sampleby Carolyn Batt

One of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Buffalo is the Allentown Historic Preservation District. Home to some of Buffalo’s best architecture, shopping, and nightlife, Allentown is also home to one of the nation’s largest outdoor art festivals. One of the biggest attracting points of visitors to this Bohemian neighborhood though is its offbeat restaurants that you can’t find in other cities.

Allentown offers a variety of creative dining options that are unique to this neck of the woods. Start off by stopping by Betty’s, Buffalo’s best kept secret. Located in a beautifully restored century old house in the middle of a residential neighborhood, Betty’s boasts homemade breakfasts, lunches and dinners with a variety of vegetarian and local foods. This secret is quickly catching on as Sunday brunches oftentimes finds people lining up around the corner for spinach potato pancakes or the scrambled tofu hash.

Try the Falafel Bar for lunch. This newest location of the popular Buffalo Mediterranean eatery features authentic falafel, hummus and other popular Middle Eastern foods. The tabouli is not to be missed here! Grab a fresh fruit smoothie or fruit juice made to order before antiquing or checking out one of the dozens of art galleries around the neighborhood.

Catch dinner at Sample Restaurant—where you can literally sample a variety of gourmet cuisines. Try the carrot ginger soup, served in a shot glass or the steak frite—seared sirloin steak and Worcestershire aioli served atop a house made french fry! If you’re still hungry, don’t worry, Sample also serves a variety of small plates and desserts to compliment.

Allentown offers more than two dozen restaurants within a one mile radius—all independently owned. For a complete listing and description of the dining options available, visit our website.

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