Five Places to Check Out During Local Restaurant Week

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Local Restaurant Week starts today, Monday, March 9 and runs to Sunday, March 15. As usual, there are many participating restaurants. You can find the entire list on the Local Restaurant Week website.

I’ve run through the options for you and put together a list of five of the most interesting choices, including values, quality, and variety. Here they are with links to their page for Local Restaurant Week.

5 Places to Check Out During Local Restaurant Week

  •  Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm Street, East Aurora,NY 14052
    • Wonderful three course meal for $20.15
      • First – Wood Fired Mac & Cheese from the wood oven
      • Second – Winter Squash Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
      • Third – Sea Salt Caramel Brownie
    • Dine on great food at a great place that hosted the Nittany Epicurean’s third Vine & Dine dinner
  • Elm Street BakeryRistorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216
    • Delicious two course meal from one of Buffalo’s best restaurants for $20.15.
    • First Course options include an Blood Orange Salad with grilled radicchio, little gem lettuce, arugula & pistachio
    • Second Course options include
      • Housemade Ricotta Gnocchi alla Norma with eggplant, tomato, smoked ricotta salata and breadcrumbs
      • Monkfish Picatta with capers, lemon, brown butter & risotto
    • Dine on great food at a great place that hosted the Nittany Epicurean’s first Vine & Dine dinner
  • Ristorante LombardoOliver’s Restaurant,  2095 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216
    • Two course meal with amazing selections for only $20.15
  • First Course options include:
    • Duck Confit Spring Roll with braised cabbage, foie gras cream & huckleberry catsup
    • Tuna Crudo with cucumber-radish salsa, finger lime, micro shiso, chili, coconut & mango
    • Handmade Burrata with crispy eggplant, olive tapenade, basil pureeroasted peppers & nasturtium
  • Second Course Options include:
    • Baby Shrimp Risotto with black cherries, sage, butternut squash, mascarpone & white wine
    • Orecchiette Bolognese with traditional bolognese made with veal, beef & pork and served with braised tomato, fresh herbs, Romano & red wine
Photo via Jim Bush / Facebook

Photo via Jim Bush / Facebook

  • Sun Restaurant, 1989 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
    • Burmese or Thai Feast, each for only $20.15
    • Burmese Feast features:
      • Entree – Slow Roasted Beef Curry
      • Soup – Chicken Coconut Noodle
      • Black Rice “Sun Roll” – Sweet Potato Sun Roll
      • Dessert – Black Rice Pudding with mango & strawberry
    • Thai Feast features
      • Entree – Seafood (shrimp, squid & scallop) in Clay Pot
      • Papaya Salad
      • Sticky Rice Custard
  • The Lodge Bar + Grill, 79 W. Chippewa Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
    • Delicious three course meal for only $20.15
      • First Course options include:
        • Chicory & Arugula Salad
        • Crispy Calamari with Lime-Thai Basil dipping sauce
      • Second Course options include:
        • Housemade Linguine with LBG Rabbit Sausage, 45 Minute Egg & Cardoons
        • Hanger Steak Frites with house cut frites, blue cheese butter and sauce bordelaise
      • Third Course options include:
        • Profiteroles
        • Chocolate Tort
        • S’Mores
    • Dine on great food at a great place that hosted the What’s Going On In Buffalo? staff for an amazing pig roast.
Pork Belly Mac n Cheese

Pork Belly Mac n Cheese

As you can see, there are plenty of options and a lot of bang for your buck. Check out the entire list and plan your week. Enjoy!!

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