Unlike Mother’s Day when everyone gets dressed up and takes mom out to a fancy restaurant, Father’s Day tends to be more relaxed. Throw on a pair of shorts, picnic food, maybe a dip in the pool and get out the grill. But for those of you who don’t want to see dad cook his own Father’s Day dinner, but you still have a hankering for barbecue, here are some restaurants where chicken, ribs and pulled pork dominate the menu, and healthy is a dirty word.


One-Eyed Jacks - 5983 Transit Road, Lockport

I’ve eaten at One-Eyed Jacks several times and never had a bad meal. I usually get its signature dish—Jack’s Chicken that comes with two sides (the fries are delicious) and a huge piece of garlic bread. When my son was younger, we would split the entrée and still walk away full. Their house sauce is amazing, and I pour it over everything!

Texas Roadhouse - 900 Young St., Tonawanda

Normally, franchises are just okay. But when a franchise serves up great, authentic barbecue like Texas Roadhouse, then you have to put aside your preconceived notions and give it a try. Texas Roadhouse is famous for its hand-cut steaks and fall-off-the bone ribs. How about that…Southern barbecue cooking at its best, right here in little ole’ Buffalo.

Suzy Q’s Barbeque - 2829 River Road, Buffalo

My old boss took my whole department out for lunch one day. Someone suggested Suzy Q’s Barbeque. It was delicious. A small atmosphere, nothing fancy but sometimes those are the restaurants that wind up being the best.

Famous Daves - 1753 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga

Okay, maybe getting your meal served on a garage can lid doesn’t sound appetizing, but it is if you’re going to Famous Daves . Known for its award-winning ribs and secret sauces, Famous Daves has everything you’ll ever want in an authentic barbecue restaurant from appetizers to dessert.