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Eleven for 30

July 30th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
A little chopped pork.

A little chopped pork.

In a place that is one number short of 7-11, I spent my 30th birthday dinner with my wife. That missing number was 7, and restaurant was called Eleven. Now, Eleven is known to have one of the better burgers in the ‘burgh, but it’s not on the dinner menu, so I made do with all the other goodies that were available for the ordering. Continue Reading»


Flying Through Gabriel’s Gate

July 29th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Oh hey Frank's.

Oh hey Frank’s.

In a little part of town called Allentown (not that Allentown) lies a place known to have some of the best chicken wings in Buffalo. It’s called Gabriel’s Gate, which likely has some sort of heavenly connotations. And if heaven is filled with chicken wings, I will do my damnedest to get there. It was easy to get a seat at the bar to eat and after a conversation with the bartender my buddy and I decided what to order. Continue Reading»


Picturesque at Elements on the Falls

July 28th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
As pretty as the falls.

As pretty as the falls.

While visiting Niagara Falls we found ourselves at a place called Elements on the Falls. It’s kind of a fancy joint in a great location (like a great view of the falls), so I expected high prices and subpar food. The prices were certainly high, but considering the dishes were pretty fancy, they didn’t actually seem overly high. The only problem was actually ordering, because we had a pretty difficult time flagging down a waiter or waitress to take our order. Continue Reading»


Melting Down at Blue Monk

July 25th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
So melty and eggy.

So melty and eggy.

Elmwood Village is definitely one of the cooler parts of Buffalo, with lots of cool shops and restaurants. One of these restaurants is a gastropub known as Blue Monk. Where the name comes from, I cannot say, because a look at the menu might have led me to think it should be called Blue Duck (in the style of Billy Madison). That’s because half of the menu items seemed to be duck-based. Continue Reading»


Steak + Fingers at John & Mary’s Subs

July 24th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Feel the sting!

Feel the sting!

It’s easy to make a sandwich special by putting unique items into it. I still applaud places like that, but it something even more special to take a pretty basic sandwich and make it exceptional. I always loved Bay Cities for doing this in LA (in no small part because of the bread), and while it is nothing at all like Bay Cities, I have found a place that follows the same mold in Buffalo. It is called John & Mary’s Subs, and while it seems like your average Buffalo subs and tacos spot, I found my sub to be much more. Continue Reading»


Subbing in at Elmwood Taco & Subs

July 23rd, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Never enough waffle fries.

Never enough waffle fries.

Mexican food and subs seems to be a combination prevalent in Buffalo. In trying to account for this, I’ve come to the conclusion that both are delicious after a few drinks. Still, a lot of things are delicious after tossing a few back, so I’m not quite sure how this combination formed. Nonetheless, the curiosity brought me to Elmwood Taco & Subs in Elmwood Village, where they have another surprise to throw in with the tacos and sandies. Continue Reading»


A Big Burrito at Asada

July 22nd, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Fun with foil.

Fun with foil.

The Chipotle model has been followed by many other fast casual Mexican spots since its inception. And why not? It’s nice to customize burritos and even nicer when you get to mix things up here and there. That’s where Asada Mexican Grill in Wynchwood, Toronto comes in. Like Chipotle, it has all the customization you’d want, with extra options like al pastor, refried beans, and a salsa bar. I was excited about the prospects and picked out my order. Continue Reading»


Layering Up at Poutini’s

July 21st, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
So curdy.

So curdy.

No trip to Canada is complete without at least one stop for poutine. Yes, even outside of the French side of Canada. The internet told me that Poutini’s in West Queen Street West had some of the best in town and I was eager to see if they could live up to the lofty expectations. Like other poutineriess, it had a few different options, but I was most intrigued by their Layered Poutine. This included an extra layer of cheese in the middle, and as much as I like bacon and other such things, this seemed best. Continue Reading»


Some Happy Katsu Gyugyuya

July 18th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
Love the katsu.

Love the katsu.

To some it is easy to write Japanese food off as sushi and stuff. Yet, I love Japanese food and have no need for sushi, which means I love places like Toronto. Why? Because Toronto has a diversity of Japanese food to offer, like ramen and curry. One of these places is Gyugyuya, specializing in Japanese curry. Situated right next to a popular ramen spot, it was strangely empty inside and waiting for my wife and I to eat. Continue Reading»


Grand Electric Goes Mexican

July 17th, 2014 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit
No mods, brah.

No mods, brah.

While Toronto is a couple borders north of the border, it is an incredibly diverse city with food from just about everywhere. One of the foods we wanted to check out was tacos, and this led us to Grand Electric. Now, going into this we knew that Grand Electric wasn’t going to be serving up traditional Mexican fare, but the menu seemed good enough that it didn’t matter. Continue Reading»


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Strange Eats: Natto

Such innocent sushi.

Such innocent sushi.

The first time I laid my eyes on natto was while studying abroad in Japan. To me it was nothing short of disgusting. Fermented soybeans? A raw egg? A simple stir with the chopsticks that made strands that looked like spiderwebs? For breakfast? It was not a pleasant experience, but it was certainly an experience to be remembered.

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