Buffalo: The Land of Many Food Wins …. And A Food Fail
Buffalo. Oh, Buffalo. So many wonderful gastromic experiences and one, just one, dramatic food fail.
We might as well just get it over with and start with the dirty laundry. Or is it air out the dirty laundry? Or clear the air? Yes, I do believe that’s it. Let’s start off by clearing the air and saying that while Pearl Street Grill & Brewery might be known for its endless stories of fun and debauchery (it’s literally 5 stories tall) with views of Lake Erie and decent food to boot, their beer, the beer they make on-site, might have been the worst beer I’ve had from a brewery.
Granted, I didn’t try their seasonal brews as I opted to go with the beer flight or locally known as “The Teaser” of 10 different brews to try (a favorite menu item that I compulsively order anywhere that offers a beer flight. A flight of beer. A flight to a land where ale flows like waterfalls and quenches the thirst of drunken butterflies.)
Too much? Yeah, I’ll stop.
The ten beers I did try ranged from tolerable (Lighthouse Ale) to downright vomitous (Raspberry Chocolate) which tasted like cheap chocolate mixed with bad bad beer.
Now, if food is what you’re after, Pearl Street was decent. My portabella burger was enormous and the fries were fine. All in all, if you’re in need of a place to eat in the mildly depressed downtown Buffalo area, go ahead and eat at Pearl Street … but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the beer flight. No drunken butterflies for miles …
Actually, there is a better, more interesting place to eat dinner in Buffalo with adult beverages that don’t taste like chocolate ass. Go see the cocoa professionals at The Chocolate Bar and see how chocolate and alcohol are divinely combined.
The Chocolate Bar, as its name implies, is a restaurant that puts chocolate into nearly all of their offerings from white chocolate pasta to Chocolate Truffle Martini’s. More on that later …
Now I hear a few remarks from the locals along the lines of ‘Oh, you went to Chocolate Bar? All the chicks go to Chocolate Bar” … not true, my friends, not true. Sure, there were a few tables of all ladies in the joint while I was there but there were definitely some dudes partaking in the chocolately goodness and one of their near 20 varieties of martini’s. At $10 a pop, they can be a bit of an investment but definitely, definitely worth it. Anyways, when’s the next time you’re going to be back in Buffalo at Chocolate Bar drinking one of their martini’s?
You can see why that question gets me into a lot of trouble. Come to think of it, I think that’s the beginning of the thought process every time I order a beer flight … coincidence? Nah.