They may have originated in nearby Buffalo, but chicken wings are still a local specialty in Niagara Falls USA. Known elsewhere as “Buffalo wings,” they’re just “chicken wings” here — albeit chicken wings fried extra crispy, slathered in a buttery hot sauce and served with blue cheese dressing and celery.
Where to try it: In Niagara Falls: Duff’s, Anchor Bar, Avenue Grill, Judi’s Lounge — and essentially at every local eatery.
Consider a fish fry the Western New York version of fish-’n-chips: fresh cod or haddock, battered and fried golden, served with coleslaw and fries. This New York delicacy is a Lenten mainstay — even eateries where you’d never expect to find a fish entrée (like a bakery!) fry up the good stuff on Fridays in Lent.
Where to try it: In Niagara Falls: Griffon Gastropub, Gadawski’s. In Lockport: Lock 34 Bar & Grill, Kith and Kin Bakeshop & Bistro (gluten-free!).
Johnnie Ryan Soda
Three generations of Ryans have been churning out this old-school cane sugar soda since 1935. They pride themselves on using the finest extracts and flavorings available, sweetened with 100% cane sugar. Expect all the usual suspects: cola and root beer, as well as orange, grape, crème, black cherry, ginger ale and birch beer.
Where to try it: In grocery stores and on local menus.