Off-Campus Dining

Buffalo, NY
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Ive lived here my whole life we're known for local food.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Seriously, nothing is ever opened when you have a craving for something at night.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a TON of off campus dining. Buffalo restaurants are great - local, ethnic, you name it!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of pizza places and local eateries are available within a few bus stops

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The campus is located right next to the main dining strip of the city and the food is delicious.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 364th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1061st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlyn Fennell
Hamburg, NY
International Relations
Grad Year
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If there's one thing Buffalo can definitely be proud of, it's food. Although by being the birthplace of the chicken wing—much of that food is not Weight Watchers material. That's not to say if you're a health-conscious eater you won't find acceptable meals—quite the contrary. You just need to be a little more selective, or perhaps just say "Hold the cheese, please." Buffalo has historically been home to many immigrant communities, most notably Italian, Polish, Irish, German, Jewish, Greek, Indian, Puerto Rican, and more recently Somali, Yemeni, and Burmese families. There are also many people from other Asian, African, and Latino backgrounds. If you know where to look, you'll find mom-and-pop establishments that cater to the tastes of each of these groups and to nonmembers with adventurous palates.

The city's multiethnic nature has led to a merry melting pot of delectable dishes in numerous gems of restaurants and bars, many of which are a very short distance away from Canisius. Elmwood Avenue, in particular—only a mile or so away from campus—is full of small eateries, cafés, and shops.


Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
  • China King Restaurant
  • Great Wall
  • Pho 99 Fast Food
Best Breakfast
  • Lake Effect Diner
  • Tim Hortons
  • Towne Restaurant
Best Coffee
SPoT Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Chocolate Bar
  • Fowler's Chocolates
Best Healthy
  • Lake Effect Diner
  • Lexington Cooperative Market
Best Late-Night
  • Elmwood Taco & Subs
  • Tim Hortons
  • Zonies
Best Mexican
  • Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar
  • Gramma Mora's Mexican Restaurant
  • Salsarita's Fresh Cantina
Best Pizza
  • Bocce Club Pizza
  • La Nova Pizzeria
  • Mister Pizza
Best Wings
  • Anchor Bar
  • Duff's Famous Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Romeo & Juliet's Bakery & Café
  • Ted's Hot Dogs
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Pano's on Elmwood
  • Shannon Pub
  • Towne Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Chophouse
  • Buffalo Pizza
  • Casa di Pizza
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chinese Kitchen
  • Dagwood's & More
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Ichi Shogun
  • Just Pizza
  • Lone Star Grille
  • May Jen Chinese Restaurant
  • Mighty Taco
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Red Lobster
  • The Steer Restaurant & Saloon
  • Subway
  • Wasabi Japanese Restaurant
  • Zetti's
  • Zhang Buffet
Did You Know?
According to CNN Money magazine, Buffalo ranks highly (in comparison with national averages) in categories of racial diversity and restaurants per 15 miles.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Globe Market
762 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 886-5242
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Lexington Cooperative Market
807 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 886-COOP
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
601 Amherst St.
(716) 877-0500
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Anchor Bar
Food: American bar/grill food
1047 Main St.
(716) 883-1134
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: It's where the chicken wing was invented about 50 years ago.
Bob & John's La Hacienda
Food: American, Italian
1545 Hertel Ave.
(716) 836-5411
Price: $5-$10
Bocce Club Pizza
Food: American
4174 N. Bailey Ave.
(716) 833-1344
Price: $10-$20
China King Restaurant
Food: Chinese
3500 Main St.
(716) 837-6863
Price: $5-$10
Chocolate Bar
Food: Desserts, coffee, bar, American
114 W. Chippewa St.
(716) 332-0484
Price: $10-$25
Cole's Restaurant
Food: American
1104 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 886-1449
Price: $15-$25
Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar
Food: Mexican, American
153 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 884-3866
Price: $10-$20
Food: American
2215 Delaware Ave.
(716) 877-5398
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Duff's Famous Wings
Food: American
3651 Sheridan Drive, Amherst
(716) 834-6234
Price: $10-$15
Elmwood Taco & Subs
Food: American
937 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 886-4953
Price: $5-$10
Fowler's Chocolates
Food: Chocolate, desserts
754 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 885-2183
Price: $5-$10
Frank's Sunny Italy
Food: Italian, American
2491 Delaware Ave.
(716) 876-5449
Price: $5-$15
Gramma Mora's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1465 Hertel Ave.
(716) 837-6703
Price: $5-$15
Great Wall
Food: Chinese
914 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 882-4520
Price: $5-$10
Jim's Steak-Out
Food: American
938 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 885-2900
Price: $5-$10
La Nova Pizzeria
Food: Italian, American
371 W. Ferry St.
(716) 881-3303
Price: $5-$15
Lake Effect Diner
Food: American
3165 Main St.
(716) 833-1952
Price: $5-$15
Mister Pizza
Food: American
1065 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 882-6500
Price: $5-$15
Mulberry Italian Ristorante
Food: Italian, American
64 Jackson St., Lackawanna
(716) 822-4292
Price: $10-$20
Pano's on Elmwood
Food: Greek, American
1081 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 886-9081
Price: $10-$15
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
Food: American bar/grill food
76 Pearl St.
(716) 856-2337
Price: $10-$25
Pho 99 Fast Food
Food: Vietnamese
3398 Bailey Ave.
(716) 836-6058
Price: $5-$10
Romeo & Juliet's Bakery & Café
Food: American
1292 Hertel Ave.
(716) 873-5730
Price: $5-$15
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina
Food: Mexican, American
110 W. Chippewa St.
(716) 845-5237
Price: $5-$10
Shannon Pub
Food: American
2250 Niagara Falls Blvd.
(716) 743-9348
Price: $5-$15
SPoT Coffee
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, snacks
765 Elmwood Ave.
(716) 332-4564
Price: $5-$10
Ted's Hot Dogs
Food: American
2312 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda
(716) 834-6287
Price: $5-$10
Tim Hortons
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, snacks
2001 Main St.
(716) 888-8486
Price: $5-$10
Towne Restaurant
Food: American, Greek
186 Allen St.
(716) 884-5128
Price: $5-$10
Food: Italian, American
1574 Eggert Road
(716) 836-9664
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 47 responses

  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 43% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 43% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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