Best of 2012: Neighborhood Bar: North
Back in July, we called Back East one of the best bars in the city, writing, "For a spot sporting a clean sheen commensurate with its Briargate-shopping-center location, there's an organic 'home away from home' vibe." Readers obviously agree, anointing Buffalo native Mike Davis' bar the best in the north, just like last year. And why not? The wings are like meat candy, all spice and sweetness; there are 12 beers on tap, and another 20 or so in bottles; and every weekend, during the season, the family-friendly spot carries every NFL game. — Bryce Crawford
Our readers' favorite north-side neighborhood bar, this is your spot for game day, or any day you're in need of a pint and food ranging from New York-style pizza, burgers and pastas to a Philly steak hoagie, wings, salads and cinnamon-sugar-sprinkled sweet-potato puffs.