I’m on vacation, visiting friends in Niagara Falls, venturing off to Toronto and hitting little stopping places along the way. My culinary luck led us to the Taste of Buffalo, which we were told is the largest “taste of” in the country and we just happened to be in the area for it. Nearly every one of the fifty food and wine participants was local, including a few food trucks.
Each vendor offered four items, including a healthy choice and a small tasting choice.
The best bites were chosen in advance, but I have my own opinions, although in fairness, even amongst the four of us sharing sample bites, we couldn’t get to every table. We tried and after three hours, we still couldn’t do it. If I lived here, I would do the taste over two days, no kidding.
What Does Buffalo Eat Besides Wings?
I enjoy traveling and discovering the “local” specialty signature dishes. Most people connect Buffalo with Buffalo wings and rightly so, but it’s hard to go far without eating their version of a cheese steak or another Buffalo original, the beef on weck.
I never heard of a weck which is short for the kummelweck roll, a crusty on the outside, soft on the inside roll topped with salt and caraway. The weck is filled thin slices of rare roast beef and topped with au jus and horse radish. Just delicious, and since it’s gained some fame with the food network, it will be making it’s way across America (I hope).
Western New York’s Italian influence makes for great food and an appreciation of good bread and rolls. Sandwiches such as the pot roast, or brasciolle, Italian sub, and even the What Burger sat upon just the roll and became our favorite bites of the day, including a few surprises like the Southern comfort food that charms everyone everywhere as sweet potato puffs and the Mac N Cheese were unanimously pushed to the top. While the What Burger from Roaming Buffalo Food Truck was our number 1 pick, only Orazio’s made it into the top seven choices twice with their brasciolle slider (also voted best overall by the event) and their sweet potato puffs with a honey dip.
Our Top Seven Choices of the Day and the What?!?! Burger
What Burger with bacon jam and peanut butter from Roaming Buffalo Food Truck (try it, before you judge it).
Mac n Cheese
Sweet Potato Puff with Honey Dipping Sauce from Orazio’s
Roast Beef on Weck from Red Osier
Taco from Lloyd’s Taco Truck
Pot Roast Sandwich from Eddie Ryan’s
Nutella & Banana Sandwich from the Cheesy Chick Mobile Food
We missed out on ordering the 7 ingredient Italian melt.
Brasciolle Slider from Orazio’s
Samosa Chaat from Dehli Chaat Sweets & Restaurant
Oreo Milk Shake from Clarence Center Coffee Company
Unless, we did two days, there was no way to taste all of the food. Sadly, I missed some of the following that I really wanted to try, and this probably doesn’t cover it all. There were wineries, frozen custard, pizza, wings, subs, pasta and all things that scream the Western New York area.
Sausage Cacciatore from the Buffalo Tap Room
Crab Cake & Sicilian Cigar from Bings
Stuffed Banana Pepper from Cecilia’s Ristorante & Martini Bar
I never got to see what they were stuffed with, probably sausage and this gives me ideas.
The Godfather Sub from Dibellas
Old Fashioned Lemon Drop Cupcake from Chrusciki Bakery
Lobster Gnocchi from Francesca’s
Scallops Vera Cruz from Manhattan’s
Vietnamese Bun (Banh Bao)from Saigon Cafe
Mr. ST below with cane recovering from knee surgery proves his love for food and especially anything with nutella.
It was dark when we left, which gave us this beautiful picture of Buffalo City Hall.
I have enjoyed eating at food events in Los Angeles, Chicago and Nashville, but no where did I find a perfectly cooked medium rare burger made with with bacon jam and crunchy peanut butter from Roaming Buffalo that left me wanting more. The thing that made this burger scream Buffalo was the quality of the beef and the creativity. Perhaps the peanut butter burger will be the next “hot wings” or “beef on weck.”
Tell me what is the strangest thing you ever ate that you surprisingly loved?