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Whether you're native, a transplant or just visiting, it does not take very long to realize that Buffalo is an amazing town and hot spot for food. Foodies of all kinds would flourish here in the Queen city and they do. Purveyors of spirits, beer and all kinds of cocktails also do well. Buffalo and the western New York region are destination number one when it comes to world class restaurants and bars. Everyone knows Buffalo for the chicken wings, but they’re just a small part of our food scene. However, there is one problem and it is a good problem to have. There are so many options.
With this problem being on the forefront of their mind, in walks Steve Ambrose and Brian Cleary. These two Buffalonian entrepreneurs created the Buffalo Dinner Club to sort out the wheat from the chaff. As their website explains, "The Buffalo Dinner Club is an open community of “foodies” in the WNY region that enjoy expanding their pallet with exceptional food and drinks while socializing with new friends."
What does that mean for you? It means that every month the guys at the Buffalo Diner Club will team up with local restaurants. They will put together exclusive menus and host an official Buffalo Dinner Club meet-up. You can enjoy exclusive specials at the best spots in town. But what spots? Well, that list is growing every day. Past events included establishments like:
- Hydraulic Hearth
- Cantino Loco
- MTK Midtown Kitchen
- Lockhouse Distillery & Bar
- And More...
Their official launch party was last year on the Grand Lady from Grand Lady Cruises with 70 dinner club members and sailed out onto the water for a two and a half hour dinner cruise. Is that not a wonderful way to introduce and launch your venture? That is what you can expect from the Buffalo Dinner Club. These guys know how to create a great event and every day new restaurants and bars are signing up.
This is such a great idea and the way they do it is something that seems to naturally fit into Buffalo, the surrounding area and its residents. The BDC gives everyone a new way to explore the exceptional food culture that the area has to offer.
Buffalo and the surrounding region has always been known for hundreds of restaurant choices, ranging from greasy spoons to high class fair. Ethnic selections range from Indian to Italian, from Mexican to Polish and from Lebanese to American and many more. If you live in Buffalo there are no options closed to you from a food and selection perspective, as well as from the price you want to pay.
Michael Stern of roadfood.com once was quoted as saying, "Buffalo, without a doubt, is one of the greatest eating cities. When you think of gastronomic meccas in the country, you do not think of upstate New York. But, in fact, it has much to offer." And yes, I know. Buffalo is NOT in upstate New York.
The Buffalo Dinner Club does not only concern itself with Buffalo establishments. Its reach is moving into the suburbs as well with new participating places like.
- Sun Cuisines
- Sun Cuisines Williamsville
- Daniel's Restaurant
When you get a chance, go to the Buffalo Dinner Club Facebook page and like their page at,
Doing that is a wonderful way and a good first step to learn more about them. You can also visit their website to learn about the Buffalo Dinner Club and future events at,
If you wish to read up on past events, then explore the BDC blog. There are a lot of great articles that speak to past events. They are well written and will give you the smell and taste of the club is all about.