Buffalo’s summer season is so short, so it’s important to make the most of it while we can! Take a look below at my list of favorite restaurant patios to soak up the sun while sampling the best food and drinks the city has to offer.
I have been looking forward to checking out the remodeled Pano’s on Elmwood for a while now and all I can say is that I am so mad at myself for not going sooner! Upon first walking in, the atmosphere gave me some major modern Grecian vibes. The menu is casual Greek with options for everyone, including all-day breakfast.
With an impressive drink menu, I started with a Blood Orange Moscow Mule. It tastes like summer in a glass and had me reminiscing about sipping cocktails overlooking the Mediterranean in Santorini. Except on Elmwood Ave.
I highly recommend the Mezza Plate as an appetizer. It is the perfect trio of hummus, tyro kafteri (feta cheese pepper spread) and melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) served with pita. All three of the spreads were tasty but let me tell you, I will be dreaming about the creamy cheese pepper dip for a long time.
For entrees, I ordered the Moussaka, which is traditional Mediterranean vegetable lasagna. topped with bechamel sauce & panko. It had a surprising spice to it which was evened out by the creamy sauce. I would definitely order again. The Psari Plaki dish is a haddock broiled with tomatoes & olive oil served with sauteed spinach and Greek potatoes. The haddock had a fresh and peppery taste, but the real stand-out was the potatoes. SO. GOOD.
Overall, the experience was enjoyable and the food and atmosphere were fresh and fun. Pano’s also has an awesome brunch menu that I plan on experiencing as soon as possible!
I 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.
For 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.
I’m a sucker for brunch. Especially a brunch with good mimosa specials! Cole’s is one of my favorite Sunday brunch spots not only because they are a Buffalo staple, but they have $12 mimosa carafes and a creative Bloody Mary menu with about 10 different options.
We were able to grab a table on the patio on this gorgeous sunny day. Always good people watching on Elmwood!
Coles has a huge brunch menu with many different sweet and savory menu items. I normally go sweet, but this time I went savory with the Huevos Rancheros – fried eggs smothered with ranchero sauce, cheddar cheese, yellow Rice, black Beans, and Pico De Gallo. Seriously to die for.
My friend ordered the Aztec Benedict which is a twist on a traditional benedict with a poached egg and Canadian bacon on an English muffin but topped with an avocado & chipotle hollandaise, served with a side of home fries.
Other options on the brunch menu include a hangover burrito, breakfast panini, orange cinnamon french toast, burgers, and salads. Something for everyone!
I highly recommend checking out Coles Sunday brunch. They also have a great dinner menu – check back for a blog post on that soon!
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.
We 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.
Located across the street from the Buffalo Zoo, Parkside Meadow is the definition of your neighborhood pub. Originally a candy and cigar store in the 50’s, it had been vacant for 30 years when a local couple purchased the building and turned it in to a history-rich restaurant with casual food and drinks.
It is nice how kid friendly the restaurant is. On this particular day I met some of my family members after they spent the morning at the zoo. The server immediately brought over some crayons to entertain the kids so the adults could enjoy a refreshing mimosa!
The menu has many sandwich, salad, and comfort food entrees. I ordered the Hummus wrap with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and delicious sesame dressing. It tasted really fresh and the french fries were perfectly crisp.
The rest of the table ordered a turkey Reuben on grilled rye, and the Russel St Turkey club with applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill mayo & topped with a fried egg on grilled sourdough. The kids had grilled cheese sandwiches which I may have stolen a couple bites…
At the end of our meal, we were surprised with a peanut butter chocolate cake because the server overheard that we were celebrating a birthday. These small touches really add to the experience and we are likely to come back sooner rather than later!
Rin Thai Bistro is a cute little restaurant with delicious food in the heart of the Elmwood Village. I went for the first time today for lunch with some of my coworkers. The have a nice little patio for the summer months and a few tables and bar stools along the wall for inside seating.
We started off with some appetizers, including the Chicken Satay, Moo Ping with sticky rice, and Crab Rangoon. My entree was the Pad Thai with chicken, which was very flavorful. You can pick your spice level for your food from 1-5. Since it was my first time at Rin Thai, I stayed on the safe side with a level 1. A couple of my coworkers were brave and ordered level 5 and said it was spicy but not too over-the-top, so I’ll know to go a little hotter next time.
The rest of the table ordered the Red Curry Chicken, Fiery Udon, and Sesame Chicken. One person is gluten-free and the restaurant was very accommodating. We all thoroughly enjoyed the food and agreed we will have to come back again soon!
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.
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!
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!
Allen Burger Venture (ABV) is definitely my go-to restaurant for burgers. They have a large selection with impressive ingredient options – not just your plain old lettuce and tomato!
If I’m being honest, I order the same burger every single time. But since I knew I was writing a blog post about the food this time around, I was excited to try a different option for a change. Luckily for me, my friend was willing to split two burgers so I was able to stick with my usual and still try something new.
We started with the tater tots, served with an applewood bacon & scallion sour cream, and a cider apple sauce. I was only going to try one or two and then next think I know… the plate was empty. So good!
For the burgers we shared the number 3 (Caramelized “ommegang” onions & applewood bacon, porter cheddar) and my usual number 5 (“Jiffy” peanut butter, pickled jalapenos, applewood bacon, white cheddar). The caramelized onions really made the burger; I was happy I tried it and would get it again! For the number 5, I know that peanut butter with jalapenos sounds like it would be a weird combo, but it is seriously delicious and not overly hot.
I also have to mention that ABV has an awesome craft beer selection. This is great, because it is typically packed in the restaurant so you sometimes need to have a drink while waiting for a table. I tried the Zombie Killer Cider on draft. Super refreshing and perfect for sipping on the patio on a beautiful day!
ABV is located at 175 Allen. Check out their full menu here.