Cole Porter didn’t realize he was perfectly describing Buffalo Bites Food Tours’ “Epicurean East Aurora” when he wrote the lyrics “It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely” but nothing could be more accurate. It was a (de) lovely day in this delightful village south of Buffalo, with nothing but deliciousness at every stop.
We met Laura, our very well informed tour guide, at our first stop, the Riley St. Station gastropub. This restaurant charmingly invokes its history as the town’s former train station, with train motifs and nods to the Union Pacific Railroad that used to run through town. Here we were treated to a generous “taste” indeed of a wonderful slider sized burger and salad with a creamy house peppercorn dressing.
Next we strolled up the storybook Main Street to the All-American Aurora Theatre, where they are now selling gourmet flavored popcorns. We sampled everything from parmesan rosemary to apple pie (my favorite) while admiring the original 1930’s murals in the lobby.
Next stop, Taste, a Main Street bistro with a hip coffee shop vibe. Their signature chicken salad was a generous portion which just left room enough for a cup of creamy chocolate with whipped cream topping. Thankfully our next stop gave us a bit of time to digest! At Purrfect Teas we got an interesting lesson on how different teas are grown and harvested and walked away with an ice cold raspberry tea to refresh us until our next stop.
This lead us on a wonderful stroll through the historic Roycroft Campus. Laura was very knowledgeable abut the history of this important center for the American Arts and Crafts movement and the wonderful restoration of the Roycroft Campus, which certainly whetted our appetites for our next stop, the Roycroft Inn.
Here on the expansive veranda of this restored National Historic Landmark we were treated to their signature French Onion soup (with a side of homemade truffle oil potato chips—amazing!) while Laura explained the fascinating history of the Roycroft movement and its remarkable and charismatic founder Elbert Hubbard.
We then wandered up Elm Street to the Elm Street Bakery, a restaurant devoted to locally sourced food which is centered on a huge brick oven. Imagine our faces when they produced an entire brick oven pizza for us to share. (A brief recap for those not keeping track: burger, salad, popcorn, chicken salad, chocolate, tea, french onion soup and potato chips) It was as light and crispy as a gooey cheesy pizza could be.
Were we done yet? One more stroll up Main Street past the famous Vidlers five and ten, and we ended our Epicurean Afternoon at Firefly Cupcakes, where we each got to choose whatever one we wanted. I chose red velvet and brought it home!!
We all agreed that it was the most fun day ever AND that we would never eat again. (I have). Buffalo Bites also does a tour of the Elmwood Village, which I’m certain would be equally fun and delicious. If you are going GO HUNGRY!!!