Every year, Buffalo Spree puts out an amazing list of the Western New York area’s most coveted in areas including businesses and retail, media, the arts, and, of course, food and drink. It’s an honor to be a part of the group who helps select the best of the best in Buffalo. Here are my contributions to “Best Of 2014 ,” including some of my favorites: bakery, sandwiches, donuts and happy hours.
Best bakery (city): TIE with Mazurek’s, 543 S. Park Ave., 853-7833; mazureksbakery.com
Romeo & Juliet’s
Multiple locations; rjcaffe.com
To a bustling Italian restaurant scene, Romeo and Juliet’s Café brings authenticity. Since 1998, their bakery items, including bread, pizza, focaccia, and sweets, earned regular praise. Their ciabatta is especially noteworthy, crusty, airy, and flavorful. Desserts beckon from glass cases: cake, pastries, tarts, and cookies. Enjoy your favorite cake by the slice or select a single cookie. We can’t resist sfogliatelle, a shell-shaped pastry with a flaky crust, stuffed with sweet ricotta cheese and a hint of citrus.
Best sandwiches (not subs): TIE: Nickel City Cheese and Joe’s Deli
Nickel City Cheese
423 Elmwood Ave., 882-3068; www.nickelcitycheese.com
Nickel City Cheese has reigned as the city’s premier option for cheese, meats, and other goodies since opening in 2011. Unsurprisingly, the shop makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich, featuring pimento cheese spread on rye, but that’s not all. The rest of their sandwiches are as diverse as they are tasty. Mexican turkey (lime crema, pickled onion, avocado, and queso fresco on flatbread) and specials, such as jambon beurre with cornichons or mushroom and brie on sourdough, feature the fresh ingredients in the shop on rocking bread. Read the rest of this entry »