Clarion Hotel Palm Island Indoor Waterpark
8250 Park Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 344-2100
Fax: (585) 344-0238
Batavia Downs is the oldest lighted racetrack in North America. Started in 1939, this facility features a half-mile oval racetrack with Euro-style rails. Live harness racing is featured July through December. Operated by Western Region Off Track Betting, the racetrack also has simulcasts from North America’s top tracks seven days a week. The second floor of the facility has 150 TVs to watch your favorite races. Batavia Downs Casino features video lottery terminals and 586 gaming machines. Food is available in the Grandstand Bar and Grill. The menu features homemade soups, like western cheddar cheese soup and artichoke, tomato, and roasted red pepper soup. Other selections include deli sandwiches, wraps, chicken fingers, and burgers, as well as a Friday fish fry, ribs, pork chops, steaks, seafood, and pasta. -Christine A. Smyczynski
This restaurant, which opened in 2008, is located within Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino. It features a large dining area with flat screen TV's, a bar area and a stage for live entertainment. Specials include a Sunday Brunch with eggs benedict, sausage, ham, pancakes, home fries, soup and salads, and more. On Saturday evenings they have a dinner buffet from 5p to 9p and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Monday-Thursday from 11am-3pm. An evening dinner special is available Monday through Thursday. Their signature menu is their rack of ribs, which is Louisiana smoked and smothered in their special Cajun BBQ sauce. Other menu selections include burgers, wraps, finger sandwiches, and a Friday fish fry. They also serve steaks, seafood, chicken, and pasta. -Christine A. Smyczynski
Designed to give you some of the best American fast food in Batavia, Center Street Smokehouse is much recommended for those hungry souls. With checkered table cloths and contemporary posters, the decor of this place is simple but pleasant. The menu is quite diverse with delicious appetizers, grilled food, steaks and burgers. The service here very efficient and welcoming. This place also has a store where you can buy sauces, spices, t-shirts and so on. You can also host your own party or other private events here. Certainly the right place for someone who eats like a king!
This is the ultimate beef lover’s restaurant. For over 75 years the Red Osier has been noted for its prime rib dinner, which is carved and served tableside. The ribs are aged and then marinated for 48 hours in a unique seasoning, then slow roasted in a special oven. Choose from the 1-lb. Princess Cut, 1 ½-lbs. Queen Cut, 2-lbs. Bishop Cut, or if you are really hungry, the 4 ½-lbs. Call Cut. They also serve seafood, including Alaskan King Crab and lobster from New Zealand and Australia. They have a catering division, and their beef is also available at local ballparks and delis. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Opened in 2003, Brauns Bar and Grill is known for its Hawg Wings, live music and drink specials. Influenced by the owner's cross country road trips, the decor is splashed with trinkets from different regions of the country, giving it a quaint look that is charming. From specialty cocktails to beers and fine drinks, the bar is fully stocked with alcoholic beverages.
This restaurant, located in a historic building along the Erie Canal, was once a manufacturing facility for bushel baskets from the late 1800s to 1930. The marina alongside the restaurant was originally the log pond for the basket factory. Start your dining experience with an appetizer, perhaps seafood bisque or baked French onion soup, or maybe a shrimp cocktail. Dinner selections include pasta specialties, seafood, including baked or broiled fish, and beef dishes like New York strip steak, filet mignon and prime rib, which is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are also several veal dishes, baby back ribs, and poultry dishes, including their famous duck and sauerkraut. The restaurant’s gift shop features some items made by local artisans. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Located within the Asa Ransom Inn, this restaurant might be in the middle of the country but it sports the elegance and grandeur of a classic upscale dining spot. Jackets are de rigeur for men, while the atmosphere and dress is more relaxed in the Clarence Hollow room. Main course meals range in price from $10-$23 and feature such dishes as Printanier Chicken (baked boneless chicken breast on a julienne of vegetables), and raspberry mint rack of lamb. Nearby attractions include the Clarence Antique Markets and Lancaster Opera House.
Since 1955, Ripa's has been serving handmade pastas with home made sauces, along with pork chops, stuffed shrimp, charbroiled fish, and many other dishes. Pasta dishes include homemade gnocchi, lasagna, and spinach ravioli. Meat dishes include chicken parmigana, New York strip steak, veal francaise, and their famous French onion chicken; a boneless chicken breast sautéed with marsala wine and caramelized onions, served over angel hair pasta and topped with Swiss and mozzarella cheese. Their lunch menu features a variety of sandwiches including burgers, turkey club, and their popular Italian reuben made with capicolla sautéed greens and mozzarella cheese. They also serve pizza and wings. A catering menu is available, both in-house and drop off service available. - Christine A. Smyczynski
Chef/owner Orazio Ippolito uses old-style cooking when he creates his Italian and American specialties from scratch. Appetizers include antipasto salad, parmesan garlic bread, stuffed artichoke and fried calamari. Some of the entrees include American dishes like steak, pork chops and fried liver, along with Italian specialties like chicken marsala, veal piccata, and shrimp and scallop alfredo. Of course there are many pasta dishes to choose from, including spaghetti, baked lasagna, stuffed shells, eggplant parmigiana and even tripe. Their pasta con vodka has been given the New York State Best Dish Award. Desserts include cannoli, spumoni, cheesecake, crème brulee and tiramisu. Lunch selections include salads, sandwiches, pasta, burgers and more. Their banquet room seats up to 135 for special events.-Christine A. Smyczynski
If you're looking for the spot where the theater crowd hangs after a show, this is definitely it. Located on the border between Buffalo's Theater District and the Chippewa Club Zone, this bar-restaurant has an authentic theater feel. The place is packed, especially on weekends. There's a good dance floor and plenty of tunes to get you singing along. The food is mostly standard pub and bar fare with a dash of Italian thrown in. But people come here mostly for the ambience and good cheer. The venue is open Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m and from Saturday to Sunday, 4 p.m. onwards.
This restaurant was originally opened in 1958 by Italian immigrant Frank Iodice, and the current owner has been operating it since 1993. Restaurant specialties include beef on weck and a Friday fish fry. Appetizers include homemade soups and frank's steak salad (New York strip served on a bed of greens topped with Gorgonzola cheese). Finger foods include wings, stuffed hot peppers and spinach bread. In addition to their notable beef on weck, they serve a variety of sandwiches, including burgers, grilled cheese, marinated chicken, and even a fried bologna steak with onions. Pizzas include traditional pizzas, along with specialty pizzas, like Frank's classic white pizza, ranch chicken pizza, pesto chicken pizza, and Frank's spicy white pizza. - Christine A. Smyczynski
This bakery and café features delicious pastries, cookies, tartes and other desserts. They are also well-known for their ornate wedding cakes, which are tasty as well as beautiful. Entrées include salads, like Cobb salad and julienne salads, as well as café sandwiches served on fresh-baked, hand-sliced bread. breads include sourdough, sun dried tomato, whole wheat, all grain, sour rye and white. There are several panini sandwiches to choose from, including roast beef and marinated chicken. They also have a selection of gourmet wraps, egg sandwiches and quiche. A variety of coffee and espresso drinks are served. - Christine A. Smyczynski