The Western New York community largely agrees that Buffalo is in the midst of a renaissance. Part rebirth and part reclaiming, we Buffalonians brazenly praise our city in increasingly stronger voices, and our feelings toward the local food scene are a key part of this celebration. The landscape includes a rising number of quality restaurants that stack up against those in cool cities around the country, a gaggle of chefs with near-celebrity status, and a growing focus on local agriculture and the farmers who humbly make our food obsession possible. We’ve got dozens of food trucks, farmers’ markets, food festivals and sell-out events about food to boot.
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Buffalo has an ever-growing number of food events, clubs and gatherings for foodies, including several under the radar happenings. To be in the know, you should know about the following:
5. Feed Your Soul: Founded by Christa Glennie Seychew, a freelance food writer and Buffalo booster, this organization is dedicated to offering events focused on the food and agriculture of WNY. The events, including the popular Nickel City Chef series, always sell out quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
- A hot sauce focused restaurant, Hot Mama’s Canteen, just opened in Black Rock. Read more about it from The Buffalo News here.
- The Public House of Buffalo will open in the old Canvas space on Hertel.
- Much of the best food I eat in Buffalo does not come from a restaurant, but rather, is shared around the dining room table or backyard of a friend or family member’s home. Last Saturday, we enjoyed a BBQ at the home of our friends, Chrisi and Sean. Chrisi is a hostess with the mostest, whipping up side salads regularly mistaken for being from Wegmans and curating an amazing spread, complete with addictive BBQ sauces and decadent desserts. Sean is a master behind the smoker/grill. The meats he unveils get oohs and ahhs every time. The smoke ring on his pork tenderloins are envy-inducing. I’m always happy and full when I leave their parties!
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Best Asian Market
1010 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda
- Visit this store for a variety of Asian groceries with a focus on Korean products.
- Choose from an impressive choice of rice (white rice, brown rice, sweet rice, sweet brown rice, sushi rice and more); dried beans, mushrooms, chili peppers, seaweed, oils, vinegars and an array of sauces, including soy sauce and chili garlic sauce.
Pete’s Lebanese Bakery
2468 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore
- Grab some freshly baked pita from the counter and browse the small shelves stocked with authentic goods, including pomegranate syrup, rose water and tahini.
- The refrigerated cases include delicious house made goodies: lebaneh, an addictive yogurt cheese that pairs perfectly with pita; tabbouleh, a bulgur and herb salad; sweets—baklava, pistachio cookies and more. Read the rest of this entry »
What is the best bar in Buffalo? There are countless options for places to enjoy a cocktail or nice glass of wine in WNY. With the warm weather here, it’s the perfect time to explore the local bar scene, from happy hour favorites to late night hot spots.
220 Lexington Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222
The true delight of Vera is not its pizza, but rather, pre-prohibition era cocktails. For $10 apiece, you get what you pay for. Try going on a weeknight for happy hour if it’s your first time visiting, and then go back on a Saturday night around 11:00 p.m. Go early for your best chance at a seat. Finish the evening with some fare from the Black Market Food Truck, which visits most Saturday nights. Read the rest of this entry »
Last weekend, I set out to make a new chocolate dessert for my family to share at our Memorial Day picnic gathering. An unusual one came to mind after a display of gorgeous blackberries caught my eye at the Lexington Co-Op: salted caramel + blackberries in brownies? Wow. I remembered pinning this recipe on Pinterest and thought the combination sounded delightful. It was not the salted caramel, but rather, the blackberries that caused me to earmark it for baking in the first place.
I’ve never put blackberries in brownies, but why not? I’ve made plenty of raspberry desserts with chocolate (one of my teenage dessert regulars: raspberry cheesecake with a chocolate crust) and even strawberries and chocolate, but blackberries don’t get the same cred. In this case, the results were worth sharing. While this dessert may not make the prettiest picture, it’s delicious. Sweet and salty, but not sugar sweet. An enviable texture that’s gooey and rich. Here’s the recipe as I made it: Read the rest of this entry »