Tonawanda Offers 'Melting Pot' of Restaurants

April 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm EST

Spicy wings named after its big-city neighbor aren't the only thing northwestern New York has to offer picky palates. Influenced by the influx of European immigrants, Tonawanda's local flavor is a virtual melting pot of ethnic cuisine.

Local Flavor

For a menu full of regional flavors, visit the Buffalo Tap Room and Grill, located off Eggert Road by Sheridan Drive. All the foods that one would expect to find in upstate New York line the menu of this local favorite. Famous buffalo wings, Italian recipes and beef entrees keep diners coming back for. The restaurant also offers 21 varieties of beer on tap, including some that are locally brewed. With menu options "to fit every taste and budget," the Tap Room and Grill has been feeding Tonawanda since 1984.

Inspired Atmosphere

An Italian proverb says: "The eye is first to feast." And at Marotto's Restaurant both the eye and palate are always pleased. Said to have an atmosphere inspired by Monet's Water Lillies, Marotto's gives diners a five-star dining experience without the five-star price tag. Made from fresh ingredients "“ many locally produced "“ the menu features a large selection of seafood, pork, beef, lamb and pasta. Marotto's famous clam bar "“ available May 1 through Labor Day "“ and its extensive wine list add to its appeal.

Casual Cuisine

Cameo's Restaurant has been for the past 20 years. This menu includes well-prepared salads, sandwiches, steaks, burgers, seafood and pasta dishes.

Since 1956, Mike's Subs has been piecing together those delectable submarine sandwiches. Located on Delaware Street, Mike's offers an assortment of cold subs, hot subs, fish subs, sausage subs, chicken subs, meatless subs and steak subs. The restaurant also offers Buffalo chicken wings, tenders, pitas, salads and wraps.

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I think the big thing is the workforce here has been really talented. Training and education have been fairly good and there's abundant water and power.

John Siegel, president of SR Instruments