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Pain au chocolat: $4 from Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant

Photo by Eric Frick

 

Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant

483 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

500-2253 or rowhousebuffalo.com

 

The pastry case at Rowhouse is enticing, with a colorful assortment of croissants, tarts, scones, danish, and more. Croissant dough on the classic pain au chocolat is buttery, fluffy, and has visible layers—always a good sign. It’s perfect with your favorite coffee or tea. The fresh-baked biscuit breakfast sandwich features a farm egg, house bacon, and creamed spinach, which makes it slightly different than any I’ve had in recent years. It’s a tasty combination and, for brunch, it’s served with a side of home fries, hence the higher price. The pizza is not to be missed, and the breakfast pizza that left the biggest impression is the farm egg and housemade sausage, which includes sharp cheddar, fresh ricotta, roasted tomato, and caramelized onion. It’s perfect for sharing with a crowd. The physical space is stunning; Rowhouse boasts arguably the most incredible recent renovation in a Buffalo restaurant. A variety of casual and comfortable seating ares are available for breakfast, but the brunch dining spaces are even cozier and more inviting. —Nina Barone

 

Fresh baked biscuit breakfast sandwich: $6 for breakfast $8 at brunch

 

Farm egg and house made sausage pizza: $14

 


 

Marble + Rye

112 Genesee St., Buffalo

853-1390 or marbleandrye.net

 

Marble + Rye is known for its seasonal and local menu, excellent burgers on housemade buns, and thoughtful, nuanced bar program. Many people may not realize it also offers some of the best happy hour deals in town. Every day from 4:30 until 7 p.m., you can get a selection of cocktails for $5 each, which is a solid deal and reason enough to get excited. The bar snacks, though, are the standouts. For only a single, solitary American dollar, you can get your choice of three different snacks as deserving of a place on the menu as anything else Marble + Rye serves. The potato chips are prepared in house and served with the kitchen’s take on French onion dip, a simple but tasty combo. For more adventurous eaters, the really spicy cucumber dish pairs rounds of cool cukes with chile oil plus soy sauce, dill, cilantro, and scallion. It’s a well-balanced combination of flavors,  with just enough heat to bring some excitement without wiping out your palate. The malt vinegar-flavored chickpeas are crispy all the way through, making them incredibly snackable. Even though the portion is generous, it can disappear quickly. At a buck each, why not try all three? —Nick Guy

 

Happy hour cocktails: $5    Bar snacks: $1 each

 

Homemade potato chips & “Bison” dip; Crispy chickpeas; Really spicy cucumbers

Photos by kc kratt

 


 

Allen Burger Venture

175 Allen St., Buffalo

768-0386 or allenburgerventure.com

 

If you have ever walked past the craft beer and burger bar on Allen Street, you know it packs ’em in. Under the same ownership as Moor Pat, Colter Bay, Thin Man Brewery, and Cole’s, this joint boasts the great selection of craft beers and elevated pub food the group’s properties have all but trademarked. That said, a burger and a beer will typically run you upwards of $20. Night owls: this is your moment. From Sunday through Thursday starting at 9 p.m, 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the late-night menu drops the prices on one of the best basic burgers in town. A classic smash burger with minced onion, American cheese, and sweet-hot pickles on a French roll tastes like an elevated version of the Burger King standard. Get it with a side of ABV’s insane housemade tater tots and a PBR for $10. Hungry? Make it a double for $12.50 or a triple for $15. The late-night menu also offers the burger with hand-cut fries for $8, as well as a single order of fries or tots for $7.50. Pro tip: Get the tots. These little discs of potato-y goodness will make you forget you ever knew Ore Ida. —Lizz Schumer

 

Late-night smash burger special: $10

 

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