Off-Campus Dining

Buffalo, NY
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$16,190 ($5,570)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off- campus dining is pretty okay here. There are a few options off of north campus but they can be inconvenient or really pricy. South campus has many cheap restaurant off it, however.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different restaurants and types of food. It can be hard to get to the restaurants without a car though.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Buffalo has some good food.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of restaurants and foods available right off-campus.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places to eat off campus including lots of fast food restuarants. Most places take Campus Cash from UB students which is pretty neat.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 285th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 970th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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Some kids from New York City complain that you can't find a good bagel or deli in Buffalo. That's the only gripe you'll hear from anyone who has experienced the local food. Buffalo is not one of the 10 most overweight cities in America by accident. Fine dining and cheap eats are both top-notch. There are dozens of classy restaurants, including adventurous new openings every year; though, except for the annual parents' visit, cheap eating is the rule for most local students. Rumor has it that there are more pizzerias per capita in Buffalo than anywhere else. In keeping with the city's Midwestern ethos, Buffalo pizza is made Chicago-style, with a thick, doughy crust. Sal's and Zetti's in the Heights cater to the New York-style pizza crowd, but thin-crust pies are hard to find in most parts of the city. Though chicken wings were invented at the Anchor Bar near downtown, many students say they have been perfected at Duff's in Amherst. You know a place is serious when they tell you how hot the wings are by printing the Scoville units of each sauce in the menu.

Beef on weck sandwiches, made with roast beef and gravy on a salted kümmelweck roll, are as common as cheeseburgers in Buffalo. And students rave about Mighty Taco, a local Mexican chain that serves dirt-cheap tacos and burritos. Several places in the Heights offer a $0.99 or $1.99 breakfast, including Amy's Place, where the Lebanese breakfasts often earn honors for best breakfast in town. Coffee shops are not as plentiful as they are in bigger cities. But Buffalo has some good ones, such as Coffee Bean in the Heights, which serves savory Creole food and a popular New Orleans Sunday brunch. Amherst's wide suburban boulevards are peppered with your average chains like Fuddruckers and Outback Steakhouse and high-quality Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese restaurants. For some reason, though, there are relatively few good Chinese places. Buffalo could also use a few more 24-hour dining options and a couple of genuinely good delicatessens close to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Amy's Place
  • Duff's
  • Jim's SteakOut
  • Just Pizza
  • Mighty Taco
  • Pano's
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • Lake Effect Diner
  • Pano's
  • Tom's Restaurant
  • Towne
Best Asian
Ming Teh (Fort Erie)
Best Breakfast
Amy's Place
Best Healthy
Jasmine Thai
Best Pizza
  • Just Pizza (Chicago-style)
  • Zetti's Pizza & Pasta (New York-style)
Best Wings
  • Anchor Bar
  • Duff's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Anderson's
  • Applebee's
  • Bennigan's
  • Chang's Garden
  • Chili's
  • Fuddruckers
  • Joe Mata's
  • My Tomato Pie
  • The Spot
  • TGI Friday's
  • Ya Ya's
Did You Know?
  • According to legend, chicken wings were invented at Buffalo's renowned Anchor Bar, five miles from campus. Buffalo wings are bigger, hotter, crispier on the outside, and juicier on the inside than at any place in the world.
  • In Buffalo, waitresses won't blink if you ask for vinegar with your fries-it's a Canadian tradition.
  • Buffalo plays host to the largest two-day food festival in the United States during the summer. The Taste of Buffalo invites local restaurants and wineries to participate in this delicious event that pays tribute a variety of cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Polish, Italian, Caribbean, Irish, and countless others.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Tops International
3980 Maple Rd., Amherst (North Campus)
(716) 515-0075
Tops University Plaza
3500 Main St., University Heights (South Campus)
(716) 515-3240
Wegmans Alberta Drive
675 Alberta Dr., Amherst (North Campus)
(716) 831-6300

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Mediterranean
467 Elmwood Ave., West Side
(716) 881-2196
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: You can get squid or octopus as an appetizer. Reservations recommended.
Amy's Place
Food: Lebanese, American
3234 Main St., University Heights
(716) 832-6666
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Often Amy's Place's breakfast is ranked the best in Buffalo.
Anchor Bar
Food: American grill food
1047 Main St., Medical Campus
(716) 886-8920
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Legend has it, the chicken wing was invented here in the late `60s.
Coffee Bean Café
Food: Upscale American lunches, Louisiana Creole dinners, desserts
3260 Main St., University Heights
(716) 837-2326
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: New Orleans Sunday brunch with cajun-style food, piano band, and dancing; Bluegrass Mondays with bluegrass band; tall oak booths.
Food: American, diner
3920 Maple Rd., Amherst
(716) 446-1671
Price: $5-$10
Food: Pizza, burgers, wings
3651 Sheridan Dr. (at Millersport Hwy.), Amherst
(716) 834-6234
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Their wings are often voted Buffalo's best; "Suicide Wings" are rumored to be the hottest in town.
Fat Bob's Smokehouse
Food: Southern-style barbecue
41 Virginia Pl., Allentown
(716) 887-2971
Price: $20-$25
Cool Features: Fat Bob's has one of Buffalo's coolest fish tanks. Reservations recommended.
Gabriel's Gate
Food: American
145 Allen St., Allentown
(716) 886-0602
Price: $10-$20
Food: American, breakfast
4003 Maple Rd., Amherst
(716) 446-1117
Price: $5-$10
India Gate
Food: Indian
1116 Elmwood Ave., West Side
(716) 886-4000
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Lunch buffet.
Jasmine Thai
Food: Thai
1330 Niagara Falls Blvd.
(716) 838-3011
Price: $10-$25
Jim's SteakOut
Food: Steak hoagies and chicken fingers
3094 Main St., University Heights
(716) 838-6666
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Jim's serves Buffalo's greasiest subs, including the Diavlo, a roast beef and hot pepper sub.
Just Pizza
Food: Pizza
3172 Main St., University Heights
(716) 831-9979
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Just Pizza, which serves trademark Buffalo pizza, has almost a dozen different kinds of crusts, including the popular sesame crust.
Lake Effect Diner
Food: American diner food
3165 Main St., University Heights
(716) 833-1952
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lake Effect, a classic American diner, is open all day and all night. They also have a take-out menu and daily specials.
Left Bank
Food: French, Continental
511 Rhode Island Ave., West Side
(716) 882-3509
Price: $30-$40
Cool Features: Reservations strongly recommended.
Mighty Taco
Food: Mexican fast food
2309 Eggert Rd. (at Sheridan Dr.), Tonawanda
(716) 833-3060
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Most people swear that Mighty Taco is ten times better than Taco Bell.
Ming Teh
Food: Chinese
126 Niagra Blvd., Fort Erie, Ontario
(905) 871-7971
Price: $15-$30
Food: Mediterranean, martini bar
451 Elmwood Ave., West Side
(716) 881-1829
Price: $30-$40
Cool Features: While they're expensive, Nektar has Buffalo's best specialty drinks. Reservations strongly recommended
O Restaurant and Lounge
Food: Japanese
Northtown Plaza, Sheridan Dr., Amherst
(716) 332-4656
Price: $20-$30
Outback Steakhouse
Food: Steak, grill, seafood
1551 Niagra Falls Blvd.
(716) 833-6067
Price: $15-$20
Food: Greek, American
1081 Elmwood Ave., West Side
(716) 886-9081
Price: $8-$15
Sal's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
3171 Main St., Amherst
(716) 838-0800
Price: $8-$15
Ted's Hot Dogs
Food: Grill
2312 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda
(716) 834-6287
Price: $5-$10
Tom's Restaurant
Food: Greek, American diner food
3221 Sheridan Dr., Amherst
(716) 837-7310
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Tom's serves great Greek food and is open 24 hours.
Food: Greek
186 Allen St. (at Elmwood Ave.), Allentown
(716) 884-5128
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Towne has a popular deck in the summer that has a nice view of the crowds on Allen Street.
Food: Asian fusion
1141 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore
(716) 447-7915
Price: $25-$35
Zetti's Pizza & Pasta
Food: Italian
3500 Main St., Amherst
(716) 447-7915
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 115 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 125 responses

  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 16% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 35% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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