This restaurant is located in a plaza that also houses a Chinese take-out restaurant right next door (Ling Ling's) as well as an Asian grocer at the end of the plaza, so you can really get your fill of Asian cuisine here. Orchid Asian Bistro focuses mainly on Japanese dishes like sushi, along with Thai foods like pad Thai. Many people say that this is one of the best sushi restaurants in the area. There are a variety of rolls and hand rolls available, including California roll, spicy tuna roll, and even an eel cucumber roll. Thai selections include red curry and green curry, along with noodle and rice dishes. Japanese entrees offered include chicken teriyaki, beef teriyaki and vegetable tempura. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This tiny, family-run café has been popular with locals and students from the nearby University at Buffalo for decades. Everyone dining here seems to know one another, yet visitors are made to feel welcome, too. As the name of the restaurant implies, the main focus of the menu is breakfast. One of their specials is the USD0.99 breakfast, which includes two eggs and toast with the purchase of any beverage. Other breakfast menu items include pancakes, cereal, and home fries. They also have a "bottomless" cup of coffee. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Enjoy innovative fine dining at this restaurant that has torch motifs throughout. Torches is owned and operated by two brother chefs, J.J. and Kevin Richert, who are both graduates of the Culinary Institute of America. In addition, J.J.'s wife, Cindy, is the restaurant's pastry chef. Start out your dining experience with a salad, perhaps the house salad, which is made with romaine hearts, purple grapes, dried cranberries, warm goat cheese, and candied walnuts. Some of the appetizers include homemade sweet potato and pumpkin gnocchi, grilled stuffed calamari, and pan seared scallops. Among the entrees is a filet mignon trio, which includes a grilled filet mignon, pan seared scallops, and grilled shrimp. Other selections include Chilean sea bass and Nickel City mac and cheese. For a real treat, make reservations a week in advance for their seven course tasting menu and wine pairing. They also do off-site custom catering for groups of 25-500. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Café Allegro is an upbeat, family-owned café has tables that look like checkerboards, a few comfy couches, and a selection of board games and music to enjoy. Outdoor seating is available in the warmer months. Free Wi-Fi is available with the purchase of a meal or beverage. Local artists display their work on the walls, and the displays change monthly. The menu features gourmet coffees and teas, along with homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and homemade pastries. For breakfast, enjoy a breakfast sandwich, muffin or turnover; daily lunch specials are offered, as well as a Sunday brunch. Stop in on Tuesday evenings for Open-Mic Night. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This small, cozy, retro diner will take you back to the 1950s. At Bertha's Diner, a mural on the back wall depicts a classic diner scene, but you don't need to look at it to feel like you've been transported back in time. Many of the fixtures in this eatery are original. Breakfast, which is served all day long, features classic diner foods like omelets, pancakes, and French toast. For lunch, try a Shake, Rattle and Roll (burger fries and a milkshake) or an Elvis (cheeseburger), or perhaps a Buddy Holly (Deep-fried chicken fingers on a Kaiser roll). Other menu items include club sandwiches, Italian sausage and fried bologna. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This trendy Hertel Avenue restaurant and bar features live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Start out you dining experience with appetizers like stuffed banana peppers, Buffalo chicken dip, or steamed clams, or perhaps one of their signature fondues for two; choose from three cheese, port bleu, Thai or chocolate. Dinner entrees include seafood alfredo, NY strip steak, and sautéed tilapia. One of their desserts of the day rounds out your meal. The Shadow Lounge is also known for its cocktails, including Manhattans, rob roys and old-fashioneds. They also have a large selection of martinis to choose from, with names like French Kiss and Cruisin for a Bruising.-Christine A. Smyczynski
This tiny restaurant, nestled in a small strip plaza, has some of the best Chinese take-out in Buffalo. You can also eat in; however, there are only five tables. The portions are enormous, and the food is always served piping hot; it's even hot when you get your take-out home. There are daily lunch specials to choose from. Some of the chef specialties include orange chicken, crispy sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, and Ling Ling special duck. The menu also includes combination platters and even a diet menu of steamed dishes for the calorie-conscious. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This popular restaurant is noted for serving the freshest catch of seafood everyday. The Friday fish fry is exceptionally legendary, so to be sure to arrive early to avoid waiting for a table. Another specialty they serve up are crab cakes, and they offer a takeout Haddock dinner, either fried or broiled, available Tuesday through Friday. Other entrées include a fried shrimp dinner, pasta dishes like pasta carbonara, and a number of chicken dishes. Homemade soups include lobster bisque and seafood chowder, and their raw bar features oysters and clams. Dive in! - Christine A. Smyczynski
A 50-year tradition in the area, this ice cream parlor/restaurant is definitely on the diner side of things with delights such as beef on kimmelweck, and ham and turkey sandwiches. But the frozen custard and homemade hard ice cream is the reason most people pay this North Buffalo site a visit. Little wonder they sell more than 4,000 custard cones a week! One of nine locations in Buffalo and surrounding suburbs, the restaurant prides itself on quality food, cleanliness and fast and friendly service.
1541 Hertel Avenue (at Parkside Avenue) Buffalo, NY 14216
The pub fare here ranges from the blooming onion with choice of sauce and the ever-present wings to beer-battered shrimp in hot sauce with bleu cheese. Right next to Bob & John's La Hacienda on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo this is the kind of place that makes regulars and first-timers welcome. The atmosphere is comfortable with plenty of beer on tap and the kind of food that fills the stomach without emptying the wallet. For private parties there's the Canterbury Room with seating for 40-50.
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