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.

Rin Thai Bistro

Rin Thai Bistro
Rin Thai Bistro

Rin Thai Bistro is a cute little restaurant with delicious food in the heart of the Elmwood Village. I went for the first time today for lunch with some of my coworkers. The have a nice little patio for the summer months and a few tables and bar stools along the wall for inside seating.

We started off with some appetizers, including the Chicken Satay, Moo Ping with sticky rice, and Crab Rangoon.  My entree was the Pad Thai with chicken, which was very flavorful. You can pick your spice level for your food from 1-5. Since it was my first time at Rin Thai, I stayed on the safe side with a level 1. A couple of my coworkers were brave and ordered level 5 and said it was spicy but not too over-the-top, so I’ll know to go a little hotter next time.

The rest of the table ordered the Red Curry Chicken, Fiery Udon, and Sesame Chicken. One person is gluten-free and the restaurant was very accommodating. We all thoroughly enjoyed the food and agreed we will have to come back again soon!

Rin Thai Bistro is located at 988 Elmwood Ave.

Tappo

Tappo Rooftop
Tappo Rooftop

Tappo is one of my favorite restaurants in Buffalo. They have traditional Italian dishes in a really trendy atmosphere. In the summer, you can dine on their rooftop patio that is spacious with plenty of seating, has a lounge area and a full bar.

Another awesome thing about Tappo is that they have $16 bottles of wine and champagne which is very inexpensive and typically unheard of in the city.

Stuffed Banana Pepper
Stuffed Banana Peppers

Along with a bottle of prosecco, we started with the garlic cheese bread and one of the appetizer specials, which was a stuffed banana pepper topped with a sunny side up egg.

Since I’m a sucker for goat cheese, I ordered the Goat Cheese Crespelle for my entrée which is basically a crepe filled with goat cheese served with banana peppers and both an alfredo and a red sauce. Best of both worlds!

Goat Chese Crespelle
Goat Cheese Crespelle

The other entrees ordered were the Shrimp Risotto with roasted cauliflower and lobster beurre blanc, the Meat and Cheese Lasagna (which is huge!), one of the Rigatoni specials, and the meatballs. Everyone was really happy with their choices!

Tappo is located at 338 Ellicott Street.

SATO Brewpub

SATO Brewpub
SATO Brewpub

I was excited to go to SATO Brewpub because I have never been to a Japanese restaurant that brews its own beer! I loved the location right away. Fun fact: it’s located in the Dun building which was Buffalo’s first skyscraper.

It’s kind of inconspicuous at first so make sure to look for the red logo on the front door. You walk down a flight of stairs where the restaurant is located in the basement. There were only two of us dining, but there are many large tables so it would be a good place to come with a large group as well.

As a brewery, they have about 6 of their own beers on draft. I tried the “Rabbit in the Moon” which is a table beer based on a traditional Japanese house green tea. It was refreshing and went well with my meal. Next time I want to try their Pear Ginger Saison which they happened to be out of on this day.

Now for the food. SATO Brewpub is an “Izakaya” – a casual Japanese gastropub meant to be a place of socializing over small-plates and beer and sake.

Since an Izakaya is known for small plates, I had to try a couple! I ordered the Ume Chicken Gyoza, Chicken Katsu served with Japanese BBQ sauce, and Steamed Bun with stout braised BBQ pork, cucumber, kimchi. Delicious! Three small plates were the perfect amount for one person.

My friend ordered the Green Curry Ramen. With chashu chicken, cilantro, bean sprouts, coconut milk, lime, fried onions, red bell pepper, and lemongrass oil, I definitely plan on ordering it next time I come to SATO Brewpub!

 

SATO Brewpub is located at 110 Pearl St.

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

Allen Burger Venture

ABV Tater Tots
Tater Tots

Allen Burger Venture (ABV) is definitely my go-to restaurant for burgers. They have a large selection with impressive ingredient options – not just your plain old lettuce and tomato!

If I’m being honest, I order the same burger every single time. But since I knew I was writing a blog post about the food this time around, I was excited to try a different option for a change. Luckily for me, my friend was willing to split two burgers so I was able to stick with my usual and still try something new.

We started with the tater tots, served with an applewood bacon & scallion sour cream, and a cider apple sauce. I was only going to try one or two and then next think I know… the plate was empty. So good!

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Delicious Burgers

For the burgers we shared the number 3 (Caramelized “ommegang” onions & applewood bacon, porter cheddar) and my usual number 5 (“Jiffy” peanut butter, pickled jalapenos, applewood bacon, white cheddar). The caramelized onions really made the burger; I was happy I tried it and would get it again!  For the number 5, I know that peanut butter with jalapenos sounds like it would be a weird combo, but it is seriously delicious and not overly hot.

Zombie Killer Cider
Zombie Killer Cider

I also have to mention that ABV has an awesome craft beer selection. This is great, because it is typically packed in the restaurant so you sometimes need to have a drink while waiting for a table. I tried the Zombie Killer Cider on draft. Super refreshing and perfect for sipping on the patio on a beautiful day!

 

ABV is located at 175 Allen. Check out their full menu here.

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