IN NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
The Historical Gem: Red Coach Inn
For a traditional throwback, head to this oh-so-charming inn that oozes quirky quaintness and makes for the most romantic dining experience in town. A tip? Take a table by either the inn’s roaring fireplace or in its dining wing opposite Niagara Falls State Park.
The New York Deli: Power City Eatery
If you’re off on a morning hike or looking for breakfast on the fly, the tastiest caffeine and carb fix in town can be found at Power City Eatery. Strong Americanos and fresh bagels with honey-jalapeño schmears are the highlights in this Long Island-inspired quick stop. Swing by at lunch to gather the perfect house-cured picnic sandwiches: pastramis on rye, savory Reubens and Italian sammies.
There’s nothing like generations-old Italian-American eateries for comfort fare — and this trio in Niagara Falls, New York’s Little Italy doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find the usual suspects — meatballs, veal parmigiana, vodka sauce and the like — but it’s worth seeking out the family specialties that have been handed down for decades, like The Como’s homemade pasta and garlic bread or Michael’s famous calzones.
The Farm-to-Table Charmer: Carmelo's
A menu guided by the seasons, a romantic ambience, a warm atmosphere that invites you to linger — what’s a foodie not to love about this second-generation eatery in charming Lewiston? Since the chef works closely with local farmers and artisan producers, the menu changes regularly, but expect Italian-inspired dishes like housemade pastas, salmon with salsa verde and garlicky cioppino.
The Destination-worthy Dessert: Hibbard’s Original Frozen Custard
This historic spot (operated by the same family since 1939!) offers a creamy and rich treat, made fresh throughout the day. Classics like chocolate, vanilla and black raspberry are available daily, in addition to a rotating menu of flavors from peanut butter to pistachio. Open seasonally.
IN NORTH TONAWANDA
The You’ll-think-you’re-in-France Bistro: Webster’s Bistro & Bar
A steaming bowl of French onion soup, a glass of pinot noir, a heaping plate of steak-frites, crème brûlée — you’ll swear you’ve been transported to a café in the City of Lights in this lovely neighborhood restaurant, a local’s favorite. Dessert is not to be missed.
The Cozy Gastropub: Shamus Restaurant
You’ll feel like you’ve got the luck of the Irish at this homey-yet-refined pub. Grab a pint and a charcuterie board at the Coppertop Tap Room, or settle into the dining room for Guinness-battered fish-and-chips, fresh sea bass or a hearty steak.
The All-purpose Creperie: Bonjour Crepes
Need a hearty breakfast? Head to Bonjour Crepes. Can’t stomach the thought of another sandwich for lunch? Try Bonjour Crepes! Craving something sweet and Nutella-drenched? Yep: Bonjour Crepes FTW! This Lockport favorite is a one-stop shop — in fact, we don’t see the harm in visiting more than once per day!
The Apple-Lover’s Dream: Blackman Homestead Farm
During the u-pick apple season, stop and enjoy the harvest at this sixth-generation working farm, where you’ll find some delectable foodie souvenirs to take home: delicious fruit butters, pie fillings, fresh-pressed juices and craft hard cider.
The Bucolic Brewpub: Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards
The 340-acre Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards makes the perfect rustic retreat for foodies. Their brewpub menu offers tasty bites like hummus plates, truffle frites and pulled pork sandwiches, best washed down with a flight of their home-crafted beer or cider — or a glass of Vizcarra wine. Want a true taste of the property? Have them pack you a picnic to enjoy on the sprawling grounds.