Starting Point: South Buffalo

Editor’s note: today, we introduce our Starting Point series, where we’ll curate our top five stops in each of Buffalo’s neighborhoods. First up? South Buffalo.

Still need to work off the pie? For a more open experience with nature, visit the Tifft Nature Preserve on Furhmann Boulevard. The preserve stretches across more than 260 acres and includes natural marshes, ponds and woodlands that are home to hundreds of different species of wildlife. If you happen to visit during the winter, make sure you rent some snowshoes for your hike!

After two parks, you’ve probably worked up an appetite again! Check out the Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub located at 2134 Seneca Street, which brings the heart and soul of a traditional pub experience into the South Buffalo neighborhood. In addition to being the favorite spot of Tim Russert, the Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for its Beef on Weck, Irish Beer Cheddar Soup and Triple D Platter.

There’s one more stop we recommend – Our Lady of Victory Shrine and Basilica. It’s a stunning structure that was built almost entirely of white marble in the early 1920s and it can be seen from almost any spot in South Buffalo. Besides offering masses, sacraments and tours, the Basilica is home to many items of papal significance. Photo courtesy: Our Lady of Victory Shrine and Basilica.

Looking for more information about Buffalo? Visit the South Buffalo Chamber of Commerce website for more details on events, businesses and neighborhoods.