A menu inspired by authentic Mexican food, complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program, exceptional tequilas and local and world beers.
- North BuffaloPrice: $$
- BuffaloPhone: (716) 319-1090Price: $$$$
SEAR is a modern steakhouse situated on the first floor of the Avant (Embassy Suites Hotel). The relaxed, upscale environs are sophisticated yet comfortable. They offer a bar scene with a great vibe, a robust wine list and an innovative menu. We love the salads, the sliders, Lobster Mac and, of course, the steaks.
- South TownsPhone: (716) 648-3200Price: $$
Juicy Burger is a much loved little spot in the 'burg that serves that little something of which Buffalo/America just can't seem to get enough. As simple as it seems Juicy does a superior job of making America's fav something special. A strong list of 11 varieties with GREAT rolls, the requisite condiments, and good fries rounds out the menu. Add a nice beer and wine list, some craft cocktails and you have yourself the fixin's of a juicy meal.
- BuffaloPhone: (716) 555-1222Price: $$
These guys specialize in three of the things we cherish most: food, beer, and atmosphere. But ABV goes above and beyond when it comes to each one, and it makes all the difference. Their burgers are as big in creativity and flavor as they are in size, and one step in the place and you’re surrounded by great music in quite possibly one of the coolest spaces in the Queen City. An awesome beer list and we love the fries and the tasting flights of bourbon too. A wait is a definite possibility.
- BuffaloPhone: (716) 768-0049Price: $
Pho Dollar is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant that is as charming on the inside as it isn't from the street. One step inside and you'll be warmly greeted by "the family" in this lovely little dinner-like setting that they built with their own hands. The food is as good as their welcome and they have a nice bar as well. We love the #4 Goi Cuon and the #35 Mi Bo Kho, and most of all the #8 Banh Xeo – Vietnamese pancakes.
- South TownsPhone: (716) 652-4720Price: $$
This old barn turned bakery has grown to a premier pizza stop, restaurant and store serving up fine foods all day long. The breakfast sandwiches are awesome, salads, sammies on house made bread, brick oven pizza and great diner options round off the can't miss menu. Make sure you sample some local beer and grab a loaf of bread and some pastries to go.
- North BuffaloPhone: (716) 883-1675Price: $$$
Chef/owner Adam Getz is a brilliant craftsman, a work horse in the kitchen, and has cooked at the James Beard House - nuff said. Wife Jennifer works the front of the house where they serve up some of the finest cuisine in town. Everything is good and changing on a regular basis, but the last time we were in we had a Cavatelli with a Sweet Pea pesto about which we still dreaming.
- South TownsPhone: (716) 6752333Price: $
This WNY landmark is on everyone's must stop if you are passing through town. A top Beef on Week mainstay, with the prerequisite carving station, this old school joint will leave a smile on your face all week. Unless you come here regularly you have to get the BOW. We love it with fries and gray on the side to dip.
- South TownsPhone: (716) 649-9691Price: $$
The Water Valley Inn has been affectionately known as the ditch by locals since the 18 Mile was a trickle; more because it's in the valley than anything, this place is like grandmas house with good beer and better TVs. The crowds build for Friday fish fry late Thursday (or so it seems), but they have plenty of solid comfort food when that's gone. We like the chowder.
- BuffaloPhone: (716) 887-2971Price: $$
Fat Bob's Smokehouse has been tucked in on Buffalo's cutest street since the late 90's. The rare combination of good bar, good food and good location has kept this business solid for close to two decades. It is locally owned and operated with true Buffalo grit, and pretty much everything is made in-house. Hard to choose a fav, but the Mac and smoked wings are darn good.
- North TownsPhone: (716) 632-0552Price: $$
New York State's oldest brew pub is "dedicated to fine beer, food, and fun"- our kind of place. They are beer lovers serving up home style, beer lover's food in a pleasant brew pub setting. We love the house made brew, the Mineo & Sapio Sausage Hoagie and the poutine.
- South BuffaloPhone: (716) 825-9327Price: $$
Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub is the quintessential cozy, no pretense South Buffalo joint that has been serving this neighborhood for decades. They offer up good service, a solid beer list, great wings, awesome fish fry, fine Reubens and a lot of return customers. The kind of place people brag about being their hangout "way-back-when" before it was super cool. You can't go wrong with the beer cheese soup and DO NOT miss the home-made tater tots.