Brunch is quickly becoming a favorite meal for locals and visitors in Buffalo. And with Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to plan ahead for mom’s special meal. With innovative restaurants opening all the time, bringing something new to the table, it’s easy to lose track of the ones you’ve been wanting to try. Here are seven suggestions:
Roost, 1502 Niagara St. in Buffalo, (716) 259-9306
Bringing flair to Niagara Street, patrons entering Roost are immediately greeted by wall art and an open kitchen concept with the bar facing the food prep area. Their breakfast pizza didn’t disappoint! Loaded with sausage, pancetta, thinly shaved potatoes and drizzled with egg yolk and maple syrup, this was definitely one for the books. The salty pancetta blended with the creamy yolk made every bite enjoyable.
Dapper Goose, 491 Amherst St. in Buffalo, (716) 551-0716
For a cozy dining experience, The Dapper Goose is the perfect location. Their framed, blue bar backdrop creates an elegant feel that also stands out in their dishes. The duck biscuits topped with runny egg, black pepper gravy, and crispy duck meat bits is a hot item at the Dapper Goose. Pro tip: Ask for a seat on their awesome patio and don’t forget to buy extra biscuits to mop up the gravy with the duck pieces in it after. You won’t regret it!
Billy Club, 228 Allen St. in Buffalo, (716) 331-3047
Billy Club, tucked away on Allen, is filled with rustic decor, exposed light fixtures and new brunch items in addition to the classics like french toast. Try their beet dish with pistachio blue cheese panna cotta (a cold Italian custard), orange supreme and arugula for a peppery finish.
Toutant, 437 Ellicott St. in Buffalo, (716) 342-2901
When you walk through the doors of Toutant, you’re immediately greeted by their friendly hostess and their large bar area. If you have time before you’re seated, I highly suggest ordering the frozen cocktail of the day or their lobster Caesar. The second and third floors are the dining areas that provide guests with a quieter area to enjoy their food. I have yet to have a meal at Toutant that I don’t absolutely love and that includes the cocktails. Their creamy shrimp and grits made with heirloom white corn grits, gulf shrimp, Tasso ham, and tomato broth will leave you trying to lick your plate clean. That’s where an order of the biscuits with jam comes in handy! Pair that with a lobster caesar and you’ll have yourself an amazing meal. Don’t forget to ask about their pastry of the day, too!
The Grange Community Kitchen, 22 Main St. in Hamburg, (716) 648-0022
When I first visited the Grange, it felt more like I was hanging out in a friend’s beautiful apartment. Sunlight filled the entire restaurant, and their open kitchen concept with shelves filled with cookbooks makes you feel right at home. If you’re looking for a quick sandwich, it’s worth the trip out to Hamburg for their breakfast sausage, fried egg, cheddar, and charred pepper mayo on a biscuit. Grab a warm cinnamon bun to go while you’re there! Note: Even though they’re not open on Sundays, we’re sure mom wouldn’t mind having to do brunch a day early.
The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar, 367 Connecticut St. in Buffalo, (716) 884-1100
The Black Sheep’s open shelving concept behind the bar displays a nice selection of spirits for you to choose from while your group waits for their table in the back dining area. The Black Sheep has already won me over with their fried lemons and sticky toffee pudding, so it didn’t surprise me that their brunch menu was just as impressive with witty names like Game of Scones (mini scones, muffins, or croissants, cinnamon raisin bread, apple butter, whipped butter) or Hash Rules Everything Around Me (brisket hash, 2 eggs, toast). Pair that with the Barrel and Brine kimchi Bloody Mary (yeah seriously, this exists) and start chowing down!
Buffalo Proper, 333 Franklin St. in Buffalo, (716) 783-8699
Their grand bar provides a stage for the talented bartenders to craft drinks for the guests and is viewable from both the first and second floors. In addition to Buffalo Proper having plenty of seating upstairs, they have a fantastic patio that wraps around the outside of the second floor. Buffalo Proper recently announced they’re bringing Sunday brunch back, which will include the staples like housemade bagels and bottomless mimosas in addition to unique items like Irish coffees and specials like shakshuka (poached eggs on a sauce made with tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, spices). I’m guessing their bloodys and Irish coffees will be reason enough to go!