Buffalo’s Best Grill, located on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, a proverbial stone's throw from New Era Field, is an easy place to miss. With the plethora of chain restaurants just to the west on McKinley Parkway and Milestrip Road, and the cluster of local dining establishments to the east in the Village of Hamburg, Buffalo’s Best is on a bit of an eatery island.
But for those who stop in for a bite, they won’t leave disappointed.
We began with an order of Gilroy Fries ($6.50). In addition to being listed at the top of an extensive appetizer selection, we bit for the accompanying verbiage describing them as, “crispy fries tossed in garlic herb butter.” The plate was easily enough to feed four people and the fries were exactly as you might imagine crispy fries tossed in melted garlic butter to be - delicious.
Looking for a little more adventure before the main course arrives? The chicken wing dip, served in a bread bowl is noteworthy. Served with crispy tortilla chips to scoop it out and advertised as spicy, it delivers a kick, though not so overwhelming you won't enjoy it.
The eggplant hummus stack is perfect if you are inclined to skip the meat. The eggplant is grilled which gives it a great flavor, and avoids the limp, waterlogged vegetable so common in restaurants. Both are $9 and, like the Gilroy Fries, are generous on the portion.
For mealtime, you can’t go wrong with any of the half dozen burgers on the menu. If you are having trouble deciding, go with the Belly Buster ($9.50 with fries) with mac and cheese on top of the burger. Just be prepared, it’s a bit messy.
With creamy mac and cheese spilling out of the bun, it a two-step process. Once you're done devouring the burger, which is char-grilled, juicy and thick, you're left with a bonus pile of mac and cheese on the plate to enjoy. And if you're expecting Kraft, think again. The mac and cheese at the BBG is delicious, loaded with cheese, and tastes like your grandma's recipe.
The BBG, as it is known in these parts, has plenty of other options from fresh salads ($8.50-$10.50) to pizza, wings and daily specials. On the lighter side, the poached pear salad ($8.50) is delicious with a mix of caramelized nuts, pears and Gorgonzola cheese over mixed greens. Feeling like a salad for dinner, minus the gluten?
The turkey BLT salad ($10) is loaded with turkey and crispy bacon, and the addition of dried cranberries and confetti almonds give it a unique twist. The BBG even offers a gluten-free pizza ($11), helpful if you're bringing little ones with a gluten allergy.
If one Happy Hour is good, two is even better. Enjoy Happy Hour daily from 1 to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close. Beer drinkers can partake in 22-ounce domestic drafts for $3.50 and for cocktail enthusiasts, grab a well drink for $2.50, leaving you plenty cash for appetizers.
BBG has you covered on game day as well with tasty apps, 23 beers on tap ($3.50-$7.50) and seven televisions spread out so you’ve always got a good look at the action whether you opt for the bar, a table or a booth. And don’t let the hours scare you — the Grill offers extended bar hours, so you won’t get pushed out the door if the game goes to overtime.
Whether you are dropping in for an early happy hour, dinner or Sunday brunch, come hungry and be prepared to enjoy generous portions of tasty food that will leave you planning a return visit before the check is paid.
3700 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park (202-1270)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Gluten-free options: Yes including salads, a pizza and all appetizers on the regular menu, including the Gilroy Fries and Eggplant Hummus.
Parking: Plenty on-site.