Spartans have to eat: 10 area restaurants worth a visit

Ever wonder where to find the best food in the Buffalo area?  Then listen up  students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and future Spartans.  I’m about to share with you all of the best eateries: the fine dining, the cheap eats, and everything in-between. All are less than 30 minutes away from campus!

Pizza Junction photo

Pizza Junction
(Distance from campus: 21 min. drive)
Featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Famous for its amazing pizzas inspired by classic sandwiches.

1269 Erie Ave.
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
(716) 692-6366

Charlie the Butcher’s KitchenCharlie the Butcher photo
(Distance from campus: 20 min. drive)
Featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate – “At a Deli.” Famous for the Buffalo favorite “Beef on Weck” sandwich.
1065 Wehrle Dr.
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 633-8330

Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub photoBlackthorn Restaurant and Pub    
(Distance from campus: 13 min. drive)
Featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Famous for its Irish Beer Cheddar Soup, the Triple D Platter, and its version of the home-town favorite “Beef on Weck” sandwich.

2134 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 825-9327

Lake Effect Diner photoLake Effect Diner
(Distance from campus: 14 min. drive)
Featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Here they smoke their own bacon and make ham and red-eye gravy from scratch.  Famous for its meatballs, pizza, chicken parmesan, and Italian fish.

3165 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 833-1952

Grover's Bar and Grill photoGrover’s Bar and Grill
(Distance from campus: 29 min. drive)
Featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Famous for its unique burgers and delicious cheeseburger soup.

9160 Transit Road
East Amherst, NY 14051
(716) 636-1803

Bonefish Grill logoBonefish Grill
(Distance from campus: 16 min. drive)
This chain restaurant is known for its seafood dishes.  It’s a bit on the pricey side, but according to the D’Youville College men’s basketball coach, Earl Schunk, this is where he would enjoy his last meal.

1247 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Amherst, NY 14226
(716) 833-6106 ‎

Mulberry Café
(Distance from campus: 12 min. drive)
Featured on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives. Famous for its fist sized meatballs and its fresh made daily lasagna. The Mulberry is one of my personal favorites.  This Italian restaurant is a casual, slightly upscale, sports bar that serves large portions of authentic Italian food at a great price.  It’s impossible to leave here hungry and the tiramisu is to die for!

64 Jackson Ave.
Lackawanna, NY 14218
(716) 822-4292

Anchor BarAnchor Bar photo
(Distance from campus: 5 min. drive)
This sports bar is the famous home of the original Buffalo Wing.  The wings are terrific! Be sure to get your table early as it gets crowded because it’s one of Buffalo’s most popular tourist attractions.

1047 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209-2305
(716) 883-1134

Spot Coffee logoSpot Coffee 
(Distance from campus: 15 min. walk)
This café has a very inviting homey feel with plenty of comfy couches to lounge on with your favorite coffee drink.  Don’t like coffee? No problem! They also have a variety of teas and smoothies. I recommend the jet tea strawberry/berry mix smoothie.  It’s a flavor explosion in your mouth!  The spot is also a great place to grab a quick bite to eat.  The roast beef focaccia bread sandwich is fantastic!

765 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
(716) 332-4564

Morning Glory Café             
(Distance from campus: 2 min. walk)
This small café is right up the street from D’Youville College.  The staff are very warm and personable and quick to give service.  The menu consists of a variety of breakfast and lunch items as well as coffees, teas, and smoothies.  I highly recommend the chai latte and the buffalo wing pizza.

388 Porter Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 886-9755

Buffalo Wings Festival logoNational Buffalo Wing Festival
(Distance from campus: 7 min. drive)
This event comes only once a year to Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field, but it is a finger-licking good time! Wing Fest features the U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championship and the Miss Buffalo Wing Contest.  At the festival, restaurants from all over the country cook chicken wings for the public to enjoy, and compete for the title of having the best Buffalo wings. Quaker Steak & Lube, one of the many wing vendors at the fest, challenge patrons to eat their atomic wings.  These wings are so hot that a waiver needs to be signed before you eat them.  This event is a necessity for anyone in the Buffalo area to attend.  Mark your calendars for next year’s festival, which takes place on September 1-2, 2012.

275 Washington St
Buffalo, NY 14203
The atomic wing sauce challenge on Youtube

DYC students at wing fest

My friends and I at the wing Fest

I’d love to hear what you think of these restaurants!  Share your reviews or your favorite places to eat around D’Youville in the comments.

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  • Overall you made some good picks…BUT I’m afraid you missed my FAVORITE place. I’m gonna forgive you for this one because you aren’t from this area AND because you are a freshmen so you still have a lot of exploring to do. But THE BEST place to eat wings is Duff’s. There is one in Amherst and one in Orchard Park, both are about 15 minutes from campus, and are equally awesome. Definitely worth a visit.

    • How about Niagara Cafe. its located on Niagara and Pennsylvania. Minutes walk from campus. Hispanic food and cheap beer!

  • Did you Know; the organizer for National Buffalo Wing Festival
    is a DYC grad Drew Cerza class of 84

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