Food Porn: Colden Country Inn

If I were to say that the best taco I have ever eaten was from at the Colden Country Inn (a restaurant in the hills of Colden, NY-4 miles north of Kissing Bridge), I would understand a fair amount of the doubt and confusion that would follow.  I should emphasize that this taco wasn’t the most authentic, on the contrary, this was incredibly huge, fried, and American-ized and could easily make an appearance on This Is Why You’re Fat.

The Colden Inn is probably not on many Buffalo-ians “restaurant radar”, but for those in at least in the Southtowns, it should be.  Walking inside you’re greeted by a bar that looks full of plenty of regulars and an impressive beer selection (10+ on draft, 15+ bottles).  Just walk around the corner and you’ll enter a hallway that leads to the dinning area.  We sat down on a table that reminded me of one that would have been found in my grandparent’s old house.  The mood is incredibly down to earth and simple, and I really was enjoying it.

Yuengling on draft, always a plus

Sweet Potato Soup

Sitting down, I had already decided that I would be ordering the Deep Fried Taco, Lauren (my fiance’s sister) and her boyfriend Ted have been telling me about it for weeks prior.  But I was looking for something else to enjoy when I got there as an appetizer.  Lately I have been on a Sweet Potato kick; for years as a kid I refused to eat them, but I now crave them. So I opted for their Sweet Potato soup as a starter.  It was pretty much a bisque in terms of texture and consistency but actually had a good amount of spice behind it.  For anyone who loves Sweet Potatoes, you really wouldn’t be going wrong with this soup.  I wish I could have had tried more items on their menu such as their signature Hot Garlic Chicken Wings, but I was on a mission.

The Deep Fried Taco

More Deep Fried Taco

Now, when I originally imagined what a “Deep Fried Taco” could be, I had imagined just a regular ole’ soft taco lightly fried.  However, this taco destroyed any preconceived notions I could have had.  This thing was SERIOUSLY DEEP FRIED to a thick beer-battered crisp.  You could hold it (provided it had cooled down) and actually take a nice huge bit without it falling apart in your hands.  And inside was a delicious blend of cheese, lettuce, peppers, chicken (or beef/vegetable if you want) among other items that stayed juicy and delicious despite the incredibly fried exterior.  It was fabulous.

Looking back, over the many delicious meals I’ve had since February when I started this website, nothing has defined the term “Food Porn” better then Colden Inn’s Deep Fried Taco.  It was literally the size of the head and probably took a few years off my life due its fat content, but it was worth it.  For a moment, I contemplated eating more, but after finishing the full taco I realized I made the right call with sticking to just one.

The cool thing about the Colden Country Inn is that every day of the week they have something special going on.  Monday’s are Wing Night, Tuesday is Taco Tuesday and is the ONLY day you can get a Deep Fried Taco, Wednesday is Beef on Weck, Thursday has some seafood specials, and Friday is, of course, Fish Fry.  They even have special meals for the various holidays and I was told they have a fantastic Thanksgiving Meal.

If any of this seems even remotely enticing, please understand that I can’t really do this delicious meal justice.  It’s one of the best things I’ve eaten all year, in fact if I was going to make a “Best of 2009 List”, this would easily be in my top 5.  So if you ever find yourself near Colden (maybe on your way back after a full day of skiing) do yourself a favor and stop in at the Colden Country Inn.  The prices are incredibly reasonable, the tacos are delicious, and the atmosphere is casual and cool…a perfect combination for a great night.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Colden Country Inn

  1. Kelly

    Ha ha, I have to say I laughed a little when I saw the taco. I just wasn’t expecting that. But I am glad it was good and you enjoyed it.

    Congratulations on your engagement. Are you guys already thinking about the food you’ll serve at the wedding? :)

    • Don Burtless

      hah it was something that was incredibly fatty and decadent but I loved it. And thank you for the congrats, and yes food is definitely high on the list of priorities.

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