16 Amazing Restaurants Only Found In Buffalo, New York

16 Amazing Restaurants Only Found In Buffalo, New York

Buffalo and good food go hand in hand.
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Early in 2015, The National Geographic released a list of the 10 best food cities around the world. And which city surprisingly ranked in the top three? Buffalo! Recognized for our killer wings from The Anchor Bar, we beat some very well-known cities around the world like Osaka, Japan, Lyon, France, and Bologna, Italy.

Reading this article got me thinking, wings aren't the only good food in Buffalo, there's tons of non-chain restaurants that are locally owned and based in Buffalo. So, here is my list of the top sixteen restaurants in Buffalo (and throughout Western New York), from hotdogs to burgers to wings to Japanese homestyle noodles –– we have it all.


1. The Anchor Bar (1047 Main St, Buffalo, NY)

As The Natural Geographic stated, Buffalo has some of the best (if not the best) wings in the world. Buffalo's famed spot for the birth of our famous chicken wings is a must try if you're a college student from out of town.

2. Duff's Famous Wings ( 3651 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo, NY)


If you don't like The Anchor Bar, Duff's Famous Wings has 5 locations across Western New York with wings that are to die for. There's a constant debate about which spot is better, so let us know in the comments if you prefer one over the other!

3. SATO & SATO RAMEN (739 Elmwood Ave, 3268 Main St, Buffalo, NY)

Looking for a modern take on your crappy 45 cent ramen? SATO and SATO RAMEN bring a modern twist of traditional Japanese food to our home town. They have won a slue of awards and is a go to spot for anyone who loves a great plate of sushi or killer ramen. Plus! SATO RAMEN is right down the street from South Campus!


4. Tully's (1459 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY)

Are you a lover of chicken tenders? Then Tully's is the spot for you. This sports restaurant is well known for their famous "Tully Tenders" commonly known around Buffalo as the "best chicken tenders on earth".


5. Panos On Elmwood (1081 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY)

Looking for traditional Greek food in Buffalo? Panos is by far the go to spot for great souvlaki, gyros and seafood. Located in the heart of downtown, you can enjoy fantastic food in one of Buffalo's most hip, trendy neighborhoods.


6. (716) Food And Sport (7 Scott St, Buffalo, NY)

Conveniently located right next to the Fist Niagara Center, The Harbor Center and basically any event downtown is Buffalo's newest, luxurious sports bar: 716. If you're looking to grab a burger and a beer while watching the Bills or Sabres play, head over to 716, and watch it on their 38 square foot TV that can be seen throughout the whole restaurant. Need to go to the bathroom but don't want to miss a second of the game? Don't worry! Their bathroom mirrors have TVs built into them –– talk about freakin cool.


7. Amy's Place (3234 Main St, Buffalo, NY)

This laid back Lebanese-American cafe is a great "collegey" type of bar with amazing comfort food. It's a vegetarian friendly, hang-over curing, lentil loving restaurant located right down the street from south campus. You'll love the food and the hilarious food names (wet shoes, Margie meal and berrylentil to name a few!).


8. Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY)

Another great spot to enjoy wings and watch the Sabres play, while also enjoying house brews, killer beef on weck and amazing loaded fries. Fish tacos and gouda soup are just a few of their more interesting dishes, and on each level of the restaurant the fun increases with banquet spaces and in-house bars; and the view of Buffalo from their patio gets increasingly more beautiful.


9. The Blue Monk (727 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY)

Interesting and diverse couldn't even begin to describe how awesome this half bar half restaurant is. The Blue Monk is a Belgian joint with a crazy menu of beers and oddly satisfying food. From their famous duck frites to poutine and other Belgian staples, pair any of them up with a craft or artisan beer, and you'll enjoy your night in this buzzing spot.


10. Lloyd's Taco Factory (1503 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY)

The mothership of Buffalo's original food truck is Lloyd's Taco truck. Looking for tasty innovative tacos, but don't want to hunt down their truck? Problem solved! They now have a brick and mortar location where you can satisfy your taco needs at any time, but be prepared to wait, this popular spot brings in a full house every day, but believe me, it's worth the wait. I'd personally recommend the Hombre Quesadilla, Chicken Nachos with Guacamole and the Dirty South (some of my personal favs).


11. Lake Effect Ice Diner (3165 Main St, Buffalo, NY)

This is one of my all-time favorite restaurants since I was a kid. You get to eat in a 50's style diner in a neon diner car and listen to classic tunes straight from the jukebox –– you get the whole package! Comfort food made with ingredients from local farms, delicious, thick milk/malt shakes and other favorites (like their potato pancakes and griddled mac n cheese) have kept me coming back over and over again throughout the years.


12. Lake Effect Ice Cream (79 Canal St, Lockport, NY)

Perry's isn't Buffalo's only Ice Cream, Lake Effect has amazing flavors such as Loganberry, Paula's Glazed Doughnut, Frozen Hot Chocolate and Icewine Sherbet. From their Buffalo inspired flavors to their regulars, this ice cream is literally to die for and worth every dollar!

13. Dinosaur BBQ (301 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY)

OK, so this one isn't strictly in Buffalo, but it's another personal favorite, and it's the best BBQ you can get in Buffalo. Their food lives up to it's restaurant's name, the portions are amazing and enough to feed a dinosaur. Their variety as far as meats, spice levels, and sides is mind blowing. I suggest trying their Dino Poutine, Deluxe Brisket Plate, Bacon Deluxe Burger and their Swag Sampler Plate if you and your friends are daring and hungry enough.


14. Anderson's (2235 Sheridan Dr, Buffalo, NY)

Buffalo's favorite spot for homemade custard, beef on weck and curly fries! What Buffalonian doesn't love themselves some good ol' Anderson's? From their amazing custard (their seasonal flavor pumpkin is the bomb.com) to the classic beef on weck, every Buffalonian has had to have gone to Anderson's at least once in their lifetime (more like a million times). With various locations all throughout New York, I highly suggest going to this local ice cream shop if you out of town college students haven't already.


15. Ted's Hot Dogs (2312 Sheridan Dr. Buffalo, NY)

If you ask a local Buffalonian what a good restaurant is to try and they don't suggest Ted's, they're crazy. First off, you get a Salens Hotdog, which is way better than any freezer ballpark dog you could ever find (and a Buffalo only treat!) so don't even try to argue with us or we'll hurt you. Second! They're food is awesome –– fries, onion rings, burgers, dogs, and footlongs; it's all amazing. So if you're looking for a quick bite to eat, go to Ted's get a Loganberry, footlong and curly fries, and you might be able to start calling yourself a Buffalonian.

16. Chef's Restaurant (291 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY)

Last, but certainly not least, is Chef's Restaurant. Their famous sauce will be the reason you go, and their spaghetti parmesan will be the reason you stay. If you're craving Italian food, and you don't want to wait forever for it, Chef's is the best. Not to mention the bread that they bring you before the meal is amazing, and what they bring you to dip it in is even better. If you like Italian food, if you love cheese and if you like nice waitresses, Chef's should be on your list of things to conquer in Buffalo.


I hope that if you're from Buffalo you can vouch for me and agree in the fact that all of these restaurants are amazing (plus many others) and that anyone from out of state needs to try these at sometime during their stay in Buffalo. If I missed any that you think deserve to be listed leave me a comment! Hope you all enjoy, and most importantly –– Happy eating!!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season

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Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

Elizabeth Gainey

We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

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Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

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We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!

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