Updated: June, 2015
1111 Fuhrmann Blvd | (716) 821-9600
Open Daily 11am-11pm
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What’s better than a restaurant with great views, waterfront seating, fun patios, and a great spot to take a date under the stars? Cue Dug’s Dive along Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. Are you one of those people that drives by frequently and has yet to stop? On your next trip past the water we highly recommend you make the time. Whether you’re grabbing a drink with friends, strolling along the waterfront, cruising Lake Erie, or just in the mood for some lakeside eats, this is a pretty perfect setting.
Inside Dug’s Dive you’ll find a boat house-meets-diner vibe. The decor is surely sea inspired and lives up to its namesake. No frills, just a friendly space waiting for any and all company to enjoy like something you might find in an East Coast boating town. The patio spans the back side facing the marina, so the views are pretty great. Those who prefer indoor seating are also in luck as there’s lots of indoor seating available as well for those chillier days. Plus, it’s closer to the bar.
The menu at Dug’s isn’t exactly small, with at least 10 “Divewiches” to choose from, lots of sides, several appetizers, entrees, and even a couple salads for all you healthy people out there. We dove into our lunch by starting with the Stuffed banana peppers, aka spicy Hungarian yellow peppers stuffed with cream cheese, bread crumbs, and Italian sausage with marinara and garlic toast points. Here’s a tip: when you see garlic toast points, instead of thinking pointless side bread, think “gotta have it”. They are delicious – and essential – to this dish. The peppers were surrounded by marinara, oozing with cheese and charred on top. The fillings and sauce balanced the heat from the peppers nicely. We thoroughly enjoyed these, which is more than I can say for other peppers with too much kick and not enough assistance.
Since we were there for lunch, my companion and I stuck to the a la cart sandwich and sides menu. I was pleased with the wide variety of options, ranging from $7 to $10. Torn between the Lobster Dawg and the Crabby Patty, we asked our waitress what she recommended. Her explanation came with a tip that the Crabby Patty had been reworked to form a crabbier (heftier) sandwich, but still the Lobster was one of her favorites. It was a toss up. I went with the Lobster Dawg, a Maine lobster salad with fresh dill on a grilled New England style roll with bacon bits sprinkled on top ($14). The lobster tasted fresh and the portions were just right, plus the lemon added a nice flavor. I’d get it again…and you should too.
My dining companion ordered the Haddock Sandwich, which is Budwiser battered and served with coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, and onion all on the bun that is just as good. I have yet to figure out what made this seemingly standard fish sandwich stand out. Was it the combination of fried fish with a fluffy perfect bun or the added element of coleslaw with poppy seeds? C) All of the above. The tarter sauce on the side was excellent too. If you’re looking for something comforting, but not extremely familiar, go with this Divewich.
All of the “Divewiches” all come a la cart. Then select a side from a somewhat odd/awesome collection:
- Dive Fries, $3.50
- Sweet Potato Fries, $4
- Grilled Potato Salad, $4
- Onion Rings, $4
- Corn on the Cob, $3
- Coleslaw, $2.50
- Side Salad or Side Caesar, $4.50
- Bad Ass Bean Salad, $4
- Garlic Toast Points, $3.50
We tried the sweet potato fries and they were scrumptious in all their sweet, potatoey goodness. Not to mention the dessert butter piled onto the mound of fries. Makes me want to see what the other sides show up with.
Although you wouldn’t assume so at first glance, after eating at Dug’s I realize this is the kind of place that adds a little something extra to their food. You order an item, you think you know what you’re getting, and somehow it turns out a little better than you’d imagined. They know what they’re doing and it makes you want to come back. My mom always told me to go the extra mile, and I can appreciate it when I see it.
Dug’s also has a short wine list, a small collection of $4 and $5 bottled beers, and a long list of cocktails ranging from Mimosas to Pina Coladas ($7) plus some originally named concoctions like Buffalo Boardwalk featuring Lockhouse vodka (locally made), peach schnapps, Grand Mariner, cranberry juice, and a splash of pineapple juice ($8), and Grand Island Iced Tea ($10). I’ve also heard they make a pretty darn good Bloody Mary, which if you’re out boating around you can take to-go.
This is a great summer spot to check out if you’re looking to enjoy our beautiful waterfront without sacrificing your taste buds. No matter what your plans are you can easily turn lunch or dinner into a full outing complete with a walk or bike ride along the lake. Doing so allows you to see the recent lakeside development up close – much more exciting than a quick Root 5 drive by. Get out there and soak it all up while you still can! Find more info in our bike route guide: 6 Perfectly Planned WNY Bike Rides.
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