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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.


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Downtown


This local chain boasts nine Buffalo locations, serving up the city's signature bites: wings, beef on weck and frozen custard. Their legendary roast beef comes in several varieties – original, beef and cheddar, or BBQ beef – served on a kummelweck, sesame, Kaiser or multigrain roll. For dessert, sample the frozen custard flavor of the day, which might be anything from strawberry or banana to cinnamon or pistachio.




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.


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Williamsville


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.


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Downtown


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.


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Williamsville


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.


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Elmwood Avenue


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.


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Airport - Zrd


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.




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.


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West Seneca


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.


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