Here at Buffalo Magazine we like to have our cake and eat it too. And since there is no law against getting something to eat while you shop for something to eat, we offer these great local places where you can stock up on items for your pantry while fueling up yourself.
Here are some off-the-beaten-path-places where you can shop while you dine:
BreadHive Bakery & Café (402 Connecticut St.) is a worker-owned bakery that’s open daily 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on Tuesday (closed Monday). Nosh on a brie, apple, fig spread and fontinella sandwich, then take home a loaf of fresh-baked West Side sourdough. Bread comes out of the oven around 10 a.m. daily. Go online for the bread schedule. New patio this year!
D’Avolio (5409 Main St., Williamsville; 535 Main St., Buffalo) serves delectable food in addition to selling fine olive oils and vinegars. Build your own sandwich, pizza, antipasto or salad from a menu with a huge selection of ingredients. Then stock up on olive oil, vinegar, spices and more to take home with you.
Five Points Bakery & Toast Café (44 Brayton St.) serves up a unique toast menu in-house. After indulging in Apple Cider toast with triple cream brie or Deli Rye toast with hardboiled egg and gruyere, stock up on bread to take home. Five Points whole grain breads are made from locally sourced grains, stone ground right in the bakery. Also available for purchase are pastries and gourmet food.
Guercio’s & Sons (250 Grant St.) is an iconic West Side Italian grocery store that stocks everything from pasta to sauces to cheese and truffles. While you’re there, take home one of Guercio’s legendary sandwiches. Made on the spot to order, Guercio’s uses cured meat sliced right in the deli, cheese and veggies. “The Guercio” loads up on the meats — capicola, prosciutto, salami — then adds provolone and peppery arugula on what else, a Costanzo’s roll. Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays. (Sandwiches made weekdays only.)
La Divina (2896 Delaware Ave, Kenmore) is a great place to get delicious cheap tacos, tortas (think sandwich made on crusty bread) and quesadillas, as well as groceries and Hispanic specialties. La Divina makes its own corn tortillas, too. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays noon to 8 p.m.
Lait Cru Brasserie at Nickel City Cheese (346 Connecticut) is a French style brasserie that serves simple, elegant fare. Serving breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Saturday, dinner Thursday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Eat, then shop for cheese along with fantastic gourmet food items.
Lexington Co-Op (807 Elmwood Ave.) has Lexi’s Kitchen for hungry grocery shoppers. Breakfast is available from 7-10 a.m. every day, and entrees and soups are available starting at 10 a.m. Days of the week are divided into tasty categories, like Sunday Brunch/Comfort and Tuesday Mexican — all are posted online.
McDuffie’s Bakery (9920 Main St., Clarence) is home to its famous homemade chicken pot pies. While there are variations (fiesta barbecue, chicken cheddar broccoli, chicken curry) we love the traditional. Also available are a seafood pot pie, butternut squash ricotta pot pie, steak and Guinness pot pie. While you’re stocking up on frozen pot pies for your freezer, grab a bite to eat in the café, which features delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. Also available are baked goods, including McDuffie’s famous Scottish shortbread. Additional locations in East Aurora (Main Street) and Hamburg (coming soon).
Premier Gourmet (3904 Maple Rd.) — We could spend hours perusing the aisles of gadgets, pots and pans, gourmet olive oils and specialty pasta sauces. Luckily the onsite café serves up sandwiches, salads and more, for a break from the shopping action. Premier Gourmet opens daily at 9 a.m., Sunday at noon.