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CULINARY EXPLORATION IN NEW YORK

Birthplace of the legendary Buffalo wing, the bar food rock-star. On the surface it may seem that this is all Buffalo has to offer, but you would be wrong. Dig deeper, and below the hot sauce stained fingers you'll find surprisingly good food. The city boast great polish fare, fish frys, and beef on weck; a specialty sandwich concocted from the dreams of a Inn keeper and a German baker trying to feed a hungry crowd. 

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BUFFALO = HOME OF BAR FOOD 

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Where locals eat wings, weck, and bar food in Buffalo.

BAR BILL TAVERN

WHY:  BEST wings ever! I went to Buffalo excited to try wings in city of their birth, and Bar Bill did not disappoint. Everything I could have hoped for and more. Sure, make the pilgrimage, and try wings in the original bar, but then make your way to Bar Bill to get the best wings ever.

WHAT: THE WORLD'S BEST WINGS

WHEN: You want to hang in a casual setting for dinner or a beer.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Cash only

 

MAP IT: 

185 Main St.

East Aurora, NY 14052

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The wings

  • Beef on Weck

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

CHARLIE THE BUTCHER

WHY: Buffalo is famous for  wings and Beef on Weck. Your first question should be, what the heck is weck? Only the best kept secret in America, and Charlie the Butcher is the king of it. This sandwich is salty, juicy and slightly sweet. Blend in with the locals and top it with freshly ground horseradish, but be careful, this stuff is screaming hot.  

WHAT: AMAZING BEEF ON WECK

WHEN: you're by the airport and want the gold standard Beef on Weck.

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

1065 Wehrle Dr,

Williamsville, NY 14221

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Beef on Weck

PIG SCORE: 4.0 / 4.0

RU'S PIEROGI

WHY: Most of their Pierogis are savory, but what makes RU's so incredible was the dessert varieties. Get a sweet Perogi, it is worth a special trip any day of the week. These guys need to find a way to make these all over the country.

WHAT: HANDMADE PIEROGIS

WHEN: You want your favorite foods fit into a deep fried pocket. Oh and a beer. 

PRICE: $ - $$

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

295 Niagara St,

Buffalo, NY 14201

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Apple Pierogi

  • Cookies & Cream Pierogi

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

WEST SIDE BAZAAR

WHY: Want to explore Asian, African and Middle eastern food all at once? This is your place. West side Bazaar is an old shopping center that's been converted into small rent-able kitchen spaces for immigrant restaurateurs. It is a great way to inexpensively explore new foods and have a night out. 

WHAT: AUTHENTIC ETHNIC FOOD COURT

WHEN: You want to explore authentic ethnic cuisines in one very casual setting.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

25 Grant St,

Buffalo, NY 14213

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Dumplings

  • Pho

PIG SCORE: 3.2 / 4.0

ALLEN BURGER VENTURE

WHY: Unique high quality burgers. 

WHAT: BEST BURGERS IN BUFFALO

WHEN: You're looking for a great place to grab a beer and burger.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

175 Allen St,

Buffalo, NY 14201

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Eight

  • Nine

PIG SCORE: 3.8 / 4.0

THIN MAN BREWERY

WHY: They brew exciting and adventurous beer. Why is it called the thin man?  Buffalo is also the birthplace of the crash test dummies, and the original name for them was "Thin man".

WHAT: MICRO-BREWERY

WHEN: You want the best microbrewery in town.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

492 Elmwood Ave,

Buffalo, NY 14222

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • The Saisaon

PIG SCORE: 3.7 / 4.0

PAULA'S DONUTS

WHY: Great doughnuts come in many shapes and sizes; the Texas doughnut is proof of that. Paula's is a great place to grab a pastry & cup of coffee and all of Buffalo seems to know it.

WHAT: OLD WORLD DONUTS

WHEN: You're looking for a dozen for work or friends.

PRICE: $ - $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

2319 Sheridan Dr,

Buffalo, NY 14223

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Red velvet

  • The "Texas donut"

PIG SCORE: 3.6 / 4.0

NINE - ELEVEN

WHY: This is a hole in the wall with great wings. Is there a better combination to watch a Bill's game? I know you may ask why the name, but it precedes the tragedy, it is the address of two buildings combined into one.

WHAT: DIVE BAR WINGS

WHEN: You're looking for a dive to hang and watch the game with wings.

PRICE: $$ 

PAYMENT: Credit/Cash

 

MAP IT: 

11 Bloomfield Ave,

Buffalo, NY 14220

 

WHAT TO ORDER:

  • Buffalo wings

PIG SCORE: 3.3 / 4.0

BUFFALO

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