ROCCO’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA
5433 Transit Road / Clarence / Northtowns | (716) 247-5272
Hospitality is stressed here, which makes it the ideal place to come with your children. What I like the best is the variety of sitting options. You can plop down on one of their couches to take a load off and keep things cozy, take a seat at their family-style barstools tables or settle in at one of their standard tabletops. The can’t miss dish is their specialty wood oven roasted chicken wings, which are marinated in lemon, olive oil, garlic and herbs and then slow-roasted in their wood-fired oven.
3715 Genesee Street / Cheektowaga | (716) 634-1780
Tremendous atmosphere with the ideal casual dining set up for the entire family. After you have a couple of plates from their awesome salad bar, order up some “tail gating saucy Cajun” chicken wings for the whole crew.
DWYER’S IRISH PUB
65 Webster Street / North Tonawanda / Niagara County | (716) 692-4837
Fun place for the family to come watch a sports event, especially on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I highly recommend the raspberry barbecue boneless chicken wings. Trust me, the kids will love them.
AMHERST PIZZA & ALE HOUSE
55 Crosspoint Parkway / Amherst / Northtowns | (716) 625-7100
Extremely comfortable, this is an ideal friendly restaurant with a fun atmosphere and tremendous customer service. They have some exceptional recipes for their chicken wings, including the perfectly named “pants on the ground extra hot.”
MISTER B’S RESTAURANT & TAVERN
2201 Hyde Park Boulevard / Niagara Falls / Niagara County | (716) 298-4028
Located just a few minutes away from Hyde Park and Niagara University Ice Rinks, they have an upstairs banquet room, which I think would make the ideal site for a casual family reunion celebration. They have great wings. Try them “Quiggy style.” Trust me.
JOHN & MARY’S
40 Buffalo Street / Hamburg / Southtowns | (716) 648-4750
There are now nine different locations in Western New York, but I will speak specifically about the Hamburg location, where I have dined many times and have seen numerous families enjoy meals. Spacious booths inside and an impressive list of ice cream flavors to pick from for dessert, but not before you have an order of their barbecue chicken wings.
TORELLA’S CHICKEN AND PIZZA
2810 Union Road / Cheektowaga | (716) 685-4422
One of the jewels of the Northtowns, Torella’s food is always consistent, with their chicken and pizza specials ideal for the whole family. That being said, any flavor of their boneless wings must be consumed when you bring everyone in for an enjoyable meal.
FRED’S PIZZA & SUBS
6506 Campbell Boulevard / Lockport / Niagara County | (716) 625-6800
I have only been to this establishment once and based on that visit, I highly recommend this family-owned, family-operated business. They go out of their way to take care of their customers, especially families. Dining in here is a real treat, especially their Thai chili chicken wings and their honey barbecue parmesan wings.
BROADWAY BOBBY’S PIZZERIA
677 Ridge Road / Lackawanna / Southtowns | (716) 827-8750
Located right next to the Lackawanna Post Office, this quaint little eatery is a popular destination for takeout and pick-up orders for residents of Lackawanna, Blasdell and South Buffalo. But there also is a nice seating area for you to bring in the family and have a meal. Dynamite chicken wings. I highly recommend the honey mustard or garlic parmesan flavors.
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