Food Porn: Shadow Lounge

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Hertel is a weird area of Buffalo for any one who lives south of downtown.  For someone like me, I don’t get to come out to the area that often, which means that every time I am surprised by how many great places are out there.  Just driving down the street, I could pick out 7 or 8 restaurants I need to try out….

Shadow Lounge is a cool spot on Hertel that has a true “lounge” feel.  The walls are red, the lights are dimmed, there was live jazz music playing, they have a good martini selection, and they had a “chill” leather couch area.

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Tonight, we decided to go all out.  Alli started off the meal by getting their “Caramel Candy Apple Martini“, which she liked very much (very strong but very ‘jolly rancher-y’).  It had a unique flavor, it was comprised of Apple Pucker, Sour Apple Vodka and Butterscotch Schnapps.  The butterscotch gave it an interesting after taste.  I decided to keep it local and went with Flying Bison’s Winter Lager (still not a huge fan of Winter Lagers so I had Blue Moon for my 2nd beer).

Along with their Martini’s, they are also known for their specials (they had some great selections priced 12-18$ featuring a lot of great seafood options) and their fondue.  We started with their “Three Cheese” fondue as an appetizer:

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Asiago, Romano, and Parmesan Cheeses blended together … $7

As you can imagine, it was really good.  Our waitress (who was awesome, btw) got us extra bread to help us use up all the fondue.  Looking back, they did a great job of providing just the right amount of food.  Nothing went to waste.

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For our meals, we decided to go lighter and not order anything major or very filling (bc we knew we wanted the chocolate fondue after).  Alli got herself the “Shadow Caesar” salad with peppered bacon on top ($7).  I went with one of their many appetizers, the “Stuffed Peppers” ($8).

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Instead of being filled with various cheeses, these were stuffed with Italian Sausage (spicy as hell), then covered in marinara sauce (which gave it a much needed sweetness) and cheese.  The waitress suggested I have some bread near by for the meal just in case it got too hot for me.  She was correct.

To finish off the meal, we went with the Chocolate Fondue ($6).  Alli was excited bc they used actual milk chocolate in their fondue instead of some darker variety like a lot of places do (cough, Chocolate Bar).  The fruits (the simple basics: strawberries, pineapple, banana) and the S’more ingredients (dunk-a-roo’s and mini marshmallow’s) worked very well, everything was in perfect amounts.

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My verdict on Shadow Lounge is that the food is very good, however, they have a limited menu so I recommend you check out their website and their menu before you decided to stop in.  That being said, their prices are very affordable.  They have Two for One Martini Friday Happy Hours (5:30-7:30), they have a slight “dress code” (i.e. no hats, and appropriate dress) and they have a good martini selection (beer selection was so so).  The atmosphere is very relaxed and comfortable, the server we had was super friendly and came by every couple of minutes to just to check at the perfect rate, not too much/less.

This is another restaurant that we happened to capitalize on the 80% off restaurant.com gift certificates  deal (I still love paying $2 for a $25 gift certificate).  I was very impressed and the perfect amount of full.  Not like I am going to explode but still full.  It’s places like these that make this “south towner” glad to take the trip to Hertel, even without a cheap gift certificate.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Shadow Lounge

  1. How about Chow Choc? I will be doing a series of posts on B’way Mkt. Have been meaning to get over to Chow.

    Hertel Ave – yes there are some good places there. I usually find myself there during the day though. I do Risa’s, Bertha’s, and that corner deli at Colvin which is Joe’s I think. I had a fried baloney sandwich at Joe’s – really good.

  2. Don Burtless

    I’m hopefully going over there today, we’ll take a look. I’m looking forward to trying more Hertel restaurants this summer, its crazy how much good food is in that short area.

    I’m finally taking a look at seeing the broadway market today, I’ve never been so I’m pretty excited. Also I love the website, great job. I’m all about Buffalo food and getting ideas from different places.

  3. I can tell you some stories about the Market from many years ago, in fact I’ll blog about one when I do the “meat” post.

    Buffalo food – I started my little blog because I was tired of all the chain garbage. Locally, there’s some pretty good stuff out there. For instance, who would have thought that you could get a gem of a sandwich at Parkside Candy on Main St? I hope to get back there this week.

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