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Restaurant Week Is Upon Us!

Today marks the first day of a week-long celebration of good food at unbeatable prices throughout Western New York. Buffalo food lovers are invited to come out and support their local restaurateurs, try some new places and get their fill of all the great food our city has to offer.

From March 28 through April 3, 200 independently owned, local restaurants will be showcasing samples of their tastiest meals for just $21.11.  Each restaurant will be offering its own special deal, some promoting dinners for two, others multi-course meals for one.  One can view the full list of participating restaurants on the Restaurant Week website. Each restaurant has a full profile, with a description of its cuisine, location and contact information, restaurant hours, and what special they will be offering.

The concept of Restaurant Week began three years ago with Mike Andrezjewski, Peter Longo, President of the WNY Chapter of the NYS Restaurant Association, and Daniel Garvey, Treasurer of the NYS Restaurant Association.  The trio teamed up with localfoodservice.com to promote Local Restaurant Week, bringing over 150 Buffalo establishments on board in March of 2009.  Rochester restaurants followed suit a month later, and this week, establishments in both cities will be celebrating the third year of Restaurant Week, with 25 new participants joining up.  This year’s theme will be “Our Restaurants, Our Culture,” in celebration of the integral role that food plays in Western New Yorkers’ way of life.

Restaurant Week offers a chance to not only get an inexpensive meal at your favorite local eatery, but to also try someplace new and experience the diversity of Buffalo’s food culture.  The list of possibilities is practically endless, from American, to Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French, Greek, Creole, Irish and more.  For $21.11, it’s certainly worth your while to experiment a little this week, but choose carefully because the list is by no means a small one.

To see the full list of participating restaurants and to learn more about Restaurant Week, visit the website or the Facebook page.

Photo: Buffalo Chophouse

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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