291 SENECA ST., BUFFALO, 856-9187 OR ILOVECHEFS.COM
Be honest: Have you ever ordered anything but “spag parm” at
Chef’s? The iconic Buffalo red sauce Italian joint offers a full menu of
the kind of old-school stuff grandma simmered on the stove all Sunday, but most Buffalonians know it for the garbage-lid-sized spaghetti
baked with an inch of parmesan on top that can probably feed a family
of four. To slim down your bill (and your waistline), try an extra-small
spaghetti parm for $10.25. Elsewhere on the menu, the red sauce
empire also offers a number of specialties that often get overlooked.
On the lighter side, try bottomless minestrone soup and a chef’s salad at lunchtime for $10.95 for a local alternative to the Olive Garden classic. If they still have it when you arrive, go for the lasagna. At
$10, this brick of comfort food will put Mom’s to shame. If you take
home leftovers, get extra sauce for warming it up. Non-pasta fans: You
can still get the Chef’s experience. The meatball sandwich with sauce
($8.60) is a meat-lovers paradise, and yes, you can parm it for $10.75.
Chef’s is the place to see and be seen plowing through a plate of parm,
but don’t overlook the rest of the menu. Much like Buffalo itself, the
unexplored corners hold the gems.
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