Food Porn: Bistro Europa

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I probably wouldn’t have found anything to eat at this restaurant a couple years ago.  In fact, I am pretty sure I would have strongly argued against going here.  But I’ve grown up with my food ways over the last 12 months, and I’ve really grown an appreciation for any food that is put in front of me.

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I’ve wanted to go to Bistro Europa for a while now, especially after seeing Nelson Starr’s “All Access Pass“.  Europa’s cuisine is pretty much from all over Europe, not just 1 specific region.  Thanks to Restaurant.com (I should really work for them by now) we ended up using our $25 gift certificate (that cost me $2) and got a great deal.

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Fellow Buffalo Eats contributor Mike and I started off with some Franziskaner HefeWeisen ($4.50), which might be one of my favorite beers of all time (certainly one of the best out of the bottle).  They have a pretty good bottle selection (no drafts that I could see); a collection of all over England, Poland, Germany and Belgium.  For a snack while we were waiting for our appetizer we had some Marinated Olives ($2.95) that were covered in oil and awesome.

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For an appetizer we had their Potato Pancakes w/ caramelized onions and sour cream ($7).  They were nice and crispy, which I loved, and we both ate them up quickly.  For dinner I got the Kielbasa with lazy pierogi ($12) and Mike ordered the Rindsrouladen ($14) which is:

Sliced beef top round stuffed w/bacon, onion, pickle. Served w/spaetzles & red cabbage

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The kielbasa was amazing, it was literally dripping (it was that juicy) when it was served.  The lazy pierogi (which I didn’t know what it was until I ate it) was alright but nothing amazing.  I would have preferred real pierogies.  They also had some spicy mustard that might have been homemade, either way, it was fantastic.  It definitely had a bite to it, but was perfect with the sausage.  The Rindsrouladen was good, the actual beef was a little dry but the combination with bacon and pickles was fantastic (especially the pickle part).  However what stood out from this dish was the spaetzles which were fantastic.  Compared to our meal at Ulrich’s Tavern, this spaetzle kicked it’s ass.

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We ended the meal with a dessert, a delicious combination of Raspberry Lambic (think a fruity/syrupy beer) with some vanilla ice cream ($12).  A non menu item that was recommended by our waitress/server/bartender.  The meal was great and I’m glad I finally tried this place out.  Without the coupon it would have been a little pricey (~$65 for the 2 of us) but the food was awesome and the restaurant itself was very nice (aside from the horrible music inside).  I do warn, the location is very small with enough seating for maybe 25 people so try to go during off hours or take a seat at the bar.  Also, cash only.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Bistro Europa

  1. Sarah

    I really used to love this place. I went there about 2 months ago with a restaurant.com gift certificate. Well, out of nowhere, the restaurant had gone cash only, and I barely had enough cash on me for dinner. Shame on me for not reading the fine print on the gift certificate first, but apparently it has a minimum purchase requirement, so then the owner didn’t want to take it because I was a few bucks short and couldn’t even throw in an apple lambic to get me up to the minimum because I couldn’t use my MasterCard. (I know, there’s an ATM across the street, and I shouldn’t be buying things I don’t have the cash to pay for, but credit is my friend in short times.) On top of that, they used to have this really great server, Raven, who knew us by name and was really nice to us when we came. Apparently she doesn’t work there anymore and we felt like strangers in a restaurant we used to visit at least once a week, which stinks. It’s just been disappointing for us lately, and that’s sad, because this really was my favorite restaurant in Buffalo.

  2. Don Burtless

    you know what, we would have had a similar situation. they have a sign on the front door now that says cash only and thankfully im a bank of america guy and went to the atm across the street. and we bought the lambic to put us over that 35 dollar mark which was cool. so i see how it could have went the wrong way for us too, but i understand how a shitty experience can ruin a place.

  3. Yes, the cash policy is a bit stifling and could be a game changer for some people. It might make it difficult for me as well but, that aside, I think the place is still one of the coolest restaurants around. The food is excellent and the staff is generally always friendly – and Mike, the owner, is a true gent. It’s like your best friends – there is always something that they do (or don’t do) that pisses you off but, at the end of the day, you have to love them anyway! ~Nelson

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