Local Kitchen & Beer Bar

buffalove.jpgLocal is one of my favorite downtown restaurants. In my opinion, Chippewa is getting a new vibe, moving away from the club-only, underage drinking that it used to be. Of course, those clubs still exist but more and more restaurants are popping up making it a more civilized scene for everyone to enjoy! (Did I just make myself sound old?!) Local Kitchen and Beer Bar is definitely one of the game changers.

First, the atmosphere is more chill, with repurposed wood from an old local barn covering the walls and bar. The menu boasts local vendors and 716 inspired dishes. Obviously, with the name of the restaurant, they have a multitude of beer options available on draft which is typically what I go for.

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Local Platter

The Beef on Weck Egg Roll appetizer is one of my favorites. Just something so unique and delicious, with a side of horsey sauce that gives it a kick! Other Buffalo staples include their Local Platter with a Beef on Weck Sandwich and 5 wings with french fries, and on Friday’s you can get their Rusty Chain beer battered Fish Fry.

You also can’t go wrong when ordering any of the sandwiches or salads (if healthy is what you are looking for!). If you are gluten-free, they have gluten-free pasta and buns that you can substitute to still enjoy the menu.

Rusty Chain Battered Fish Fry
Rusty Chain Battered Fish Fry

Local will continue to be one of my go-to spots downtown and a great place to bring out-of-towners to sample all the local favorite foods. Stop on by and let me know what you ordered!!

Local Kitchen and Beer Bar is located at 88 W. Chippewa St.

Cole’s Brunch

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Mimosa

I’m a sucker for brunch. Especially a brunch with good mimosa specials! Cole’s is one of my favorite Sunday brunch spots not only because they are a Buffalo staple, but they have $12 mimosa carafes and a creative Bloody Mary menu with about 10 different options.

We were able to grab a table on the patio on this gorgeous sunny day. Always good people watching on Elmwood!

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Huevos Rancheros

Coles has a huge brunch menu with many different sweet and savory menu items. I normally go sweet, but this time I went savory with the Huevos Rancheros – fried eggs smothered with ranchero sauce, cheddar cheese, yellow Rice, black Beans, and Pico De Gallo. Seriously to die for.

My friend ordered the Aztec Benedict which is a twist on a traditional benedict with a poached egg and Canadian bacon on an English muffin but topped with an avocado & chipotle hollandaise, served with a side of home fries.

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Aztec Benedict

Other options on the brunch menu include a hangover burrito, breakfast panini, orange cinnamon french toast, burgers, and salads. Something for everyone!

I highly recommend checking out Coles Sunday brunch. They also have a great dinner menu – check back for a blog post on that soon!

Coles is located at 1104 Elmwood Ave.

Parkside Meadow

Turkey Club
Turkey Club

Located across the street from the Buffalo Zoo, Parkside Meadow is the definition of your neighborhood pub. Originally a candy and cigar store in the 50’s, it had been vacant for 30 years when a local couple purchased the building and turned it in to a history-rich restaurant with casual food and drinks.

It is nice how kid friendly the restaurant is. On this particular day I met some of my family members after they spent the morning at the zoo. The server immediately brought over some crayons to entertain the kids so the adults could enjoy a refreshing mimosa!

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Hummus Wrap

The menu has many sandwich, salad, and comfort food entrees. I ordered the Hummus wrap with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and delicious sesame dressing. It tasted really fresh and the french fries were perfectly crisp.

The rest of the table ordered a turkey Reuben on grilled rye, and the Russel St Turkey club with applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, dill mayo & topped with a fried egg on grilled sourdough. The kids had grilled cheese sandwiches which I may have stolen a couple bites…

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert

At the end of our meal, we were surprised with a peanut butter chocolate cake because the server overheard that we were celebrating a birthday. These small touches really add to the experience and we are likely to come back sooner rather than later!

Parkside Meadow is located at 2 Russell Street.

Perks Cafe

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Avocado Toast

Ok I’m just going to say it… Perks Cafe has the best avocado toast in Buffalo. With goat cheese and sriracha…it’s what my dreams are made of!

The location is very large compared to many cafe’s in the area. I have been here a couple times with my running group (shout out to Studio Sophia!) and there is always plenty of room for all of us. Lots of people socializing or just coming in for a coffee while reading a book.

Southwest Breakfast Burrito
Southwest Breakfast Burrito

Along with the avocado toast, we ordered the Southwest Breakfast Burrito with turkey sausage. With pepper jack cheese and sriracha, it definitely has a spicy kick to it!

Perks Cafe has a decent sized coffee and signature drink menu, all using locally roasted coffee beans. On this hot day I ordered the Iced Jamaican Me Crazy coffee which was refreshing with a yummy hint of cinnamon flavor. No cream or sugar necessary!

I need to come back again soon to try out their lunch menu. It looks healthy enough with delicious ingredients. The Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad Wrap is on my radar to try out next.

 

Perks Cafe locations:
448 Elmwood Ave
346 Connecticut St
www.perksbuffalo.com