I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much from Buffalo, but we’ve had some great food, and stellar service while visiting recently.
First, the important bit: coffee. SPoT Coffee is a regional chain of coffee houses, with great coffee (they roast their own) and good food. Their “Mike” sandwich is a great way to start the day (if your cardiologist doesn’t find out): two eggs, provolone, cream cheese, ham/bacon/or sausage, on your choice of bread. I’ve only visited the Delaware St. location, it is comfortable and funky, with space to work, or relax, or have a conversation.
Our first night in town we wandered into Bacchus (warning, Flash website with auto-playing music- they are worth forgiving for that, but whoever does that to restaurant websites needs severe punishment). Bacchus is a wine bar and restaurant in the central business district. The food was great, we had wonderful fresh tomato soup (with local tomatoes, this tasted like fresh tomatoes, not tin cans) and I had an outstanding bouillabaisse. The service was very good, attentive without being annoying (a hard balance to achieve).
We also enjoyed Sinatra’s (named for the owners, not Frank- but Ol’ Blue Eyes’ music was playing). The service was great here, too- and the food was even better. The best lasagna I’ve ever had, followed by the best tiramisu I’ve ever had. Seriously, the best, and the best. It seems to be a place popular for gathering, there were more tables of five or more than there were couples, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
It is worth noting that neither Bacchus nor Sinatra’s are inexpensive. They aren’t outrageous, and they are a good value- but not places for bargain hunters.