Buffalo has so many great restaurants for a variety of tastes and price points, it can be tough to choose. Here’s a quick rundown of the best spots to dine in and around Buffalo, New York:
425 Center St., Lewiston
Seasonal, locally sourced ingredients are crucial to Italian cuisine, and Chef Carmelo Raimondi takes that principle to heart at his restaurant. Antipasti and beyond change daily on this restaurant’s menu, so go in with an open mind, and check their cocktail list for any seasonal specials. The risotto with butternut squash, sage and chestnuts is worth talking about long after the plate is gone. The sweet and savory flavors in the dish featuring day boat scallops are incredibly satisfying, or try the T-Meadow pork loin with maitake mushrooms.
4610 Main St., Snyder, NY 14226
The talented Chef Bruce Wieszala joined Tabree last year and brought his inspired approach to prepare fresh, seasonal food made from locally sourced ingredients. Tabree calls upon Oles Farm, Painted Meadow, Benbrook, T-Meadow, Dan Tower, Winter and Flat #12 for wares. Some foodies know Wieszala for his COPPA Artisan Cured Meat line, so it is natural that the charcuterie plate boasts his house cured meat and accompaniments, and it’s an ideal way to start your meal. There are a variety of French dishes to please, but the bánh mì is consistently exceptional and hard to resist. Featuring glazed pork belly, pork pâté, pickled vegetables, cilantro and spicy mayonnaise, this sandwich packs a ton of flavor into each bite.
Five Points Bakery
426 Rhode Island St., Buffalo
The bread at Five Points Bakery is 100% whole grain, made from organic Isadora hard red wheat grown on Zittel’s Farm in Hamburg. It is stone ground into flour daily and nothing is extracted from the flour. Go for breakfast and enjoy the most delicious cinnamon rolls around, as well as amazing toast, paired with lovely accouterments, such as a free range hard-boiled egg and gruyere or Nutella and marmalade.
1375 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209
Hutch’s is arguably “old Buffalo” dining at its best. Since 1985, the restaurant has been a fixture of the city, with a comfortable blend of classic steakhouse dishes and other approachable fare. While the ambiance differs slightly from the main dining areas to the bar, there’s an unmistakably high energy running throughout the place. It’s noisy in a fun and forgiving way. The menu offers many small plate options worth trying—consider getting a few and making a meal out of them. Try the simple and refreshing house smoked salmon appetizer, which is paired with apple, frisée salad and horseradish cream. A myriad of entrée offerings range from delicious sandwiches (the Pittsburgh steak sandwich or lobster club) to veal chops (herb marinated and grilled with baby Brussels sprouts, bacon and pear mustarda). Read the rest of this entry »