1545 Hertel Avenue (At Parkside Avenue) Buffalo, NY 14216
The decor is not exactly upscale and the dress code is very informal, but the food in this North Buffalo restaurant is outstanding. Basically, it's a pizzeria with pasta (all you can eat for USD1.99 on Monday and Tuesday nights), wings, subs and other munchies that will force you to loosen your belt a notch or two. It is an affordable blue-jeans joint-no pretensions-a great place to bring the kids. Nearby attractions include Delaware Park, the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and the Anderson Gallery.
Located in the North Buffalo area and close to both the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, this restaurant has been satisfying customers since 1975. The entrees include the Continental combination of Veal Francese and Scampi, Filet Mignon, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, and Pappardelle and Sea Scallops. The decor is Tuscan-style countryside and shows off the newly-expanded dining room perfectly. There's also a private courtyard for those warm summer days.
Gordon's is one of the finest eateries in the neighborhood of North Delaware. The restaurant offers famous delicious local fare which is a treat to the taste buds. However, one of the main reasons for the fame of this restaurant is its sports bar which finds the place full to the capacity. You can watch an exciting match as you sip onto the drinks during happy hours. If good food and great drinks does not satisfy your happiness quotient, there are regular events and live musical performances that are sure to engross you. If it is a complete entertainment package that you are looking for, Gordon's is the place to go.
Not your usual stuffy steak joint, this University Heights restaurant not far from the University at Buffalo South Campus combines inexpensive steak and barbecue with nightly specials. The atmosphere is rousing and sometimes even raucous, the wait staff is friendly, and there's live music Wednesday nights. The menu includes classic pub fare such as roast beef on weck, Black Angus burger, and New York strip steak. The Montana Room, a second dining area, is available for parties, banquets and other bashes.
1465 Hertel Avenue (At Parkside Avenue) Buffalo, NY 14216
Buffalonians turn to the Mora Family for authentic Mexican cuisine where recipes date back 100 years and have been passed down for generations. Complimentary chips and homemade salsa tantalize your tastebuds. Main dishes include an assortment of meat, cheese or seafood enchiladas, chimichangas and burritos. The salsa, guacamole, and a line of frozen foods are available for takeout. The original restaurant opened on Niagara Street in 1980, but a fire closed it down in 1996. This new location offers more tables, brightly painted walls, and the same food that made this restaurant a favorite.
This popular Chinese restaurant has been voted the best Chinese restaurant in Buffalo by readers of the paper Artvoice. Family owned by the Leong family since 1981, it is located close to the South campus of the University at Buffalo. Their signature dish is Ginger Garlic Chicken, featuring white meat chicken in a special spicy ginger garlic sauce. Other dishes include black pepper beef, stuffed pressed duck, General Tsou's chicken, and tangerine beef, just to name a few. They also offer a special family dinner menu that includes soup, appetizer and a choice of a main dish per person. A number of healthy and steamed options are featured on the menu. Catering is available, either on or off site. A daily lunch menu includes soup and salad. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This New Orleans-inspired bistro is named after the voodoo god of thunder, with a menu that features authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Start out with a salad, perhaps a spring green salad with apples and walnuts, a spinach salad with mushrooms, or maybe a Caesar salad. Appetizers include chicken and sausage gumbo, avocado spring rolls and fried calamari. Entrees include Creole bouillabaisse, blackened pork chops, Creole meatloaf and more. For dessert, try their house specialty, bananas foster, or maybe a slice of pecan pie or a bowl of New Orleans bread pudding. Wine is available by the glass or bottle. -Christine A. Smyczynski
3234 Main Street (At Sutton Lane) Buffalo, NY 14214
Close to the University at Buffalo's South Campus, this restaurant caters to the student population and area business people. Reputed to have the best omelets in town, the restaurant also hits the spot with its traditional Lebanese dishes and various veggie burgers. Dishes include such Lebanese specialties as kibbeh (ground lamb, cracked wheat, and pine nuts), and swarma (beef marinated in wine). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily by an efficient and friendly staff. The Sunday morning brunch is a food-lovers feast.
This restaurant, which opened in 2008, is located within Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino. It features a large dining area with flat screen TV's, a bar area and a stage for live entertainment. Specials include a Sunday Brunch with eggs benedict, sausage, ham, pancakes, home fries, soup and salads, and more. On Saturday evenings they have a dinner buffet from 5p to 9p and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Monday-Thursday from 11am-3pm. An evening dinner special is available Monday through Thursday. Their signature menu is their rack of ribs, which is Louisiana smoked and smothered in their special Cajun BBQ sauce. Other menu selections include burgers, wraps, finger sandwiches, and a Friday fish fry. They also serve steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Batavia Downs is the oldest lighted racetrack in North America. Started in 1939, this facility features a half-mile oval racetrack with Euro-style rails. Live harness racing is featured July through December. Operated by Western Region Off Track Betting, the racetrack also has simulcasts from North America's top tracks seven days a week. The second floor of the facility has 150 TVs to watch your favorite races. Batavia Downs Casino features video lottery terminals and 586 gaming machines. Food is available in the Grandstand Bar and Grill. The menu features homemade soups, like western cheddar cheese soup and artichoke, tomato, and roasted red pepper soup. Other selections include deli sandwiches, wraps, chicken fingers, and burgers, as well as a Friday fish fry, ribs, pork chops, steaks, seafood, and pasta. -Christine A. Smyczynski
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