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What’s on draft for the Draft: Where to eat & drink in downtown Buffalo

Buffalo’s restaurant scene is booming, bringing a whole roster of new players to the game.

If you haven’t been down to the foot of Washington Street since the last National Hockey League draft, here’s some new places to eat and drink within a short walk or Main Street trolley ride from First Niagara Center:

• The Mahony, 199 Scott St., 783-8009, themahony.com

Located in the Fairmont Creamery building, which numbers Pegula Sports and Entertainment as one of its tenants, The Mahony offers an extensive New American restaurant menu as well as a full bar. The dinner menu includes braised beef short ribs ($30) and dry-rubbed scallops ($30), pork verde burrito ($11) and a steak sandwich with onions, peppers and blue cheese ($14).

• Pizza Plant, 125 Main St., 626-5566, pizzaplant.com

The longtime dispenser of craft beer and pizza pods opened a Canalside location in January. Extensive appetizer list, a strong salad contingent and other vegetarian-friendly fare broadens the pizzeria-centric pizzas that arrive as pods ($7-$13), regular or stuffed ($7-$23). Pastas include chicken pesto alfredo ($16.69) and broccoli ($11.99).

• Lockhouse Distillery, 41 Columbia St., 768-4898, lockhousedistillery.com

Cocktails made with gin and vodka from the first distillery to open in Buffalo since Prohibition aren’t the only lure here. There’s plenty of other liquor, and craft beer. Food menu includes grilled mushroom, feta and roasted red pepper salad ($10), house cut fries ($5) cheeseburger dumplings ($10), paninis ($8-10) and pizzas ($10-12).

• Raclettes, 537 Main St., 436-3244, raclettesbuffalo.com

A French restaurant opened a few trolley stops from the arena earlier this year, offering breakfast through dinner and a full bar. Its menu starts with its melted cheese specialty before hitting bistro classics like vichyssoise ($4-6), croque monsieur ($8), mussels with pomme frites ($16-18), boeuf bourguignon ($14-22), and coq au vin ($18).

• EXPO, 617 Main St., expobuffalo.com, 855-3976

This Main Street food hall has five restaurant offerings and the full-service Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar, making it a useful choice for groups that can’t make up their minds. Bobby Alfman’s is hearty Italian sandwiches ($10-12), Mercato by Osteria 166 offers meatballs, soup and pastas ($5-10), Sun Roll offers black rice salads, sushi and curry rolls ($8-$11), and Newbury Street has soup and an extensive salad menu ($5-10.50).

If those don’t whet your appetite, more relatively recent places relatively nearby include 716, Ballyhoo, Deep South Taco, Osteria 166, Tappo, Big Ditch, Toutant and Marble + Rye.

Check out our complete guide here:

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