5 Restaurants to check out this Fall in Buffalo

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Sand, CEO, Buffalo, NY

29 September 2021

It’s finally here, the much debated BEST SEASON OF THE YEAR, Fall in Buffalo:

The summer tends to fly by here, usually credited to a late start and boom before you know it, it’s Fall in Buffalo. Fall means school, football & crisp cool air that smells like apple cider and donuts. Here’s a few of my go-to restaurants for this 2021 Fall season around town:

1) Taste of Siam, Elmwood Village

I can’t say enough about this place. They consistently impress with food & atmosphere. Slightly hard to find, even though it’s right in the middle of the Elmwood Village, it’s located right across from the Lexington Coop. I’d recommend stopping in for lunch for an excellent valued combo. Choose from several rice or noodle or soup mains and with it comes soup and a spring roll. This will run you between $10-$13 depending on what protein you select. Family owned and operated in this location since 2013, stop in and taste some delicious Essen Thai cuisine.


2) Mister Sizzle’s, West Side

Recently opened, this place is definitely one to check out this Fall in Buffalo. Located in the Horsefeathers Building (formerly Martin Cooks location) on Connecticut Ave. This street is bustling and deserving of the hype. Black sheep and Breadhive Bakery are just a stones throw away from this new hamburger joint. It’s more than just burgers…kind of. They have bomb chicken sandwiches, a great beer selection and at least one vegan option. Check out their new space in and enjoy the hip atmosphere and shoulder up with a stranger (while we still can!).


3) Visit one of the many River Parks

Whirlpool State Park, Lower Niagara River
One of the best things to do in Buffalo, is exploring our waterways. We have 2 of the Great Lakes on our doorstep and between them, a fascinating river with all sorts of wildlife and a cataract between it (Niagara Falls of course!). Beyond the Falls, is the aforementioned Niagara river, and I recommend checking out Niawanda Park, which is located in Tonawanda, NY and looks over south Grand Island or Broderick Park aka Bird Island Pier which overlooks Canada & the Peace Bridge. If you do go to Niagara Falls, a short hop down the river will take you to Whirlpool State Park. A moderate hike down some stairs and witness the power of the rushing waters as they make their way to Lake Ontario. (pictured above)

4) Explore the culture of the city by visiting an art gallery; K Art, Birchfield Penny or the Albright Knox

K Art gallery, newly opened at the end of 2020, is the first commercial art gallery in the country to be Native American owned, focusing on national-level Native contemporary artists. Birchfield Penny is centrally located attached to Buffalo State College while Albright Knox is directly across from it but is currently closed for renovation. They do have a second location that is currently open Fri, Sat & Sun. Their Spring exhibit Communidades Visibles (Visible Communities) features Latinx artists and their communities past and present.

5) Dine in at one of the many restaurants/bars with a patio

Now that winter is finally over, one of the best things to do in Buffalo is getting outside and enjoying some sun with a fresh pint or cup of coffee. I have always loved Five Points Bakery, they have transformed a corner lot & abandoned industrial building into a true gem in the city. Sit on one of their many outdoor tables and enjoy either their unique selection of toasts w accompaniments or sweets with a coffee or beer!

I mentioned at the top, “new neighborhoods,” well Chandler Street didn’t quite pop out from nowhere BUT it’s revitalized an area that otherwise would be missed by nearly all. Chandler Street, located between Elmwood Ave and Military Ave in the Black Rock section has impressed since opening back in 2019. There’s a Cider Hall with a great outdoor lawn, Thin Man/Tappo at Chandler with a brewery and pizzeria combo with plenty of outdoor seating. And lastly, the after-hours Market at Chandler Street caters to the after farmer market crowd, allowing visitors a chance to have some local eats and enjoy a beverage in a ‘small food fair’ setting. You don’t want to miss it!

Now it’s time to get outside and enjoy our beautiful city! If you are interested in exploring the Elmwood Village and eating some excellent food, join us @ Buffalo Food Tours. Certainly another option for best things to do in Buffalo in our humble opinion!

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