Like most of us, well-known WNY personalities have tried-and-true eateries that keep pulling them back. We asked them to let us know their favorite spot, but instead got back an abundance of excellent suggestions. When you don’t know where you want go to, go where they go:
But Paul and his wife Deb Dourlain list Mother’s (33 Virginia Pl.) in downtown Buffalo as their top go-to place for many reasons.
“Mother’s is definitely our favorite spot for dinner,” said Paul. “We always find great consistency in the food quality, presentation and service. Probably never a bad bite over many years.”
Paul has developed a friendship with owner Mark Supples and much of the staff. Besides the food, Paul notes that he loves the eclectic mix of customers — from cops to sports figures, young to mature, media personalities to everyday Joes.
But Paul’s recommendations don’t end there. He has a restaurant for every occasion.
“For local, family-style Neapolitan food in a simple environment, we frequent Luigi’s Pizza & Catering (9950 Transit Rd., Luigispizzaandcatering.com) near Swormsville. The quality is consistent and we like a tangy tomato sauce rather than sweet. Luigi’s has really good chicken parm, antipasto and take-out pizza,” he said.
Tappo (338 Ellicott St., Tappoitalian.com) is his favorite downtown Italian restaurant.
“We’ve had quite a few Sunday dinners with Mother’s head barkeep Sam Millitello and his wife Sharon. It’s been wonderful every time. The pork ragu bolognese is deadly good as are the salads and bread. Tappo has one of the best appetizers too, the stuffed hot peppers,” he said.
For burgers, Paul likes Grover’s Bar & Grill (9160 Transit Rd., Facebook) and Five Guys (multiple locations, Fiveguys.com). As for newer places? Paul names the contemporary Southern restaurant Toutant (437 Ellicott St., Toutantbuffalo.com) in downtown Buffalo.
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Here’s where he goes to get his food fixes at places he loves.
To indulge his carnivorous cravings, Andrzejewski loves the homemade sausage sandwiches at Ballyhoo (211 South Park Ave., Buffaloballyhoo.com).
For an Asian fix, Andrzejewski hits up two locations: Pho Lantern (formerly Niagara Seafood at 837 Niagara St., Pholanternny.com) for its “banh mi” (Vietnamese type sandwich) and Saigon Bangkok (512 Niagara Falls Blvd.; 8080 Transit Rd., Saigon-bangkok.com) for the “banh xeo” (Vietnamese pancake).
And what about the two things we all love — pizza and hot dogs?
“Our go-to for delivery is Lovejoy Pizza on Main in Buffalo (900 Main St. and also 1244 E. Lovejoy St., Lovejoypizza.com). When I’m in the suburbs it’s Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza (5433 Transit Rd., Roccoswoodfiredpizza.com) for their thin pizzas and chicken thighs with vinegar peppers.” For hotdogs, Andrzejewski hits up Zorba’s Texas Hots (5 Lee St., Depew).
Working at the crack of dawn, morning show host on Kiss98.5 Nicholas Picholas, along with co-host Janet Snyder, has been keeping folks company on their morning commute for years.
Nicholas lives in Lewiston and lists Carmelo’s (425 Center St., Carmelos-restaurant.com) in Lewiston as one of his favorite restaurants.
Along the canal in North Tonawanda, The Remington Tavern (184 Sweeney St., Remingtontavern.com) makes his list, and for Mexican, it’s La Tolteca (7530 Transit Rd., also 4245 McKinley, Hamburg).
In downtown Buffalo, he likes the creative cuisine of Marble & Rye (112 Genesee St., Marbleandrye.net) and in Williamsville, Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse & Pizzeria in the Walker Center (5110 Main St., Giancarlossteakhouse.com).
Last but not least, across the Peace Bridge, farm-to-table restaurant AG Inspired Cuisine at the Sterling Inn (5195 Magdalen St., Niagara Falls, Ontario, Agcuisine.com) gets his five forks.