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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
18. Pastry by Camille
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.
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
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