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Thursday, June 30, 2016

7 Foods not to be missed at Taste of Buffalo

Photo by Bill Wippert


Imagine sinking your teeth into big juicy burger or trying a signature pizza. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, how about a generously frosted cupcake or an inventive ice cream creation? All of that and many other options will be available to you at the Taste of Buffalo on July 9-10, 2016.

A pack of dedicated community members have been planning for weeks and weeks, restaurants are prepping for taste tests, and countless volunteers have completed final tasks. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the heart of downtown Buffalo. It is the perfect outdoor event that offers live entertainment and scrumptious food from 62 restaurants.


 Photo by Bill Wippert


One of the best things about the event is how wallet-friendly it is. A family could easily come down with $20 and leave with happy bellies. Each restaurant is required to provide a nutritionally sound dish, and all dishes must cost less than $4.

“It’s an eating frenzy. Come with an appetite or you shouldn’t be there,” laughed Rob Moore from Red Osier.

There’s so much to try at the Taste of Buffalo it’ll be difficult to get started, so here are seven dishes you don’t want to miss.

Beef on Weck Sandwich from Red Osier
Don’t miss out on the regional favorite: beef on weck. “The beef on weck is the second most popular
thing for Buffalonians to the chicken wing,” said Rob Moore. “The beef on weck is one of our specialties.” Red Osier serves this sandwich hot with the customary horseradish. This toasty sandwich is on the kummelweck roll with thin slices of beef, which have been dipped in their mouth-watering au jus. Red Osier has participated in the Taste of Buffalo since 1998 and finds it to be one of the best events of their year.


Pulled Pork Sandwich from Chiavetta’s


Pulled Pork Sandwich from Chiavetta’s
Who doesn’t enjoy a thick pulled pork sandwich overflowing with cheddar cheese, pickled onions and served on thick Texas Toast? It was a hit for Chiavetta’s at the Erie County Fair, and they can’t wait to bring it to the Taste of Buffalo. They will also have brisket sliders made with their barbecue sauce and flank steak seasoned with their signature marinade and served with grilled veggies.

Papanasi from Gypsy Parlor

Papanasi from Gypsy Parlor
You won’t want to miss out on this powdered sugar mess. This is a donut like you have never seen. A papansi is a Romanian donut made with cottage cheese, not dough, which makes it even more delectable. It’s lightly fried and topped with plenty of powdered sugar and housemade strawberry preserves. If sweets aren’t your thing, you won’t be disappointed by their gypsy sandwich. It’s filled with provolone, artichoke and prosciutto. They also have a vegetarian option.

Artichoke Francaise from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
The Salvatore family loves to share their passion for delicious food, and they are looking forward to the Taste of Buffalo to get out into the community. Last year, their artichoke francaise was a big hit, so they will be bringing it back this year. The dish is sautéed in a seasoned egg batter and finished with scampi butter. They will also serve quinoa, sausage break, and tortoloni a la vodka.


Chicken Wing Pizza by Pizza Amore

Chicken Wing Pizza by Pizza Amore
Who doesn’t love pizza cooked in a wood fire brick oven? Be sure and make a stop at Pizza Amore for their Chicken Wing Pizza that was featured on the Food Network last year. The chicken is slowly cooked, hand-shredded and mixed with blue cheese and Frank’s RedHot. After, it’s smothered in shredded mozzarella cheese.

Cheesus from Cheesy Chick

Cheesus from Cheesy Chick
New to the Taste of Buffalo, but equally ready to please, Cheesy Chick is serving a specialty grilled cheese sandwich, Cheesus, which has mac and cheese inside the grilled cheese. And no, that’s not too good to be true. Also on their menu is a pesto slider, buffalo chicken sandwich, and a Nutella sandwich.

Is your mouth watering yet? Plan on going to Taste of Buffalo and devour the culinary specialties served by some of the best restaurants in Upstate New York! And if you fall in love with a dish you would like to have on a very regular basis, one of our agents will be happy to find a house to make the restaurant only a hop, skip, and jump away.


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