48 Freeman Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 634-2700
Fax: (716) 634-1644
Bars & Cafes
Al-E-Oops is one of the finest places to have a wonderful meal at. The restaurant has a casual ambiance which puts their guests at ease to dine leisurely. The assorted menu includes American specialties, barbecue and seafood delights along with a kid-friendly course to please your young ones. The waiting staff here is friendly and every ready to accommodate special requests. Besides, the restaurant also has a full front bar with amazing drinks on offer. All in all, Al-E-Oops is the perfect option for a delightful dining experience.
This casual, family-friendly restaurant is the oldest brew pub in New York state. The Buffalo Brew Pub, which opened in 1986, offers 34 beers on tap. This includes several brewed in-house, as well as over two-dozen domestic and imported beers. As soon as you're seated, you'll be brought baskets of peanuts and fresh popcorn; feel free to toss the peanut shells on the black and white checkered floor. The menu offers an extensive selection of pub foods, including wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and wraps, along with more substantial fare like BBQ ribs, steak and prime rib. To remember your visit, Buffalo Brew Pup sells T-shirts, golf shirts, glasses and mugs emblazed with their logo. -Christine A. Smyczynski
The best way to describe Brennan's Bowery Bar & Restaurant is 'Fun'. The place is always crowded with people either enjoying a meal of chicken wings and fries or just hanging at the bar. This place has always been a local favorite and attracts a lot of locals and tourists alike. So, you can drop in for some cheap but good food or just enjoy watching people from the patio or the bar. The service most of the times is slow due to the large number of crowd which is compensated by the friendliness of the staff.
This bakery and café features delicious pastries, cookies, tartes and other desserts. They are also well-known for their ornate wedding cakes, which are tasty as well as beautiful. Entrées include salads, like Cobb salad and julienne salads, as well as café sandwiches served on fresh-baked, hand-sliced bread. breads include sourdough, sun dried tomato, whole wheat, all grain, sour rye and white. There are several panini sandwiches to choose from, including roast beef and marinated chicken. They also have a selection of gourmet wraps, egg sandwiches and quiche. A variety of coffee and espresso drinks are served. - Christine A. Smyczynski
If you don't mind going a little out of your way, this hot spot east of Buffalo has the best barbecue in Western New York. Be it pulled pork, chicken, ribs, or sausage, it just doesn't get any better than the slow, wood-smoked delights Greg offers. The dinner menu includes the chicken-n-rib combo platter, Southern fried catfish, and a smoked Polish sausage plate. Add a good beer or a bottle of wine and you'll see why so many make the trip to this neck of the woods.
This suburban martini bar, located in a shopping plaza, is popular with the over 40 crowd. This location has hosted a number of bars and lounges over the years, and offers a quiet atmosphere where people can sit and talk with friends. It has a spacious interior with a sleek bar. Blu offers a limited tapas-style menu which includes wings and bacon-wrapped scallops. The drink menu features martini drinks, though you can also order beer and wine. Live music is featured every Tuesday night from 9p until midnight. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Feel-Rite is a local health food chain that features a large selection of organic foods, fresh organic produce, supplements, vitamins, natural bath and beauty items, books on nutrition and much more. If Feel-Rite doesn't carry a health product, it probably doesn't exist. The Transit Road and Maple Road locations also have a juice bar and deli that features many vegetarian items. Stop by and check out Feel-Rite if you are looking for a healthier way of life. -Christine a. Smyczynski
This family owned and operated coffee shop features a variety of hot and cold beverages on the menu, along with a selection of breakfast and lunch items as well as pastries. Breakfast, which is served all day, features a number of breakfast wraps, which are cooked on a panini grill. If you want something sweet, they have muffins, scones, glazed donuts, chocolate chip cookies, and biscotti. You can even get oatmeal or yogurt topped with fruit and granola. Lunch includes a variety of sandwiches and paninis, including basil chicken breast, turkey panini, grilled cheese, and vegetarian. They also have a soup of the day. Beverages include a variety of hot drinks like latte, cappuccino, chai latte, hot chocolate, café au lait, specialty teas, and of course, fresh brewed coffee. They also have several blended cold drinks and fruit smoothies. As you leave, they will tell you to "Have a Goodrich Day." -Christine A. Smyczynski
This full-service restaurant, sports bar and banquet facility features casual fine dining at reasonable prices. Dinner includes roast beef, BBQ ribs and their signature baked French onion chicken: a chicken breast sautéed in French onion soup and sherry wine, topped with Swiss, mozzarella and parmesan cheese and served over angel hair pasta. Their Taste of Buffalo platter has a mini roast beef sandwich, five chicken wings, fries, blue cheese and celery. They also have a Friday-only fish fry, along with other seafood selection. Interactive dinner theater performances are scheduled in their banquet room on select Friday and Saturday evenings. – Christine A. Smyczynski
Despite our fast-paced world, the Victorian custom of high tea is growing in popularity. The menu normally consists of scones served with Devonshire cream—an extremely rich, thick cream spread—and lemon curd. Also served are tiny finger sandwiches and desserts; some tea houses also serve additional selections like mini quiche, salads, and soups. Naturally tea is served, with often a dozen or more types of teas to choose from. Josephine's Victorian Tearoom is located in a Victorian farmhouse next to the historic Hull House in Lancaster. High tea is served on Saturday and two weekdays each month by reservations only. A simple tea and luncheon is served each Friday on a walk-in basis. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Myra Vining calls her Seven Owls Tearoom a "big girl playhouse". Located in an 1850s Victorian-era home, it's quite a whimsical place. Vining offers children as well as grown-ups a selection of hats, tiaras, and other items on hand for dress-up. She finds that while high tea lends itself to women in the prime of their lives, younger people, both male and female, also enjoy coming for tea. Seven Owls serves a very traditional high tea, compete with finger sandwiches, scones, and Devonshire cream. They also offer customers a selection of bag, as well as loose tea, since a lot of people aren't familiar with loose teas. - Christine A. Smyczynski
If you're looking for the spot where the theater crowd hangs after a show, this is definitely it. Located on the border between Buffalo's Theater District and the Chippewa Club Zone, this bar-restaurant has an authentic theater feel. The place is packed, especially on weekends. There's a good dance floor and plenty of tunes to get you singing along. The food is mostly standard pub and bar fare with a dash of Italian thrown in. But people come here mostly for the ambience and good cheer. The venue is open Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m and from Saturday to Sunday, 4 p.m. onwards.