Food Porn: The Dove Restaurant

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The Dove Restaurant was a place I would always drive by, but never give a 2nd look. Basically it looked like an “old person’s” restaurant (basically a place that appears to be built out of an old house that serves a wonderful Rueben). But I was wrong.  Upon entering The Dove last weekend, I was shocked at how nice the place looked. Even though there were others wearing jeans, I immediately felt like I was undressed.  The best way to describe it, according to Alli, would be “country club classy”.  The inside isn’t flashy or very modern (a la Tempo), but everything about the place had an slightly fancier feel than your normal everyday restaurant.  It definitely attracts an older crowd (median age ~55) and might not be a place you want to take a family with kids under the age of 14 (there isn’t much on the menu they would want to eat anyway), but it’s a nice place to take mom on Mother’s Day, or grandpa after that round of golf.

The menu is classified as “Italian – Continental” and is based off family recipes.  With the dinner menu covering everything from pasta to steaks, you end up with a price range from $12 to $45+.  Luckily we had one of our handy Restaurant.com gift certificates and saved some money, but our meal ended up being $70 before the coupon.

Our waitress was very friendly (and had a tongue ring, randomly) and, to our surprise (or not a huge surprise, actually, since we noticed other people getting the same thing before us), brought us each a bowl of soup, Pasta Fasool, to start off our meal after we ordered.  We were told (a long with everyone else eating there that night) that it was “compliments of the chef.”  I am not sure if this is common at the Dove, or just on weekends, or just a once and a while thing…but either way, it was awesome.  Free soup is always cool with me.  It was quite delicious, although Alli was not a fan of the chichi beans.

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We then started the meal with an appetizer of Beef Carpaccio which is “thinly shredded filet mignon, drizzled with olive oil, capers and parmesan cheese”.  Alli isn’t a fan of raw beef and she didn’t like it that much, I loved it however.  Paired with a basket of delicious bread, it was amazing.

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Even the salad we had was great, the croutons were crushed and covered the salad like bread crumbs and the house dressing was this amazing creamy parmesan.  In between meals we were offered a shot of lemoncella, which is a vodka/sorbet that was used to help cleanse our palate that was also free (side note: I love free things).  For our meals I went with one of their specials for the day which was Pork Chops stuffed with feta and spinach with a potato side and broccoli covered in a delicious (and I mean amazingly delicious) balsamic glaze.  Alli ordered the Fettucini Veneziana which is basically pasta with vodka sauce and crab meat.  She was very happy with the meal and was happy they mixed the crab meat in the dish evenly (instead of just piling on the top).

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The food was great, and the service, presentation of the food, and the little stuff (like free things) made the entire meal pretty awesome.  I wouldn’t have visited this place unless I had the gift certificate, but after going there, I would love to go again to try their other menu items (again, Mother’s Day perhaps?).  To note, the menu is a bit on the pricier side (your looking at at least 50$ for two people), the hours are somewhat limited, you may need to make reservations (especially on the weekend), there aren’t any TV’s around (not a place to go and watch the game), and this is definitely not the place to take the kids. Other than that, give it a try.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: The Dove Restaurant

  1. i think you hit a new record for most used parentheses in one buffalo eats post

  2. SarahLovesFoodPorn!

    Ooooooh, I agree with all of the good comments. Great review.
    My hubby and I ate there recently-ish, and the CALAMARI is AWESOME! Seriously the best we’ve ever had. The sauce was so good- with a great little kick of spiciness. (Diavolo, I think.) The calamari was tender and….MMMMMMM! Been thinking about it ever since and can’t wait to go back for more!
    I had lasagna- which was good, but lasagna is really one of those things that if you make it yourself and love your own recipe, well- theirs was good but I like mine better. (Also- the sauce was different from the calamari sauce that I loved, so I kept wanting that spicy taste instead.)
    We also liked the “compliments of the chef” pasta fazole soup and yummy limoncella.
    And now I am on my way out the door to eat there again! :)

  3. Laurie Roza

    Just read your review and had to laugh. We dropped in there when we first moved to the neighboorhood thinking the same thing. An older persons place to get a fish fry…We immediately felt underdressed and were going to leave but the staff was so welcoming and so wonderful…(we also got the complimentary soup and lemon cello] Food was delicious and much to my husbands amusement I discovered the glasses of wine were very generous. It’s definately a treat for us to go but the food atmosphere and staff and owners are just amazing

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