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road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by touchdowntodd » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:10 pm

im a 10 hour drive to buffalo ..

the wife and i are wing FREAKS .. i was thinking about driving out for a couple days ..

basically leave at say 4am .. get there around 2-3pm depending on traffic on a wednesday...

stay wed night and thursday night .. leave friday morning ...

figuring 3-4 meals ,.. ALL wings LOL .. should be able to hit the "main" spots ..

figuring $150-175 for gas, $200 for hotel nights, and idk $200-250 for food could be a fun "budget" type trip that I could suprise her with ...

question being ... are they THAT good there? LOL .. i mean is it worth it as a quick destination trip?
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Post by touchdowntodd » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:20 pm

or we could do kansas city for BBQ .. we love that equally as much :)
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Post by NYBoglehead » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:34 pm

I'd make the trip to Buffalo. Beautiful area of the state. Can definately have a good time aside from just the wings, nice to make small trips once in a while.

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Post by orlandoguy » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:42 pm

Of course it's a matter of personal preference, but I would head to Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City for BBQ any day over going to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo for wings. Although perhaps my lone visit to the Anchor Bar was marred by the fact that my friend's car was broken into and my suitcase and briefcase were stolen while there, but I've had equally good wings in many places, but have never replicated the awesomeness of Arthur Bryant's BBQ.

On the other hand, Niagara Falls is a must-visit destination once you're in Buffalo and there's certainly nothing comparable in KC.

In either case, I know you'll enjoy the journey!

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Post by MoneyBagsRx » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:47 pm

Well, being a local, I can definitely comment on the food:

Anchorbar is what put us on the map (besides the blizzard of '77). Nice large, crispy wings! About $37/bucket of 50 wings. Prices have definitely gone up! Throw in a drink or two and you can easily spend $60+tip. But, IMHO is the best place to go. Others tell me the rest of the food is amazing, but I've never had anything but wings there.

Then, there's Duff's. Lots of people love it, but they are small, saucy wings (just a differently style). I have only been to the following: 3651 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226

But since it may be closer, you can try 550 Dick Road, Depew, NY 14043. It's the original that President Obama went to (and got hit on by a local, haha!)

I personally would never recommend an out-of-town'er to go anyplace else for just wings.

If you can postpone the trip, I would wait until next year. Why? Because you just missed our annual wing festival. http://www.buffalowing.com/ It's currently scheduled for next year on:
Saturday, August 31, 2013 and Sunday, September 1, 2013. The event is just massive with hundreds of styles/flavors of wings. But, a bit pricey: $5 to get in then $1/jumbo wing.

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Post by touchdowntodd » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:06 pm

i actually thought about waiting for the fest after i posted this ...

cost isnt that big of a factor to me because here we get .35 wings all the time and even some .15 wing nights .. i already know i will have to spend much more!!!!!!!!
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Post by dickenjb » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:09 pm

Yes. Go to Anchor Bar and Duff's. Also try some "Beef on Weck" while you are there. And go to Niagara Falls. If you can afford it, stay at the Marriott Fallsview in a view room. Well worth it.

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Post by bengal22 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:27 pm

touchdowntodd wrote:or we could do kansas city for BBQ .. we love that equally as much :)
Kansas City is definitely worth the road trip. I recommend Oklahoma Joe's, which is just inside the kansas side. It is inside a gas station and is the best ribs.
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Post by touchdowntodd » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:42 pm

wow, just looked at the niagra falls rooms with a view .. IMPRESSIVE ..

its on the canadian side if i understand correctly .. and we dont have passports .. depressing.. i DEFINETELY would have gone for it .. are they still hard to get and a long wait? havent had one in 21 years literally .

ps - the BBQ trip would be fun, but in all honesty its a distant 2nd place because i have a smoker and i do pretty darn well cookin up BBQ myself!
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Post by Toons » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:03 pm

touchdowntodd wrote:wow, just looked at the niagra falls rooms with a view .. IMPRESSIVE ..

its on the canadian side if i understand correctly .. and we dont have passports .. depressing.. i DEFINETELY would have gone for it .. are they still hard to get and a long wait? havent had one in 21 years literally .

ps - the BBQ trip would be fun, but in all honesty its a distant 2nd place because i have a smoker and i do pretty darn well cookin up BBQ myself!
Lived in Western NY for 18 years,to be specific,Grand Island Ny,North of Buffalo just south of Niagara Falls,
If you travel to Niagara Falls you will be SHOCKED at the condition of the city,,depressing,factories,business etc left years ago.The "falls" itself is surrounded by a casino , few hotels ,,and slums.The place to go would be the Canadian side to spend time.
Now for the wings,as was mentioned earlier,Anchor Bar and Duffs are the best known.The rivalry is intense as to who serves the best.Having been to both ,my personal opinion Duffs is the best.Pick your time carefully,,,we used to go around 4:30 to 5:00PM on a weekday..to avoid the crowds.University of Buffalo is close by so students ,parents always going ,oh yes and if there is a hockey game in the area forget it.super packed.It is nothing for people to wait in a line outside.I recommend the location at 3651 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY 14226.It has been opened since 1946.They have different levels of "hot wings':
Mild, Mild-Medium, Medium, Medium-Hot, Hot, Superhot, Death*, Armageddon*.
Whatever you do,,don't get the armegeddon...you will be on fire :twisted:

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Post by hicabob » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:05 pm

touchdowntodd wrote:wow, just looked at the niagra falls rooms with a view .. IMPRESSIVE ..

its on the canadian side if i understand correctly .. and we dont have passports .. depressing.. i DEFINETELY would have gone for it .. are they still hard to get and a long wait? havent had one in 21 years literally .

ps - the BBQ trip would be fun, but in all honesty its a distant 2nd place because i have a smoker and i do pretty darn well cookin up BBQ myself!
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Post by tludwig23 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:18 pm

touchdowntodd wrote:...its on the canadian side if i understand correctly .. and we dont have passports .. depressing.. i DEFINETELY would have gone for it .. are they still hard to get and a long wait? havent had one in 21 years literally .
I don't know what state you live in, but some states (including WA and NY) offer an enhanced drivers license. You apply the same way you apply for your DL, but you also have to prove US Citizenship, and pay a few extra bucks (much less than a passport though). The enhanced DL is valid for land & water travel between the US and Canada, but not for air travel.

Edit: added info: currently EDLs are offered by four states:

Washington: $15 more than the standard driver license
Vermont: $25 more than the standard driver license
New York: $30 more than the standard driver license
Michigan: $20 more than the standard driver license
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Post by touchdowntodd » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:32 pm

im in Milwaukee WI so no options that way
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Post by beardsworth » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:09 pm

touchdowntodd (original poster) wrote:im a 10 hour drive to buffalo ..

the wife and i are wing FREAKS .. i was thinking about driving out for a couple days ..
Here's some appropriate music for your trip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6EryDAnwFw

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Post by Valuethinker » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:29 am

touchdowntodd wrote:wow, just looked at the niagra falls rooms with a view .. IMPRESSIVE ..

its on the canadian side if i understand correctly .. and we dont have passports .. depressing.. i DEFINETELY would have gone for it .. are they still hard to get and a long wait? havent had one in 21 years literally .

ps - the BBQ trip would be fun, but in all honesty its a distant 2nd place because i have a smoker and i do pretty darn well cookin up BBQ myself!
Yes NY side of Niagara Falls is really depressing. Canadian side is much better.

The gem around there is the old 1900s town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's not cheap, but it's the heart of wine country and it is beautiful. On the New York side, the Finger Lakes region.

On passports I think the issue is DHS needs to see your US passport for re-entry? I don't think Canadian Customs (who want your tourist dollars!) requires a passport for entry if you have a valid US drivers' license? (I am NOT sure about this). As per other posts, I think some states do enhanced drivers' licenses which work?

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Post by johnny72 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:38 am

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Post by lightheir » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:39 am

Buffalo is totally NOT worth a 10 hour drive. For anything. The wings are wings - they're not mindcrushingly amazing, and for sure, not worth a 10 hour drive, even if you hit up nearly every wing place in the city.

Now if you make it a trip where you hit up the Finger Lakes, Rochester, and possibly Toronto, then it makes sense to do a 10 hour drive. If you combine all the towns en route to Buffalo, you can get wine tasting, country scenery, cute upstate NY flavor, and even a bit of cool urban chic with Rochester and the choice parts of the larger cities (including Buffalo). Once you hit Toronto, sky's the limit.

But a 10 hour drive to Buffalo just to sample wings and nothing else? Huge waste of time. Buffalo isn't a worthy enough standalone destination to spend that kind of time. You would be better served hitting the finger lakes wine trail that's not too far from there, or just suck it up and drive all the way to Toronto, which is an awesomely cosmpolitan city. (I'm not a city lover and I love Toronto.)

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Post by Valuethinker » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:19 am

lightheir wrote:But a 10 hour drive to Buffalo just to sample wings and nothing else? Huge waste of time. Buffalo isn't a worthy enough standalone destination to spend that kind of time. You would be better served hitting the finger lakes wine trail that's not too far from there, or just suck it up and drive all the way to Toronto, which is an awesomely cosmpolitan city. (I'm not a city lover and I love Toronto.)
Thank you.

And I lived in TO for 25 years and think it's gone down hill ;-).

Cosmopolitan is right. I think the condo-mania in the downtown is making it ugly and soul-less. The traffic is psycopathic-- I've got a personal grief in that. In its wealth, the city has lost something of its old world manners and British-style politeness. People live to work, and they commute ridiculous distances. Affluent yuppies caroom around in oversized SUVs-- see the parking lot of Sporting Life on Yonge St on Saturdays. The mayor is a certifiable idiot. Public transport, once the best in North America, is overstretched and underinvested. The suburban sprawl is ugly, homogenous and feels like it could be anywhere. Once funky places like Yorkville have had the life sucked out of them-- just gawk at the conspicuous consumption (there are still a few quirky shops).

The 401 is not only the widest highway in the world at some points (22 lanes) it is also the busiest, apparently. To commute on that would make me old very fast.

What you could say is that it preserves a Canadian sense of civility and 'lets all get along'. That can be annoying: Americans will discuss their racial tensions, Canadians pretend we don't have them. There are a lot of qualified doctors from places like Iran stuck driving taxis. Each little group seems to have its own suburb with limited integration. But it's still a city where people say 'excuse me' and 'thank you very much' and mean it. Where the workplace is totally multicultural-- you can see that in the newscasters. (Vancouver is surreal in the niceness of its people by comparison-- Toronto has gotten Montreal-like in the brusqueness of public life).

The charm is as ever in the neighbourhoods-- Ward Island on the water front. The Beach (or Beaches if you are not old Toronto). Rosedale and Forest Hill for the truly wealthy. Walking in the Moor Park Ravine. The Annex by the university- -Jane Jacobs gift to Canadians. Mirvish village (bookshops and art galleries). Mount Pleasant Cemetary. Queen St West, and, these days, Ossington for funky and individual. St Lawrence Market in the mornings. The Distillery District for kitschy urban regeneration. Cabbagetown and the gay district. Roncesvalles for the Polish Ukrainian thing. Little Greece. Little Italy. Chinatown. Little Jamaica. etc. You could spend your life in Toronto's restaurants and not be done.

Ontario wine has become something worth savouring (BC wine is even better, but you don't see it out east much).

You've still got some great bookstores (for how long?). Indigo on Bay Street. Nicholas Hoare on Front. Book City is still around offering some great discounts. Bakka on Harbord for SF & Fantasy. Sleuth of Baker St for mysteries and thrillers.

I'm not up on the live music scene but I think it's still pretty good.

The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum are both superb (the Gehry extension on the former works; the Liebskind on the other seems a poor place to display one of the best dinosaur bones collections in North America). Casa Loma is kitschy-cute. The Zoo is fantastic. The streetcars are great.

The Maple Leafs are still the most profitable sports franchise in the NHL, that never wins the cup ;-). There is a lot of professional sport, though.

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Post by dandan14 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:06 am

I'll tell you this. It is these types of road trips that we look back on so fondly from our pre-kid days. We still try to take road trips...but much harder with little ones.

If you have the time and the means...do it. Take your time. Find out of the way places. Take the highway for a while (instead of the interstate) and see what you find.

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Post by touchdowntodd » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:41 am

im actually thinking of waiting til spring and making it a longer trip ..

buffalo one night, to pittsburgh, then st louis, kansas city, and des moines all one night each .. 5 nights 6 days and 2 restaurants a day that ive always wanted to go to ... the best of both worlds type of a trip .... longest driving day would be the initial 10hrs, and the pittsburgh to st louis day ... but would be worth it, and with hotels, food, and gas it clocks in around $1100 .. splurging on meals (splurging for us is $50 LOL) and basic hotels ..

i too agree that a road trip is more about the trip than the destination and the last time i went was about 10 years ago ,.. i left to see a friend in minnesota, and ended up in missisipi! saw 8-9 states in a week and had a BALL ...

my wife has also never been on a road trip.. she LOVES teh idea and loves even 3-4 hour trips we make just to have dinner or somethign like that .

thank you for all of the ideas and opinions .. our only other favorite vacation is to st petersburg fl and thats SOOO relaxing, but lacks excitement somehow that this might bring .. especially considering that i would not be telling her anywhere we were going! :sharebeer non stop surprises
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Post by Easy Rhino » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:26 pm

10 hours drive, bro, really?

I made a side trip to Buffalo and Niagara one day while working about 2 hours away.

If you're making a wings pilgrimage, definitely wait for the wings festival. We stumbled upon it, it was fun, and there's even professional eating contests there. Despite the fun, Niagara Falls is still going to be a much more important destination to hit up.

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Post by JupiterJones » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:47 pm

touchdowntodd wrote: question being ... are they THAT good there?
I don't think it matters. You're into wings. Your wife is into wings. You should go and find out for yourself.

And then, for the rest of your life (hopefully), whenever you eat or think of buffalo wings, you'll be able to recall the time you drove out there. You'll be able to think "Man, those were some good wings in Buffalo" or "You know, the wings in Buffalo actually aren't that great". Either way, you'll have an opinion formed by firsthand knowledge.

You'll be able to remember what Buffalo is like, good or bad, and picture yourself driving around the city. You can reminisce about the stops along the way and back. The tunes you and your wife were listening to.

The alternative would be to not go, and then forever always wonder if you maybe you should've. That doesn't sound too appealing to me.

(Oh, and Niagara Falls is cool too. :D )

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Post by l2ridehd » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:59 pm

Absolutely go. The wings are the best, have some beef on weck and a Texas red hot at Ted's. Go to Niagara on the Lake and the Oben Inn and have high tea one afternoon. There also used to be a place out in East Amherst called Rudies maybe? That also had great wings. Been about 20 years since I have been there so probably changed hands and gone down hill by now. They used to boost they sold the most wings in the Buffalo area. Even more then the Anchor bar. There also used to be a place on upper main street called the Stuffed Mushroom and they sold the hottest wings. My fingers would actually burn after eating them.

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Post by wilpat » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:21 pm

They say first prize is a week in Buffalo and second prize is 2 weeks in Buffalo!!
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Post by magazinewriter » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:45 pm

Since you are going to wait a bit on the trip, you'll have time to get your passports. The trip sounds like fun.

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Post by NJ2SLC » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:45 pm

Finally a reason to register and comment after several years.

Touchdowntodd, if you're in Milwaukee, you should do the short trip north to Legend Larry's in Sheboygan. They've won too many prizes to count at the Buffalo Wing Festival, and were the official sauce of the wing eating contest this year.

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Post by touchdowntodd » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:48 am

if nothing else comes of this posting (and several good comments have really swayed my opinion and plans) that last comment made my DAY!

never been there and somehow had never heard of it .. researching looks like they might be good, and not that far from me! also i found 3 restaurants within a half hour or so that serve with the sauce, one with a .25 cent night thats 15 minutes tops from me!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post by 4stripes » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:45 pm

I just got back from Buffalo. I did a night at Anchor Bar. Fun bar atmosphere, the wings were good, but were they better than anything I'd ever had? Jury's still out. I don't think you'll be disappointed though.

The locals don't think too highly of Anchor Bar. They'll point you to Mother's and Duff's instead.

While you are there, you must have beef-on-a-weck as well--to me, that's a more unique Buffalo experience. And perhaps a Wegman's stop.

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Post by joe8d » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:09 pm

While you are there, you must have beef-on-a-weck as well--to me, that's a more unique Buffalo experience. And perhaps a Wegman's stop.
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Post by deanbrew » Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:52 pm

I have to agree with the consensus. I live 5 hours from Buffalo, and I've been to Anchor Bar for wings. They are really no different than you can get lots of places, but it's fun to go where they were invented. If you're a wing fan, it's like a pilgrimage.

I would definitely get your passports and go to Niagara Falls on the same trip - the Canadian side. Once you make it to Buffalo, NF is just a short distance away. Do the Maid of the Mist and walk behind the falls. As others have said, you can go farther up to Niagara on the Lake. We also made a side trip to see Welland Canal, where you can see ships get raised and lowered in the locks on their way between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Very cool to see.
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Post by runner9 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:16 pm

if you're adding cities for the point of eating consider Cleveland. Will be featured on 24 dollars in 24 hours on Food network tonight for cheaper meals, but also has great chefs and restaurants. I assume you'd have to drive right through on I-90 to get to Buffalo.

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Post by touchdowntodd » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:56 pm

actually had thought about cleveland!
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Post by 29palms » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:20 pm

My aircraft maintenenace schooling was done in UTICA NY. About halfway between Buffalo and Albany. Right in the Mohawk Valley, and off the NYS Throughway. I know you could never buy a pizza in Utica without the wings. They usually threw the wings in with them. I still say the pizza was better in the East Coast. You can get buffalo wings anywhere. I suppose they may have started in Buffalo, but I would be more attracted in going to Buffalo to see Niagra Falls again. I saw NF via the Canadian side. I went from Toronto. Took my wife with me to check it out. It is awesome.

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Post by hicabob » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:30 pm

Yup, Buffalo is kinda gritty but interesting in parts. Canada is nicer (and has been for the last 40 years?) just over the border but Buffalo is the classic US rustbelt city.
Some nice suburbs but the downtown is dismal, and that one-line subway is quite bizarre.

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Post by joe8d » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:42 pm

Yup, Buffalo is kinda gritty but interesting in parts.
For historic architecture buffs,the city has a lot to offer.
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Post by 29palms » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:51 pm

I know what you mean. Utica was quite the bizzare in itself. They must have been great and nice in their haydays. Slow economies. Lots of bars there. Lots of clubs like American Legions, VFW's, Polish clubs. Too cold in winter to hang outside. And forget that Genesee beer.

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Post by Watty » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:52 pm

touchdowntodd wrote:im in Milwaukee WI so no options that way

You should be able to get an AMTRK train to Buffalo.


If you do the longer trip then they have a number of different rail passes that you can do that might work out.

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Post by lightheir » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:59 pm

29palms wrote:I know what you mean. Utica was quite the bizzare in itself. They must have been great and nice in their haydays. Slow economies. Lots of bars there. Lots of clubs like American Legions, VFW's, Polish clubs. Too cold in winter to hang outside. And forget that Genesee beer.
That said, the Utica "Boilermaker" 10 mile run is an amazing event. The whole friggin' town turns out to cheer you on, and there are nearly 10,000 runners participating. It's crazy and fun, with bands at every mile. YOu can only get that kind of rockstar treatment in a small town like Utica.

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Post by HardKnocker » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:01 am

"road trip to buffalo worth it?"

No.
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Post by 29palms » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:21 am

That said, the Utica "Boilermaker" 10 mile run is an amazing event. The whole friggin' town turns out to cheer you on, and there are nearly 10,000 runners participating. It's crazy and fun, with bands at every mile. YOu can only get that kind of rockstar treatment in a small town like Utica.[/quote]


That's funny. I never found Uticans to be outgoing types. I usually saw them with serious looks and not very cheery. Then again that was over 20 years ago. Big time drinkers.

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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by Oddlot » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:18 pm

A trip to the Buffalo area obviously is not comparable to going on a cruise or to Disneyworld, other than (arguably) staying on the Canadian side of the Falls. I think you have to like doing some of the more subtle things.

Examples are the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff and Martin Houses, Erie Canal locks (Lockport), Fort Niagara, and the Roycroft Inn.

While I am not a big wing fan and avoid tourist traps as a rule, I enjoyed the Anchor, though.

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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by Random Musings » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:35 pm

touchdowntodd wrote:im actually thinking of waiting til spring and making it a longer trip ..

buffalo one night, to pittsburgh, then st louis, kansas city, and des moines all one night each .. 5 nights 6 days and 2 restaurants a day that ive always wanted to go to ... the best of both worlds type of a trip .... longest driving day would be the initial 10hrs, and the pittsburgh to st louis day ... but would be worth it, and with hotels, food, and gas it clocks in around $1100 .. splurging on meals (splurging for us is $50 LOL) and basic hotels ..

i too agree that a road trip is more about the trip than the destination and the last time i went was about 10 years ago ,.. i left to see a friend in minnesota, and ended up in missisipi! saw 8-9 states in a week and had a BALL ...

my wife has also never been on a road trip.. she LOVES teh idea and loves even 3-4 hour trips we make just to have dinner or somethign like that .

thank you for all of the ideas and opinions .. our only other favorite vacation is to st petersburg fl and thats SOOO relaxing, but lacks excitement somehow that this might bring .. especially considering that i would not be telling her anywhere we were going! :sharebeer non stop surprises
That's a heck of a lot of driving. Where are you starting from that requires a 10-hr drive to Buffalo? And what two restaurants in the Pittsburgh area are you planning to eat at? If one is Quaker Steak and Lube for wings - I'm not that impressed with that chain.

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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by deanbrew » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:54 pm

Random Musings wrote:And what two restaurants in the Pittsburgh area are you planning to eat at? If one is Quaker Steak and Lube for wings - I'm not that impressed with that chain.

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I'm not, either. I don't much like Quaker Steak or Buffalo Wild Wings. Both are overpriced and too loud. I know smaller joints that have better wings at better prices.
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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by touchdowntodd » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:14 pm

we have some great places here.. heck last night i had some great wings for 25 cents a piece .. thats boglehead style

its more the idae of a road trip etc
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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by ddb » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:30 pm

For me, I'd gladly do a 20-hour round trip drive with my wife for something we're both passionate about. We could travel to the most hellish city in America (and Buffalo is definitely in the running, BTW!), and we'd still have a great time because we'd be together, without the stresses of day-to-day life, partaking in an activity that we both find fun (in your case, consuming chicken wings). Your bad-case scenario is that the wings are disappointing, but you still get to spend some quality time with your spouse. Can't see how that's a bad thing.

However...I'd pony up the dough and wait for passports arrive before making the trip. IMO, to be that close to Niagara Falls and not be able to drive over the the Canadian side to see the Falls would be a shame!

I recently did a 16-hour round trip drive in a day to go look at a car that I intended to buy (specific model, hard to find). The car ended up being not what I was hoping for, but I still had a great day relaxing in my car and listening to good music. I had no regret whatsoever about what many others would have considered to be a wasted day.

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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by 02sbxstr » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:43 pm

Wings are a dime a dozen, which wouldn't warrant a 10 hour drive. But 10 hours for a Beef on Weck is another thing. Go to Schwabls http://schwabls.com/ in W Seneca and you won't be disappointed. As for going to Canada, you can get a Passport Card to "...enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry [that is]
more convenient and less expensive than a passport book.
" Google "Passport card." It's $55 for first time applicants vs $135 for a full-fledged Passport.

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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by touchdowntodd » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:58 pm

looks good, but the wife and I are primal, no bread for us 8-)
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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by gary11 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:06 pm

touchdowntodd wrote:im a 10 hour drive to buffalo ..
Just in case if you want to avoid car driving, Amtrak from Chicago is another alternative for Buffalo. Train timings and locations are quite convenient but overall it is costlier than driving your own car since "train" option includes renting a car in Buffalo. We did it last year in Fall and we had a pleasant train experience overall.

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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by 29palms » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:41 pm

[quote="johnny72"]I am forced to travel to Buffalo occasionally for business and I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Whenever I stay in downtown Buffalo, there are homeless seemingly every 6 feet. Except for the ridiculous numbers if homeless the town feels empty to me - almost post apocalyptic.

I would never consider going there as a tourist. Most depressing city I've ever seen and I've travelled a lot.[/quote]


Yea, Buffalo doesn't strike my interest. If you think Buffalo is bad, you should check out downtown Detroit. Man, that looks like an atomic bomb hit it. I see people walking around there in the day time drinking from a bottle. Homes and businesses all boarded up. They should just bulldoze that town.

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Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

Post by Dude2 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:20 am

johnny72 wrote:I am forced to travel to Buffalo occasionally for business and I have no idea what you guys are talking about. Whenever I stay in downtown Buffalo, there are homeless seemingly every 6 feet. Except for the ridiculous numbers if homeless the town feels empty to me - almost post apocalyptic.

I would never consider going there as a tourist. Most depressing city I've ever seen and I've travelled a lot.
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