2018 Restaurant & Winery Award Winners

Lou Billittier Memorial "Rookie of the Year" Award

Ru’s Pierogi, Pierogi

Chair's Choice
(chosen by Rich McDermott,
2018 Taste of Buffalo Chair):

Carmine’s, Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp


Best Overall Item

Stack Burger, Demon Burger

Best of Buffalo Award

Rolling Cannoli, Sponge Candy Caramel Cannoli


Best Seafood

Black & Blue Steak and Crab, Tuna Tartar

Children's Choice 
(chosen by Estelle & Louis Roma)

Paula’s Donuts, Donut Holes


Best Dessert

Taste of Siam, Fried Ice Cream with Sweet Berries

Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food

Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles, Chicken N’ Waffle on a Stick


Best Meat Item

Stack Burger, Demon Burger

Best Sandwich

Mineo & Sapio Street Eats - Chorizo Po'Boy


Veteran Restaurant Award

India Gate, Chicken Butter Tikka Masala

Gusto Critic's Choice Award

SEAR for their Guajillo Roasted Hog Taco


Yelp's Choice Award

Fat Bob’s Smokehouse for their Smoked Watermelon



Best Red Wine

Spring Lake Winery, Cabernet

Best White Wine

Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Pechette, Blend


2018 Independent Health Foundation's Healthy Options

First Place

Lloyd Taco Truck, Black Bean Tacos

Second Place

Osteria 166, Arugula Salad


Third Place

Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Chilled Grilled Shrimp & Couscous


Healthy Options - Best Healthy Dessert” Award

Sweet Melody’s for their Red, White & Blue Sundae