Like many neighborhoods in Buffalo, the nearby village of Williamsville has seen a boom in exciting new restaurants and bars opening in the last five years. There are plenty of options and cuisines that will please even the most adventurous foodie. If you are looking to get out of the city for a bit, take the short drive up north and check out what Williamsville has to offer.
Aro Bar de Tapas (5415 Sheridan Drive). We named Aro Bar de Tapas one of our most anticipated openings in 2016 and for good reason. They had some very ambitious plans for their restaurant and were planning to bring a cuisine to Buffalo that many had never truly experienced before. After eight successful months, the restaurant has become the hottest places to eat in the Northtowns. Combining new cooking techniques, traditional Spanish ingredients and nearly a dozen gin & tonics has made this one of the best restaurants in all of WNY. If you haven’t been there yet, you really are missing out.
Break N Eggs Creperie (5235 Main St). Since they opened in the fall of 2012, the line has literally been out the door for this popular breakfast spot. Bob and Annie Sweeney’s take on a classic French Canadian Creperie features a menu with a mixture of both sweet and savory crepes along with classic American breakfast items. They are only open until 3 p.m. and there is always a wait, so get there early, it’s well worth it.
Creekview Restaurant (5629 Main St). When trying to think of a ‘classic’ Williamsville restaurant to add to this list, Creekview came to mind. The location, a re-purposed historic house that dates back to the 1800’s with a dining room that offers a great view of Ellicott Creek, is a favorite for many town residents. The kitchen offers classic dishes along with some Buffalo comforts while the bar offers an above average wine list and cocktails.
D’Avolio Kitchen (5409 Main St). While most Western New Yorkers know D’Avolio as a popular brand of olive oil, Williamsville residents also know them as one of the best pizzerias in town. Their kitchen offers a variety of salads and sandwiches but what you really want is their pizza. Their “choose your own adventure” menu offers endless combinations of topping and has made D’Avolio one of our favorite cheap eats.
The Moor Pat (78 E Spring St). The Moor Pat is yet another restaurant/craft beer bar within the Mike Shatzel empire (Thin Man Brewery, Liberty Hound, Cole’s, ABV). It might be small, but this restaurant/bar in the village of Williamsville has one of the best beer selections in WNY. The craft brews are paired with a menu of sausages, fries and recently added burgers. Head over now and enjoy the patio while you can.
Wok & Roll (5467 Sheridan Dr). While Amherst might be the authentic Chinese food capital of WNY, Wok N Roll has something to offer to foodies as well. It might look like your average American-Chinese restaurant from the outside, but their menu offers some surprisingly authentic and well-done Cantonese dishes. Grab some dim sum, their share-able casserole dishes or even congee if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
Honorable Mentions: Share Kitchen & Bar Room – just opened this year in the former Billy Bar location, offers shareable small plates and oysters; Sun Restaurant – opening their 3rd location very soon in the Village of Williamsville, known for their fantastic Burmese fare; finally, on Evans Street you can find a variety of different ethnic cuisines: Turkish & Moroccan (Fiero’s), Lebanese (The Pita Place), Thai & Vietnamese (Thai Orchid) and Korean (Woo Chon) in the Evanstown Plaza.