Food Porn: A Taste of Orchard Park 2009

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I have lived in Orchard Park my entire life, and for the most part, I never paid attention to the yearly Quaker Days festival.  A “festival” filled with arts and crafts, old ‘classic’ cars, an ice cream social, and a “town dance” never jumped out at me as something fun to do in town.  We had one year when the festival had a Erie County Fair-ish theme, with smaller rides and food booths….that was pretty cool.  But unfortunately that was about 5-6 years ago and they apparently decided to nix the ride/carnival idea since then.  However, this year I found out my hometown was doing a TASTE OF ORCHARD PARK as part of the Caribbean Night during the Quaker Days festivities.  I was instantly excited.

Before this year, I thought Buffalo (and it’s surrounding area) had just one food festival, and that would be the extremely popular Taste of Buffalo (July 11th, 12th).  However (apparently I was incredibly wrong ) I have found out there is also a Taste of Williamsville (August 4th, which has been going on for some time), a Taste of West Seneca (July 18th), a Taste of Lockport (August 16th), a Taste of Lancaster (August 1st), and in my hometown the Taste of Orchard Park (July 24th).

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We started off our meal in perhaps the best way possible, with dessert first.  And this just wasn’t any dessert, this was an amazing piece of Peanut Butter Pie from Danny’s South.  A Restaurant known for their brunch specials and their famous Chicken Wing Soup, served up this large, rich, and creamy slice of pie.

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Perhaps what I was looking forward to most was trying some sushi from Fuji Grill 3.   The owners have already opened two other lovely Japanese Restaurant’s in the Buffalo area and the Orchard Park location is their newest creation.  Taking residence in the former Exquisite Taste building, I am anxiously awaiting their opening (August 14th) which will give Orchard Park a completely new cuisine option in the village.  As for how the food actually tasted, I sampled their Edamame (which was standard in taste and lightly salted, which I preferred) and their Crunchy Crab rolls (pictured above) which were so delicious (they were assembled fresh on the spot) I went back for seconds.  Judging by the enormous line that was forming as the night went on, I am very optimistic for how successful this location will be.

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Next we tried Mangia’s Penne Gorgonzola. Located in the heart of the Orchard Park village, and owned by the owners of Ricotta’s, they are known for some high end, authentic Italian cuisine.  Alli had some high expectations for this dish (she loves her gorgonzola cheede), but sadly it was a little disappointing.  The flavor was fairly bland and boring (not the typically strong flavor you would expect from gorgonzola) and just not something that I would order from the menu.

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Located right across the street from Mangia, is another “new” fine dining establishment in Orchard Park, David’s Grille.  Now I have yet to actually try out this restaurant, but I have heard some amazing things about the location from family and friends.  After trying their Crab Cake with Sweet Thai Chili and Remolaude Sauce, I am sold.  The crab cake itself wasn’t exotic, fairly simple cake that was stuffed with bits of crab and fried crispy.  However the sauce and chili that covered the cake (and the plate) was delicious and probably would be a great dipping sauce for almost anything.

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Now, this huge piece of Fried Dough was served by DeMarco’s Pizza.  While surely it is not a testimate of how great a pizzeria they are (although their slices looked fantastic) this was some delicious fried dough that rivals anything that I have tried at carnival/fair.  From the delicious dough, the massive serving size, to the friendly staff (including some former coworkers of mine) they have now put themselves on my radar in that “I want to try” category.

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We also sampled some of BW’s BBQ Ribs.  BW’s is known for its great BBQ, and while I have yet to actually visit the restaurant, I have had BW’s many times at catered parties and local fairs.  While I will saw the ribs this night were quite tasty, I will reserve my judgment until I officially experience a sit-down dinner at BW’s.

Alli and I also sampled a Pulled Pork Sandwhich from Two Sisters Cafe (located right in the village near David’s Grill) and a Crab and Shrimp Bisque from Giacobbi’s (in Hamburg, which I know, is not technically Orchard Park).  Neither were anything to really write about, so I decided to omit them from this post.

All in all I was actually very impressed with our little Taste of Orchard Park.  As the night went on (even with a little rain) it got very crowded.  The food was good, the beer was flowing, and it was just a really cool atmosphere.  Add in the fact that I got to see a few people from OP that I have not seen in a while, and I can say that I had a great time.  I really hope they keep the Taste of Orchard Park going (and hopefully expand it) for years to come.

For those of you who are interested, here is a link to the menu from the Taste of Orchard Park so you can get an idea of what else was offered.

One thought on “Food Porn: A Taste of Orchard Park 2009

  1. would a taste of east aurora be stretching it or did the taste of OP cover some places from EA

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