Buffalo, NY

A Hearty Bite of Home at Michael’s Town Shanty

J.M. Lesinski

A shot of the front entrance of Michael's Town Shanty in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

For a good dinner menu with a variety of cuisine options in Cheektowaga, New York, Michael’s Town Shanty is a must. Featuring an array of Cajun and Creole classics, alongside Buffalo cuisine staples like beef on weck, Michael’s does dinners that are sure to please the entire family.

One of the biggest draws at Michael’s is the aptly named “Taste Elegance” section of the menu, which features a number of popular dinner items like the prime rib and St. Louis ribs. Here one also finds their delectable Chicken Norfolk, a spin on the classic medallion, shrimp, crabmeat, and vegetable medley in garlic butter wine dish that is out of this world good.

Likewise, the Chicken Louisiana features a Cajun cream sauce and vegetable medley topped with shrimp and melted mozzarella for a savory plate. The Cajun influence is also seen on this part of the menu in the scrumptious Cajun shrimp alfredo, and just a touch in the potato crusted haddock, which comes topped with a nice, creamy dill sauce.

The down home entrée dinners are exactly as the name implies, highlighted by some creative mac and cheese specials with a notable Polish influence all around this area of the menu. The prices on pretty much every dish are excellent too, it should be noted. A personal favorite, the twin pork chops come lightly breaded and fried perfectly golden brown, achieving a great balance for a sometimes hard to perfect dish.

The Polish Platter, like all platters, is excellent for any first-time diner for the exposure to multiple items at once. Michael’s Polish Platter features a kielbasa, potato pancake, two pierogis, and rye bread for a sampler that is sure to fill one person splendidly, and that does not include the soup or salad that comes with each down home dinner.

The fish fries and burgers are also excellent options at Michael’s, with a number of creative burgers available on the menu, while their specialty sandwich menu also features all the Buffalo classics that have made Western New York famous.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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