The 18 Essential Restaurants to Try This Summer 2018

City Guide, Food & Drink


Written by Brittany Porten

Published on June 26, 2018


Buffalo’s food scene just keeps getting better. We’ve got *the* 18 essential restaurants you’ve gotta try this summer – in no particular order – plus two bonus restaurants that we’re ever so patiently counting the days til they open. Let’s get into it…


Peace, Love and Little Donuts / Photo x Christopher Lestak

1. Peace, Love, & Little Donuts

6733 Transit Rd, Buffalo / Northtowns

Uhmmmm need we say more? Gourmet donuts at bite-sized servings so you’re able to try more than just one.


Root & Bloom

Root & Bloom / Photo x Christopher Lestak

2. Root & Bloom

423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo / Elmwood Village

Catch us at Root & Bloom this summer enjoying the cutest patio/that’s their actual restaurant, not just a patio with all the healthy/vegan options and full-on urban oasis vibes.


Sloppy Poppy at Bedrock / Step Out Buffalo

3. Bedrock Eatery

4038 Hoover Rd, Blasdell / Hamburg

This newly renovated spot has a prime view of Lake Erie with a menu that’s sure to please everyone in the fam.



Eckl’s @ Larkin / Photo x Christopher Lestak

4. Eckl’s at Larkin

703 Seneca St, Buffalo / Larkinville

Eckl’s is merging beef on weck and other Western New York staples with an upscale steak, chops, and seafood house. Plus there’s a beef carving station and don’t forget that raw bar for pre-dinner appetizers/entertainment.


The Tabernacle @ Sweet_ness 7 // Photo x Christopher Lestak

5. The Tabernacle @ Sweetness7

220 Grant Street, Buffalo / West Side

The *ultimate* art destination. With paintings covering every square inch, you’ll be sure to find something new each time you come. Aka the view never gets old and also your Insta’s gonna be fire.


Prima Oliva Cafe in Hamburg

Prima Oliva Cafe in Hamburg / Step Out Buffalo

6. Prima Oliva Cafe

1 Buffalo St, Hamburg / Hamburg

This is the place to go when you’re in the mood for something v healthy and v tasty. Think build-your-own fresh salads with homemade dressings that are literally to. die. for., smoothie bowls, and freshly squeezed juices all day long.


Garage Cafe

The Garage Cafe / Photo x Adrianne Salmon AKA @buffalobrunch

7. Garage Cafe and Lounge

1127 Hertel Ave, Buffalo / North Buffalo

An auto garage turned brunch/lunch spot with the best cinnamon rolls in town. Yea, we think you’ll want to visit this spot often.


8. Tacos, Community & Beer – TCB

6449 Transit Rd, East Amherst / Northtowns

A cute new fast-casual spot for the taco lover in all of us. Craft beer, fresh tacos with all of the yummy toppings you can think of, plus a sidewalk patio. Can you say yum?



Fresh Cake Poke

9. Fresh Catch Poké Co.

5933 Main St Suite 101, Williamsville /  Northtowns

A little taste of Hawaii in Buffalo. This place specializes in poké bowls using fresh seafood and local produce, and there’s something on the menu for everyone, including Hawaiian beer and cans of rosé.


Photo courtesy of Deep South Taco

10. Deep South Taco – 3rd location

6727 Transit Rd, Buffalo / Northtowns

Buffalo’s nacho & marg hot spot has finally made its way to the Northtowns…and they’ve got brunch. The Transit location is also the only one of the 3 DST’s that has crazy shakes, which is reason alone to make the trip.


Photo from Remedy House Facebook

11. Remedy House

429 Rhode Island St., Buffalo / West Side

Remedy house perfects coffee, espresso, French pastries, and Italian village vibes with their cutest-corner-cafe-spot-in-Buffalo. Oh, also they have beer and wine and a plant wall we desperately want in our own houses. 


Public espresso / Photo x Christopher Lestak

12. Public Espresso

391 Washington St, Buffalo / Downtown

Fresh, in-house made pastries with features and flavors changing weekly, perfected matcha lattes, coffee and tea, avocado toast, KILLER breakfast sandwiches and a location straight out of your Pinterest dream board. Mark this place down as a coffee lovers paradise.


Photo x Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant

13. Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant

483 Delaware Ave, Buffalo / Downtown

Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant, located in a legit Rowhouse (obv) features so much deliciousness it’s insane. They’ve got: a café, artisanal bakery, a full-service restaurant, a specialty store, and a craft cocktail lounge. Plus Rowhouse pride’s themselves on using the finest organic, seasonal ingredients, sourced from Western New York’s local farms…and oh BTW have you SEEN this place?!


Dobutsu / Photo x Christopher Lestak

14. Dobutsu

500 Seneca St Suite 119, Buffalo / Hydraulic District

Fresh sourced seafood… ramen… steamed buns…a bomb wine list…and poke bowls. This place is a bucket list restaurant you do NOT want to miss out on this summer!(!!) Trust us.



15. Steelbound Brewery & Distillery

9795, 6600 US-219, Ellicottville / Southern Tier

Steelbound sources its menu from WNY and therefore its menu is all about what’s fresh and in season around town. And don’t forget they specialize in beer and spirits. Win-Win situation.


Photo courtesy of Overwinter Coffee

16. Overwinter Coffee

9 Genesee St., Buffalo / Downtown

Located in the perfect nook of downtown, the focus here is on coffee. 😉 And just FYI, all of their delicious desserts are free of gluten and dairy.


Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

17. Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs

707 Kenmore Ave, Buffalo / North Buffalo

Franks puts the full focus on – you guessed it – hot dogs. This place is fully dedicated to gourmet hot dogs and french fries, forever changing the already amazing hot dog game in WNY for the better.


Photo x Pastry by Camille

18. Pastry by Camille

1416 Hertel Ave, Buffalo / North Buffalo

This super brand new French pastry shop is serving up macaroons, fresh baguettes, killer desserts on Hertel. Excuse us while we drool all over our phones.



Photo from Purrfect Cat Cafe

1. Purrfect Cat Cafe

Buffalo plans to open up its first ever cat cafe this summer called Purrfect Cafe, located on Hertel Ave. Purrfect is Buffalo’s first ever cat cafe and it has all the cute cuddly kitties to pet and hold plus a tasty af menu. Stay tuned! Expected open date: July 2018


Alchemy Wine & Beer

Future site of Alchemy Wine & Beer / Step Out Buffalo

2. Alchemy Wine & Beer

Hamburg is getting a wine bar!(!!!) Alchemy Wine & Beer and focuses solely on good drinks and good times, and Chef Ru from Ru’s Pierogi will be creating a tapas menu exclusively for the place. You do not wanna miss this. Expected open date: July 2018

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brittany Porten</a>

Written by Brittany Porten

Brittany is Canisius College student interning at Step Out Buffalo for the summer.
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