Wednesday Restaurant Week Preview

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The Spectrum

This issue of The Spectrum covers restaurants that are normally in a college students' price range, ranging from ideal restaurants for a date to local breweries. Check out these places while the $20.10 deal is still valid; they might become your new favorite Buffalo venue.

Jennifer Harb

Brodo

4548 Main St., Amherst

Dinner for One for $20.10 Includes:

Choice of cup of soup

Caesar salad

Choice of:

1. 8 oz. peppercorn crusted filet mignon, with garlic mashed potatoes and cherry port wine reduction

2. Herb road half chicken with root vegetables and garlic jus

3. 8 oz. Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet with sweet pea risotto and chive buerre blanc

Brodo's convenient location five minutes from South Campus makes it a trendy option for an off-campus lunch or dinner. This three-course Restaurant Week offer is, in our opinion, worth the money.

Empire Grill

1435 Hertel Ave., Buffalo

Dinner for One for $20.10 Includes:

Soup, salad, your choice of a main course, selection of wine

Empire Grill is one of the more aesthetically pleasing restaurants located on Hertel, with high ceilings, a modern flair and a fully equipped bar. This street is commonly overlooked by lots of college students, but pair this restaurant with a couple of drinks at a Hertel bar afterwards and your night is sure to be exceptional.

Café Espresso Ristorante

4401 Transit Rd., Williamsville

Dinner for One for $20.10 Includes

Choose one from each list:

Course one: zuppa di giorno, small cafe house salad, bruschetta

Course two: pappardelle Bolognese, pollo marsala, lasagna parmigiana, pasta con cozze

Course three: homemade gelato, specialty coffee

Café Espresso is a tiny hole-in-the-wall type of place: you might even miss it if you're not sure where to look. However, it's worth the search. The three-course meal certainly supplies each diner with his or her fill. It's a little further from campus, but it has the potential of being a cute date option.

Acropolis

708 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Dinner for $20.10 Includes

Dinner for two:

1. Choice of soup or salad

2. Choice of entrée

3. Choice of appetizer

Dinner for one:

1. Complimentary glass of wine

2. Choice of soup or salad

3. Choice of entrée

4. Choice of dessert

Again, it's further from campus, but well worth the trip. The newly renovated Acropolis serves contemporary Greek food and boasts a fully stocked bar. Additionally, the Elmwood neighborhood is geared for a good time; right down the street is the newly opened Blue Monk bar and Mezza, a hookah bar that also serves alcohol.

Chocolate Bar

114 Chippewa St., Buffalo

Dinner for One for $20.10 Includes

Choice of:

1. Soup or salad: Caesar salad or Asian pear salad

2. Main: 6 oz. Filet mignon, salmon fillet, or chicken breast rolled with sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and Asiago cheese

3. Dessert: Dip your berries, peanut butter mud pie, Belgian chocolate mousse cake, or crème brulee

Chocolate Bar is more commonly known for their martinis, but their food is quite good too. Obviously, the restaurant is right on Chippewa, so you're already in the perfect location to go out afterwards. In reality, this three-course meal probably costs about the same even without the Restaurant Week deal.

Katie Allen

Chef's Restaurant

291 Seneca St., Buffalo

Dinner for One for $20.10 Includes:

1. Choice of beverage - A bottle of Labatt's Blue or a glass of house wine?

2. Chef Salad?

3. Choice of one entrée

-Chicken parmesan with spaghetti

-Spaghetti parmesan with two meatballs

-Boneless chicken cacciatoria with spaghetti?

4. Coffees, Tea or Soda?

5. Choice of Dessert- Cannoli or orange sherbet

A true Buffalo tradition, Chef's Restaurant started making history in 1923 when it first opened its doors to customers. Awarded for Buffalo's best sauce year after year, Chef's is known as a place where "friends meet to eat."

Brennan's Bowery Bar and Restaurant

4401 Transit Rd. Williamsville

Dinner for One for $20.10 Includes:

1. Appetizer?

2. Entree?

3. Dessert

Brennan's is a true Buffalo tradition featuring one of the biggest menus around town. This Old Irish restaurant features a variety of soups, salads, wings-n-things, wraps, burgers, sandwiches and a mean meat loaf among many other entrees. An extensive beer list is also available to please any connoisseur.

J.P. Bullfeathers Restaurant

1010 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo

Dinner for two for $20.10 Includes:

Choice of any two-dinner entrees.

Known as an American bar and grill in the heart of the Elmwood Village, Bullfeathers is a great place to enjoy a night out on the Elmwood Strip featuring some of Buffalo's best chicken fingers, steaks, wings, lasagna and more.

The Buffalo Brew Pub

6891 Main St., Williamsville

Dinner for two for $20.10 Includes:

Choice of chicken wings, a Brew Pub burger or a Brew Pub chopped salad with a glass of house beer or house wine.

*Not available Friday, Saturday dinners or for take out

Known for brewing their own beer, this Buffalo hot spot is New York State's oldest Brew Pub. Renowned for providing over 34 beers on tap, this pub will be fun for any college student.

Pearl Street Grill and Brewery

76 Pearl St., Buffalo

Dinner for One for $20.10 Includes

1. Choice of one entree served with a soup or salad and a handcrafted Beer. Choice of Pot Roast or six-cheese pasta kielbasa

2. A Burger with a choice of side, a handcrafted beer, and a T-Shirt.

Pearl Street provides the ultimate downtown experience as one of only two places in Buffalo to fully brew all its own beer. Perfect before a night out or a Sabres game, this brew house has a menu that won't disappoint.