A major draw: the $7.95 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet (repeated Wednesday and Sunday nights), complete with soups, salads, pizza, pastas and desserts. Oh, and it's actually quite good. Also known as a sports bar.
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