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Where the “Buffaloes” Roam

No, I’m not actually talking about buffaloes the animals. Instead this is a photographic montage of all food related items found in the snow capitol of New York- Buffalo.

If you couldn’t tell, that’s where I’m from. So of course there will always be a special place in my heart for her. In terms of food however, I think Buffalo happens to be one of the most iconic spots in my memory with their own little food culture- things you just can’t get anyplace else. I’ve lived in six different states, and countless other areas within those states, but I’ve never been able to find something quite like Western New York (WNY).

Best wings in town can be found at Duff’s. Sorry Anchor Bar, but this is what us locals prefer!

In one of my most recent trips, I spent two weeks at home. I shunned my gluten free diet so quick I didn’t even know what was happening. I almost compare it to me deciding to gluten free, simply to eat better, but then winning a trip to Paris and not eating my way through all the croissants, baguettes and other delicacies. It just isn’t going to happen. Especially because you all expect me to blog about my adventures! Onward I went, and hit just about every wonderful spot I could think of.

First however, a bit of history on Buffalo. It surprisingly is the second most populous city in the State of New York after New York City (this was new to me!) and is located on one of the most Western points in New York on the shore of Lake Erie, with close ties to Niagara Falls, Canada. Originating around 1789 as a small trading community near Buffalo Creek, Buffalo grew quickly after the opening of the Erie Canal. By the 1900’s, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the United States, and went on to become a major railroad hub, and the largest grain-milling center in the country.  Those days have come and went, and now Buffalo plays host to the region’s largest economic sectors- health care and education. In 2010, Forbes even rated Buffalo the 10th best place to raise a family in America.

On the food scene in Buffalo, you have iconic food staples like wings and pizza (nobody calls them Buffalo wings in Buffalo). You’ll have the Broadway Market which has been open since 1888 and is the ‘must visit’ place around the Easter holiday. To then turn around and have everything Polish one could ever want because of the rich history of Polish immigrants here. If you’re more modern and looking for help after an intense night of drinking, then you can opt for Garbage Plates or visit Mighty Taco. Bottom line is, you can eat yourself through a wide variety of tops, even if you vow to stay on your diet (unlike me). Enjoy all the treats!

Mighty Taco Buffitos aka Buffalo styled chicken taco. Taco Bell never looked so icky.

Beef on Weck from Anderson’s. Roast beef on a kimmelweck roll (kosher salt and caraway seeds), accompanied by horseradish. Anderson’s or Charlie the Butcher do it up right in this WNY favorite.

Pizza logs are appetizers that Buffalonians love. You can get them on many menus, and find them in your freezer section at your local butcher or supermarket. My recipe can be found here.

Bison Chip Dip. The creamiest, and best stuff to dunk some plain ol’ Lays in.

Ted’s Hot Dogs, serving up the best charcoal fired hot dogs around. AND now they carry gluten free rolls. Of course mine is served with a Loganberry Shake (only place to get this is in Buffalo on tap, or to carry it home with you).

Bob and John’s Blue Cheese Pizza (no sauce just a delicious white wine and blue cheese sauce). I grew up having this when we visited my dad, and to believe it’s been YEARS since I had this. YUM!

A good breakfast consisting of a Fasnacht (German doughnut served during Lent) and fresh Blood Orange Juice courtesy of Wegmans.

SPoT Coffee, one of the great local places to get coffee and enjoy a great meal. Their Cinco Shake is unreal, but I REALLY need the recipe for this lentil stew, it was to die for!

Renee’s Bakery in Depew serves up the BEST Polish baked goods, and so insanely delicious that now I’m kicking myself for not bringing any home!

Now I have to take a bit of a break, as we took a trip out to Rochester, NY, an hour drive to see my cousin at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). My Aunt was gracious enough to take me on a trip around town, mainly to my favorite store, Wegmans. And this wasn’t just any trip to Wegmans, but a trip to the original Wegmans. In my total fourteen days home, I made it to Wegmans every single day, but it never compares to visiting this store. We also had to pick up the iconic Garbage Plate (below) which is your heart’s worst nightmare. Overall we had a blast on our little vacation.

The Food Bar at Wegmans served this up and it totally stuck with me. This will absolutely be recreated- chicken sandwich with herbed mayo, tomato pesto, wilted spinach, artichoke and mozzarella. Amazing.

Zucchini fries served up by Wegmans. This is one of my favorites I used to enjoy with Tracey <3

Wegmans had a specialty cupcake decorating hub where kids (and myself) could become entranced in all things frosting. These were their super cute St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes.

Wegmans jamón ibérico de bellota. This ham is from free-range pigs that roam oak forests (called dehesas) along the border between Spain and Portugal, and eat only acorns during this last period. Their exercise and diet have a significant impact on the flavor of the meat; the ham is cured for 36 months. $98/lb and worth it, thanks to Wegmans from bringing some of the most sought after specialty food to us!

Wegmans even has a Tea Bar where you can experience all their bulk teas and sit down and enjoy!

Garbage Plate from Henrietta Hots. Yes, it looks gross, but college kids everywhere rely on this messy goodness. Two sides usually topped with meats and condiments (and this was only half a serving).

Back in Buffalo we continued on our food adventures….

My Aunt and Uncle took me to Chef’s. Famous Italian food where they served up some delicious Chicken Francaise.

Dutch Baby from the Original Pancake House. While they have these all over, this is an iconic breakfast stop and meal for Buffalonians. Thanks to Nancy for taking me there!

Zorba’s Prairie Platter. Bed of fries, mustard, onions, cheese, sliced hot dogs and Texas sauce. Zorba’s makes the best chili type sauce you’ve ever had.

Wahl’s Candies serves up insanely good local chocolates (pictured here is their Easter room). My favorite from them happens to be their molasses taffy suckers or their orange chocolate.

Wahl’s Candies even has a special mold to celebrate Dingus Day, the day after Easter in which Polish Americans go nuts in Buffalo.

Chrusciki Bakery serves up a delicious Polish dessert item called, chrusciki! Also known as Angel Wings.

Wardynski’s famous meats, via the Broadway Market. Polish sausage galore!

The Broadway Market hosted a whole lot of Polish paraphernalia including this awesome apron.

Stopping for a little fun at the Broadway Market.

Watson’s Chocolates serves up the original orange chocolate sponge candy, or when you want it just regular delicious sponge candy deliciousness.

For the rest of the pictures that just couldn’t fit. Check out the Eat Your Tarte Out Food Adventures album on Facebook! And go visit Buffalo already!

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

Comments (One comment)

  • March 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    What a wonderful ” Ode to Buffalo Food” , Kat! You covered it all I believe. Really enjoyed our visit at the Original Pancake House!

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