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The 40th Annual Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops Announces 2023 Restaurant and Winery Award Winners

Sat, Jul 8th 2023 05:00 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops today announced that several local restaurants were named award winners in a variety of categories at the 40th annual festival. The judging took place this morning by a panel of over 55 food judges representing local media, political, business, and community development sectors.

Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops winners include:

  • Chair’s Choice (chosen by Elizabeth Mamot, 2023 Taste of Buffalo Chair): Days Park Tavern - Beef Brisket on Weck
  • Children’s Choice (chosen by Keira Mamot, daughter of 2023 Taste Chair): India Gate - Chicken Butter Tikka Masala
  • Louis J. Billittier Sr. “Rookie of the Year” Award: Avenue29 Foods
  • Veteran Restaurant Award:  Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC
  • Eric DuVall Memorial Best of Buffalo Winner:  Sweet Melody’s Gelato - Red, White & Blue Sundae
  • Best Overall Item: Venus Greek Fries
  • Best Meat Item: Kith & Kin Bakeshop & Bistro - Meatloaf Sundae (A gluten free restaurant)
  • Best Seafood Item: Brodies of WNY LLC - Boneless Seasoned Fried Haddock Fish
  • Best Dessert: Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream - Ice Cream Nachos
  • Best Sandwich: Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill – Beef on Weck
  • Best Red Wine: Three Brothers Winery – Red Jazz
  • Best White Wine: A Gust of Sun Winery - Diamond
  • Favorite Fermentation: Merritt Estate Winery - Chardonnay
  • Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options:
    • First Place:  New Jewel of India – Chana Saag
    • Second Place: Mister Pizza Elmwood – Vegan Pizza
    • Third Place: The Bavarian Nut Company – Buffalo Hot Nuts
    • Best Healthy Dessert: Chrusciki Bakery - Pina Colada Parfait
  • Gusto Critic’s Choice Award: Golden Hour Treats - Desert Glow Crepe

The Taste continues tomorrow, Sunday, July 9th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.

About Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops

The Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops is the nation's largest two-day food festival. The 40th annual Taste will take place on July 8 and 9, 2023, along Delaware Avenue and Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. The Taste is a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. Approximately $543,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities including scholarships awarded annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree. For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com, and find @tasteofbuffalo on Facebook and Instagram.