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Catching the football spirit

There are two main seasons in Buffalo: football season and waiting for football season.

Luckily for Buffalonians, football is back.

To get in the spirit of the season, my friend Tara and I went to Buffalo Sports Grill in Hamburg on a Friday night.

We were in awe of the Bills décor covering the walls and even some of the tables along with a Bon Jovi Free Zone sign hanging up.

A friendly waitress immediately sat us in a comfy booth with our own mini-TV against the wall. The booth also was surrounded by televisions. There is plenty more seating at the bar and at the accompanying tables around the establishment.

Our table included a collage of old-school Bills team photos along with the restaurant’s logo.

We both ordered Bud Light drafts; I requested mine with a fresh lime wedge.

Other draft options include Southern Tier Pumpking (seasonal), Yuengling Lager, Rusty Chain and Blue Light. Prices for drafts range from $2 to $7. Bottled beers, including Blue, Bud and Heineken, range from $2 to $4.

Wine is $4 a glass and mixed drinks cost from $2 to $7 and can be made with Jose Cuervo, Grey Goose, Jack, Malibu and many more.

The specialty drinks are always changing, but you can check the Facebook page to see what is being featured, such as a Mojito or a Cosmo.

The place was filled with families with kids sporting uniforms ready for a post-game dinner, groups of friends chattering at the bar and others glued to the many TVs for the sports highlights on ESPN.

We checked out the menu, which the bar says serves “pub food with a twist,” and perused the copious savory and affordable options.

I requested the Pork and Mac, a sandwich with smoked Gouda macaroni and cheese and pulled pork all on one sandwich with sweet potato tater tots on the side ($9). Tara ordered the Classic American Burger ($7), with loaded fries as the side for an additional charge.

We enjoyed our meals, chit-chatted about work and current events and discussed our weekend plans.

Everyone was extremely friendly and the other patrons around us seemed to be enjoying their drinks and food just as much as we were.

Buffalo Sports Grill has many forms of entertainment such as an Open Mic Night on Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and live music on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Patrons can entertain themselves with the digital jukebox near the bar or grab a bowl of popcorn from the machine and watch friends play a game of darts.

If you bleed red and blue, Buffalo Sports Grill is the place to be, whether it’s Sunday, or any day of the week.

Buffalo Sports Grill

Where: 4923 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg (648-1037,

Hours: 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday; opens at noon Thursday through Saturday; and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Scene: Family friendly with scrumptious specials from appetizers to buckets and well drinks. On Tuesdays, kids under 12 eat free with purchase of an entree.

Specials: $2 drafts and well drinks and $12 buckets during happy hour. Ladies’ Night Out specials on Wednesdays feature half-priced apps and $1 off martinis.

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