D-Tour Martini Bar

martinisI have been so excited to go to D-Tour Martini Bar since the second I drove past it on Chippewa before it was even open. I FINALLY had the chance to go this summer with one of my girlfriends. This place has the perfect atmosphere for a girls get-together or date night! We went on a gorgeous night where we were able to sit out on the patio for happy hour, which provided free entertainment (people watching) overlooking Chippewa Street.

D-Tour has an awesome weekday happy hour special with 2-for-1 martinis and house wines from 4-7pm, along with some appetizer specials. The martinis are all named after a local Buffalo street which is a fun little detail. I tried the Tupper (Belvedere Vodka / Chambord / Pineapple Juice / Prosecco) and the Gates Circle (Stoli Blueberry Vodka / Chambord / Simple Syrup / Soda Water). Both were delicious and highly recommended.

foodFor food, they have a menu of small plates, salads, and a melt bar with a handful of classic sandwiches. I can vouch for the Margarita Flatbread Pizza and the Roasted Banana Pepper Dip with ricotta & parmesan cheese and marinara sauce. The dip is different from any others in the area because instead of the typical creamy base, it’s more of a red sauce which was a nice change from the usual. So yummy and perfect for soaking up those martinis!

Whether you are looking for a happy hour, a date, or girls night out, I highly recommend checking out D-Tour. I need to make my way through their martini menu, so I’ll make sure to pop in again soon…

D-Tour Martini Bar is located at 49 W. Chippewa St.

Sunset Drinks & Appetizers at Liberty Hound

Liberty Hound is a really special restaurant because they are one of the very few options right on the water in Buffalo. I recently stopped in for some dinks and appetizers with friends after a beautiful sunny day at Canalside.

Liberty Hound Moscow MuleWe went in the evening knowing there would be a decent wait for a table, so we put our names in and got drinks at the bar first. The have many local beers on draft and about 15 signature drinks. I started with their “Liberty Mule” which was really refreshing after a day in the sun.

For dinner we were seated on the patio and had a beautiful view of both the water and the huge ship at the Naval Museum that is right next to the restaurant. I highly recommend coming here for the view alone. It’s a major plus that the food is delicious too!

My friends and I tried out a couple appetizers: calamari, pepper dip, and the Mediterranean flatbread with hummus, kalamata olives, arugula, and feta cheese. Honestly, the pepper dip wins the award for most delicious. We could not stop raving about how delicious it was; the perfect combination of spicy and cheesy.

Although we only had appetizers during this visit, Liberty Hound does have many sandwich and entrée options that sound very appetizing. I am determined to go back soon to try the entrees out before summer is over, so check back for an updated post soon! I’ll try my best to order more than the binge-worthy pepper dip.

Liberty Hound is located at 1 Naval Park Cove.

Sinatra’s

sinatrasSinatra’s has been a family favorite of mine for years now. It’s a great place to go for celebrations because they have delicious food and high-end service. Having been in business since 1981, this past year the moved into a new building right across the street. The new location is much more modern and can serve twice as many people.

antipastoDuring this visit, we were celebrating a birthday and went a little overboard with food and wine! We started with a couple appetizers including the Antipasto, Artichoke Francese, and a Clams Casino special.

For my entree, I wanted something traditionally Italian. The Meatball Ravioli did just the trick! meatball ravioli The meatballs are huge and unbelievably flavorful, and the ravioli nice and cheesy. I would definitely order this again. The rest of the table ordered the Veal Parmesan, Shrimp and Lobster Scampi, and the Strip Steak.

Whether it’s your birthday, graduation, or date night, make sure to head over to Kenmore Ave for a fine dining experience!

Sinatra’s is located 945 Kenmore Ave.

Tappo

Tappo Rooftop
Tappo Rooftop

Tappo is one of my favorite restaurants in Buffalo. They have traditional Italian dishes in a really trendy atmosphere. In the summer, you can dine on their rooftop patio that is spacious with plenty of seating, has a lounge area and a full bar.

Another awesome thing about Tappo is that they have $16 bottles of wine and champagne which is very inexpensive and typically unheard of in the city.

Stuffed Banana Pepper
Stuffed Banana Peppers

Along with a bottle of prosecco, we started with the garlic cheese bread and one of the appetizer specials, which was a stuffed banana pepper topped with a sunny side up egg.

Since I’m a sucker for goat cheese, I ordered the Goat Cheese Crespelle for my entrée which is basically a crepe filled with goat cheese served with banana peppers and both an alfredo and a red sauce. Best of both worlds!

Goat Chese Crespelle
Goat Cheese Crespelle

The other entrees ordered were the Shrimp Risotto with roasted cauliflower and lobster beurre blanc, the Meat and Cheese Lasagna (which is huge!), one of the Rigatoni specials, and the meatballs. Everyone was really happy with their choices!

Tappo is located at 338 Ellicott Street.