Local Restaurant Week on Hertel

It’s here.

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is here.

If you didn’t gorge yourself yesterday on filet mignon, homemade lasagna or a lobster feast, well you’re doing it wrong.  That’s what Restaurant Week Lombardo'sis all about – indulgence. No, no actually it’s not.  In reality, it’s about supporting local restaurants. It’s about FINALLY getting to try that local joint that’s been on your “I’ve heard so many great things about these places, so one of these days…” list.  It’s about those high-end restaurants that normally cause your wallet to shed a tear at the very thought of dropping that kind of money on dinner but $20.13 is MUCH more affordable.  It’s about taking a risk and trying a place you’ve never even heard of.  It’s about rediscovering your neighborhood.

There’s close to 200 local restaurants participating in Restaurant Week – April 22-28.  But be warned, you can encounter a slight case of vertigo sifting through the menus of each place so why bother?  (Please note: if you choose to not heed my warning, please stay safely seated)  Let me help you narrow down that list to 6 restaurants found in our hood – Hertel Avenue.

1.)    Canvas@1206 – 4 words: Dark Chocolate Lava Cake.  Not many of the restaurants offer dessert and the fact that Canvas has 4 dinner options, lava cake for dessert and a killer patio to boot makes it a solid option this week.

2.)    Empire Grill – The description of their salmon entrée alone makes me want to dial the phone right now.  Pecan crusted, seared sweet chili-lime king salmon over rice pilaf with sautéed greens.  Other restaurant’s description?  “Salmon”

3.)    Gramma Mora’s Mexican Restaurant – This place is legendary.  I’m a firm believer that any chance you can get to dine here should be taken.  It’s Restaurant Week…that’s your excuse.

4.)    Jewel of India – I’m not going to lie.  I don’t know ANYTHING about Indian food.  But this is the perfect opportunity for you to step outside your culinary comfort zone. (Then tell me how it was.)

5.)    Lombardo’s Ristorante – One of my faves in all of Buffalo. I’ve had the Tagliatelle Bolognese many o’ times so if you want ensure you’ve ordered a slam dunk, you need to be all over that.

6.)    Shadow Lounge & Restaurant – Choice of appetizer, choice of entrée AND an alcoholic beverage.  That’s worth repeating.  Choice of appetizer, choice of entrée AND an alcoholic beverage.  Yep.


5 thoughts on “Local Restaurant Week on Hertel

  1. Jewel of India has one of the best buffets I’ve ever had. I live in DC, but this one stacks up to any city in North America I’ve ever visited. The variety and quality make their buffet a wonderful introduction to Indian food, if you’re new to it, and a celebration of excellence if you’re an old hand. Try everything, and be sure not to miss the Chai Masala tea, sweets and Indian rice pudding for dessert at the end of the meal.


  2. I’m definitely new to it. Indian food has always been intimidating to me but I feel like with a little guidance and recommendation by our server that I would fare ok. Thanks for the encouragement!


  3. I’m biased toward Empire Grill because I did their logo. Grandma Mora’s has been a staple since olden days when they were on Niagara Street. And Indian? We used to love to go out for Indian, but Leslie now makes some of the best Indian food we’ve ever had. She steals recipes from an Indian restaurant in England named, “The Spice Boys.”


  4. Indian food is great! you’ll like it – plenty of dishes to try to find what fits your fancy. oh, and get some of that naan bread.


  5. and… one more comment. Caputis must have come in 7th? second week in a row it just missed the front page cut. such a shame.


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