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How to spend a Saturday afternoon: Iron Island, Ike & BG's, MLK Park, Golden Cup Coffee

What a week. April Fools' Day pranked us into thinking we would have a chance to taste chicken wing flavored coffee. SkipTheDishes pulled out of the whole country. Another Restaurant Week has come and nearly gone.

Now that it's the weekend, start to consider how you're spending it. As part of our new Saturday afternoon series, we've compiled a few geographically close places (a museum, park, lunch spot, drinks) to check out each Saturday, so consider following this itinerary.

Weather: Ditch the jacket and unearth your flip-flops because Saturday afternoon should be sunny with a whopping high of 52 degrees. (We'll take what we can get.)


As sunshine thaws the frozen ground and chickadees chirp in the morning, memories of summer culinary staples such as potato salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and barbecue ribs flood back. Ike and BG's Restaurant (1646 Genesee St.) makes take-out barbecue and soul food all year round, but on one of the first pleasant spring days of the year, it's bound to taste a little extra satisfying. Once your food is ready, you'll have to take it somewhere else to eat. Perhaps a picnic?


Since you're nearby, set up a picnic on the expansive green lawn at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Bask in the spring sun in the gardens behind the science museum or near John Wilson's eight-foot-tall bust of Martin Luther King Jr., which overlooks the park. It's the same sculpture that was at the center of a controversy last year about its resemblance to the civil rights icon.

Reserve a guided tour ahead of time or take a $2 self-guided tour of Iron Island. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)


Even the "GhostHunters" agree that the Iron Island Museum (998 Lovejoy St.) is haunted. Whatever your thoughts on paranormal activity are, a $2 self-guided tour of the former church and funeral home will make for an interesting afternoon, story and potential prank for whoever you're going with, especially if they're easily spooked. For an even better experience, reserve a guided tour ahead of time ($5 per person). Aside from a potential ghost, there are plenty of other relics to see.


For a strong cup of coffee or a sandwich in the neighborhood -- if you're hungry again after all of that barbecue -- try Golden Cup Coffee (1323 Jefferson Ave.). The bright, yellow cafe is simple and quaint, with a handful of tables. Since they roast and sell their own beans, choose from a variety of roasts and check the map on the wall to learn where the beans are sourced from.

Related: More in our series
How to spend a Saturday afternoon: Wilkeson Point, Niagara Cafe, El Museo, Tipico
How to spend a Saturday afternoon: The Benjaman Gallery, Pho Dollar, Broderick Park, Bootleg Bucha

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