75 Inn Keepers Lane
Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 691-6510
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Bars & Cafes
This Irish bar at first glance appears to be authentic, where you'll think you've walked into a Dublin pub until you realize you're actually in a place called Tonowanda. Nonetheless, patrons will still hear the Irish brogue in the friendly voices of the waiters and barkeeps. On tap, they ply the usual suspects like Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's, Boddington's and Magner's (Bulmer's in Ireland) and the menu has American/Irish favorites like nachos, onion rings, lamb stew, stuffed haddock and that Western New York favorite, 'beef on weck'. This hand-sliced roast beef sandwich between a kimmelweck roll is according to some, one of the best in the city.
Sports buffs can head to Somerville Sports Bar and Grill for the next sports season. With several large screens, great food and happy hours, cheering for your team will get even better. The menu offer a wide range of grilled delicacies along with a large stock of beers and spirits. The ambiance here is very perky with crowds cheering and jeering. A ideal place to enjoy that match.
This live music venue and sports bar is connected to the popular Yings restaurant, which serves Chinese, wings and more. The menu of the Town Pub features typical "pub grub" like fries, potato skins, nachos, wings, and salads. On Tuesday nights anyone can sing karaoke in their Town Pub's Idol competition at 8p. Wednesday evening is open mic night at 9p. Daily specials include USD1 pints on Sunday, USD0.20 wings on Monday, USD2.75 for 10 wings on Tuesday, USD3.50 for a half-pound burger on Wednesday, Five chicken fingers for USD4 on Thursday and a USD5.99 fish fry on Friday. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This casual restaurant features American cuisine and comfort foods, along with 21 beers on tap, some of them locally-brewed. Thirteen of the beers are their own special recipes. The menu includes salads like chicken pesto, grilled chicken, grilled portabella, and Greek salad. Sandwich specialties include grilled reuben, beef on weck and open faced steak sandwiches, as well as hand-formed burgers. If you crave pasta, their pasta specialties include pasta marinara, linguine with garlicky shrimp and homemade pasta e fagiole. The dinner menu features a hearty beef stew, southern fried chicken, and a roasted turkey dinner. They also serve a variety of pizzas, as well as "beer foods" like chicken fingers, nachos, potato skins, and chicken wings, as well as a Friday fish fry. They have a children's menu and take-out is also available. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Alternative Brews opened its doors in the year 1995 and since then it has become the pub with the largest selection of beer in the city. With over 150 different kinds, this pub garners rave reviews from a local fan base who love the variety. AB also has live blues every Wednesday night where local bands and musicians showcase their talent. In addition to tasty suds, it is only one of two establishments in the city that allow patrons to smoke and though it's closed on Sundays, the owners rent out the space for private events and parties.
Ted's Hot Dogs has been a popular place to eat in Western New York since it was founded by Greek immigrant Theodore Liaros in 1927. His philosophy was to serve delicious foods cooked to order in a clean, friendly atmosphere. This still holds true today. The menu is simple: hot dogs charcoal-broiled to order, hamburgers, plus chicken, Italian sausage, polish sausage and fish sandwiches. Try a dog or burger with Ted's famous hot sauce for a real treat. Round out your meal with fries and a loganberry drink, a Western New York specialty. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This restaurant has long been considered one of the best Italian restaurants in the Greater Buffalo Area. Among the house specialties are spaghetti carbonara, homemade rigatoni, chicken marsala and a Friday-only calamari dinner. Located in Getzville, close to SUNY at Buffalo North Campus, as well as the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel, it claims local families and business people who go out of their way to dine here as tried and true customers.
This bar is the definition of local, from the beers to steak sandwiches, everything screams Buffalo. Technically it is closer to Amherst than Buffalo, but still within distance if you are staying downtown. The prices here are worth the trek, all of the burgers are less than 7USD and a cup of soup is about 3USD. For entertainment, most of the people are local and with plenty of TVs on the wall, it makes a great place to watch the Bills. Brunner's does not accept credit cards, so bring your cash.
This cute little café, tucked inside the Hodge Podge gift shop, offers made-to-order sandwiches and salads, along with soups, pastries, and more. Some of the specialties include a variety of soups, like vegetable cheese, cream of mushroom, potato soup, and even a stuffed pepper soup. Their house special salad, the Palette chicken salad, is made with apples, celery, cantaloupes and cashews served over romaine lettuce. Sandwiches are served on grilled homemade rolls. Desserts include lemon bars, dream bars, pecan bars, cookies, scones, and cinnamon rolls. They also operate a tea room called Simply Tea and serve tea Tuesday through Saturday from 2-4p. Included in the tea are freshly baked scones, fruit, and of course, a pot of tea. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Be it having some nice coffee in the outdoor, fine dining with your loved ones or simply having a fun time over that pint, you can enjoy it all at Crazy Jakes. This place offers a perky bar, a formal dining area and a casual patio all catering to different needs. There are also banquet facilities where you can host your own party. The dining menu offers some lip-smacking food for which the restaurant has received many accolades. The patio is best enjoyed in the mellow summers. The bar is a bustling place with flat screens to enjoy that big game as well as myriad beers and spirits. The decor of this place is very contemporary and the ambiance here is very lively. A great place to spend a nice evening.
Hurricane Bar & Grill attracts hoards of patrons because of its delicious food and drinks. This place is ideal for those who like to drink, eat, play and have fun. The menu offers some delectable grilled food and fish dishes. You can play pool here, groove to great music, enjoy your favorite match on the big screen or simply savor the food. The decor of this place is typical to that of a pub with contemporary posters, wooden furniture and an extensive bar. So make sure you mark this place on your weekend agenda.
This New Orleans-inspired bistro is named after the voodoo god of thunder, with a menu that features authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Start out with a salad, perhaps a spring green salad with apples and walnuts, a spinach salad with mushrooms, or maybe a Caesar salad. Appetizers include chicken and sausage gumbo, avocado spring rolls and fried calamari. Entrees include Creole bouillabaisse, blackened pork chops, Creole meatloaf and more. For dessert, try their house specialty, bananas foster, or maybe a slice of pecan pie or a bowl of New Orleans bread pudding. Wine is available by the glass or bottle. -Christine A. Smyczynski