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What are Buffalo's "must-try" restaurants?

I did like Trattoria Aroma. But did not love it (was there about 6 months ago to the Buffalo location). I haven't really explored all that Hertel has to offer when it comes to Italian, although I have had some yummy things at the Italian festival. Coming to WNY from the NYC/LI area, I still long for a Italian "joint"...spicy red sauce and lotsa fish on the menu. I am a fan of Zetti's pizza cause it's the ONLY thing close to the pizza I am used to.

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Trattoria Aroma
311 Bryant St, Buffalo, NY 14222

Apr 15, 2010
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

What are Buffalo's "must-try" restaurants?

I have found service at Merge to be hit and miss. Overall, everyone is nice but food sometimes takes a while to come out. Typically, we go for the apps and split a few---the fried pickles and Buffalo "Wings" are great. Entrees tend to be a bit small and I have not LOVED any of them....but the vegan mousse is sooooo good and portions of the apps make it easy to make a meal out of three of them for two ppl. I also love the vibe there and have been when they have live performers and also movies, which is a lot of fun. It's definitely not a quick "in and out" place tho!!!

Apr 12, 2010
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

What are Buffalo's "must-try" restaurants?

Two of my faves are Bistro Europa and Merge. Merge definitely has less "meat" dishes and Bistro Europa is very small but cozy. They are probably the two most unique places I have found in WNY....so far!!!!

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Bistro Europa
484 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Merge
439 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14260

Apr 08, 2010
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

Amy's Place-Buffalo NY

I think (for me and my b-friend) it was one of the best menus we have seen in Buffalo. There are vegetarian options on many menus, but to find vegan options are few and far between. So I can say that it is THE best vegan menu! The lentil-wheatberry wrap was something i now crave....also, there were a lot of options that one cannot typical get if you are vegan...like "pulled pork" made with tofu. Even the fact they have vegan butter as an option with breakfast foods is a huge bonus!

I can see if you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian, it's not a big deal but to have options...and options which taste good is a nice discovery for us.

Apr 07, 2010
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

Amy's Place-Buffalo NY

I finally got to Amy's Place on Main street by UB
3234 Main St
Buffalo, NY 14214

I had read mixed reivews, some saying it was dirty and others which raved about it. Being that it is one of the few restaurants in WNY (besides Merge and Pizza Plant) that cater to vegans, I needed to check it out with my b-friend (who is vegan).

It reminded me of an old diner in NYC. Seats at the counter, kinda worn kitchy decor....but crazy-friendly serivce and a menu to die for! The Wheatberry-Lentil wrap IS addictive! Also, what was very cool was since we both ordered iced tea, they left the pitcher on the table so no chasing someone down for refills. Two ppl for lunch, under $20. Just a neat place!

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Pizza Plant
5110 Main St Ste 105, Williamsville, NY 14221

Apr 05, 2010
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

When I went to school my mom packed .....for lunch. Happy/Sad school lunch stories.

As a child who was allergic to peanut butter (I have since grown out of the allergy...thank god, cause it's now my fave food!), mom made up for the fact that I was the ONLY kid without a PB&J by giving me 3 Shake n Bake chicken wings every day from first grade to 5th. Other kids were SO jealous, when I all I wanted was a PB&J on Wonder Bread!!!!

Sep 10, 2009
L_W in General Topics

Top Pizza in Capital Region?

Totally with you on Sorvano's. It was THE place after a night out at SUNYA. The key was asking for a handful of cold cheese on top after it came out of the oven. I wonder if it would taste as good now as it did back then...

Jun 15, 2009
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

Wegmans - Marco Polo Breads

At least in WNY they are in the bakery section. They will slice the loaves for you if you want. They should have a separate bagel section and also a separate section for rolls (again, both by the bakery).

Jun 14, 2009
L_W in Chains

Wegmans - Marco Polo Breads

Marco Polo bagels with PB are a total weakness! I also love using the Pretzel Breads as sandwiches. Although I am not crazy about their french/italian loafs, their specialty breads are great!

Jun 13, 2009
L_W in Chains

Unique theatre concession foods

I will say I was quite impressed with the sweet popcorn option when I went to movies in the UK. Kinda like kettle corn. I have also been to places where you have table service. If I remember correctly, they also served beer and wine (this was in MA). Here in western NY we still have a few drive-ins so the food choices are whatever you bring! Make your own sundae would be a hit with me!!!!

May 27, 2009
L_W in General Topics

Cheese on pastrami is kind of like corn on pizza [moved from LA board]

I will share something interesting with you all about cheese and pastrami. When I was a kid, we would go to the borscht belt resorts in the Catskills (NY). At Kutcher's, which had an entirely kosher dining room, they also had a non-kosher diner. (I can't remember if the diner was part of the "all inclusive" of the hotel or not). Anyway, one of their items on their menu was a cheeseburger with pastrami. It was kinda like a "bacon cheeseburger Jewish style". So as much as the visual of a pastrami on rye with american and mayo turns my stomach, I DO remember those cheeseburgers being a fave as a child. So I guess if even a place that caters to those who are kosher will offer it up, it cannot be THAT wrong!

May 22, 2009
L_W in General Topics

What factors into your CH restaurant reviews

I have to say, I tend to fall back on the Zagat's Food, Decor, Service criteria. I would say (for me) it's weighted 60% food, 30% service and 10% decor. I can deal with a dive (as long as it is not a health risk) ....Great service may not make me like a place better (lousy food, amazing service) but really really bad service will make me DISlike a place more.

May 09, 2009
L_W in Not About Food

In Search of Large & Unique Fall Wedding Venue for 2010

Awww...I was hoping you hadn't thought of Beardslee....I only had 75 ppl and although we did not fill the room, I can see how (even tho they SAY they seat 200) it would be tight. It was 100% a great place, from the food to the grounds.

I know that Eagles Nest has great views and I believe even onsite places for out of towners to stay. I have not been there in AGES but I remember the food was upscale for the area at the time. It IS in the middle of "nowhere", too (which CAN be kinda nice). Hope it works for you!

May 01, 2009
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

In Search of Large & Unique Fall Wedding Venue for 2010

No clue if they are large enough but the Eagles Nest came to mind:
http://www.theaglesnest.com/index.html

I was married at Beardslee Castle
http://beardsleecastle.com/

PERFECT in every way!

May 01, 2009
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

Romantic Inn with Great Restaurant - any recs.?

LOVE this place...but it is very expensive.

Apr 15, 2009
L_W in General Tristate Archive

Anyplace good in Buffalo near UB?

Red Pepper has been good every time I have been but it's not the cleanest place so I would opt for take out given the choice. Their Pho was very good!

Apr 11, 2009
L_W in General Tristate Archive

BBQ & Breakfast in Buffalo?

Agreed....just wasn't sure if you were looking for something "unique"....when I go to places that have Waffle Houses, I cannot help but give into their greasy b-fasts, even tho my stomach hates me later in the day :)

Mar 31, 2009
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

BBQ & Breakfast in Buffalo?

I really love KGs. One Eyed Jacks in Lockport is not bad for BBQ, but kinda far.

*I* have never been, but I was told that Betty's on Virginia St is really good for b-fast food. But I gotta say I am still as huge fan of OPH, even tho it's a chain :)

Mar 31, 2009
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

When no one is looking....

Pretty much everything listed and then some...I lived alone for almost 10 years so I didn't really care about whose fingers found their way into containers (since those fingers were always MINE).

PB, whipped cream, nutella...actually I have "sampled" any condiment straight from the container while using it....using fingers, spoons...Obviously all batter for baking is eaten straight from the bowl. I lick my fingers when cooking and also double dip.

However, when cooking for others, I do control myself.

Mar 28, 2009
L_W in Not About Food

Low Cal Hot Chocolate Mix

This has been my latest treat:
40 Calorie Almond Soy milk
3 packets splenda
heaping teapsoon of ghirardelli (unsweetented) cocoa powder

Using the better cocoa powder makes all the difference in the world!

Mar 24, 2009
L_W in General Topics

Buffalo's Restaurant Week

Thanks for the input! I have been to FrogHair a few times, not all that recently, so I need to get back there. I hear it's a bit crazy on the weekends but the times I have gone during the week I have enjoyed the food and the service.

Now Scotch n' Sirlion is on my "avoid" list. Then again, I was only there once and just had a horrible experience...from the service (non-existent), to atmosphere (the loudest place I have been to in WNY so far) to the food....BUT, I would love to hear your experience and maybe I will try it again. It did kinda have a "chain" feel to it IMHO (I think they are only a local chain) but I am always open to giving a place another shot.

Mar 21, 2009
L_W in General Tristate Archive

your favourite food...too hard a question?

Peanut butter.

Don't get me wrong, there are tons of "dishes"/"meals" that I LOVE but you asked for fave FOOD and that would be PB.....and a spoon

Mar 21, 2009
L_W in General Topics

Buffalo's Restaurant Week

How odd, I have not heard anything about this and i DO watch the news and I also work in PR! I am gonna look thru the site and see if any are do-able. Thanks for the link!

Mar 18, 2009
L_W in General Tristate Archive

It's a texture thing...

Jello...yuck..ick...blech

And pudding "skin"...same texture and just as gross to me.

Mar 09, 2009
L_W in General Topics

Eating at an empty restaurant?

You hit on the point I was gonna make...many places may do a BIG take out/delivery business but very little in-house dining so they therefore always look empty. My fave Sushi place out here has a great dining room which is never ever full but when I have eaten there, there is a steady stream of ppl coming in for takeout

Mar 06, 2009
L_W in Not About Food

Long John Silver's-yea or nea?

What's funny is since making this orginal post, the LJS by me has closed. Never made it there....but it sounds like I am not missing anything!

Mar 02, 2009
L_W in Chains

Maureen & Daughters/Smithtown: best time for bkfst on Sunday?

It's been a while since I have been but I wanna toss out my 2 fave dishes:
Baked Oatmeal (to DIE for)
Grilled cheese...brilliant since it is prepared as a triple-decker

Omigod, I miss that place!

Feb 27, 2009
L_W in New York State (exc. NYC)

Heading to Buffalo this weekend

Ted's Hot Dogs (there are locations throught the area)
Andersons Custard (again, mutiple locations)

Someone may have a good suggestion as to where to find it, but sponge candy is also a local treat!

Oh, and also maybe someone can direct Gary to a good fish fry...I have been here for almost 5 years and have yet to go to one!

Feb 12, 2009
L_W in General Tristate Archive

Giverny at Mirbeau in Skaneateles

So since this meal, I have been thinking about their food. I had a chance to return, and this time I opted for lunch. I did the 3 course tasting and added dessert. The Sweet Potato Soup was GREAT! Creamy and well-balanced. I then had the seafood salad. This was only so-so. The crab claws were a bit frozen but the shrimp were huge and sweet but overall it was a slight miss. I also had the fish of the day which was red snapper. It was nicely prepared and enjoyable. Dessert was the pumpkin cheesecake. WOW, it was very very very good! My friend had the Mood Altering Warm Chocolate Cake, which had also wanted to try the last time I was there. Not a huge fan. I guess it was more not what I expected. It was a small piece of cake...kinda flourless chocolate...my cheescake beat it by a mile! Again, service was very pleasant. Not as formal as for dinner but still very friendly.

Can't wait to go back to go back for dinner.

Feb 04, 2009
L_W in General Tristate Archive

Your REAL thoughts on super-processed, horribly delicious food...

Jumping on the Velveeta bandwagon. Although I use 4-5 different cheese when I make mac and cheese, the Velveeta HAS to be there to give it that "mom" taste. (Oh, and I top my mac and cheese with crushed goldfish crackers, so I guess that is another...)

Feb 02, 2009
L_W in General Topics