AB Road Eats: Buffalo


COFFEE

Spot Coffee: This seems to be the local chain in the area and while they’re are also serving breakfast and lunch, they’re still paying good attention to their coffee, which was good.

LUNCH

Ted’s Hot Dogs: Oh my. These were good. I didn’t know what to expect, but I would happily come back here again. In fact, here’s a story. I went in for lunch and ordered two dogs (to share). Hours later as I was checking Twitter, I saw that I missed an opportunity. I didn’t order the onion rings. So … I went back and ordered some. I appreciate the recommendation for both the dogs and onion rings.

Anchor Bar: This is going to get me in trouble, I know. There are so many places to get wings in this town, but I only had time for one. The majority of my fans sent me here. It seems like it’s been around for a long time and is an institution. The wings were good — the chicken was moist and there was a good coating of sauce on them.

Schwabl’s: Schwabl’s has been in business since 1837 and they’re famous for a sandwich called beef on weck. For out-of-towners, that’s a roast beef sandwich on a kümmelweck roll (topped with kosher salt and caraway seeds). You can’t not love this sandwich (which is dipped in au jus). If you’re in Buffalo, you have to try a beef on weck.

SWEETS

Paula’s Donuts: These doughnuts absolutely rank with some of the best I’ve ever had. More specifically, their sour cream old-fashioned absolutely hits the mark. They’ve nailed it.

Images © Alton Brown, 2014

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  1. 3
    ATP

    UNDERGROUND’S COFFEE HOUSE and ROASTERY not only has fabulous food – made to your specifications, of course, fabulous roasted coffee, fabulous locally made bakery items, etc., but the ambience to back it all up. Underground’s is a homegrown gem!

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    Jenny

    Breakfast- Poked Yolk on Transit in Depew is great. Amazing daily specials, and always delicious.

    Lunch – Grovers on Transit. Huge burgers that are made very well.

    Dinner – a bit of a dive, but Santeserios on Niagara street is amazing. Low frills place, but the food is delicious and reasonable.

  3. 5
    John G

    I’ll second the East Aurora comment. There are so many good eateries in that Town. From the Pain Au Chocolat at Elm St, to the Wings/Weck at Bar Bill’s, even the coffee and small bites at Taste. Definitely a must-visit location.

  4. 6
    Sean

    It’s unfortunate that so many pointed you to Anchor Bar for wings. They are far from the best. They are small and most times not even crispy. A far cry from what they once were. Bar Bill would have been my top choice for wings in the Buffalo area.

  5. 8
    Meg

    I think you missed some major hidden gems. Undergrounds Coffehouse and Roastery and Bar Bill just to name two!!! Undergrounds has some of the most unique food in Buffalo and Bar Bill is the best place for your chicken wing and beef on weck.

  6. 9
    Jennifer

    Hello, so I know you want places to eat, but you have to go into a Wegmans food Market. It’s not just a grocery store it’s an experience. I think you’ll like it.
    No matter what enjoy your visit.

  7. 11
    Candice Clark

    Oh and if you think that Paulas donuts had good donuts you should check out Eileen’s bakery in West Seneca. They’ve been going strong for like 50 years now and I would never go anywhere else.

  8. 12
    Candice Clark

    East Aurora has amazing eateries, EVERYWHERE! From Taste coffee house, to Bar Bill’s for wings, the Elm Street Bakery, Rick’s on Main, Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel and Restaurant, Riley Street Station; the list is plentiful, and I swear you wouldn’t regret visiting! Your mouth will thank you and your belly will smile!!!

  9. 13
    Blaze

    Anderson’s (For their frozen custard, and their roast beef wherein I enjoyed the distantly related but awesome tasting Geek Roast Beef.) Charlie the Butcher (for their roast beef, and many other awesome savory things.) Paula’s, Teds, and Spot Coffee are staples of ours.

  10. 15
    CBB

    Duff’s has better wings than Anchor Bar and Charlie the Butcher has better Beef on Weck than Schwabl’s.

    If you want to expand your horizon, I’d go for the Burmese food at Sun Restaurant. Never a taken a visitor there who hasn’t raved about it.

    For a bit of a local quirk, you can try the beef on Weck sushi roll at Seabar. For some Canadian food, you can try the Allen St or Hertel Ave Poutine Company (same company, two different locations). For some sweets, check out the amazing architecture at Parkside Candy.

  11. 18
    Kevin Betty

    Mulberry Italian restaurant. Great Italian food 1/2 lb. Meatballs, mozzarella cheese freshly made. Great Parmesan, chicken, veal and eggplant. Homemade pasta . You won’t be disappointed

  12. 20
    Robi

    The Yelling Goat is a real treat. Alethea’s for handmade confections and old fashioned ice cream sundaes. Mayer Brothers for the cider donuts —- they put Paula’s to shame. And, just about any corner bar has a kick-ass fish fry on Fridays.

  13. 24
    April Wells

    Ted’s is awesome! A must go to when I come into town! Smart that you went back for the onion rings! Next time you need to go to Bocce’s Pizza!!!! The best!!!!

  14. 25
    Tony

    Chipper from Toronto Canada, when buffalo 8-10 times
    a year. I always make a stop at Paula’s Donuts 12 take out to enjoy
    with my Family . to bad there is on Toronto Locations.

    T.C.

  15. 26
    Michele

    Hot dogs – Reid’s…the white hots are a must have. Coffee – I don’t really drink coffee but have friends who do…Clarence Coffee House (their hot chocolate is fantastic!). Lunch – Scipts Cafe in Lockport. Amazing panini sandwhiches. ABV (allen burger venture) some of the best, most creative burgers, ever.

  16. 28
    Chris

    I’ve been eating wings since the late 60’s, soon after they were “discovered” by Teressa Bellissimo. I’ve tried them all. Anchor Bar remains the best. Duffs are too “saucy”, and the flavor has zero nuance. You made the right choice, Alton. Also, I do agree that horseradish is an important and necessary ingredient on a Beef on weck.

  17. 29
    Kirsten Anderson

    You wrote about beef on weck and didn’t mention the horseradish! It’s not a beef on weck without plenty of horseradish on it. Just not authentic. And the beef is dipped in au jus, not the whole sandwich. But I’m glad you liked your brief culinary tour of our humble city. Come back soon – we love to eat well here.

  18. 30
    Beth

    Beef on weck is a true Western NY specialty. I am not a red meat eater generally but I have a beef on weck each time we visit the area. Buffalo has some incredible pizza and Polish food as well.

  19. 31
    Aaron Wood-Snyderman

    Ted’s is excellent. Anchor Bar isn’t even in the top 5 for wings. It’s where we send the tourists, so you don’t get in our way at Duffs. There is also some great cuisine in Buffalo. Next time you’re there, try Black Sheep.

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