We know that Western New York is the most underrated place to live in the country.

The people here are simply amazing. Buffalo has earned its nickname of "The City of Good Neighbors," and it's because of that reputation that locals here really do support the locally-owned bars and restaurants around the region.

National chains here do well, like McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Applebee's, Denny's, etc.; but the local restaurants in Buffalo are the backbone of the community.

One of the most popular places in the southtowns to get food and drinks is J.P. Fitzgerald's in Hamburg.

J.P. Fitzgerald's was recently featured on an episode of America's Best Restaurants, which goes around the country to highlight amazing restaurants.

One thing that owner Bob Brunner (J.P. Fitzgerald's) said during the episode really caught people's attention.

His philosophy of customers in Western New York and choosing restaurants to go to is amazing.

"People that come here, our customers, they have hundreds, thousands of restaurants in our area alone that they can choose to go to...they chose to come here," said Brunner.

I think every Western New York bar and restaurant can take that way of looking at it. It's so true.

I've lived in Buffalo my entire life and I'm not joking when I say the people who live here ADORE the locally-owned restaurants in Western New York. Most places have regulars -- people they come weekly or even close to daily. That's the commitment that Buffalonians give to the amazing locally-owned restaurants in Western New York.

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