Starting Point: Historic West Side

Buffalo’s historic West Side is often associated with the landing spot of many immigrants that came to Western New York to start a new life. With a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, it is no surprise that this neighborhood’s zip code is the most diverse in all of New York State. That’s right, even more diverse than any zip code in the Big Apple. If that isn’t enough to brag about, take a look at these five spots that embody Buffalo’s incomparable West Side.

With a hearty breakfast down, indulge in the various tastes and sights of the recently “green” renovated 19th century Horsefeathers building. Here, visitors can shop healthy local food artisans or sit down for a creative open kitchen dining experience at Martin Cooks. Horsefeathers is also home to a vibrant Winter Market featuring local farmers from November through May. With 24 loft-style apartments, the site spans over 20,000 square feet of space right on Connecticut Street, and is a cornerstone development for the neighborhood’s revitalization.
As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” And The Black Sheep is no exception. New to Buffalo just this August, The Black Sheep is a joint venture by Chefs Steve and Ellen Gerda and the menu has unusual items like a Pork Liver Deviled Egg, a Thai Bologna Lettuce Wrap and Sticky Toffee Pudding. The restaurant’s back courtyard is part patio, part beer garden, and is the perfect place to enjoy a quality meal using only the finest locally sourced meats, cheeses and vegetables.
With shopping and dinner done, polish the night off on Niagara Street, with two of Buffalo’s craft beer breweries, Resurgence Brewing Company and Community Beer Works. Enjoy a nice night with friends, family or co-workers in Resurgence’s beer garden where nightly bocce and super sized jenga games abound. If you aren’t up to a game of bocce, simply ease the day’s stress away by relaxing at the fire pit with one of Resurgence’s 11 in-house brewed beers. Looking for a low-key night in? Take your growler to get filled at Community Beer Works before heading home.

There’s a lot of history, diversity, culture, and excitement throughout Buffalo’s West Side. Add some notches in your beer tasting belt while spoiling yourself with delicious fares throughout your journey.