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I wasn't sure if this should be an "Off the Wall" thread or not. Mods if you feel it is, please move it there.

 

Anyway, I'm asking everyone here for help on this year's Bills home opener against the Chargers.

 

As some of you may know, I'm one of the unusual Bills fans that is not originally from Buffalo or any area near it. I am born, raised and living in California. While I have been to many Bills away games, I have NEVER been to a Bills home game, nor have I ever been to Buffalo.

 

This year, I plan on changing that. Every Bills fan tells me, that if there is one game I should attend, it should be the regular season home opener. And that is what I want to do.

 

What I need from all of you is advice and suggestions you may have on where to stay(hotels, area of the city etc.), what to see, where to eat, and how early I should get to Hammer's Lot.

 

I plan on only being there for a short time. More likely arrive on Friday and then leave Monday.

 

I'm not worried about getting tickets for the game. However, if anybody out there needs to share a hotel room or has room for me to join them, that would be great.

 

So there you have it. I look forward to hearing back from you and I hope I see you all on September 16.

 

GO BILLS!!!

 

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Born and raised in Buffalo, but I left a long time ago. I’m sure you’ll get fantastic advice from others. I just chimed in to say you are in for one amazing experience! 

 

Oh, and I hope to see you there! 

 

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As for where to stay I’m not that great with hotels because I don’t have to use the local ones 😛 lol

 

but 716 is a great spot to hit downtown... Buffalo Iron works downtown is amazing as well.

 

the dinosaur BBQ probably has the best BBQ in Buffalo as well. 

 

The Buffalo zoo is always a nice play to go as well 

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Glad you’re coming over to the dark side, Anakin

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3 hours ago, Buffalo716 said:

the dinosaur BBQ probably has the best BBQ in Buffalo as well

I have to respectfully disagree with you and say Fat Bobs is the best bbq in the city.

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Charlie the Butcher's is a good stop and it happens to be conveniently located near the airport. I know when people think of Buffalo, their mind automatically goes to wings, but my opinion is that the beef on weck is more "Buffalo" than wings.

1 minute ago, Zebrastripes said:

I have to respectfully disagree with you and say Fat Bobs is the best bbq in the city.

Fat Bobs is top notch.

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Hotel@TheLafayette

Charlie the Butcher is a good choice

Personally I get Italian when back in Buffalo

 

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14 minutes ago, Zebrastripes said:

I have to respectfully disagree with you and say Fat Bobs is the best bbq in the city.

 

I like fat bobs but the last 2-3 times I’ve went here it was slacking a bit to their standards 

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2 minutes ago, Buffalo716 said:

 

I like fat bobs but the last 2-3 times I’ve went here it was slacking a bit to their standards 

That's too bad.  I was there a couple weeks ago and it was as good as always.

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5 minutes ago, Zebrastripes said:

That's too bad.  I was there a couple weeks ago and it was as good as always.

 

I do agree they are 1-2 in the city .. I went out with my father for Father’s Day and I just passed them and said I needed a full rack 😛

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37 minutes ago, sodbuster said:

Charlie the Butcher's is a good stop and it happens to be conveniently located near the airport. I know when people think of Buffalo, their mind automatically goes to wings, but my opinion is that the beef on weck is more "Buffalo" than wings.

 

 

Charlie the Butcher overrated IMO.  The sandwich is good but the restaurant itself is a dump, they haven't put a dime into it in decades unless they've done so recently.  No beer either as I recall.  Just a couple miles from there is the Creekview or the Glen Park Tavern both on Main Street in Williamsville. Buffalo Brew Pub nearby too.  Good beef with much better atmosphere and bar at each of those.  Lots of places though to get a good beef on weck and that is an absolute must for first time Buffalo visitors. 

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4 hours ago, Mark Vader said:

I wasn't sure if this should be an "Off the Wall" thread or not. Mods if you feel it is, please move it there.

 

Anyway, I'm asking everyone here for help on this year's Bills home opener against the Chargers.

 

As some of you may know, I'm one of the unusual Bills fans that is not originally from Buffalo or any area near it. I am born, raised and living in California. While I have been to many Bills away games, I have NEVER been to a Bills home game, nor have I ever been to Buffalo.

 

This year, I plan on changing that. Every Bills fan tells me, that if there is one game I should attend, it should be the regular season home opener. And that is what I want to do.

 

What I need from all of you is advice and suggestions you may have on where to stay(hotels, area of the city etc.), what to see, where to eat, and how early I should get to Hammer's Lot.

 

I plan on only being there for a short time. More likely arrive on Friday and then leave Monday.

 

I'm not worried about getting tickets for the game. However, if anybody out there needs to share a hotel room or has room for me to join them, that would be great.

 

So there you have it. I look forward to hearing back from you and I hope I see you all on September 16.

 

GO BILLS!!!

 

You should get to Hammer's Lot between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM . Any later the traffic will be crazier.  Arriving that early will give you plenty of time to spend with Kenny's Red Pinto Group and the TBD Group plus meet others there too.  Also you should head for New Era Field 90 minutes before kickoff so that you can see The Fieldhouse then soak up all the Pregame atmosphere.

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1 hour ago, keepthefaith said:

 

Charlie the Butcher overrated IMO.  The sandwich is good but the restaurant itself is a dump, they haven't put a dime into it in decades unless they've done so recently.  No beer either as I recall.  Just a couple miles from there is the Creekview or the Glen Park Tavern both on Main Street in Williamsville. Buffalo Brew Pub nearby too.  Good beef with much better atmosphere and bar at each of those.  Lots of places though to get a good beef on weck and that is an absolute must for first time Buffalo visitors. 

 

I like to stay at the Hampton Inn near the Creekview (former Creekside?) when I get back. I love going there, but I don’t get the beef on weck there anymore. Poor execution the last few times....but that was years ago. 

 

I’ve only hit the Glen Park Tavern once, and it was great but that was also years ago. My local buddy suggested it, and he was right. 

 

I hope to be at the Hampton Inn Thursday-Saturday for the home opener, then downtown at a Hilton related place before the game. My son is dating an awesome young lady who works for Hilton, and she can get amazing hotel rates! They are currently at the Waldorf in Orlando for $50/night. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Zebrastripes said:

I have to respectfully disagree with you and say Fat Bobs is the best bbq in the city.

 

I went to fat Bob's a few yrs ago and it was awful, probably the only time I didn't take my leftovers home.

 

 

6 hours ago, Mark Vader said:

I wasn't sure if this should be an "Off the Wall" thread or not. Mods if you feel it is, please move it there.

 

Anyway, I'm asking everyone here for help on this year's Bills home opener against the Chargers.

 

As some of you may know, I'm one of the unusual Bills fans that is not originally from Buffalo or any area near it. I am born, raised and living in California. While I have been to many Bills away games, I have NEVER been to a Bills home game, nor have I ever been to Buffalo.

 

This year, I plan on changing that. Every Bills fan tells me, that if there is one game I should attend, it should be the regular season home opener. And that is what I want to do.

 

What I need from all of you is advice and suggestions you may have on where to stay(hotels, area of the city etc.), what to see, where to eat, and how early I should get to Hammer's Lot.

 

I plan on only being there for a short time. More likely arrive on Friday and then leave Monday.

 

I'm not worried about getting tickets for the game. However, if anybody out there needs to share a hotel room or has room for me to join them, that would be great.

 

So there you have it. I look forward to hearing back from you and I hope I see you all on September 16.

 

GO BILLS!!!

 

 

 

Why did you become a Bills fan?

 

 

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45 minutes ago, mead107 said:

Sent you a PM. 

 

“Eat Stromboli” is not all that helpful!  😊

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2 hours ago, sodbuster said:

Charlie the Butcher's is a good stop and it happens to be conveniently located near the airport. I know when people think of Buffalo, their mind automatically goes to wings, but my opinion is that the beef on weck is more "Buffalo" than wings.

 

 

Charlie the Butcher is amazing, had a prime rib sandwich and it was the best sandwich I ever had. Excellent flavor and so tender that you could bite right through it like ham.

 

 

2 hours ago, keepthefaith said:

 

Charlie the Butcher overrated IMO.  The sandwich is good but the restaurant itself is a dump, they haven't put a dime into it in decades unless they've done so recently.  No beer either as I recall.  Just a couple miles from there is the Creekview or the Glen Park Tavern both on Main Street in Williamsville. Buffalo Brew Pub nearby too.  Good beef with much better atmosphere and bar at each of those.  Lots of places though to get a good beef on weck and that is an absolute must for first time Buffalo visitors. 

 

why change it, not paying for a building, the meal is all that matters.

 

 

37 minutes ago, Augie said:

 

I like to stay at the Hampton Inn near the Creekview (former Creekside?) when I get back. I love going there, but I don’t get the beef on weck there anymore. Poor execution the last few times....but that was years ago. 

 

I’ve only hit the Glen Park Tavern once, and it was great but that was also years ago. My local buddy suggested it, and he was right. 

 

I hope to be at the Hampton Inn Thursday-Saturday for the home opener, then downtown at a Hilton related place before the game. My son is dating an awesome young lady who works for Hilton, and she can get amazing hotel rates! They are currently at the Waldorf in Orlando for $50/night. 

 

 

 

does she have any sisters, my boys need some good girls, lol

 

 

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4 hours ago, sodbuster said:

Charlie the Butcher's is a good stop and it happens to be conveniently located near the airport. I know when people think of Buffalo, their mind automatically goes to wings, but my opinion is that the beef on weck is more "Buffalo" than wings.

Fat Bobs is top notch.

Agreed. Moved from Buffalo 25 years ago. When I think of Buffalo it’s Beef on Weck.  You can get wings anywhere, outside of WNY people don’t even know what weck is.

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21 minutes ago, SNICE said:

Agreed. Moved from Buffalo 25 years ago. When I think of Buffalo it’s Beef on Weck.  You can get wings anywhere, outside of WNY people don’t even know what weck is.

Start saving your pennies. If the schedule rotation holds,the Bills will be in Arlington to play the Cowboys next year. The Dallas Fort Worth Bills Backers west location Buff Bro Brothers in Fort Worth meets every standard for beef on weck. The owner/cooks have Buffalo ties.

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4 hours ago, Augie said:

 

I like to stay at the Hampton Inn near the Creekview (former Creekside?) when I get back. I love going there, but I don’t get the beef on weck there anymore. Poor execution the last few times....but that was years ago. 

 

I’ve only hit the Glen Park Tavern once, and it was great but that was also years ago. My local buddy suggested it, and he was right. 

 

I hope to be at the Hampton Inn Thursday-Saturday for the home opener, then downtown at a Hilton related place before the game. My son is dating an awesome young lady who works for Hilton, and she can get amazing hotel rates! They are currently at the Waldorf in Orlando for $50/night. 

 

 

My wife works for Hilton.  We get awesome deals. The Embassy downtown was great when we went.

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Personally I wouldn't go to Hammers Lot as early as some say, you'll be fine rolling in at 9ish.  

The stadium always rocks wherever you sit, but the lower you go the louder it is.  You'll have a blast.  We owe the Chargers a smack in the mouth for the beatdown they gave us.  I'm hoping Peterman plays and lights em up.

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Some graphic but good advice. 

Whatever you do, if you have the ability, eat before the game such that you do not have to use a sit down toilet for the entire time you are at the stadium before and during the game.

 

Then again I go sober, so if you are blind drunk you may not notice the filth. :)

 

 

 

 

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Thank you all for your help and suggestions. By all means, keep 'em coming. I need all the advice I can get.

 

3 hours ago, Buffalo Barbarian said:

 

Why did you become a Bills fan?

Jim Kelly is the reason why.

 

I liked him as a QB when he was in college. Then he was drafted by the Bills. I paid more attention to him when he started to play for the Bills, then I started cheering for the Bills as a team.

 

That's it. :)

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Stay downtown and then uber to and from the game if you like to drink. Or drive to Hammers lot if your not going to over indulge. If you stay in Orchard Park there isnt much to do around there.

 

what do you like? do you like live music? do you like craft beer? do you do bars? love food?

 

Craft beer: Big Ditch, Community Beer Works, Resurgence and Pressure Drop are all downtown area and have great beers

 

Restaurants: you want to get chicken wings obviously. 9-11 Tavern is in South Buffalo and has great wings, you could take a day trip out to East Aurora on Saturday (25 min from downtown) and eat at Bar Bill Tavern - they have amazing chicken wings AND beef on weck, which is what you want to eat if your looking for Buffalo cuisine. If you want a "nice" meal, like treating yourself to something fancy, either go to Tempo or Bacchus (both downtown and both amazing). 

 

Bars: if your looking for bar experience, check out Chippewa for at least a half hour, just stroll up and down it on Saturday night and you will see some craziness, its not usually my scene because its pretty young, but still fun to see. There are also a couple bars you can pop in and enjoy yourself and not feel old (The Local, Bada Bing). I would go to any of the above mentioned breweries though myself. 

 

Culture: other than live music I can't help you. Culture is lame. If you want to see live music, Buffalo Iron Works has good bands, Town Ballroom and The Tralf Music Hall are both right down town and are bound to have some good music friday or saturday night. 

 

Gameday: def. go to Hammer's lot because the TBD meetup will be there, and theres always tons of guys and gals from here that you can meet, and there will be plenty of food and drink options at that tailgate for an out of towner like yourself without any gear. Get there around 7 and enjoy yourself. Might be worth it to leave for the stadium around 11:30/11:45 if you want to see the fieldhouse or the Bills store (if you are into that, its very kid geared though) or just to walk through the other parking lots and see all the tailgates on your way in. Take a few walking drinks and enjoy yourself. 

 

I would personally offer to hang with you during any and all of these activities, but I will be in Delaware the night before the home opener for a wedding. Will be getting in the car and driving right after the wedding, 8 hours back to Buffalo and jump right into tailgate mode. So perhaps I will see you at Hammers/TBD HOT - ENJOY!!!!!!

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