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Toting a modest selection of chocolate confections and candies, Joseph A. Fowler entered the 1901 Pan-American Exposition hoping to plant the seed for a business in his newfound home of Buffalo. The company—founded in 1910—grew with each successive generation, and more than a century later, Fowler's celebrated chocolates continue to placate palates at several retail locations. The chocolatier has become synonymous with treats such as milk- and dark-chocolate truffles dubbed truffaloes, as well as sponge candy, which boasts a molasses-like flavor and an initially hard texture that quickly melts in the mouth. Like Count Chocula’s hairpiece, all of Fowler's fine-chocolate treats are crafted from the seeds of the theobroma cacao tree and use up to 60% cocoa solids for a rich cocoa flavor.

671 Main St
East Aurora,
NY
US

Every item on Arriba Tortilla's inventive menu is made from scratch, borrowing from both traditional Mexican and contemporary Tex-Mex recipes. Customize a combination of crisp veggies, freshly grated cheese, and high-quality meats to create a fun Mexican pizza atop a toasty 12" tortilla crust (starting at $6.28). Or, apply your appetite's taste for design to a plate of one 8'' flour or two hard-shell tacos, selecting stuffing from savory options such as spicy chorizo ($5.57), beer-battered haddock ($5.33), steak ($6.29), and mahi-mahi ($6.89). Bellies boycotting carbs can opt for a serving of shrimp skewers with pineapple salsa, jalepeño jelly, and rice ($10.24) or make a carb compromise with a pepperjack-and-poblano-smothered salsa burger served on pita bread with fresh pico de gallo, lettuce, and sweet-potato fries ($9.63).

591 Main St
East Aurora,
NY
US

Built as a hunting lodge in 1901, Old Orchard Inn was converted to a tearoom in 1931. Since then, the family-owned facility—composed of a spacious patio and lined with stone fireplaces—has been filled with the aroma of homemade steakhouse staples. Those dishes include panko-crusted eggplant wings, chicken pot pie filled with sautéed mushrooms and a signature cranberry orange relish, and a six-ounce filet mignon served with a rustic mushroom ragout. After meals, diners can wander the inn's 25 verdant acres, where ducks swim in a tranquil pond and an original farmhouse from 1880 definitely does not harbor a secret government lab centered around a crash-landed UFO—nope, not at all.

Additionally, to help preserve the environment, Old Orchard Inn recycles 95% of glass, plastic, and paper used by consumers and partners with Buffalo Bio-diesel to convert its used fryer oil into fuel.

2095 Blakeley Rd
East Aurora,
NY
US

Michael Wulf came to an important conclusion at a young age. At the tender age of 18, he put his college plans aside in favor of opening East Aurora's first cupcake-focused bakery, which he named Swirls. What he perhaps wasn't expecting was a 35-person line out the door on opening day, and selling more than 1,000 cupcakes in less than four hours to excited customers and one famished bear. Swirls went on to sell 2,500 additional cupcakes that weekend, and has quickly risen to become a local staple for a sweet fix.

Today, with the help of Wulf's sifting and whipping bakers, he oversees a selection of miniature cakes churned out in daily flavors such as red velvet, signature chocolate, and black and white. A myriad of specialty cakes are available by the dozen, and rotate as daily specials in varietals such as boston cream, honey banana, and salted caramel.

634 Main St
East Aurora,
NY
US

Cyber Creek Indoor Golf services all swings with an outdoor driving range and nine indoor golf simulators to help players bolster pin-hunting prowess year-round. With lights, covered hitting bays, and both artificial- and natural-grass hitting areas, the range fosters practice sessions in nearly every element except lava. In addition, the range boasts a practice area with a sand bunker and 20-, 40-, and 60-yard target greens for those looking to practice their short game or see how far they can shot put a bag full of practice balls.

In Cyber Creek’s indoor facility, nine indoor golf simulators vividly emulate the pristine fairways and greens of 30 world-famous golf courses. Golfers can test their meddle amid the Norwegian fjords of Klawhammer Crag or the ominous, granite outcrops of Idaho’s high-elevation Heretic course without having to cope with a jet-lagged 7-iron. The center sates hunger with tangible helpings from an eclectic menu of refined continental cuisine that includes homemade chicken fingers and savory dips.

6831 Seneca St
Elma,
NY
US

Faloney's menu shines a meaty spotlight on top-grade Alberta steaks and slow-smoked meats in refined yet comfortable surrounds. Like an adorable embryonic wombat, AAA sterling silver hand-trimmed centre cuts age at least 28 days before being welcomed into the world with a dollop of barbecue sauce or the house traditional cabernet reduction. Savour a 10-ounce New York strip loin ($35.99), or revel in the tender magnificence of an 8-ounce filet mignon ($39.99). Smokehouse favourites, such as the tender pulled-pork sandwich ($11.95) or the St. Louis–style pork ribs (half rack, $17.99), undergo a multitude of flavour-fixing processes, including permutations of rubbing, brining, roasting, grilling, sunbathing, and/or smoking for up to 12 hours. Grown-up palates can pair their sophisticated entrees with fine wines from an extensive international listing sold by the glass or bottle.

534 Garner Rd E
Ancaster,
ON
CA