This will be the first column of dining options around the NHL world. When I am on the road I try to eat where the locals do and avoid chains.
Western New York has always been known for casual dining and comfort food. The city is best known for 'Buffalo Wings'. Legend has it that they were invented in 1964 almost by accident at the Anchor Bar located at 1047 Main St (METRO - Summer-Best Station)
There are also several suburban locations but I would stick with the mothership. The local at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport is run like a Delaware North (Jeremy Jacobs) concession stand because that is what it is.
Many locals claim that Duff's, located at 3651 Sheridan Drive in Amherst, (METRO - University Station - then either bus or Uber/Lyft for 2.3 miles) is the better option.
One can not overlook the Nine-Eleven Tavern located at 9-11 Bloomfield Street in South Buffalo which is 4 miles from Key Bank Center. (METRO 16 South Park bus - or Cab, Uber or Lyft ) This is as local in Buffalo as one can get. It is closed on Monday's and is CASH ONLY
Buffalo is also known for a local delicacy known by the locals as 'Beef on Weck' Locals fiercely debate where to find the best sandwich. I have several favorites but be advised you really need a car to get to them.
First up is Bar Bill located at 185 Main Street in East Aurora, NY. (CASH ONLY) It is roughly 20 minutes from downtown so a car is the only realistic option. I could have easily included this place just for chicken wings but their Beef on Weck is wonderful. This is a place where you can find yourself sitting next to a billionaire as Jeremy Jacobs is said to drop by often as he lives in the town.
Also in the burbs but closer to downtown is Schwabl's located at 789 Center Rd, West Seneca, NY.
One can not overlook Charlie The Butcher, main location 1065 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, NY which is near the airport and they also have a downtown express location only open weekdays from 11-4 PM.
One would not think Buffalo would be known for poutine but in the city's trendy Allentown neighborhood you will find a place that even Montrealers would like. The Allen Street Poutine Company located at 242 Allen St, Buffalo (METRO Allen-Medical Campus Station ) is worth the trip.
Before and after a game at KeyBank Center be sure to visit the adjoining (716) Food and Sport
These recommendations are from my own personal experience. Buffalo is a fun place to visit for a game and you will find the locals to be very friendly. 4
Enjoy your visit.