There are a lot of places to eat in WNY and sometimes deciding where to head for a meal is overwhelming. Where to Eat This Weekend is a weekly feature that I (Alli) have been thinking about for a while. I’m incredibly indecisive and while having 100′s of detailed reviews of restaurants to pick from is wonderful, sometimes having someone narrow down your choices makes your life a bit easier. A new Where to Eat This Weekend will be posted every Friday with the sole purpose of helping you decide where to eat and hopefully introduce you to a few new places that are worth checking out. The posts will have a new ‘theme’ each week. I will pick a town (i.e. East Aurora, Orchard Park), cuisine (Thai, Mexican) or street (Hertel, Kenmore Ave) and give you a list of all of the notable places to eat/drink within that theme along with links to websites and our reviews as well as a few quick descriptions (price, type of food, etc). Past posts focused on East Aurora, Allentown, Vietnamese cuisine , “Unique” Chicken Wings, Kenmore Ave and Seasonal Hot Dog Stands.
This week we are recommending restaurants in Western New York that offer a variety of vegetarian menu options. Several of our favorite restaurants offer at least a couple vegetarian dishes, but we decided to focus on restaurants that really cater to that lifestyle. We love eating meat as much (if not more) then the next person, but even we have to take a break every now and then and try something different. So this weekend we are suggesting you put down the fish fry, steak and chicken wings and try going veggie for a night.
If you’d like to learn more about Buffalo’s vegetarian scene I highly recommend following @BuffaloVegan on twitter or checking out the website BuffaloVeg.com. Or if you are looking for (mostly) vegetarian (and also gluten free) recipes, there is no better place to look than the Tasty Yummies (recipe/food blog from Beth of Hero Design fame). While we have no plans to cut out meat from our diets for good, it’s still a good resource to find restaurants that offer creative meat-less dishes.
So..where should you eat this weekend? Restaurants with Vegetarian options
The restaurant and food truck offers Lebanese/Middle Eastern specialties but also a very large selection of vegetarian and vegan options. Amy’s Place is very popular with the vegetarian crowd and most have a favorite dish that they would love to recommend to you if you ask. The food truck offers a “greatest hits” selection from the restaurant’s menu and has by far the largest vegetarian offering of any of the current food trucks in Buffalo.
We haven’t eaten at Merge in a couple years, but in that time Chef Kate Elliot has taken over the kitchen and their seasonal menu has changed several times over. With live music, a bar that brings a hip late night crowd and art covering the walls, it’s also a pretty nice place to hang out at any night of the week. Not only do they focus on vegetarian dishes but they showcase local, seasonal ingredients and have a pretty killer Saturday Brunch menu.
The Globe Market doesn’t particularly specialize in vegetarian cuisine per se, but they offer a large selection of vegetarian wraps, salads, soups and sides. We recently revisited the restaurant this summer and were reminded of how much we enjoy their fresh flavors and casual cafe options. Globe currently has three locations, so you can grab something in the Elmwood Village or in North Buffalo. Along with their popular Elmwood and Main Street (not open on weekends) locations, they just opened Globe To Go on Hertel Ave.
- Go Veggies Cafe – Website
We haven’t visited Go Veggies new cafe, but we’ve seen their products sold at the Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market for years now and have always noticed a crowd at their tent. Their cafe location (off Bryant) also serves as a retail store as well as a dine-in option, so you can enjoy their Veggie Burgers or Veggie Rolls on site. Their restaurant is 100% vegetarian and also have gluten free and dairy free options upon request.
- Palace of Dosas – Website
Several local Indian restaurants offer vegetarian items on their menus but Palace of Dosas in Amherst has a strict, all vegetarian menu that’s ‘Pure Vegetarian Authentic Style South Indian Cuisine’ (according to their website). We haven’t visited the restaurant ourselves but we’ve read good things from Nina Barone’s blog Buffalo Foodie and Buffalo Chow. If you are a looking for a vegetarian meal that’s a little different, it appears Palace of Dosas would be the best bet.