemade soups & dinner specials and our famous roast beef on weck!

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Overpass Pub

2720 Seneca St
Buffalo NY 14224 • $

Buffalo

Welcome to the Overpass Pub, we have a pool table, dart boards,shuffle bowling and a internet juke box. A great place to watch Bills, Sabres, and many

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Pane’s Restaurant

984 Payne Ave
Buffalo New York 14128 • $$

Italian

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

At Pane's, we invite you to share in our tradition of home-cooked meals with family and friends.

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Parkside Meadow

2 Russell Street, Buffalo, NY, United States
Buffalo New York 14214 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Parkside Meadow says: Owners Nancy Abramo and Len Mattie have lived in the Parkside area, with its kind-hearted neighbors and genuine camaraderie,

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Pasquale’s Derby

6825 Erie Rd.
Derby New York 14047 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Website says: Pasquale's has proudly been serving fine Italian food for dining and takeout in WNY since 1975. We continue to grow, now featuring locations

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Pasquale’s East Aurora

3720 Seneca St.
Buffalo New York 14224 • $$

Italian

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Website says: Pasquale's has proudly been serving fine Italian food for dining and takeout in WNY since 1975. We continue to grow, now featuring locations

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Pasquale’s West Seneca

242 Main Street
Buffalo New York 14052 • $$

Italian

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Pasquale's has proudly been serving fine Italian food for dining and takeout in WNY since 1975. We continue to grow, now featuring locations in Derby,

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Pearl Street Grill & Brew Pub

76 Pearl St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Pearl Street Grill $ Brew Pub is the second largest brew pub in America.Premier spot downtown for pre/post Sabres, Bison or Bandits games, any First Niagara,

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Penora’s Pizzeria

5055 Broadway
Depew New York 14043 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Delivery and Outdoor Seating

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PhatCatz of WNY, Inc

965 Kensington Ave
Buffalo New York 14215 • $$

Soul Food

East Buffalo

PhatCatz is a locally owned Restaurant serving comfort foods , Southern Cuisine, Southern Fish Fry and much more

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Pizza Wings and Things in Barker

1693 Quaker Road
Barker NY 14012 • $$

American

Buffalo

PWT is your full service local restaurant! Whatever you need we can provide from just a meal to Catering your special event!

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Polish Villa II

1085 Harlem Road
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Welcome to The Polish Villa 2! Our family has been in the kitchen feeding WNY for decades. First at the Warsaw Inn in Buffalo's historic Polonia District

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R & L Lounge

23 Mills St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

Polish

East Buffalo

Lottie and her husband Ronnie are the owners of the R & L Lounge on 23 Mills Street in Buffalo's Polonia Historic District. Visiting the R$L is like

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Raintree Bar & Grill

2970 Colvin Blvd
Tonawanda New York 14150 • $$

Cheektowaga and East

Casual / Full Table Service

A long time ago on Raintree Island in the Town of Tonwanda, there was a place where the locals met for great food and great times. They say all good things

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Rodney’s On The Lake

4179 Lake Shore Rd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Established 1985, Rodneys has consistently remained the restaurant of choice for area diners in search of quality food and service at resonable prices. With

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Santora’s Pizza & Catering

2928 Walden Ave
Depew New York 14043 • $$

Buffalo Food

Cheektowaga and East

Santora's Pizza $ Catering is Buffalo's original pizzeria since 1927, offers delicious pizza, wings, sandwiches, salads and more. We cater large and small

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Sawyer Creek Restaurant

3264 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Tonawanda New York 14217 • $$

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

On December 5th 1984, the restaurant was taken over by former CFL Quarterback and Grey Cup champion Rick Cassata. He ran the business with his 3 children

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Schwabl’s

789 Center Rd
West Seneca New York 14224 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

This WNY landmark is on everyone's must stop if you are passing through town. A top Beef on Week mainstay, with the prerequisite carving station, this

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Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill

189 Delaware Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

We are Sidelines Sports Bar $ Grill, where every day is game day! Do you need a bar that will offer not only great beer but also delicious food?

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Six Friends Cabernet

5259 Broadway Ave
Lancaster NY 14086 • $

Buffalo

We are a Premier Wine Tasting Room and Restaurant located in Lancaster, NY featuring New York Wines, New York Foods, Desserts and a relaxing atmosphere.

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Sneakers

205 Martin Ave
Blasdell New York 14219 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Open for lunch, dinner and late night. Locals say good for wings and fish fry.   205 Martin Ave Blasdell,ï¾ NYï¾ 14219 (716) 825-9247

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Sprague’s Maple Farms

1048 Portville-Obi Rd
Portville New York 14770 • $

American

Other

Down home country meals - Breakfast all Day, Full Lunch, and Dinner Menu Selections featuring our Free Range Premium Turkey Dinner, Saturday Prime Rib,

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Squire’s Tap Room

127 Niagara Street
Tonawanda NY 14150 • $$

Buffalo

Squire’s Tap Room is a restaurant in Tonawanda, NY that has a little bit for everyone. A place where people can take their family and enjoy a great

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Strikers Lanes

50 Michael Road
West Seneca New York 14224 • $

South Towns

716.674.1104

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Sunset Grille

18 Shore Dr
Wilson New York 14172 • $

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full 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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The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill

1504 Hertel Ave
Buffalo New York 14216 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

  A Word from The Burning Buffalo Our inspiration began with our name. The Burning Buffalo. Shortly after midnight on December 30, 1813, British

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The Cornerstone Bar and Grill

10651 Main Street
Clarence NNY 14031 • $$

Buffalo

A local Bar and Grill with 22 beers on tap and fresh American food, with all the Buffalo favorites. Stop in for a drink or the best roast beef in town. The

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The Cove Seafood $ Banquets

4701 Transit Rd.
Depew New York 14043 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

At the Cove we offer Extensive Seafood Menu with Steam Pots, Combo Platters, Pastas $ more. Daily Special Board with Fresh Catches, Clams, $ Crustaceans.

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The Flaming Fish

535 Main St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $$

Seafood

Buffalo

The Flaming Fish serves a generous selection of food items so everyone in the family can find something to enjoy, from classic seafood favorites like fried

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The Flaming Fish – Food Truck

It Moves
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

Seafood

Buffalo

When you're craving fresh seafood, but don't have the time to sit down at a restaurant and eat, we have an alternative option that you might've seen driving

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The Howling Rooster

529, Englewood Avenue, Tonawanda, Tonawanda Town
Erie County New York 14223 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Established in 2013, The Howling Rooster features casual American dining in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. A private banquet room, accommodating

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The Irishman Pub & Eatery – East Aurora

160 Main St
East Aurora New York 14052 • $$

American

South Towns

The Irishman is a great place to have a business lunch, a casual dinner, or meet some friends for a cool pint of your favorite beer.

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The Irishman Pub & Eatery – Williamsville

5601 Main St
Williamsville New York 14221 • $$

American

North Towns

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

The Irishman is a great place to have a business lunch, a casual dinner, or meet some friends for a cool pint of your favorite beer.

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The Isle View Bar & Grill

791 Niagara St
Tonawanda New York 14150 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The Isle View, a local Tonawanda landmark dating back to prohibition, offers a great selection of tasty foods at reasonable prices, accompanied by friendly

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The North Star Tavern

7340 Seneca Street
Buffalo New York 14052 • $$

American

South Towns

Warm atmosphere, serving fresh, local American food with Polish flair made from scratch. Great craft beer on tap. Don't miss our award-winning pierogi! Takeout

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The Old Grey Hound

46 Genesee Street
Cuba NY 14727 • $$

Buffalo

The Old Grey Hound pub & eatery offers a unique menu of small plates, entrees, domestic & craft beer and wine.

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The Orginal Pancake House – Williamsville

5479 Main Street
Williamsville New York 14221 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary

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The Original Pancake House – Amherst

2075 Niagara Falls Boulevard
Getville New York 14228 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary

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The Original Pancake House – OP

3019 Union Road
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

The Original Pancake House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke. Drawing upon their many years of experience in the culinary

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The Phoenix at 269

269 Amherst Street
Buffalo New York 14207 • $$$

New American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Resurrected from the charred remains of an old shot and beer tavern popular after the war, the phoenix took flight in March 2013. With the original bar,

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The Place

229 Lexington Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Place is a family style restaurant reopened April 2016 with new style, new menu, same old neighborhood atmosphere.

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The Standard Modern Steakhouse and Oyster Bar

4717 Clinton Street
West Seneca New York 14224 • $$$

American

North Towns

Chef Kevin O'Connell Jr. brings Buffalo First 'Oyster Bar' to the heart of Amherst. Coupled with the classic menu of Prime Steaks and Seafood options,

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Uncle Joe’s Diner

4869 Southwestern Blvd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Some unique features of Uncle Joe's that keep our regulars coming back, and turn visitors into regulars after just one visit are: Fresh-cut french fries,

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Union Family Restaurant

1747 Union Rd
West Seneca New York 14224 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

'Serving everything from classic American grub to the latest trends at prices for every budget.'

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Village Eatery & Bistro

429 Davison Rd
Lockport New York 14094 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

'We want customers to be relaxed and content,' said owner Peter Calieri. It's the kind of place, he said, where you'll feel as comfortable in a sport coat

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Wallenwein’s Hotel

641 Oakwood Ave
East Aurora New York 14052 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A family restaurant open for lunch to late night dining. Also a full bar area containing many tvs and daily bar specials. Locals say good for wings, burgers

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Water Valley Inn

6656 Gowanda State Rd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

The Water Valley Inn has been affectionately known as the ditch by locals since the 18 Mile was a trickle; more because it's in the valley than anything,

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Wayside Family Restaurant

2301 S Park Ave
Buffalo NY 14220 • $

American

Buffalo

If You're Looking For A Good Home Cooked Meal, Wayside Family Restaurant Is The Place To Visit.   Our Wide Variety Of Menu Items Includes Breakfast Plates,

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Wellington Pub

1541 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo New York 14216 • $$

Buffalo Food

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

For the last 20 years the Wellington Pub has provided families $ friends with the highest quality food and beverage and with terrific service in a friendly

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West Alden Kitchen

12463 Broadway St
Alden New York 14004 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

'Food so good your mother only wishes she could as well!'

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White Village Restaurant

5362 W Lake Rd
Dunkirk NY 14048 • $$

Seafood

Buffalo

Excellent food with a family atmosphere. Seafood, steaks, sandwiches and soups. All made with fresh ingredients.

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Wiechecs Lounge

1748 Clinton St.
Buffalo New York 14206 • $

Buffalo Food

East Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Wiechecs Lounge is a bar and wing joint.

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Winfield’s Pub

1213 Ridge Road
Blasdell New York 14218 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: Winfield's Pub is one of our favorite restaurants in town. Friendly, unassuming, great service and great food. We send all our friends there. [separator

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YOLO Restaurant + Lounge

5841 Transit Road
East Amherst New York 14051 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

A word from YOLO Restaurant $ Lounge Yolo offers American cuisine set in a casual lounge setting. We believe in fresh healthy food, whatever your in

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Yubbs Pizza

2546 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls NY 14304 • $$

Buffalo

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Zoe Restaurant

5711 Transit Rd
East Amherst New York 14051 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Come experience the best Greek cuisine in our intimate dining room. Reasonably priced with portions that will have you saying 'Opa!'

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