SOB Top Picks for Local Restaurant Week Fall 2015

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on October 16, 2015
Fat Bob's, BBQ, Buffalo NY, Allentown, Night Out in Allentown, Step Out Buffalo

Fat Bob’s / Step Out Buffalo

This twice-a-year WNY Local Restaurant Week offers excellent dining deals to Western New Yorkers at 200 local restaurants. We’ve recommended you make reservations at these restaurants early, given you ideas for where to go to get the most bang for your buck, and compiled a list of new additions to the LRW lineup. Now it’s time to tell you where we’re headed for Local Restaurant Week Fall 2015. These are the top picks for LRW as chosen by the SOB staff. See you there. 😉


Jiffy Burger at A.B.V., Allen Burger Venture, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Jiffy Burger at A.B.V. / Step Out Buffalo

Allen Burger Venture

Downtown / 175 Allen Street, Buffalo /  716-768-0368 / LRW Info

Currently one of our favorite restaurants in general, ABV is casual, fun, has a fantastic beer list, and most importantly serves wonderfully juicy and delicious beef patties on buns. If you like burgers, this is an absolute must for LRW. Heads up – they get busy every week/day.

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Amaretto Bistro, Step Out Buffalo

Amaretto Bistro / Step Out Buffalo

Amaretto Bistro

Williamsville / 7170 Transit Road, Williamsville / 716-635-4750 / LRW Info

One of those restaurants that you probably wouldn’t wander into off the street, we’re here to recommend you go on in – especially for restaurant week. These guys have tasty food, simple charm and a good lookin’ 3 course LRW menu.

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Craving Restaurant on Hertel Ave in Buffalo NY

CRaVing / Step Out Buffalo


North Buffalo / 1472 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo / 716-883-1675 / LRW Info

If you’re one of those people that uses LRW to check out some really great, different restaurants and you have yet to get to CRaVing, we highly recommend making a resy here. Chef/owner Adam Goetz recently cooked at the James Beard House, something not many chefs can brag about  (especially from WNY). Consider yourself lucky to have these guys on the LRW lineup.

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Dick and Jenny’s

Grand Island / 1270 Baseline Road, Grand Island / 716-775-5047 / LRW Info

These guys are on our list because we have yet to go (we know, embarrassing) and have heard only good things. Therefore, we’re planning on taking our own advice and giving this new (to us) restaurant a try this LRW. They’re offering 3 courses for $20.15 and wine pairings for $13.5 per person!


Sushi Night at Encore Restaurant and Bar

Encore / Step Out Buffalo


Downtown / 492 Pearl Street, Buffalo/ 716-931-5001 / LRW Info

We’ve always thought Encore was a fun pick for LRW, especially when they started offering “flights” as part of their special menu. Probably one of the most unique LRW menus you’ll come across, Encore offers your choice of flight from options like soup & salad, dessert, appetizers and more, plus an entree. We like your style, Encore.


Fat Bob's dining room, bbq, buffalo ny, step out buffalo

Fat Bob’s / Step Out Buffalo

Fat Bob’s

Allentown / 41 Virginia Place, Buffalo/ 716-887-2971 / LRW Info

This restaurant week, Fat Bob’s is offering a few different options, each with a s***ton of food, and (somewhat) more importantly, a pint/bottle of beer or glass of wine. They also have a decent lunch option if you’re able to eat BBQ mid-day and not fall asleep. (Or even if you aren’t and just don’t really care.)


Bay Scallops at Oshun, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Bay Scallops at Oshun / Step Out Buffalo


Downtown / 5 E. Huron Street, Buffalo / 716-848-4500 / LRW Info

These guys are going all out for LRW, offering nothing but their special menu (although the raw bar will be open – hallelujah!) which consists of 4 (read ’em and weep) delicious courses, with multiple options for each. Did we mention there’s an option to add a Lobster Tail for ten bucks? Thank you, Oshun! Their special lunch menu is ridiculously good too.

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Eggplant Sandwich at Osteria 166 / Step Out Buffalo

Eggplant Sandwich at Osteria 166 / Step Out Buffalo

Osteria 166

Downtown / 166 Franklin Street, Buffalo/ 716-858-3118 / LRW Info

For some delightfully elevated Italian fare in a casual Italian pub vibe, head to Osteria 166 downtown. Their LRW menu allows you to choose an appetizer, entree, and an “extra” including wine and dessert options. Each section has a variety of dishes to choose from, plus they have select bottles of wine for $20.15.

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The Roycroft Inn

Dessert at The Roycroft Inn / Step Out Buffalo

The Roycroft Inn

East Aurora / 40 South Grove Street, East Aurora / 716-652-5552 / LRW Info

Always a great pick for dinner if you’re feelin’ a little fancy, the Roycroft especially shines during LRW with their 3 course meal, a few different price points and possibly a roaring fire (ya, know if it’s snowing next week).

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SATO Ramen

SATO Ramen / Step Out Buffalo


Elmwood Village / 739 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo/ 716-931-9146 / LRW Info

Another excellent pick during LRW, this Modern Japanese restaurant on Elmwood is offering 3 courses with multiple dishes to choose from and an option to make it a $30.15 deal by adding a Cup of Sake and Edamame Beans. Oh, and ramen is on the menu my friends.

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Shango Bistro, restaurant, bufalo, chicken

Buttermilk Fried Free Range Chicken / Step Out Buffalo

Shango Bistro & Wine Bar

University Heights / 3260 Main Street, Buffalo/ 716-837-2326 / LRW Info

Again, a fantastic restaurant for a delicious meal in a cozy atmosphere any day of the week. This LRW they are offering soup or salad, an entree and dessert for $20.15. Please note they, like Oshun, will only be serving their special restaurant week menu.

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Sun Restaurant, Buffalo NY, Step Out Buffalo

Sun Salmon Special Roll


Black Rock / 1989 Niagara Street, Buffalo / 716-447-0202 / LRW Info

Once you go to Sun for Local Restaurant Week, it will be hard to resist repeating for years to come. (We know from experience.) While their lunch deal is great, the real star here is dinner with 3 different cuisine options, Black Rice Bar, Thai, and Burmese, each with three courses for $20.15.

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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Emily Morrow</a>

Written by Emily Morrow

Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.
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