BUFFALO, NY — Several local restaurants will bring home some hardware from the 34th annual Taste of Buffalo. A panel of judges made up of local media, political and business members rated restaurants on many different food categories.

Below are the award winners:

Hometown Hero Award: Mac and pork sandwich from the New York Beer Project.

Chair’s Choice (chosen by 2017 Chair Ralph Basile): Buffalo Scotch Egg (chicken wing sausage, egg, cheezit, and panko crust) from Riverstone Grill

Children’s Choice (chosen by Jacob Loretz): Waygu Meatball with Carmelized Onion Sauce from Black & Blue Steak and Crab
Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food: Prosciutto Tortellini with Truffle Cream Sauce from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
Lou Billittier Memorial “Rookie of the Year” Award and Best Overall Item: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Guy
Veteran Restaurant Award: Jerked Chicken from Caribbean Experience
Best of Buffalo Award: Chicketta Slider from Osteria 166
Best Meat Item: Dinosaur BBQ Wings from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Best Seafood Item: Lobster Mac & Cheese from SEAR
Best Dessert: Lemony Coconut Bar from Chrusciki Bakery
Best Sandwich: ½ Reuben from Eddie Ryan’s
Best Red Wine: Rose Bud Peach from Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Best White Wine: Zia Minx from Spring Lake Winery
Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options:
o First Place: Watermelon Sorbet from White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt
o Second Place: Watermelon Gazpacho from Savor @ Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
o Third Place: Fresh Fruit Sorbet (Italian Ice) from Sweet Melody’s