Lewiston, New York


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Best For Food"


Lewiston’s proximity to Niagara Falls in the Niagara River region makes for a mix of outdoor recreation, history, shopping and food and wine. While a trip to the falls is a must, the Niagara River provides the perfect setting for picnicking, hiking and white water rafting. Visitors often come to boat and fish as well, with biking, cross-country skiing, Frisbee golf and swimming also available.

At Niagara Falls take a boat tour on the famed Maid of the Mist or aim for an aerial view with a helicopter ride. Then head to the Niagara County Wine Trail where over a dozen wineries offer tours, tastings and year round events. Visit in July for the Annual Wine and Culinary Festival or September for Harvest Fest, amongst others.

Lewiston has a rich history for its role in the War of 1812 and the Underground Railroad. Tour Old Fort Niagara or The Lewiston Museum to go back in time, or visit one of three local theatres and Artpark in the summers for entertainment and creativity showcased. Our Lady of Fatima Shrine is another cultural attraction with scenic and spiritual significance.

Most importantly, Lewiston’s dining is enough of a draw on its own. Our team’s favorite stops included Orange Cat Coffee Company, Tommy George’s Village Coffee House, Mangia Café and Bakery, Village Bake Shoppe, Brickyard, Apple Granny, Hibbard’s Custard, Macri’s Italian Garden and six other fantastic finds. See where locals love to eat in Lewiston’s reviews.

I think Lewiston should win the Best for Food Small town in America because not only do they have almost every category resturant for good food, those that they have are not only unique, but have the BEST GOOD FOOD in that category! Apple Granny has the best fish fry I have ever eaten and we go almost every friday night (along with many others). Their wings and burgers, everything is great! Brickyard is awesome bbq, CasaAntica is by far the best Italian food, and the Silo is the most unique and beautiful setting to eat delicious burgers, fries,and onion rings I have ever seen! The town is also complete with lovely shops full of world class Italian bread..DiCamillo's...and delicious flavored vinegars and oils...D'Avolio. Throw in the most amazing frozen custard at Hibbard's and next door...the Natural link has the best meats! I Vote there is NO OTHER that comes close!!!!
Reviewed by terr1schultz
on May 16, 2012
AHHHH...Lewiston, NY. Didn't know Food Nirvana existed until I moved there in 7th grade! Waterside, water sports, water views, water history and the food....unbelievable fish n'chips, Hibbard's (George Hibbard went to LewPort High School with me) Custard, DiCamillo's (Gary DiCamillo went to LewPort High School with me) breads, pastries and Biscotti, beef on weck....real hometown food produced, pprepared and consumed by real hometown people as well as visitors from all over the world. And wasn't I proud when I went into the gourmet food business myself only to find my hometown Italian Bakery DiCamillo's awarded the highest Honors for taste, marketing and presentation at the Gourmet Food Show in NYC!!!!!!with pride in Lewiston,Becky Pepkowitz
Reviewed by RachelArmstrong
on May 16, 2012
Lewiston offers beautiful views of the Niagara River and Canada with a small hometown feel where walking up and down Center Street you can relax and enjoy a quick bite to eat or a gourmet meal. You can enjoy a burger and fries from the Silo restaraunt right on the river or walk a few steps further for fine dining at the Waterstreet Landing. Great bbq food at the Brickyard, eat outside on the patio or pop next door to Brio for great pizza, my favorite the spinach and feta cheese white pizza. Orange Cat is THE spot for coffee, smoothies, scones and banana nut muffins and the nicest staff you will ever meet.
Reviewed by maheidt
on May 16, 2012
I have lived in Lewiston for 36 years. The culinary treats and the beautiful setting on the Niagara River have made Lewiston a destination for tourists as well. My favorite restaurant to take out of towners to is Carmelo's. You will always have a unique dining experience. Our favorite family style dinner is at Casa Antica. If I'm headed out with a group we go to Brickyard for it's amazing BBQ and beer selections. With the Silo on the river our family gies for a haystack and ice cream after baseball games. Lewiston really is a precious jewel.
Reviewed by Trees
on May 16, 2012
I grew up in Lewiston and truely love to go back as often as I can. The river is wonderful to walk along, the gorge is a great hike even when my Dad made us go up the "fisherman's line" Not an easy task.There is a huge selection of food to choose from but 2 favorites: Casa Antica and Water St Landing (formerly known and still refered to by us as the Riverside) Miss the old Bloody Bucket across the street !There are must haves in a visit home:Di Camillo's bread and pizza, Favorites Pizza, Orange Cat coffee. I always bring home chicken Sausage from the Butcher shop and Oils and Vinegars from D'Avolio's They have great festivals like the long running Peach Festival and the new one I want to see is in December "The burning of Lewiston" Great job bringing history alive with the War of 1812 festivals and the Underground Railroad information.It's a great walking town too and we rarely drive once we get in town. Walking is a great way to see the town, enjoy the fabulous flowers on Center Street and really window shop!
Reviewed by ChristinePeacock
on May 16, 2012
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