Winners of the 2011 People's Choice Award at the Taste of Lockport, the family-owned-and-operated Sweet Sixteen Cafe keeps home ovens idle by supplying dessert devotees with fresh, homemade pastries, cookies, and signature cakes. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or a state-wide ban on silverware, cake pops provide a stick-based treat ideal for portable snacking. The moist morsels come in a variety of signature flavors, such as red velvet embraced by fluffy cream-cheese icing, decadently doubled double chocolate fudge, and the birthday-cake-flavored creamsicle.
Baking and broiling fresh seafood, savory steak, and tender fowl, Garlock's serves fine fare in an inviting, historic atmosphere. Clams casino foreshadows later feasting with six fresh littleneck clams baked in white wine and topped with green pepper, onion, and bacon ($8.95). Like Earth, the 28-ounce bone-in beef prime rib possesses a crisp crust, a red, juicy core, and an accompaniment of au jus ($29.95). The baked haddock ala Slavin, Icelandic haddock served with herbs and parmesan, is an old family recipe, time-tested over many family feasts and food fights ($16.95). Similarly satisfying, the swiss chicken enrobes a broiled chicken breast with swiss cheese and fresh sautéed mushrooms ($13.95).
Wagner’s two most popular dishes are quite different, but equally delicious. Certified Angus roast beef nestles within the cushy embrace of a salted weck roll, while the Roaster chicken wings are topped with bourbon- or honey-garlic sauce and serve as a filling snack after a long day of learning how to use echolocation in a dark cave. At lunch, diners can nosh on wraps rolled with Cajun turkey or greek chicken, whereas the dinner menu introduces entrees such as baked haddock and fettuccine alfredo with chicken or crab.
Davison Road Inn's culinary architects satisfy rumbling stomachs by stacking a bevy of burgers, sandwiches, and a menu of other pub eats. Patrons perched at a tiled bar savor hand-carved, top-round roast beef folded into a Kimmelwick roll ($6.99) as cushy as a pillow filled with marshmallows, or juggle a Reuben with slow-cooked, thin-sliced corned beef ($7.99) between turns at darts or pool. Blue umbrellas dotting a pine-tree-lined patio shade the delivery of Davison Road Inn’s fresh half-pound burgers. The Emerald Isle-inspired patty, topped with Irish cheddar, arrives on a soft pretzel bun ($6.99), and the Bacon Blue burger's twists of applewood bacon and melted blue cheese ($6.99) choose to arrive traditionally in a palanquin carried by four waiters. The ears of Saturday-night diners feast on live music between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Manhattan’s pleases palates with mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus stocked full of classic steaks, seafood, and a cornucopian wine list. Indulge in the impish spice of chili diablo appetizers, lightly breaded banana peppers stuffed with pepper-jack and ricotta cheeses before being nestled atop onion crostinis ($8). Epicureans excite incisors with eight-ounce filet mignons, topped with montreal spice, crispy onion rings, and tarragon-infused bacon butter ($23). The stuffed orange roughy, a flaky white-fish shell filled with sweet Maryland crab ($18), imitates an edible Russian nesting doll and pairs delectably with a glass of Villa Pozzi pinot grigio ($6).
The chefs at Toni Pepperoni Express hand-toss three types of crust—regular, sesame seed, and garlic parmesan—before loading each with homemade sauces and unlikely ingredients such as chicken fingers and steak. Fortune favors the bold who order from their menu of specialty pizzas, which include a chicken-finger pizza slathered in spicy buffalo sauce and a hawaiian pie topped with sliced ham, pineapples, and liquid hot magma.
Chester’s Cajun Grille serves up an extensive menu of authentic, filling New Orleans–fare that bursts with fleur-de-lis flavor. A cast-iron skillet gives a fiery pizzazz to the award-winning blackened shrimp ($8.49 quarter-pound, $14.99 half-pound), which greets tongues atop Cajun rice with its butter-basted taste and Cajun seasonings. The chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo coats your throat with a melting pot of piquant tastes ($3.29 cup, $4.49 crock, $9.99 bowl with French bread slices), and the drunken bourbon chicken wings ($6.99 for eight pieces) amble on plates in a scrumptious haze. Anglers can snag a whopper fried catfish or crawfish with creole mayonnaise between an 8'' French-bread roll to build a savory po’ boy ($10.99). A tiled floor upholds the happy feet of patrons inside Chester’s lively atmosphere, surrounded by red walls and festive Mardi Gras regalia.