Been a while since I posted in this thread, so it's time to dust it off and get back in the groove!
Our first stop is in Niagara Falls, NY at a quaint little place called The Griffon Gastropub. Who wouldn't like a place named after a great coaster?
If you like a place that has a diverse microbrew selection paired with some unique menu items, this is the place for you. The Griffon has many jazzed up local favorites like wings (with some unique sauces), stuffed hot peppers & beef on weck to name a few.
Here are their beer and food menus as the photo I took of the beer menu is a bit of an eye test.
Let's kick things off with a beer sampler, shall we?
Yep...definitely an eye test here.
Our first Scotch Egg. It was okay, but we both thought that the egg was a bit too rubbery and dry for our taste. Luckily the citrus mustard sauce was a nice accompaniment to combat the dry taste of the egg.
This bad boy is their version of the popular Vietnamese sandwich: Banh Mi. This one combined cucumber, sesame oil seared Vietnamese pork meatballs, pickled daikon radish/carrots, cilantro, jalapeno, crushed peanuts and Sriracha mayo...amazing!!!! The menu says that this sandwich is a flavor explosion in your mouth and I have to agree!
Luckily, the snow is now off the ground now, but here is the signage...definitely look this place up if you are in the area hitting up the Falls, Marineland or Martin's Fantasy Island!
There is also another Griffon located in Clarence, NY so this one would be on your way to Darien Lake if traveling on I-90 East. I have not been to this one, but hope to go very soon!
I know that there probably aren't too many people on this site that would make Waterloo, IA their vacation destination, but if you are ever in that area (like I was for business in February), you should check out a place called Newton's Cafe in downtown.
They are renowned for what they call their Iowa Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich. It is basically an American version of Weinerschnitzel...but on a bun! My jaw about hit the floor when they brought out the meals. Only one of us could finish it and even he had to cut out the condiments and bun to get all of the meat down!
gisco wrote:That thing is huge. They should give you two buns, cut the thing in half and save it for later.
That is what my business partner (on the left) did. He cut all of the tenderloin around the bun and just took that home with him for dinner. We were flying out the next morning so I ended up leaving a lot of mine on the plate.
Our next stop is down to the Buffalo waterfront to visit one of downtown's newest restaurants - 716. The name is of the area code in Western NY, which is quite clever.
Most (if not all) menu items include local favorites like Beef On Weck and chicken wings, but with a slight twist to them. A lot of the ingredients are also locally sourced or grown.
The past two times that we have tried to get into this restaurant, the wait was over two hours! Being that I won't even wait that for a coaster, we opted for other dining, waiting for the perfect time to visit.
This time was on a Sunday morning after being in Buffalo the night before for a John Mellencamp show. We got to the restaurant around 11:30 and had an early lunch before venturing down to the huge bar area for a drink (after noon, of course).
Welcome to 716. Let's have a peek inside, shall we?
This is their upstairs bar...
And this is their downstairs bar with a 36' long TV!
They have a great beer selection, but unfortunately it was a wee bit early to have a beer with lunch.
I was surprised that Michael opted for a salad, but this one was awesome!
I went with a more traditional Western NY experience...a beef on weck where the weck bun was actually a salted pretzel roll.
I ended up eating most of it with a knife and fork. Normal beef on wecks are on salt and caraway seeded buns (with the top bottom of the bun dipped in au jus) with only sliced roast beef and horseradish. This one had Yancey's Fancy white cheddar cheese (local) & caramelized onions along with a mild horseradish cream sauce. I would have preferred the zing of real horseradish, but this was still a very good sandwich! And the house made pickle was phenomenal!
By the time we got done eating it was 12:30 so why not have a beer at the bar? Notice the ice skate blade marks in the ice-like bar top. This is due to the restaurant being in the Harbor Center right next to First Niagara Center where the Buffalo Sabres play. FYI...the beer is a Goose Island IPA!
Michael opted for a Bloody Mary, which was very good...loved the stuffed celery!
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