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    Where Does Western New York Eat

    You can take one look at me and realize, right off the bat, I love to eat.

    This month, Buffalo Spree magazine has an article on their choices for the top 27 restaurants. http://www.buffalospree.com/spree/cu...staurants.html

    This list includes:

    1. Anchor Bar
    2. Buffalo Chophouse
    3. Charlie the Butcher
    4. Coda
    5. Daniel's
    6. Gin Gin
    7. Hutch's
    8. India Gate
    9. Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit
    10. Kumi's To Go
    11. La Hacienda
    12. Left Bank
    13. Lombardo's
    14. Mother's
    15. Oliver's
    16. Rue Franklin
    17. Saigon Bangkok
    18. Salvatore's Italian Gardens Restaurant
    19. San Marco
    20. Santasiero's
    21. Shango
    22. Sinatra's
    23. Suzy Q's
    24. Ted's
    25. Tempo
    26. Trattoria Aroma
    27. Ulrich's

    Everyone will agree that no list is perfect. Some of my favorite restaurants were not on the list. They include: For fine dining, Roycroft Inn - Ethnic Restaurants, Polish Villa and Tandoori's.

    I've eaten at most of the restaurants on the list. My favorites:

    Daniel's - the only restaurant I know of that serves game. Their venison is out of this world.

    Anchor Bar - chicken wings, the best

    Charlie the Butcher - be experimental, try his homemade cranberry relish on your roast beef sandwich.

    Buffalo Chophouse - bring your appetite and your wallet. One of the few restaurants where the vegetables are killer. Try the spinach.

    Kentucky Greg's Hickory Smoke House - I once heard a planning board member say that Applebees has the best ribs. This killed me. Depew and Lancaster have two of the best bar-b-que restaurants. I guess the planning board member doesn't believe in supporting local busines. Kentucky Greg's is the best in the burbs. (Is Fat Bob's still opened? That's my favorite area bar-b-que.)

    There's more, but I'm going to stop at this one:

    Santasiero's - My parents went there when they were dating. I took my mom their a few years ago and she swore they were still using the same pots and pans they used when she was dating. Those pans are well seasoned and so is the food.

    There's more to come. Spree had articles on bakery's, fast food, and more.

    Where do you like to eat? Tell me because I'm also looking for new places to stuff my face. (While you're thinking about this, go to Trattoria Aroma. The food is inexpensive and delectable.)

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    I'm surprised and happy to see little Gin Gin in the much maligned "Hill's" plaza somehow made it on the list. The last remaining establishment in an otherwise very abandoned plaza, they do have a cult following.

    I hope that if the plaza is demolished, to build a Wal Mart or whatnot, that they will give Gin Gin a big payout so the guys can open in a newer, better location.
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    Unmatched Service And Food

    FRIARS TABLE ON CLEVAND DR. in Cheektowgee. IMPECCABLE SERVICE, the food is delicious, Prime Rib, Lobster by the pound, and the appetizers are all excellent. Bit pricey...but you get what you PAY for

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    Donnie's Smokehouse on Jefferson Ave. is pretty damn good. I love Curly's Jamaican jerk chicken too! Chef's and the Olive Garden are OK. I have had a good meal every time I've been to Hoak's restaurant over the years.

    I don't really go out to eat that much. I'm more of a 'cook it myself' person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achbek1
    I'm surprised and happy to see little Gin Gin in the much maligned "Hill's" plaza somehow made it on the list. The last remaining establishment in an otherwise very abandoned plaza, they do have a cult following.

    I hope that if the plaza is demolished, to build a Wal Mart or whatnot, that they will give Gin Gin a big payout so the guys can open in a newer, better location.
    Please don't tell me it's going to close. I haven't eaten there yet. I better get off my fat butt and go there soon.

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    Anchor Bar?!?! Are there any locals that still go there?
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    My favorites are LaBella's and Danny's in Cheektowaga.
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    So Gary....

    Why don't we pick a place we haven't been too and see if we can get a 1/2 dozen Speakup'ers to join us.

    Elections are coming up and there's lots to talk about....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WNYresident
    So Gary....

    Why don't we pick a place we haven't been too and see if we can get a 1/2 dozen Speakup'ers to join us.

    Elections are coming up and there's lots to talk about....
    If you want to do this, I'd like to wait until after Easter.

    Since we are who we are, I suggest Gin Gin. I've never been there but it's in a plaza that may become a Wal Mart. Great Symbolism.

    But - is Gin Gin big enough?

    We need input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshowell
    Quote Originally Posted by WNYresident
    So Gary....

    Why don't we pick a place we haven't been too and see if we can get a 1/2 dozen Speakup'ers to join us.

    Elections are coming up and there's lots to talk about....
    If you want to do this, I'd like to wait until after Easter.

    Since we are who we are, I suggest Gin Gin. I've never been there but it's in a plaza that may become a Wal Mart. Great Symbolism.

    But - is Gin Gin big enough?

    We need input.
    Count me in

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    How about McDonald's on Niagara St. near Virginia St.?

    I've been there and the service is impeccable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneEmerald
    My favorites are LaBella's and Danny's in Cheektowaga.

    LaBellas is by far the jewel (although my parents said they went there a week ago and said it was horrible...they wondered if it changed management or perhaps it was just a bad day).
    Santiserios is great as well.

    Beef & Ale in Lackawana as well as Curley's.

    The fish fry at the VFW in Angola/Derby is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshowell
    If you want to do this, I'd like to wait until after Easter.

    Since we are who we are, I suggest Gin Gin. I've never been there but it's in a plaza that may become a Wal Mart. Great Symbolism.

    But - is Gin Gin big enough?

    We need input.

    Oh we don't need a lots of people... just enough to bs

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    Quote Originally Posted by FisherRd
    LaBellas is by far the jewel (although my parents said they went there a week ago and said it was horrible...they wondered if it changed management or perhaps it was just a bad day).
    Try LaBella's eppie rolls - they are the best thing on the menu. I don't like their pizza. We've got better in WNY.

    We celebrated a birthday at O Restaurant & Lounge, asian fusion, it was great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffy
    Try LaBella's eppie rolls - they are the best thing on the menu. I don't like their pizza. We've got better in WNY.

    I have, and I love them.
    I don't go there for pizza. I like their pasta, wings, and if I bring a gang, their anti-pasto salad.
    Their Italian sausage and meatball subs are great as well.

    I almost forgot...As long as we were talking good and inexpensive Italian, how about the place across the street and on the opposite corner of Chefs, called DiTondo's? They only do lunches except for Friday night dinners (they may do a Sat or Sun dinner, but I've never been there for either). They have outdoor dining that's ideal for a nice summer or spring day.

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