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Guide to Black-Owned Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on February 1, 2022
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We tend to paint people in broad strokes. However, within those broad strokes is a lot of diversity and one small opportunity we have in this current moment is to open our eyes to the diversity around us.

Case in point: there’s a lot of culinary diversity just within the local Black restaurant community, from soul food to vegan to traditional African to classic American.

At Step Out Buffalo, we’re working to support local diversity and the local Black community in particular. While every business in Western New York has a story that deserves to be told, we think this is the time to provide a convenient list for our readers who want to open their wallets in support of Black-owned restaurants. If you’d like to join us, consider visiting one of the following establishments.

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Guide to Black-Owned Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY

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121 Seasonings Restaurant

2195 Clinton St West Seneca , Ny 14206 • $$

Soul FoodSouthernSeafoodCreoleBuffalo Food

Buffalo

Catering, Casual Table Service, Take Out

Hello I'm a black owned, business woman. My restaurant is located in West Seneca, NY 14206 @ 2195 Clinton St. I sell soul food and other cuisines ...

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A Taste of Soul

423 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

Soul FoodCaribbeanSouthern

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We're an Take-out Soul Food Shack. We provide brunch $ dinner! We're open Wednesday- Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.'We Guarantee our Food to be Tasty!' Read ...

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Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine @ West Side Bazaar

25 Grant St Buffalo, NY 14213 • $

Ethiopian

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Abyssinia Restaurant is now a well established location for your favorite Ethoipian food, with an inviting atmosphere that is filled with warmth and cheer. ...

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At Eleven Wings and Cuisines

3225 Main St Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

Soul FoodAmerican

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Soul food restaurant in the heart of Buffalo's University District serving wings in your favorite flavors, cuisines for every taste and best desserts. ...

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Big Mama’s Hustle & Soul

934 Niagara Falls Blvd Buffalo, NY 14223 • $$

Soul FoodBBQ

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Soul food and barbeque restaurant ...

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Brothers Restaurant & Bar

475 Ellicott St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$

Soul FoodAmerican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

A casual restaurant serving Western NY breakfast, lunch, & Dinner. Breakfast menu is served 8am to 11:30am Lunch & Dinner menu starts at 11:30 ...

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Buffalo Soul

454 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

SouthernSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

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

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Cake Crazy Bakery

2525 William St Cheektowaga, New York 14206 • $$

Bakery

Buffalo

Shetice Williams was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Her passion for cooking started at the age of 10 when she realized she wanted to make people ...

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Cantina Falls

310 Rainbow Blvd Niagara Falls, New York 14303 • $$

Mexican

Niagara County

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Casual Mexican style restaurant in downtown Niagara Falls. Create your own burritos, bowls, tacos and more! ...

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Caribbean Experience

2897 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $

Caribbean

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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Caribbean Flava Inc.

630 10th St Niagara Falls, New York 14301 • $

Jamaican

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Caribbean Flava is a Food Truck that serves authentic Jamaican cuisine. The spices $ seasonings infused into are dishes are imported directly from the ...

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Cataract House Restaurant

310 Rainbow Blvd Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $$

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

Established in 1825 along the banks of the Niagara River, the historic Cataract House was a world-renowned luxury hotel that became one of the most important ...

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Crazy Good Eats

2285 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 • $

North Buffalo

From the face behind Cake Crazy Bakery comes Crazy Good Eats. Plans are in store for artisan soup options. ...

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Crenshaw’s Chicken And Waffles

701 Kensington Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Crenshaw’s Chicken And Waffles provides Comfort food. ...

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Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC.

6004 Buffalo Ave Niagara Falls, New York 14304 • $

Soul Food

Niagara County

Casual Table Service

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

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Doctor Bird’s Rasta-Rant

3104 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 • $$

Soul FoodCaribbean

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

At Doctor Bird’s Rasta-Rant, you will find a wide variety of your favorite Caribbean food and spices. ...

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Em Tea Coffeecup Cafe

80 Oakgrove Ave Buffalo, New York 14208 • $

AmericanCafe-Coffee

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Cafe / Coffee Shop

The EM Tea Coffee Cup Cafe, which has been in continuous operation since January 2000 (17 years and counting), and is located at 80 Oakgrove in the historic ...

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F BITES Coffee & Kitchen

616 Niagara St Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $

Cafe-Coffee

Niagara County

Cafe / Coffee Shop

F BITES Coffee and Kitchen is a below-cost cafe that supports F BITES’ Workforce Development program by employing students from the in-school curriculum ...

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Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

BBQSouthernAmericanSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

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

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G & B Fish, Shrimp and Chicken

1532 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14211 • $

SeafoodAmerican

Buffalo

Take Out

When you want a quick, delicious, affordable meal, count on G & B Fish, Shrimp and Chicken to fix you something you'll love. We use fresh ingredients ...

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Garden Of Eden

68 Grant St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $

VeganVegetarian

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

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Golden Cup Coffee

1323 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14208 • $

Cafe-Coffee

Buffalo

Cafe / Coffee Shop

The BEST coffee around roasted and ground in house! We provide coffee to many local, businesses, churches and schools.Our wonderful staff delivers high ...

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Guud & Evul Vegan Eats

21 Main St. Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $

Vegan

North Towns

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We don’t take any shortcuts when it comes to your food and service. In doing so, we’re able to offer our customers high-quality food ...

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IKE & BG’S Restaurant Downtown

56 Niagara Street Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

BBQSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Grab mouthwatering ribs or sandwiches to-go. Enjoy our delicious food made with love from our BBQ restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Browse our Online Menu ...

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IKE & BG’s Rib House

1646 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14211 • $

AmericanBBQSouthernSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

It's all about the ribs: half-rack, full-rack, spares, and sides. Take-out only, with a variety of dinner specials ...

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Island Mix Restaurant

883 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $

Jamaican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

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Je Ne Sais Quoi

1673, Hertel Avenue, North Park Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$

AmericanSoul Food

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Our company mission is to provide our customers with a memorable experience that combines the elegance of fine dining with nutritious comfort food that ...

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Jeonis Wingstop

1085 E Ferry St Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$

Pizza

Buffalo

Fast Food

People can eat good pizza at this pizzeria. Every time you come here, you see the cool service. ...

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Kalypso Restaurant

12 Winspear Ave Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

JamaicanVeganVegetarian

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Kalypso restaurant is a Jamaican & American Cuisine Restaurant. ...

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La Verdad Cafe Smoked House

116 Davey Street Buffalo, NY 14206 • $$

BBQ

Buffalo

Catering, Casual Table Service

La Verdad Cafe is known in Buffalo and around the globe for their Smoked Brisket and Burnt ends, Gouda Mac & Cheese and their kale Apple Slaw. ...

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LaVerdad Cafe Deli

1194 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206 Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$

BBQAmericanDeli-SandwichesSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Smokehouse, deli and the real deal in home cooking. Try the Mac 'n cheese. La Verdad Cafe is said to be Buffalo’s Best Smoked Bourbon ...

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Libby’s Lemonade Stand

East Side Buffalo, New York 14210 • $

South Buffalo

Food Truck / Stand / Cart

Libby's Lemonade Stand in Buffalo, NY is a small business owned by youth entrepreneur. Libby's Lemonade was founded in 2015 by Olivia Brooks, who was 5 ...

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Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul

1122 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$

ItalianSoul Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul is focused on creating unique lasagna dishes but plans to expand into more soul food options. Lasagna is ...

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Luxor Steak & Lobster

3199 Main Street Buffalo , NYY 14214 • $$

Steakhouse

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Fine Dining

Luxor Steak & Lobster is a supper club with an upscale feel . We offer Vegan meals as well as desserts . Tomahawk Steaks are among our specialties. ...

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Manna @Northland

683 Northland Ave Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$

AmericanSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Manna has food for the soul. We serve daily specials, fried or baked chicken and fish, Vegetarian options, fresh baked sweets, and have real chefs creating ...

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Margie’s Soul Food (Broadway Market)

999 Broadway Buffalo, NY 14212 • $$

Soul Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Come get your comfort food fix at Margie's Soul Food! When it comes to quality southern comfort, look no further than Margie's Soul Food. Dedicated to ...

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Meme’s Place

173 High St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $

AsianInternationalMexican

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Home of the famous deep fried tacos and steak egg rolls! ...

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Mike’s Steakhouse

3355 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $

SteakhouseAmerican

North Buffalo

Take Out

The best steak subs in town! ...

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Mother Cluckers

2 Old Falls St Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $

Southern

Niagara County

Food Truck / Stand / Cart

The freshest local ingredients packed into amazing dishes that will light up your taste buds like never before! Peri Peri Chicken!!! If ...

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Ms. Goodies

1836 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $

AmericanSoul Food

Buffalo

Fast Food

Home of the Taste of Buffalo Award Winning "Junkyard Dog" ...

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Munchie Manz

626 East Utica Street Buffalo, New York 14211 • $

American

Buffalo

Catering

Provide Quality Food At An Affordable Price And Offer Hand Crafted Accessories To Make Your Own Food As Good As Ours. ...

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Nikki’s Chocolates

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $

North Buffalo

Catering, Take Out

Buffalo Area ...

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Nile River @ West Side Bazaar

25 Grant Street Buffalo, NY 14213 • $

African

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Nile River Restaurant is a new restaurant in the West Side Bazaar headed by father-son chef duo Akec Aguer and Garang Doar, bringing their native South ...

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Pandora’s Sports Bar & Restaurant

2261 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

AmericanBBQBuffalo FoodBurgersDeli-SandwichesSouthern

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Pandora's Sports Bar $ Restaurant is family owned an operated and one of the best Soul Food Restaurants in the City of Buffalo. In existence since September ...

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Park Vue Soul Food Bar and Restaurant

34 South Crossman Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $

Soul Food

Buffalo

Catering, Fast Casual / Counter Service

We are a family owned Soul Food Restaurant on the East Side of Buffalo. We are located at 34 S a Crossman Ave off of Genesee. ...

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Pattaya Street Food @ West Side Bazaar

25 Grant St Buffalo, NY 14213 • $

Asian

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Elizabeth and Soe opened at the Bazaar in 2018. Their menu focuses on quick eats from Southeast Asia including bubble tea, samosas, egg rolls, and more! ...

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PAUSA Art House

19 Wadsworth Street, Buffalo, NY, USA Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Tapas

Buffalo

Casual Table Service, Bar

PAUSA art house is an award winning  jazz, wine & tapas bar located in the Historic District of Allentown, Buffalo New York. PAUSA presents a wide ...

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PhatCatz of WNY, Inc

965 Kensington Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$

Soul FoodAmericanSouthern

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

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

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Pine Hill Halal Market

2286 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14225 • $

HalalSeafoodSoul Food

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We specialize in Fried Fish and Soul food. At Pine Hill Halal Market we serve Shrimp, Catfish, Fried Chicken, Stuffed Tilapia, and more! We're not ...

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Poize Restaurant and Lounge

2081 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$

AmericanSoul Food

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Poize is WNY's preimer restaurant & lounge. Poize brings a unique elegant & savory twist to traditional American cuisine. ...

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Ravelle Culinary Creations, LLC

37 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

North Buffalo

Catering

Ravelle Culinary Creations, LLC was established by Lauren Gresham (Chef Elle) in Buffalo, NY in the fall of 2012. Chef Elle was trained at the International ...

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Shy’s SteakHouse

690 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14212 • $

AmericanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Same great sandwiches ...

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Sodapops

136 Herman St Buffalo, NY 14212 • $

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Sodapops is located in Erie County of New York state. On the street of Herman Street and street number is 136. ...

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Solo Eats

261 E Ferry St Buffalo, New York 14208 • $

AmericanSoul Food

Buffalo

Fast Food

American, Seafood, Fast Food, Diner, Street Food ...

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Sunshine Vegan Eats

893 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

VeganVegetarianPlant-basedSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Amazingly delicious food right in the heart of Buffalo, New York. We provide healthy options, fresh juices, and the best part is everything is plant based! ...

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Sweets Lounge & Restaurant

2 Schreck Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $

Buffalo Food

North Buffalo

Home of the best WINGS and all food ...

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Swings Specialty Wings

2280 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

Buffalo Food

North Buffalo

Originating in Buffalo, New York Specialty Wings or Swings is Buffalo 1st Chicken Wings Specialist. Specializing in Chicken Wing Sauces $ Flavored Toppings ...

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SZN BFLO

1516 Military Rd. Buffalo, NY 14217 • $$

Tex-MexNew American

North Buffalo

Take Out, Ghost Restaurant

Operated by Head Chef Josey and wife Lena. Josey appeared on Fox TV show MasterChef  Legends, Season 11. Sznd operates out of Kenmore Kitchens. SZN ...

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The Flaming Fish

535 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$

SeafoodAmericanDeli-SandwichesSoul Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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 ...

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The Flaming Fish – Food Truck

It Moves Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

SeafoodSoul Food

Buffalo

Food Truck / Stand / Cart

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 Groove Lounge

1210 Broadway St Buffalo, New York 14212 • $

Soul Food

Buffalo

Bar, Casual Table Service

The Groove Lounge is Buffalo, New York's Finest Specialty Restaurant doubling as the Metropolitan Area's Hottest Night Spot / Sports Bar! ...

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The Hoagie Stop

220 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

The Hoagie Stop is the definition of delicious! Founded in 2018, we like to say we are bringing joy to Buffalo, and it’s something we plan to be doing ...

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The Traphaus

Buffalo Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Soul Food

Buffalo

Catering

Simply put, we cater to your cravings! ...

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Trice’s Tasty Treats

519 Lasalle Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $

Bakery

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

We specialize in custom Cakes and Cupcakes,We offer a wide variety of desserts. All of our desserts are baked from scratch and made fresh to order. We ...

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Unapologetic Coffee

1375 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14209 • $

Cafe-Coffee

Buffalo

Cafe / Coffee Shop

At Unapologetic Coffee Co. we aim to provide small batch, roasted quality coffee direct to consumers as well as small businesses. Specifically, looking ...

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Uplift Nutrition

2815 Delaware Ave Unit M Kenmore, NY 14217 • $

Health Food

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Uplift Nutrition is a Healthy Hangout Spot offering energy refreshers and healthy smoothies. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" ...

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WING KINGS 716

484 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

AmericanBuffalo Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Gourmet chicken wings cooked to perfection, tossed in a plethora of sauces fresh ingredients and seasonings to meet any and all tastebuds.. 30+ flavors ...

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WRA Buffalo Wing Spot

426 Hertel Ave Buffalo, NY 14207 • $

AmericanBuffalo Food

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

At WRA Buffalo Wing Spot, we take pride in our wings. Our chicken wings restaurant features some of the finest, freshest products and ingredients around. ...

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Yalleys African Restaurant

290 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, NY 14223 • $

African

North Towns

Casual Table Service

Welcome to Yalleys Restaurant Buffalo NY. Yalleys restaurant is a West African cuisine from a Ghana recipe cooking base. Yalleys serve authentic traditional ...

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Zone One Complex

30 East Amherst St Buffalo, NY 14214 • $

American

North Buffalo

Casual Table Service

Serving wings, Chicken fingers, Pizza and more along with a bar and skating. ...

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Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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This post was originally published in June 2020 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" 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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