1104 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, New York

Coles on Elmwood Avenue, established in 1934, is a longtime traditional Buffalo night spot. Located on the far north end of the Elmwood strip, Coles is well known by Elmwood locals for its vibe and eclectic beer menu, consisting of a wide range of both draught and bottled beers from around the globe. If there is a more robust beer menu in Western New York, we would love hear about it. We were out late after 9 pm on the Elmwood strip. We were hungry and wanted something to eat that didn’t involve subs, tacos or fast food. Then we remembered that Coles serves dinner. After grabbing one of the many cozy booths, we ordered two Stone Smoke Porters with chocolate and coffee overtones, and a splash of vanilla. As we waited, we noticed the interesting decor full of Buffalo neighborhood history, especially the ornate hanging lights which apparently found their way to Coles from a local church. The service was quick and crisp, with no frills, but precise and friendly. When our drinks arrived we toasted and tasted. Ms. Diner is not typically a beer drinker; however she has learned to enjoy and appreciate a good flavorful microbrew since being introduced to flavorful beers by Mr. Diner. She overwhelmingly approved of the choice. For an appetizer, we ordered the stuffed banana peppers. Three lightly breaded peppers with four cheeses, topped with marinara and mozzarella, served with garlic bread. It was heavenly. Mr. Diner, wanting a no nonsense hearty meal, ordered the Black & Blue Burger, with Kobe beef for the extra $4.25. It was delicious, cooked to a perfect medium, and very satisfying. Ms. Diner ordered a second appetizer, the Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip, with artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, spinach, mozzarella & cream cheese. It was delicious and creamy, with generous amounts of artichoke and spinach. We highly recommend Coles if you are looking for good drinks and a straight forward and hearty meal at a good price. We will definitely be back to Coles to eat the next time we are hanging out on the Elmwood strip.

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