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7 Hidden Gem Bodegas in Buffalo You Need To Know About

Lauren Spoth

 

Disclaimer: Due to Covid-19, regulations may have changed since this article was published along with the status of the listed businesses and events. Please check with a business/event directly before visiting for the most up-to-date information.

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Buffalo Bodega is a small Instagram account continuing to look for the best food from Buffalo Bodegas, Mini Marts, Corner Stores and Neighborhood hidden gems that’s focused on supporting and showcasing small locally owned businesses and restaurants in different Buffalo neighborhoods. Pro-tip: Some of the best food can be found at your local corner stores!
We asked Matt from @buffalobodega for some of his favorite low key spots to grab a bite to eat. In no particular order, meet some of Buffalo’s best bodegas!

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1. Good Guys Deli and Grill

315 Jersey St, Buffalo, NY 14201
Matt says: One of the most underrated places on the West Side! A small place; they’ve got some basic items and
one of the best steak subs you can get anywhere. The best items are the Chicken Shawarma, Steak Sub, Chicken Fingers and Stinger Sub. The guys who work there really uphold the name of the establishment.
 

 

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2. Montes Grocery & Deli

413 Swan St, Buffalo, NY 14204
Matt says: One of the best corner stores around with amazing Puerto Rican food. It’s a very casual spot to pick up food, not somewhere you sit in and dine, and obviously, it’s a mini grocery too. Montes Deli is the best place in Buffalo for Pastelitos. You can get a whole meal for under $10.
 

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3. Niagara Deli & Pizzeria

2043 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14207
Matt says: When you say hidden gem, Niagara Deli is at the top of the list. Some of the best Pizza and Wings you can find anywhere in Buffalo!

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4. Buffalo’s Golden Corner

175 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208
Matt says: One of the best Chicken Finger Subs around! This place is always fast, friendly and clean. Sitting
next to Canisius College and Medaille College campuses, it is a great, quick and convenient spot for students in the neighborhood.
 

 

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5. Holly Farms

424 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY, 14202
Matt says: One of the most convenient and all you would need spots on a lunch break run Downtown. The sandwiches are prepared to order and there are plenty of different salads to choose from daily. This is absolutely one of the best hidden little lunch spots in downtown Buffalo.
 

 

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6. Ricotas Pizza

206 Elk St, Buffalo, NY 14210
Great neighborhood corner store sitting in the First Ward of Buffalo with awesome pizza and wings. A definite must-stop for a slice whenever you’re in the area.
 

 

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7. Elmwood Market

214 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
A great one-stop shop in the Elmwood Village area. Elmwood Market has a lot to offer and cheap prices. They have great breakfast sandwiches and deli sandwiches! It is a great place for a quick lunch in the area.
 

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