The Buffalo Social City Guide
September 01, 2017
If you’re not from Buffalo and find yourself speaking to a Buffalonian about Buffalo, chances are you will think that person is part of a very enthusiastic cult rather than a native of the Queen city, like one of our editors.
Yes, intense snowstorms blow (it’s the city that introduced John Oliver to Thundersnow) but amazing food, beautiful waterfront views and friendly people keep Buffalo warm. Located off of a Great Lake and next to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, with a touch of the Midwest, Canada, and a short plane ride away from New York City—Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central and Delaware Park —there’s a strong sense of place, history, and potential.
New energy fills the city. It may be part of the rust belt but it’s also on the rise. The affordable cost of living, opportunities in education, renewable energy, medicine and the arts, are bringing more young people to live, work and create. The skyline has changed, the canals unearthed. In the summer it’s a temperate palace, in the winter, a frozen wonderland.
It’s no coincidence we are launching this story today. We know about your Chicken Wing Festival and we are pretty upset we missed the Taste of Buffalo. Scroll through for some of our favorite feeds and remember, in the 716 it’s not like, it’s #buffalove.
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Founded by a “replant and transplant” Sam and Beth Insalaco, Yeah! Buffalo is a site showcasing the local people and places, “the goodness and grit,” of Buffalo. They also support the work of Rise Collaborative, an organization promoting small businesses, non-profits and artists in Buffalo founded by Kevin Heffernan, Drew Brown and Bridget Schaefer.
Edreys Wajed is one of the talented artists who turned Buffalo’s Freedom Walk commissioned by the Albright Knox Art Gallery from idea to reality. Other art can be viewed at the Burchfield Penny Art Center located near Buffalo State College.
Exploring Buffalo by bicycle, Clay Davies captures beautiful shots of the city’s familiar haunts from Elmwood to Canalside, including this one above featuring Buffalo’s beloved sculpture art Shark Girl.
Buffalo artist Alyssa Capri creates beautiful works on the page for publications like Buffalo Black Book and around the city, sometimes with a little help from friends like Stephanie Dubin the painter photographer behind @artiswhy.
Ginger, the fashionable little gal, may jetset—hello from Miami—but she calls Buffalo home. University at Buffalo Alumni will recognize shots taken at the Center For the Arts, Baird Point and Greiner Hall.
Here, we are showcasing some of the best in Buffalo radio. Kiss is number one with pop hits and Kiss the Summer Hello/Kissmas Bash seasonal concerts. Country Station WYRK brings out hordes of fans to The Taste of Country at Darien Lake theme park. Other favorited include DJ Slick Tom at 97 Rock, Alt Radio Buffalo and of course Jack FM, playing whatever they want.
Andrew Galarneau, the Food Editor and Restaurant Reviewer for the Buffalo News is a self described Buffaholic. The only cure, to live out the dreams of many, eating his way through Buffalo to earn his livelihood. Sweet deal. We had to include Duff’s here because they don’t have their own account.
Enzo the whippet, like a greyhound but smaller, lives a stylish life in Elmwood village with a feed full of black and white shots reminiscent of an old Hollywood starlet. He also knows how to brave the snow.
One of the most popular foodtrucks in Buffalo, Lloyd’s Taco trucks will brighten your day when they show up for lunch. Check them and all the other delicious offerings at Larkin Square’s Food truck Tuesdays.
For more Buffalo tacos check out Elmwood Tacos & Subs or ETS. No, Mighty Taco does not have an Instagram.
Grab a loganberry milkshake at Ted’s Hot Dogs, the famous charcoal grill joint serving up Sahlen’s hot dogs and other favorites daily. Look across the street from any location and you’re bound to see another Buffalo classic, Anderson’s where you can grab frozen custard and a Beef on Weck (since Charlie the Butcher is not on insta.)
The largest fair in New York and the third largest in the country, the Erie County Fair draws crowds of visitors numbering over the million mark during it’s run. What’s for dinner at the fairgrounds? Try the taste of the fair option with food offerings for $2 each or grab local favorite, a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner.
The Bills Mafia, “created by fans, embraced by players,” is the #fambase of passionate football fans rooting for the Buffalo Bills. The city’s die hard sports fans would not allow Bon Jovi music to play in their bars when the singer hinted at purchasing and moving the beloved team to Toronto.
The overhaul of an Erie Canal lock that helped turn Buffalo into a thriving metropolis in the 1850s has helped to transform the Buffalo waterfront anew. Concerts, fitness, food and more are availble on land while the water opens up a whole other playing field. Take a ride on The Spirit of Buffalo, kayaks or even paddle board in the summer. In the winter, the water transforms into a massive ice skating rink, conveniently located next to Harbor Center a complex housing NHL size hockey rinks perfect for tournaments of all sizes.
Another Buffalo favorite? The zoo. Buffalonians have watched Luna the polar bear grow up in a newly renovated habitat. Founded in 1875, the zoo has steadily been undergoing facility improvements for years to keep the animals who call it home happy and healthy.
Shea’s Buffalo provides a beautifully restored and renovated home for Broadway tours and other performances. There is a lively theater community in Buffalo including theaters like the Irish Classical and local favorite Shakespeare in Delaware Park.
Make sure to stop at one of Buffalo’s many architectural treasures, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House when you’re passing through the perennials in the Parkside Neighborhood. Wright’s art deco designed filling station is also on view at the Pierce Arrow Car museum located downtown.
Housed inside a converted warehouse, Resurgence Brewing co is home of hyper local beer flavors including the Resurgence IPA, Sponge Candy Stout and Loganberry Wit. Another draw? Patrons can bring food from anywhere so if you want to order a pizza have at it. (Not even going there with Buffalo pizza, that’s a whole story on its own.)