WNY Food/Drink News You Need to Know

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Written by Emily Morrow

Published on June 8, 2015
Hush Puppies at Toutant in Buffalo Ny

Hush Puppies @ Toutant

May Food/Drink/Dining News

Our mission: Construct a monthly list of new openings- restaurants, food trucks, cafes, pubs and breweries, etc. from the previous month. Instead of undertaking the nearly impossible task of predicting which restaurants will actually open in the upcoming month, we decided this strategy would be more valuable for everyone involved. With bureaucrats, bankers and bean counters, unpredictable weather and contractors involved, it’s hard to say when a restaurant is opening until it is already in fact open.

Disclaimer: We recommend you call ahead to be sure you’ll find an open restaurant upon your arrival. Good Luck! Drop us a line at if we missed any May openings/closings.



Biscuits and Gravy at Toutant in Buffalo NY

Biscuits and Gravy at Toutant


Neighborhood: Downtown

437 Ellicott St Buffalo, NY 14203 /(716) 342-2901

If you haven’t heard about this huge opening yet, we’d be surprised. In fact, email us at We’d love to learn more about you and how you stumbled upon our website. Chef James Roberts and team are cooking up some of the best biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and hush puppies around. Tip: Try the Ooey Gooey Cake.

Read more about the opening here and more about the food here.


Big Ditch Brewing Co. in Buffalo NY -

Big Ditch Brewing Co.

Big Ditch Brewing Co.

Neighborhood: Downtown

55 E. Huron Street, Buffalo NY / (716) 854-5050

You may be thinking the opening of Big Ditch’s new tap room isn’t all that exciting, as their beers have been available at local watering holes for a while now. We’re here to tell you to think again. Some might argue the tap room (huge space, high ceilings, balcony, two bars, retractable garage doors) is more than half the fun. Oh, and their food is fantastic as well.



Mac's Balcony

Mac’s Balcony

Mac’s on Hertel

Neighborhood: Hertel

1435 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY / (716) 833-MACS

Mac’s recently opened, brand new balcony over looking Hertel Ave and all, offering diners and drinkers a great view of North Park Theater and beyond. The corner spot is the perfect place to be on a summer night in North Buffalo if you ask us.



Dosa Place

Neighborhood: University Heights

3500 Main Street, Suit #370 Amherst, NY 14226 / (716) 834-1400

This month, WNY got a new place to grab a dosa. According to their website, Dosa Place is a “Pure Vegetarian Authentic Style South Indian cuisine.” See the menu here and be prepared to have your mouth water.



"Because this menu's theme is childhood classics we felt it was fitting to have our special be a "cookie dough" blizzard. Maybe we're biased, but we think our version might be better. #rawvegan #blizzards #illhaveanother" By @naturesapothecary

“Because this menu’s theme is childhood classics we felt it was fitting to have our special be a “cookie dough” blizzard. Maybe we’re biased, but we think our version might be better. #rawvegan #blizzards #illhaveanother” By @naturesapothecary

Nature’s Apothecary

Neighborhood: West Side

346 Connecticut St, Buffalo, New York / (716) 866-9513

Okay, so technically these guys permanently opened on the first floor of the Horsefeather’s Building at the end of April. (Not important…) According to their Facebook page, it’s a cafe “built around our belief that good food heals”. “By incorporating nutrient dense, responsibly grown food we believe the mind and body will flourish. We’ve created a space to come explore these benefits by providing raw, vegan plates and drinks.” Check out the photos, everything looks delicious.




August Bistro

Neighborhood: Hamburg

32 Main St, Hamburg, NY 14075

The bar and bistro in the Village of Hamburg closed this month after going out with a bang at Hamburg Music Fest. According to their Facebook page, they are opening back up in a different location and look forward to the future.



The Place

Neighborhood: Elmwood Village

 229 Lexington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

According to The News owner Kenny Moriarity has closed The Place on the corner of Lexington and Ashland after selling it to an unknown buyer. We have no idea what will come of it. Stay tuned.




Neighborhood: Kenmore

1141 Kenmore Ave, Kenmore, New York / (716) 447-7915

One of three restaurants brothers J.J. and Kevin Richert owns has closed for dinner service. Perhaps another indication that fine dining is more than on it’s way out and casual, fun and interesting (like their other restaurant Smoke on the Water for example) is all we need? We think so.



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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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