Almost 1 month ago, Alli and I enjoyed our other meal of Local Restaurant Week at Hutch’s. Since I started Buffalo Eats and started my general “food obsession”, Hutch’s has always been very high on my “must try” list of restaurants. It’s regarded as one of Buffalo’s finest restaurants; their menu has a selection of steaks, creative main dishes, and seafood. For Restaurant Week they had several offerings but the item that stuck out to both Alli and myself was an 18oz Kansas City Strip Steak.
Unfortunately since I took so long to finally write up this review, all of the pictures of our food have since been misplaced and/or deleted. Luckily though, I have that picture (on top) of our view. We had reservations for 5:45 on a Friday, but we definitely beat the rush that filled that room through the night. As we walked into the restaurant, I immediately got the impression that this was definitely one of the most upscale places I’ve been lately; it seemed that everyone was wearing a suit and every server that I saw was young and attractive.
Since I was going to be saving some money with our meal (normally 18oz steaks at Hutch’s are not 20 dollars), I decided to make our meal a little more special. A couple days prior to the meal I had read a fellow food blogger talk about having flowers delivered to a restaurant and I realized that was a fantastic idea. Especially since we were eating at such a nice restaurant already, I thought a delivery of some pink roses would be the icing on the cake. After several minutes of googling “Buffalo Flower Delivery” I came across this site FlowerPetal.com. They have some really awesome settings and they can deliver the entire arraignment (vase and all). Seeing how Alli is a fan of all things pink I opted for the Party in Pink setting. It actually was a really good price considering it included both the delivery and the vase and the delivery made it an awesome surprise; Alli really loved them. Ok, back to the food.
One of their specials for the day was a romaine salad that had Blue Cheese & pieces of Bacon (both wonderful things for a salad). It wasn’t anything remotely “experimental” in terms of cuisine but it was fantastic in execution.
After we devoured the salad our steaks promptly came out with a generous side of garlic mashed potatoes. I ordered medium and Alli ordered medium-rare and while I don’t remember mine being as juicy as I would have liked, that certainly doesn’t mean I did not enjoy the entire plate. Aside from bone and alittle grizzle, there was nothing left over.
Our service was fantastic; we constantly were asked if we wanted another drink, more water, if the food was cooked to our liking, etc. On one negative note, we sat in the back of the restaurant by ourselves which made us feel like they knew right away we were going to be “restaurant week” customers. Not to say that there is a bad seat in the house, because there really isn’t, but it just made us feel singled out.
I love that you can make reservations online; honestly I wish that more restaurants would do that because calling restaurants and having to wait on hold or not being able to hear the hostess over the noise can be a hassle. To note, the parking is rough; after driving around the block a couple times we finally parked in a residential area and walked there. I would recommend getting there 10 minutes early, just in case you can’t find a parking spot.
There has been so much written about this restaurant and year after year they are awarded “Best Restaurant in Buffalo” from various local outlets. Overall, the food was great, however, I really didn’t get to sample most of their menu which, I suppose, is why this is not a “proper Food Porn.” I really wanted to try out a special or a seafood dish but we were limited when it came to the $20 restaurant week options, plus I just really was in the mood for a steak that night. Next time I would prefer to go outside my normal boundaries and hopefully will get an opportunity to do so soon.