Category: Food/Beverage

Friday’s Fish Fry Finds

dannys fish fry

With this being Good Friday and the last Friday of the Lenten season, I thought I’d share one more fish fry with you and it comes from the local favorite –Danny’s. Last Friday my Dad kindly tagged along and went out for a Fish Fry with me, I ordered it baked and it wasn’t bad. Out of all the places I had a fish fry this season, I would say Danny’s was my favorite.

Until next time.


Fish Fry Finds

pearl street fish fry

Last week’s fish fry find was at Pearl Street where surprisingly I’ve never ordered a fish fry before. Keeping along with the basic fish and chips order the plate was typically what you would expect, so I added some hot sauce to it for a little bit of spice. With Lent being almost over, I’m looking forward to my fish fry dinner date with my Dad tonight.

Have a great weekend!


Fish Fry Finds

716 Fish Fry

With the Lenten season upon us I thought I would share the Fish Fry’s I have this season. So the first one I’ve had was at 716 last week and to my surprise it wasn’t bad. Sometimes the fish can be to greasy or to fried and this was actually the opposite, I was actually impressed.

While you may not think of 716 for a fish fry, it actually makes for a good place to go if you’re downtown at Canalside or a Sabres game on a Friday night and looking for a non-meat option. I was happy to find a new place to add to the fish fry list. They still have a little ways to go to be up there with the Conlon’s and Wiechec’s {Buffalo fish fry staples}, but maybe they will get there one day.

Until the next one,




expo jabib photo

Expo Market opened last week Thursday and it is the best thing that happened to Downtown Buffalo in a while. A food court style venue that offers a lot of Buffalo favorites.

  • Bobby Alfman’s Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Crush Juicery
  • Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar
  • Newbury Street
  • Osteria
  • Sun Restaurant

I stopped by Mercato by Osteria and built my own pasta dish that was extremely delicious and affordable. You can’t go wrong with any one of the vendors as all of them had steady lines of people during the lunch hour. It is a new hot spot to be for lunch or dinner and as they have on their website it is “Downtown Buffalo’s gathering place.”

expo jabib

If you work downtown this is a place to go when you need to take a break.


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A Hidden Gem in the Heart of the West Side Neighborhood: Tipico Coffee

Calling all Coffee Lovers! Have you been to one of the newest places on Buffalo’s West Side? Tipico Coffee opened a few short months ago and it is A-Mazing!!!

jesse tipico

I was lucky enough to sit down with the owner Jesse Crouse and talk about how he got started and what made him open a coffee shop in the heart of the west side neighborhood.

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From coffee to lattes to tea and more, Tipico rotates their coffee on a regular basis and on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays they have pastries from local vendors such as Breadhive and Butter Block, they also have an ever so tasty and popular avocado toast! Jesse started his passion for coffee while he was studying poetry in Chicago. Down the street from him was Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, a high end specialty coffee shop that drew him in and over the last 5+ years he has worked with coffee farms studying the supply aspect of the business.

After having children, Jesse and his wife Kristen {originally from Western New York} were trying to find an affordable place to open a business and decided to move to the area, after being on the west coast for a while. “Buffalo felt right” The couple along with Jesse’s in-laws wanted to help influence and shape the community they are living in. Their love for making food and the idea of homesteading offers a unique gift to customers as well. Bringing in 80-90% of their produce and milk from New York State their menu may be small, but is nice and compliments the drinks they serve. Jesse’s goal is to offer a revolving menu once the spring time comes and host more casual gatherings and events throughout the year.

Having the largest masonry stove, an iced coffee window that will be offered in the warmer weather months, being one of the first walking destination businesses in the middle of the West Side’s residential neighborhood, hosting brunches from time to time {the list goes on}; if you think you’re going to walk into the same old coffee shop, you’re wrong – Tipico is not your average café, its more than that. It’s a place where you go and the staff remembers your name, says thank you for stopping by and see ya soon when you leave. During my interview with Jesse he said hello and goodbye to every person that walked in and out of the door. That is what a small business owner in my opinion is. They know their customers, care about them and want to build a relationship with them.

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Starting on a shoe string budget, Jesse thought of doing a pop up shop, but just so happened to stumble upon his current location through his landlord. Everything was built out and the only thing he had to focus on was the equipment, putting a menu together and finding employees. It took 2 months to open and it wasn’t an easy process, but when you have passion for something you care about so much, it helps get you through. When I asked Jesse what he loves about the area, he said he loves the community. The warm welcoming he receives from the customers and community is what he and his staff give back to the area. The West Side of Buffalo is turning into the walking side of the community and having it be a walking destination gets people who may not be familiar with the area, out and about, seeing all the great things taking shape.

Tipico is really in the heart of the west side of Buffalo – the “hidden gem” in the neighborhood. To me, seeing a business like this in an area that is developing is really exciting. As someone who enjoys going to new places, it’s nice to meet local business owners who have a passion and believe in the area they work in. To see them excited, makes you get excited to see the growth of the community. If you enjoy coffee you should definitely make a stop to Tipico. And if you aren’t a coffee lover you don’t have to worry, Tipico also carries a wide variety of teas for tea lovers. It really is a one-of-a kind café in the area.


tipico latte

{Latte- YUM!}


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Where’s Lloyd?!? Hitting up Hertel Ave. for the Taco Factory


{Snozzberry Mule, chicken burrito and spring rolls}

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

Last week I joined some friends at the newest addition to Hertel Ave – Lloyds Taco Factory. You’ve seen the trucks all over Western New York and now they have a permanent residency on Hertel Ave. We arrived just before 6pm on a weeknight which was perfect timing because once 6 hit there was a steady line of people the rest of the night.


{See them making the tortillas and more}


{graffiti walls and a bottle drop – recycle!}

Offering not only their delicious tacos, nachos and burritos, they also offer small sides {like spring rolls} and a full service bar. My favorite things {besides the food} are the garage style doors in the front of the restaurant, the “bottle drop” pipes and the communal style table in the middle of the restaurant. Hitting up the taco factory just made me love what Pete and his team are doing for this area even more.



{Classic crowd shot}


NY Beer Project, Another Great Addition to WNY


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ny beer project

Fairly new to the Northtowns, NY Beer Project sits off of South Transit Rd in Lockport and its pretty hard for you to miss it. I went there last weekend to celebrate a friend’s surprise birthday party and was overly surprised at how massive the venue is.

With a restaurant and bar downstairs and an open area upstairs for private parties and games it is a place Western New Yorkers should check out if they are into the beer scene or just need a new place to go to grab a bite to eat.


{Upstairs game area and private party areas}


{Group shot}


{Bar photo from upstairs}

NY Beer Project is hosting their Grand Opening on January 20 with their craft beers pouring at 5pm. If you have nothing going on and are looking for something to do, this is what I predict will be a fun event to attend.


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