Interview: Katebits from The Willful Caboose


For those of you who haven’t gotten the chance to enjoy the Buffalo Sabres blog The Willful Caboose, I feel bad for you.  You’ve been missing out on the hilarious musings of Katebits, a newer Buffalo-ian (by way of Minnesota) and Sabres fan.  Aside from her blogging about Crunchy and Pommerdoddles (if you read her blog, you’ll know who they are), Katebits plays the Viola in the internationally famous and locally loved Buffalo Philharmonic.  I recently caught up with Kate and asked her a few foodie questions…

What is your favorite restaurant in Buffalo?

Kate: My favorite restaurant in Buffalo is Left Bank, and for years, my favorite meal in the world was their Panko Breaded Chicken.  I don’t know if I just finally got sick of it, but lately Panko Breaded Chicken’s status as my Favorite Meal has been seriously challenged by the Tuna Tartare (which incidentally is a dish I never in a million years thought I could love. But I do. Go figure.) For a more casual eating atmosphere I like the Falafel Bar, Globe Market, Betty’s and Ambrosia.

Where is your favorite place to get a drink?

Kate: I’ve spent many a happy hour at Colter Bay, and many an evening at Left Bank.  I’m not really fancy about bars and I’ll drink just about anywhere.  I’m still mourning the loss of the Royal Pheasant on Forest Ave which closed, like, five years ago.  I absolutely loved the big round bar and sparkly vinyl bar stools there.

What kinds of food do you wish Buffalo had?

I reeeally wish Buffalo had better Mexican food.  It’s really my only culinary complaint about Buffalo.  Buffalo needs a Jamba Juice and a Trader Joe’s.  Stat.  (Buffalo Eats edit: UB’s North campus just added a Jamba Juice in their Student Union.  However that does mean you have to drive to UB’s North Campus, find parking, and fight undergraduates.)

Where do you take people when they come in form out of town?

I take almost all of my out of town guests to Gabriel’s Gate on Allen.  People want wings when they come to Buffalo, and I think that’s the best place to get ’em.

Buffalo Eats would like to thank Kate for taking time out and contributing to our new Buffalo Foodies feature, we are dying ourselves to try Left Bank and Tuna Tartare sounds and looks (judging from our Google image searches) fantastic.  Since the Buffalo Sabres season starts in just a couple weeks, please follow along with her blog, The Willful Caboose.

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