Heading to Buffalo & Toronto, Suggestions?

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  1. Evan S

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    I'm going to be taking a road trip to Toronto and Buffalo in mid February and am looking for suggestions for things to do in these two cities.

    I will arrive in Toronto midday on a Monday and will be staying about 48 hours. I will arrive in Buffalo on midday Wednesday and will stay overnight.

    I plan on seeing a hockey game in both cities. I would like to tour the Skydome, but there is an auto show in town that week. Tours of the Air Canada Center don't resume until May 1st, so that's out.

    I'm definately going to check out the Hockey Hall of Fame and Gretzky's restaurant along with Niagara Falls, but other than that does anyone have any suggestions for nightlife in Buffalo and Toronto.

    I would love to go to a live Jazz/Blues club after the hockey games, maybe a dance club if there is one there. I have very diverse tastes, so if anyone has suggestions that might seem ecclectic, bring them on! Thanks.

    P.S. One more thing...anyone have any good audio store suggestions. Would love to get a demo or two. With the exchange rate benefit, I might even take something home
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  2. Mark Kalzer

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    Being a toronto folk, (well, just outside of Toronto folk who happens to visit it a lot...) may I recommend that you visit the Marche restaurant. I already mentioned it a while ago to an HTFer. It's located directly above the entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and unlike other restaurants, you get to walk around a buffet like area, carrying a card which acts as your credit card, and get to see all the food being prepared right in front of you. Then you just ask for what you want, get a stamp, and get your food. There's everything, pizza, chicken, seafood, etc. etc. etc. Everything's real good, but a pit expensive. But hey, you're on vacation!

    As for Audio/video stuff, I recommend you visit Bay/Bloor Radio. It's located on Bay street just south of the Bay Subway station, on the east side. Pretty much the biggest dedicated audio/video store in the Toronto area.
     
  3. Todd K

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    You may be a little short on time in Buffalo if you only arrive Wednesday afternoon and leave Thursday morning (which I am assuming.) If you leave Toronto first thing Wednesday morning you'll be better off, since Niagara Falls is less than 90 minutes in good traffic.

    I see the only Sabres homegame on a wed. in Feb. is the 19th, so should I assume that's when you'll be there?

    Anyhoo... If you start your day in Niagara Falls, be sure to spend time on both sides of the border. From Canada, you will have the best view of both falls. In NIagara Falls, NY, you have more parkland near the rapids to walk around in, and a closer view of the waterfalls themselves. The only downside is that you have to look at all the neon crap the Canadians have put up on their side. Both sides now have Casinos, if you're in to that sort of thing.

    When you head to Buffalo, I would guess you would need some food before/after the game, so how could I not recommend the birthplace of the Chicken Wing, the Anchor Bar? Sadly, they only have Jazz on weekends, but it's still worth it for the wings. If you even remotely like wings, try these, since no place in the country seems to be able to do them justice. I would recommend the medium spiciness, not because of taste, but the Anchor Bar's hotter ones aren't as saucy, and tend to be a bit dry. If you don't like wings at all let me know and I'll recommend other places in the area. The Anchor Bar is not far from HSBC arena, in case you're wondering.

    As for nightlife in downtown Buffalo, you should visit Chippewa Street. It's the city's premiere nightlife spot, although I'm not sure how crowded it will be on a Wednesday night. There are a few other cool hangouts too, but Chippewa is again reasonably close to the hockey game.

    As for music, check out this link when it gets close to your visit:

    http://www.buffalonews.com/entertainment/gusto.asp

    That should tell you what's going on, and you can just ask if you want me to narrow it down.

    And lastly, the stereo shops: I will have to let my Toronto counterparts take this one, since you'll probably get the best deals there with the exchange. There are two decent shops in the Buffalo area, though not particularly close to where you'll be going, and not terribly unique. One has free lifetime service, but if you don't live there, it won't be of use to you.

    If you have any questions, just ask. If it gets close to your trip and you still want to ask, e-mail me at [email protected], because I may not be checking the forum at the time.

    Best of luck,
    Todd
     
  4. Neil Joseph

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    Clubs, yes, T. has them.

    As for HT stores many as well. While downtown, you can check Kromers on Bathurst st or Bay Bloor as already mentioned. You may want to catch the CN tower while at the Skydome.
     
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    Thanks guys...really looking forward to seeing Toronto...I've heard really good things.
     
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    In Buffalo check out the Laffeyette Tap Room, not sure if I spelled that right, it is a great live blues bar from national act to the best local players Buffalo has to offer. Been there many times and seen people such as John Hammond, Smokin Joe Kubek, Little Charlie & the Nightcaps, Charlie Musselwhite, Lonnie Brooks, so you can see the type of talent they get, plus the bars stay open almost all night.
     
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    Evan,

    Before the hockey game in Buffalo, be sure to go to the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. It is less than a mile from HSBC Arena and has a good pre-game crowd. They brew about 5-8 varieties of beer right on the premises. The food is very good too. They also have a billiards parlor on the second floor. Here a link: http://www.pearlstreetgrill.com/

    After the hockey game, Chippewa will be OK on a Wednesday. However, on a Thurday, Friday, or Saturday, all the bars packed until 4am. Here's a link:
    http://www.westchippewa.com/night.html

    My personal favorites are the Crocodile Bar, Brownstone Bistro, 67 West, and Liars.

    If the Chippewa nightlife is slow, there is another strip of bars/clubs on Elmwood Ave. near Buffalo State College.

    You will have no problem finding a bar to suit your taste.

    Have fun!
     
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    Hey, what Leafs game are you hitting in Toronto? My wife and I have tickets to see Leafs - Oilers on the 15th. Be prepared: the tickets are gruesomely expensive and you may have to go to a scalper or "ticket agency" (a.k.a. a scalper with an office), which only makes matters worse.

    I heartily reccomend Spring Rolls if you're looking for a yummy place to eat and like pan-Asian. There are two of them: one is on Yonge street, across from the Uptown movie theatre (which is closing soon, so if you have a free moment you should catch something on their biggest screen), and the other is on Front Street, about a five minute walk from Union Station and the Air Canada Centre. Both are great, but the one on Front Street is a lot less busy. I recommend the spicy eggplant. [​IMG]

    Gretzky's restaurant is okay, kind of pricey, but there's lots of neat Gretzky stuff on the walls, and hey, if you want an '80s-era signed #99 Oilers jersey, they've got 'em.
     
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    Evan,

    If you are in the area of the Hockey Hall of Fame and hungry, there are a quite few restaurants I would recommend before considering the Marche (IMHO), mentionned in a previous post. It is not unusual to have to line-up for an hour or more to get into it on the weekends, and even if you don't consider the cost of an average meal ($$$), it's not worth the wait. If I am paying for an expensive meal I want it brought to me, for your dollar there are better restaurants the area.

    I second the Spring Roll recommendation. If you are into Thai food, try Golden Thai, or Young Thailand, both on Church St. south of Richmond. There is a great little Irish Pub called P.J. O'Brien's, across from the south east corner of the King Edward (Meridian) hotel, not much to look at but clean and bright inside and surprisingly good food (not your average pub fare). One more place to consider would be Denison's Brewing Company/Growler's Pub, they make their own beer on the premise, and I have always found the food good, service is a bit slow, but if you are in the mood for a relaxing meal, it's worth consideration.

    If you give us an idea of what kinds of food you do/don't we may be able to make some suggestions that suit your likes.

    As for a good A/V shop to do some listening, I would recommend Audio One, they are located north of the city (Steeles and Jane) but I have found it the best place if you want to audition gear.

    Good Luck.
     
  10. Neil Joseph

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    For restaurants, one of mu favourites is Belini's which is located in yorkville just north of Bloor St. between Yonge & Avenue Rd. This is a favourite hang out for Whoopie Goldberg when she is in the city, as well as other stars and the food is great. $$$ yes, but great!
     
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    If you decide to go to Bay/Bloor Radio either go dressed like a normal person .... you will be ignored, or go in a nice suit and they'll be all over you.

    Yep. it's a nice store with major attitude.

    Kromer is great because they carry Paradigm.

    Brent
     
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    Evan,

    Some establishments to consider more in-line with your tastes/budget would be:
    The Old Spagetti Factory - your dollar goes a long way, been around forever, lots to look at inside. On the Esplanade between Yonge and Church.
    Shopy's Deli - Sandwiches!!! Interesting atmosphere. Yonge and Front (I think)
    Fionn (pronounced Fin) McCool's - Irish Pub, good food. On the Esplanade at Church.

    Agreed that Kromer might be your best bet for an A/V shop downtown.
     
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    I'll second The Old Spaghetti Factory. That's a favorite casual dining place whenever my wife and I visit Toronto.

    As for hockey tickets, you may want to pick up a Toronto paper and check out the classified section before you go. Ticket agents list in the local paper. I have ordered Leafs - Canadiens tickets this way in the past (I'm a big Habs fan). The tickets were Fed Ex shipped to my home.

    I have not been to a game since the Leafs moved out of Maple Leaf Gardens. How is the new arena, and where is it located?
     
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    The Windsor Arms is a great, small hotel, located on Thomas Street in Yorkville. Lots to do all around that area.
     
  17. Evan S

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys! I have done some reasearch and it appears I have chosen to stay at the Delta Chelsea hotel, about a mile from the ACC and Hockey Hall of Fame. The only thing I cannot seem to budget for are the tickets to the game. Will I be able to get a decent seat for $50-75 USD to the game or will I expect to pay much more? I know prices drop the closer I get to gametime, so that is what I will do (wait), but I just want to know if this seems reasonable?

    Now you can see why I am looking for sandwich fare/cheap grub...the nightlife and entertainment is expensive enough!

    I will definately give that Old Spaghetti place a look see. I'm going to Bay/Bloor to look around as well, but I have a feeling I will be heading to my favorite dealer in Montreal the one night I am there and will do any purchasing there.

    Thanks again!
     
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    I'm suprised no one has mentioned the strip clubs in Canada.. A must see if you're in the area. I'd recommend Sundowners, which is only 15 minutes from downtown Buffalo. I'm sure Toronto has a slew of their own, but since I lived in Buffalo, I didn't usually venture too far over the border. [​IMG]
     
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    Don't forget our casino. no tax. I'm actually just outside of niagara falls.
     

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