Currently Obsessed With

Blue Table Chocolates

@bluetablechocolate

“When it comes to food Buffalo does a lot of things right. Savory charbroiled hot dogs. Freshly sliced roast beef sandwiches. Perfectly sauced wings. A classic Friday fish fry. I could go on. So I will. Buffalo’s also got some serious chocolate chops and great chocolate shops. Food writers Jane and Michael Stern once called Buffalo, ‘America’s best candy city,’ in a @roadfood .com website review. High praise indeed. But Buffalo can walk that talk. You can find top notch confectioners everywhere you look — my sweet tooth has taken me from Kenmore to Lancaster to South Buffalo to satisfy my chocolate cravings. But I’m currently obsessed with a relative newcomer to Buffalo’s candy competition – Blue Table Chocolates. Located in a lovely little shop in the city’s Larkinville Neighborhood, Blue Table makes gourmet artisan truffles that are beyond my powers of description. The finest chocolate combined with seasonal ingredients results in delectable treats with names like Coconut Earl Gray, Strawberry Champagne, Orange Blossom Cheesecake and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Chocolatier Ben Johnson says Blue Table has ‘an insatiable desire to push flavor and texture boundaries.’ If that’s their goal, Blue Table is already hitting the sweet spot.”

– Ed Healy, Vice President of Marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara


Solo Eats Suicide Burger

@soloeats1

“The Solo Suicide Burger from Solo Eats at Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street in Buffalo isn’t the kind of burger you eat with one hand — it is a BEAST! My first bite of the Suicide Burger wowed me. After the second bite, I started texting friends and family. What makes this burger so flavorful and good? Solo Eats Manager Steve explained they prepare their own meat seasoning and each burger is hand packed — no patties at this burger joint. The burgers marinate in seasonings until cooked over an open pit, charbroiled for 25 minutes. So, if you love a burger that will show up in your dreams – trust me, order from Solo Eats. Oh, and the Solo Banger Fries – make sure you add them to your order. These fries are ketchup’s soulmate.”

– Lori White, Community and Public Affairs Manager for Greenlight Networks


Frank’s French Fries

@findfranknow

“Everybody loves fries. And most people have pretty strong opinions about their favorite fries. They may be the fries they grew up with at the hot dog stand around the corner. Or the fries you get out on the lakeshore every August. Skinny fries. Curly fries. Sweet potato fries. Everyone has an opinion. Well, here’s mine: Buffalo’s best french fries can be found just across the city line in Kenmore at @findfranknow. These are fries that are cut fresh daily and fried until they achieve a perfect level of crispiness – no soft or soggy fries here – just crispy enough to leave a welcome helping of broken ends and tasty bits to finish up at the bottom of your order. There are several dips available for those with sophisticated palates, but for me, ketchup works just fine. Go to Frank’s for the delectable dogs, but stay for the to-die-for fries.”

– Ed Healy, Vice President of Marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara


Lexington Co-op Markets Flourless Chocolate Cake

@lexingtoncoop

“As the temperature cools and ice cream season ebbs, my sweet tooth turns its attention back to Buffalo’s baked goods — the creamy carrot cakes, chewy chocolate chip cookies, Instagrammable cupcakes and crumb-topped apple pies that are our just desserts, particularly in the time of Covid-19. We’ve earned these calories, folks!

And while tasty treats can be found in neighborhoods both suburban and city, my go-to treat that’s also extremely easy on the wallet is the Lexington Coop’s scratch-made flourless chocolate cake. Years of research have shown that the Coop nails this recipe each and every time – a dependably rich, moist, decadently dark chocolate cake that’s Buffalo’s best dessert deal at $8.99.”

– Ed Healy, Vice President of Marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara


Resurgence Brewing Co. Circle the Wagons Pilsner

@resurgencebrewingco

“Holy &*@#$, the Bills are undefeated.

If there were ever a reason to pop a top and celebrate, this is it, #BillsMafia. As I wandered the aisles at Consumers looking for the perfect beverage to fill my victory chalice, my eyes locked in on the red, white and blue cans – Resurgence Brewing’s Circle the Wagons Pilsner.

Part of me thinks I’d be obsessed with it based on the name alone but inside lives 16 oz. of the most fan-friendly beer you could ask for. The pilsner is light enough to let you crush a few during the game but has enough body to remind you not to get too crazy. Let’s save our crazy for the Superbowl parade. Beers on me.”

– Karen Fashana, Marketing Director for Visit Buffalo Niagara


Goodrich Coffee

@goodrich_coffee

“In the last six months, I’ve gone from a weekend-only Folgers drinker to an every-day-of-the-week local java junkie. My current jam? Goodrich Coffee.

The staff at Goodrich takes all of the pretentiousness out of the coffee-ordering experience, which is clutch for a newbie like myself. I roll up to their Clarence drive-thru, give them my spiel about needing a coffee recommendation that’ll give me a quick jolt to get amped up for remote learning but falls short of making my heart beat out of my chest. I laugh. They laugh and say they know just what I need.

But it takes more than a friendly barista to warrant obsession. The coffee has to be buzzworthy and a cup of their Burundi delivers every time. Smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of giddy up. It’s the kind of coffee you want to cozy up with on a crisp Fall morning and read a book. (But there’s no time for reading…those 1st grade math problems aren’t going to subtract themselves.)”

– Karen Fashana, Marketing Director for Visit Buffalo Niagara


Macy’s Place Pizzeria

@macysplacepizzeria

“When it comes to Buffalonians and their habits for ordering a Buffalo-style pizza, favorites are usually determined by geography.

Being an East Side youth, that was Metro Pizza on Clinton when I was a kid and now, as a West Side adult, La Nova is right around the corner from our house. But there are a handful of pizzerias that’ll make me betray those oaths of cheesy, saucy, cup-n-charred loyalty.

Macy’s Place Pizzeria on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga is one such spot. And being outside of their delivery radius, if their pizza can get me to make a 30-minute round trip to pick up the pies, it must be good.

Sure, they nail the classic cheese-and-pep pizzas, but it’s their endless varieties of creatively-topped “Instagram Pizzas” that elevated Macy’s to local social-media stardom. When I’ve got a craving, the Sativa Sunrise is my go-to. A doughy crust topped with BBQ chicken fingers (cut the long way, a bold move), fresh sliced jalapeños, curly fries, and a BBQ and honey mustard drizzle punch me a one-way ticket aboard the Food Coma Express. So what that I can only handle one monster slice per noshing session – Macy’s Place leftovers are the best leftovers.”

– Drew Brown, Marketing Manager for Visit Buffalo Niagara


Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market Blueberries

Every year I wait for blueberry season and it’s here! No more bland, mealy berries from who knows where, for right now I can gorge on plump perfect gorgeous blueberries from Erdle Farm in nearby Silver Creek. Blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberry jam, blueberries in my hand, I will eat them all because it only happens once a year and it’s now! Pick them at the farm yourself, or buy them at the @lexingtoncoop and many local farmer’s markets, including Saturdays at the Elmwood-Bidwell Market. ‘Tis the season folks…don’t let it pass you by!

– Karen Healy, writer for VisitBuffaloNiagara.com


Bare Bones BBQ

@barebonesbbq716

“I’d travel to the ends of the Earth for a good smash burger. Luckily, this past weekend, I didn’t have to travel that far. Pinging my Instagram feed a few days before their pop-up at @barrelnbrine’s Chandler Street courtyard, Bare Bones Barbecue’s burger beauty stopped my scrolling thumb in its tracks. Knowing the insane demand for their offerings, this was an instant preorder, no question.

And oh boy, did this burger earn a high rank in my Pantheon of Beef. Cooked to juicy perfection, topped with choice ingredients (with a few B+B pickles to boot) and sized just right so that each bite yields a bit of every flavor, don’t sleep on Bare Bones’ next community pop-up. Zero regrets.”

– Drew Brown, Marketing Manager for Visit Buffalo Niagara


Lake Effect Ice Cream’s Sponge Candy Ice Cream

@lakeeffecticecream

“Where has this ice cream been all my life? OK, that’s a bit dramatic. Let me rephrase the question:  Where has it been since Lake Effect opened on Hertel Avenue three years ago? Right in front of me? On the giant chalkboard menu? Waiting in the freezer case behind the counter? Yeah, all right, it’s been staring me right in the face. I admit it. But I still don’t know how I could have been oblivious to its creamy, chocolatey charms. Unaware, that it would activate my taste buds like practically no other ice cream ever has. Sure, I kind of had a thing for Salty Caramel for a while – quite a while, actually – and I’ve had a couple of flings with Strawberries and Cream, but Sponge Candy, I think this might be the real thing. I just can’t get enough.”

– Ed Healy, VP of Marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara