A friendly, family-owned establishment, Metzger's has been serving hearty, no-frills American fare in a jukebox-humming public house since 1955. At the top of the menu, there's Louisiana Cajun fries ($3.25) and cheddar-cheese-topped potato skins ($6.50). Farther down are heavy-hitting beef, steak, and seafood entrees. Metzger's signature sandwich is its USDA-choice slow-roasted roast beef ($7.50), sliced to order and served with freshly cut French fries. Chicken challengers can conquer Metzger's jumbo wings ($10.25 for 20), topped with mild, medium, or "suicidal" hot sauce. To cleanse esophagi, Metzger's offers wine, mixed drinks, and an array of domestic and imported beers.
Equipped with plenty of televisions and a menu of palate-pleasing favorites, Buffalo Sports Garden provides fans with a superb viewing environment for games big and small. Kick things off with banana peppers stuffed with three-cheese filling ($7.99), or choose from among four different specialty jumbo wings ($9.99 for 10, $13.99 for 20). Custom-built burgers (starting at $8.49) allow protein Picassos to decorate sirloin canvases with a palette of different cheeses and toppings, and a plain personal pizza ($4.99) allows cheese Caravaggios to paint with toppings such as bacon and mushrooms ($1.00 each). Herbivores can graze on grilled veggie pasta, an amalgamation of red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and broccoli ($7.50).
As pedestrians bustle past the eclectic restaurants and theater of the lively Chippewa District, the aroma of sizzling ground beef and freshly baked brioche rolls draws them toward Soho Burger Bar. Executive chef Ray Flor's kitchen is the source of these smells, where chefs whip up a variety of specialty burgers using specialty ground beef from the local Johnny's Meats and custom-made buns from Romeo's Bakery Cafe. They adorn patties of grilled ahi tuna, bison, and turkey with gourmet cheeses, sauces and garnishes, pairing burgers with appetizers of fish tacos or sides of truffle tater tots. Meanwhile, bartenders blend premium liquors into cocktails and decadent spiked milkshakes.
Reporters who lauded the restaurant's burgers in publications such as Buffalo Rising or Buffalo News were equally charmed by the interior decor, citing sultry lighting, an inventive chandelier made of liquor bottles, and walls covered in illuminated retro album covers. Cozy conversation nooks, bistro tables, couches, and translucent tortoiseshell patio chairs scatter the vibrant dining room, upstairs lounge, and outdoor patios of the versatile restaurant, which transforms into a quirky eatery during the day, a lively hot spot at night, and an enchanted yo-yo factory by early dawn.
It's fitting that Alleyway Theatre makes its home in a renovated bus depot—the venue is a destination for local talent. The company focuses on Buffalo artists, frequently staging world premieres and fostering the work of homegrown playwrights. Freshly penned plays and acclaimed shorts entertain audiences in the historic venue, which sports the curved walls, stainless steel trimmings, and distinctive mustache of the Art Moderne architectural style.
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.