Seven Days of Larkinville
Begin immersing yourself in the neighborhood renaissance by grabbing lunch at the Filling Station, a converted 1930s gas station that emphasizes local ingredients and fresh flavors. It’s a hotspot for the Buffalo lunchtime crowd.
A spring-to-fall staple of life in Buffalo is Food Truck Tuesday. Nearly 30 trucks from Buffalo and beyond convene on Larkin Square to serve their burritos, falafel, sliders, grilled cheese, gourmet hot dogs, falafel and other creations. Relax in an Adirondack chair and hula hoop while you’re there, too.
Burn off those calories gained on Tuesday by dancing and jamming at the Live at Larkin concert series, which features popular local bands through the summer. There are wintertime components to this series too, like the “Holiday Live at Larkin” in December and “Live at O’Larkin” in March.
Start your day with by shopping at Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters. This sprawling store housed in a warehouse sells authentic military apparel from over 26 countries. Then play a game of Pickleball or a round of golf in the Nano golf course and then check out (716) GAL-LERY, Buffalo’s smallest art gallery inside the Hydraulic Hearth.
Brick oven pizza, anyone? Head to Hydraulic Hearth for some inventive pies served in a funky atmosphere, washed down by beer brewed in-house by Community Beer Works. Make sure to stop by Buffalo’s smallest art gallery while you’re there, housed in a former telephone booth. If brunch is more your thing, Hydraulic Hearth partners with Breadhive Cooperative Bakery for a “Bagels and Brooze” event every Saturday. In the warmer months, enjoy shuffleboard and giant Jenga at the Hearth’s beer garden.
Then head to Flying Bison Brewing Company for a tour and tasting. Flying Bison was a pioneer in the modern era of Buffalo brewing and opened a new Larkinville facility in 2014. Make sure to sample the Aviator Red, Rusty Chain and, in the winter, Blizzard Bock.
Rest. You’ll need the energy to return to Larkinville and try all the food and beer you couldn’t fit in the previous week!
— Brian Hayden