Take Out

Curly's Grill and Banquet Center
Although Curly's been in the same family since the 1930s, it recently began to offer the city classic Caribbean cuisine. The décor is traditional pub, but there's also a Jamaican room where diners can enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean. Curly's menu is diverse and includes peanut crusted chicken with banana curry sauce, fish fillet with white wine cream sauce, and a range of pastas and desserts. (716-824-9716)

Fat Bob's Smokehouse
With blues and reggae music flowing and a classic down-home decor, this is one of Buffalo's best barbeque haunts. Fat Bob's atmosphere is friendly and the food terrific. The sides are scrumptious and include favorites like sausage gravy, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. (716-887-2971)

Charlie the Butcher
Succulent, freshly carved slices of roast beef ??? piled on a seedy kummelweck roll and dipped in horseradish and au jus ??? justify the popularity of this sandwich shop. Located in Williamsville, Charlie's Kitchen is housed in a free-standing, one-level building accented with a cheery red and white sign, shutters and picnic tables in front of the restaurant. For downtowners, there's also a takeout shop in the Ellicott Square Building on Main Street. (716-633-8330)

Known for its famous pasta sauce, Chef's has offered the neighborhood Italian classics since the 1920s. Menu items range from the Tuscany grilled chicken salad to vegetable lasagna to veal parmesan with spaghetti. In addition, the kitchen's daily specials might include chicken broccoli alfredo over fettuccine or linguini calamari. (716-856-9187)

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Trattoria Aroma
At this inviting Italina dining room, patrons enjoy tasty, aromatic creations from the wood-burning oven. A starter of pan fried artichokes with olive oil and lemon or a platter of cheeses, olives and proscuitto will whet your appetite for more of the kitchen's bounty. Rich, flavorful pastas such as the pappardelle abruzzo, prepared with roasted veal tips, wild mushrooms, tomato and onion in lemon truffle broth, line the menu, as do a wide selection of pizzas, meat and fish. (716-631-2687)

India Gate
This Elmwood dining room wins raves from connoisseurs of Indian food. Irresistible samosas, a delightful variety of authentic breads, tandoori meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes are skillfully prepared and infused with the flavors of South Asia. If the menu's wide selection is too daunting, don't worry: the restaurant offers a splendid lunch buffet. (716-886-4000)

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Housed in a soft blue home accented with red shutters, this neighborhood favorite offers tasty, Italian-inspired eats. Delicious pastas, like sundried tomato ravioli, are served with fresh Italian bread and salad or minestrone soup, while a variety of sandwiches and burgers and traditional meat dishes, such veal and chicken parmesan, appear on the menu as well. A casual wood bar with black and white checkered flooring adds to the appeal of this inviting eatery. (716-688-0404)

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Ilio DiPaolo's
Opened in 1965, this reliable eatery specializes in homestyle Italian cuisine. Dig into some cheesy garlic bread, mozzerella sticks or fried zucchini before starting a hearty main course of pizza, pasta, seafood or steak. Among the house specialties are shrimp and scallops with homemade marinara over linguini and eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti. The adjoining Ringside Lounge displays athletic memorabilia of Ilio DiPaolo, former wrestling champ and the restaurant's founder. (716-825-3675)

A Buffalo tradition, this quaint German eatery serves up hearty sandwiches, highlighted by the regional specialty beef on weck (sliced beef piled on a kummelweck roll). Diners start off with a complimentary basket of rye bread and have a choice of savory side dishes such as cole slaw, German potato salad and mashed potatoes. Expect to dine in close quarters and enjoy a casual atmosphere. (716-674-9821, 716-675-2333)

Buffalo Brew Pub
Renowned for its fabulous beer and savory grub, this popular bar's the place to grab a bite of some of the city's famous fare. Try the sampler platter, which features chicken wings, seasoned to your liking, and a mini beef on weck, or order the full-sized sandwich, stuffed with slow-roasted beef that's been soaked in ale. In addition to several house brews, there's a wide selection of beer on tap that might include Guinness, Stella Artois, Newcastle and Sam Adams. (716-632-0552)

Maps and Directions

Curly's Grill and Banquet Center 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Caribbean
Neighborhood: South Suburbs
Cost: $$
Fat Bob's Smokehouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Charlie the Butcher 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli, Local Specialty
Neighborhood: Williamsville
Cost: $
Chef's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Trattoria Aroma 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Williamsville
Cost: $$
India Gate 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: Elmwood Avenue
Cost: $
Lebro's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian
Neighborhood: Airport - Zrd
Cost: $
Ilio DiPaolo's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $$
Schwabl's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, German, Local Specialty
Neighborhood: West Seneca
Cost: $
Buffalo Brew Pub 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty
Neighborhood: Williamsville
Cost: $$
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