20 Editor’s Picks from 2020

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We love a good end of the year roundup. It’s fun to look back at everything that happened over the past year and reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what the next year might bring. We’ve rounded up new restaurants that openedthe best of the bunch, the top trending topics, the best feel good news stories, and even the best Buffalo tweets of 2020.

This time, we’ve pulled together a list of Editor’s picks – our 20 favorite articles and guides from the past year, from wine bars and bodegas to socially distanced retreats, black-owned businesses, street art and more.

We’ve loved a lot about stepping out in Buffalo and Western New York this year, even if it wasn’t what we’re used to. Cheers to always finding a way to step out and enjoy our region!


20 Editor’s Picks from 2020

Ultimate Guide to Wine Bars in WNY

These wine bars are bringing on flights, tasty eats, and bar atmosphere that is only expected in Buffalo. Are we…

Guide to Black-Owned Businesses to Support in WNY

A great way to support those in our community is to support their businesses, including these black-owned restaurants, shops, and…

20 Places to Get a Lobster Roll This Summer in WNY

Delicious lobster meat served over a grilled bun that melts in your mouth? Uh, yes please.

Your Guide to Social Distance Retreats Within 5 Hours of Buffalo

Whether you're looking to get away for a long weekend, a much-needed change of scenery, or just a day or…

20 Local Thrift Shops You Can Shop Right on Instagram

We love hunting for unique finds, but doing it on the 'gram? So easy. So fun. So perfect. Here's how…

Your Ultimate Guide to Street Art Murals in Buffalo & WNY

If you're looking for street art murals across Western New York, this guide will come in handy.

15 WNY Ice Cream Shops That Serve Homemade Ice Cream

Summer season? You mean ice cream every night season.

9 Hidden Bike Trails Worth Checking Out in WNY

Biking is the prime outdoor activity for some leisure exercise and here in WNY, we are pretty lucky when it…

27 Insta-Worthy Photo Spots In WNY

As many people already know, Western New York is full of Insta-Worthy photo spots. From restaurants to street murals, if…

7 Restaurants Offering Grab-and-Go Picnic Baskets in WNY

Picnics are so very customizable, allowing you to pick the time, place, seating arrangement, and beverage of choice.

10 Places to See Unique Public Art Installations in WNY

Thanks to our city’s comprehensive public art initiatives and some extraordinary talent from both local and visiting national artists, WNY…

7 New Pop-Up Food Stands On Our Radar Right Now

There's something about a pop-up situation that instantly makes our ears perk up.

Guide to Boutique Charcuterie Board Companies in Buffalo & WNY

If you've been paying attention on Instagram, you know that…

The Coolest Halloween Houses in WNY 2020

From Pirate light shows to creating realistic cemeteries, Buffalo natives are turning  their front lawns into must-see Halloween attractions. 

Guide to Restaurants With Heated Outdoor/Patio Seating This Fall

Looking to eat/drink outdoors as the weather gets cooler? Restaurants across Buffalo & Western New York are working hard to…

11 Charming Towns Perfect for a Weekend Getaway in NYS

Dreaming of all the places you can turn into a weekend getaway within New York State? You're not the only…

10 Covid-Friendly Perfect Dates

Thanks to extensive research and an adaptable city, we were able to compile a list of date ideas to do…

185 Locally Owned Online Shops from Buffalo & WNY

Looking for online shops locally-owned by Buffalonians and Western New Yorkers? You've come to the right place!

7 Hidden Gem Bodegas in Buffalo You Need To Know About

Pro-tip: Some of the best food can be found at your local corner stores!

Best Restaurants to Get Pasta in WNY According to Our Readers

Whether you're in the mood for handcrafted homemade pasta, authentic Italian pasta dishes, or a twist on the classics, this…


What was your favorite or most useful article from Step Out Buffalo in 2020? 

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Emily is co-founder and Director of Storytelling at Step Out Buffalo. Her favorite things to do are eat, travel, and think up business ideas. Emily is originally from Hamburg, NY and her out of town friends will tell you that she loves to talk about Buffalo any chance she gets.

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