The staff at Chateau Buffalo strives to support local farmers, and they do so by using locally produced grapes in their red and white wines. They also produce craft ciders that come sparkling, cold, or warm. Those unsure of what they'd like to drink will find the Chateau's tastings, like a hair tie made of Twizzlers, are both tasty and helpful.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.
Beneath the white siding, curved gables, and elegant green trim of an historic western New York home lies The Dove Restaurant, previously known as The Old Pony Post. Though owners Dina Mattiello and Sherry Davies come from different backgrounds, both were drawn to the idea of running a Italian Continental eatery. Their passion shows in the way they breathe new life into the same, signature family recipes. Signature dishes range from steaks?such as the chateaubriand for two, a pair of 10-ounce center-cut filets with vegetables and a duet of sauces?to pasta fagoli and shrimp scampi. Gluten-free dishes are also featured along side warm homemade breads and indulgent desserts.
With grain-fed beef sourced from the Midwest, a wine list custom designed by Wine Spectator's Retailer of the Year, and live music from legendary lounge pianist Jackie Jocko, it's no wonder that E. B. Green's Steakhouse has dazzled its guests for three decades. Seafood and lobster flown in daily to its stately surroundings reinforce the impression that it's less a restaurant than a civic institution, ready to welcome locals and out-of-towners whenever they need to get a little fancy.
Signed prints from LeRoy Neiman hang from mahogany walls, which wrap around a lounge area where diners sip martinis. From there, guests flow into the dining room, where they feast on surf or turf entrees surrounded by soft lighting and polished brass. An in-house pastry chef also creates unique desserts daily.
Jim's Steakout serves up a classic lineup of philly cheesesteaks, hoagies, and chicken fingers, silencing rumbling stomachs from high noon to high moon with locations throughout western New York.
From lunchtime until as late as 2 a.m. or 5 a.m., each of Jim's outposts fills stingers?or hot subs?with steak and cheese, bacon, and combinations of italian sausage and other meats. Hoagies meet nearly every appetite with three sizes, ranging from a lunch-appropriate four-inch Kaiser roll to an Italian roll that reaches an entire foot long. Whichever size diners choose, they can get their roll stuffed with chicken, provolone, and saut?ed spinach?known as the chicken-in-the-grass hoagie?or any number of other hot or cold ingredients. The menu also rolls out a red carpet for creative sides such as fries smothered in chopped steak and cheese, stuffed banana peppers, and fried mac 'n' cheese bites. To sweeten each classic meal, the kitchen fries up funnel cakes to order.
At Laughlin's Hearty Bistro, chefs concoct a menu of rustic, bistro-style fare that spotlights quality cuts of beef, fresh fish, and meaty sandwiches paired with hand-cut fries. Steak- and seafood-laden plates make their way to the cozy dining room, where warm lamplight illuminates dark-wood tables and exposed-brick walls. A mezzanine populated with plush, black leather easy chairs overlooks a copper-topped bar. Here, friendly bartenders and repurposed paint shakers mix a mean martini, and the bar's glassware also brims with wine and beer.