Food Porn: Curly’s

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My friends and I have been dying to try some Caribbean cuisine, and in Buffalo there aren’t many options.  After doing some internet research (aka searching Urbanspoon) and asking some friends and family, we settled on Curly’s. Located on Ridge Rd, near the gorgeous Basilica church in Lackawanna/South Buffalo, they serve a collection of fine dining entree’s along with some Caribbean inspired dishes.

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Hungarian Peppers Margareta

We started our meal by ordering some  Hungarian Peppers Margareta and Conch Fritters as appetizers.  Since I started this blog, stuffed peppers has jumped up my list of favorite things to eat in a dramatically.  The combination of a spicy pepper with a good (but not overwhelming) heat and several cheeses can be a fantastic experience for the tastebuds.  Curly’s version was great; my tongue was burning a little more then usual, however the creamy goat cheese and a drizzle of their special sauce was amazing.

The Conch Fritters were an interesting experience with a thick layer of batter and a tiny amount of Conch in the center.  They had a fluffy texture and a great taste to them (the delicious dill dipping sauce served with most definitely helped).   Trying Conch (yes, a species of snail) for the first time wasn’t as scary as I imagined.

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Conch Fritters

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Jamaican Jerk 1/2 Chicken

My friends Mike and Eric both ordered the Jamaican Jerk 1/2 Chicken, probably the most recognizable menu item (aside from the Black Bean soup, which is coming).  This was the main reason for our visit and they both were extremely excited to try it out.  They were ultimately less then thrilled with the result.  That’s not to say that the chicken tasted bad or their meals were awful, that certainly was not the case (everything we ate was fantastic and I would recommend that everyone should try this restaurant out).  However, they were disappointed by the lack of ‘Jerk’-ness to the Chicken breast; it had some mild flavoring and didn’t taste all that different then cooking some chicken on a back grill.

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

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Caribbean Blue Fish

I took a different path then my friends and continued with the seafood kick that I’ve been on lately.  I ordered the Caribbean Blue Fish (pictured immediately above, $24.99) and their famous Black Bean Soup as part of my meal.  The soup lived up to the hype; it was a heavy, thick soup that thankfully had a scoop of of sour cream in the middle to lighten up each spoonful.  I had to leave some left in my bowl or otherwise I would have barely been able to touch my fish.  The Caribbean Blue Fish was flaky and came apart very easily with my fork.  The wine cream sauce with crumbles of blue cheese was fantastic (even though they might have gone over board with blue cheese).  It was so delicious I was able to finish the fish (the rest of the food on my dish I couldn’t touch).

As someone wouldn’t expect to find an upscale Caribbean meal in Lackawanna, I was pleasantly surprised with how nice the restaurant was on the inside.  The price for an entree is more expensive then the average meal and ranged from $20-$30, so for a nice dinner for 2 the bill can definitely put you back a little bit (but it’s worth it).

To note, they do not just have Caribbean dishes; looking at the menu you will see a nice selection of beef, pasta, chicken, and fish dishes that really should suit anyone’s taste.

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