Date Night Guest Post: The Steer, Buffalo NY

Happy Monday, all! So excited to be kicking off a series of guest posts from locals and bloggers alike who know what it means to date in WNY. We all have our favorites, but we love discovering new ideas from people who have been around the city for awhile and have their go-tos. Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to Lucy, the voice behind Write. Style. Travel.

From fashion advice to keeping it real with honest posts about struggles we all share, Lucy has an authentic and lovable voice which keeps me looking for her next post. We were thrilled when she offered to do a guest piece on her favorite date night spot in the city….Read on!


Growing up in North Buffalo, I must’ve driven by The Steer on Main Street at least 1,000 times before I ever went there.In college, it was known as the UB bar. I remember not even realizing they had a dining room.

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Now as a young 20-something with a craving for healthy dinners (but not always wanting to drive somewhere far) The Steer fits perfectly. It’s great mixed use space and on a weeknight, the bar is quiet as can be, making for a cozy dinner date.The love affair started on a cold winter day last year when my now-boyfriend asked me to go there on our first date. Fast forward a year and it’s become our favorite dinner spot!
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Located at 3151 Main Street in Buffalo, right next to Lake Effect Diner (which I also highly recommend), you’ll see the flames of the torches from the outside patio flicker as you drive by.

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You go in and you’re immediately greeted with a large rustic wooden bar and open kitchen in the back. The dining space is located in a separate room with a fireplace and string lights adding to the warm living room-like atmosphere.

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What I love most about The Steer (other than it being a three-minute drive from my house) is a number of healthy options on the menu. They have also have a variety of  vegan, gluten free or dairy free options.

I think my favorite part of the menu has to be their craft burgers. You pick your patty- veggie, beef, chicken or shrimp – and choose from an array of topping combinations. My favorite is the Balsamic: caramelized onion, mushroom and mozzarella which I sometimes sub for goat cheese. Dave likes the Elvis with peanut butter, bacon, honey and banana. Before you knock it, try it! It’s surprisingly good.

Then I discovered the best salad I’ve ever had a few weeks ago – arugula, pan seared goat cheese, peppered tofu, caramelized pears, carrots, pomegranate seeds and balsamic dressing. Sadly, it’s on their specials menu so I’m hoping it stays for a while. To this day, I put pomegranate seeds in my salad at home now!

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So even if it’s not a three minute drive for you, I definitely say it’s worth checking out.  I can honestly say this is my go-to place when I’m in the mood for a mid-week pick me up. It’s relaxing, it’s homey and the staff is wonderful. The amazing food is just a perk ;) signature

Thanks Lucy for sharing your go-to Date Night with us! Make sure you head over and check out her blog, as well as follow her on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter!

Do you have a favorite Date Night spot in Buffalo or Rochester?? Would love to hear from you and feature you on In a DC Minute! Just send us an email and pitch – looking forward to discovering more date nights from locals!

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