It’s finally happening. We’ve dreamed of it for years. Chef James Roberts is opening his own restaurant.
Toutant (pronounced “too-tawnt”), named for Roberts’ great grandfather’s trapping and fishing camp on the South Louisiana marshland, will occupy the space adjacent to Seabar and the Ellicott Lofts. Located at 437 Ellicott St., the storefront formerly known as the Golden Swan is an extension of Rocco Termini’s Ellicott project.
Owned and operated by Roberts, Toutant will offer contemporary country cuisine and libations, served in a comfortable, casual setting. Focusing on high-quality, seasonal ingredients, Roberts’ Southern Louisiana roots and dedication to New York’s farming community will provide Buffalo diners with access to modern, fresh cuisine influenced by the American South. Read the rest of this entry »
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Credit cards accepted: Yes
Average price per person: $7.99
546 Niagara Falls Blvd., Buffalo
K Cafe is poised to become a spot where Buffalonians from college students to families go for satisfying food when they’re hungry for a little grease with a lot of flavor. It isn’t a fancy spot, as it has a stark appearance and sparse décor, but the service is warm, friendly, and prompt. It’s the kind of restaurant in which you can’t help but eat a massive amount of food because it is reasonable and the portions are extremely generous. The longer you’re in the homey feeling K Cafe, the more convinced you are that a beloved relative will walk out of the kitchen to greet you at any moment.
My friend and I settled in to sample a series of dishes beginning with the kimchi chicken quesadilla ($6.99), which features a giant white flour tortilla stuffed with Korean barbeque chicken, cheese, and caramelized house kimchi (fermented, spicy Korean cabbage). The hot, sweet, and sour taste of kimchi is the star of this quesadilla, and without it, this would be another boring appetizer. The kimchi offers a unique flavor profile for an addictive treat, as well as a crunchy texture, which is a welcome curveball. In addition, it is served with two unassuming dips—spicy sour cream and a pico de gallo—that keep you repeatedly reaching for one more bite. Just one more bite… Read the rest of this entry »
Need inspiration to get you through the week’s mundane meals or to prepare for more special occasions? Check out these ideas for a variety of purposes.
Monday night dinner
- Greek: Marinate lamb steaks the evening before to be able to grill when you’re ready to cook, and whip up tzatziki (a dip/condiment made from yogurt, cucumbers and herbs) and hummus (chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic) while you warm the pita. For an extra treat, grill haloumi and finish it with a drizzle of raw honey and couple sprigs of fresh thyme. Check out recipes by Donna Hay for more inspiration.
A group of friends
- Macaroni and cheese: When others crack a box open, foodies get grating. Try a blend of a few easy melting cheeses, such as sharp cheddar, gouda and fontina, to spice up this comfort food favorite. Try adding leeks or bacon for extra flavor. Check out classic style recipes from bon appétit.
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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 »