Food Porn: Buffalo Chophouse

Going to the Buffalo Chophouse is always a treat, I’ve only been there 3 times (and to be fair, always as a “guest”) but each time it’s been quite awesome.  My first trip was one of the first meals I ever had with Alli’s family; I ordered the Porterhouse and remember being shocked at how big a steak could be (along with the price).  The second time was for Alli’s birthday, but for some reason the actual meal didn’t stick out in my head as much.  This time we were treated by Alli’s family in celebration of our engagement and my meal might go down as the greatest I’ve had in years.

Over 2009 we have gone to several really nice restaurants, and I’ve eaten a decent amount of steak along the way.  The rule of thumb when eating steak (from what I gather, I am not yet an expert in this area) is that the closer the cut to the bone (and the more fat distributed throughout) the more flavor the cut will have.  Before I was a big filet mignon and strip steak eater, but I wanted to get something different this time.  And I wanted something that I couldn’t order at a Outback Steakhouse or Applebees (both on my list of worst restuarants ever).

Everytime I have gone to the Chophouse, the one constant (aside from the dining party) has been Alli’s youngest brother ordering their Applewood Bacon.  Now, I am not the biggest fan of Bacon but their $6 appetizer of 6 strips of fine Applewood Bacon is pretty damn delicious.  Seriously each slice tastes like the bacon has been dipped in a warm apple candy glaze.

For myself, I ordered the Lobster Bisque for my appetizer.  I honestly could have had a bucket of this for my main course.  Before trying the Chophouse’s offering I’ve only had Lobster Bisque at Eckl’s.  While Eckl’s version was great, this blew it away.  The actual bisque was creamy like a tomato soup and of course The Chophouse did not skimp on the lobster meat inside.  To top of it off (literally) they placed a perfectly baked, flake-y biscuit.  This was an awesome start to an awesome meal.

For my main dish I ordered myself the 32oz Bone In Rib Eye Steak.  Easily, one of the most expensive items I have ordered in a restaurant so my expectations were already high before I even cut off myself a bite.  For those aren’t familiar with cuts of meat, the Rib Eye is generally a fattier meat and has that great “marbled” look.  With that extra fat, and after being cooked with the bone still attached, the beef has a incredibly strong and delicious flavor.  To top off the steak, our waiter suggested we finish it off “Oscar Style” which, as you can see from the picture above. meant that they were covered in a Bearnaise sauce (a delicious wine/butter sauce) and a huge lump of crab meat.  On the side we enjoyed a hefty portion of broccoli and some french fries.  You may think to yourself, why would you order french fries at The Chophouse?  In my defense, it was Alli and her father and brother who wanted the fries (which, actually, are pretty great fries) and I was just happy to enjoy whatever food was placed in front of me.

Other meals ordered around the table included Filet Mignon and strip steaks and I can say with certainty that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and found every bite to be delicious.

For anyone going to the Chophouse, you expect a certain level of quality when you are paying such premium prices.  Does the fantastic service, the great atmosphere (including incredibly comfortable furniture) and valet parking help? Of course.  That said, even with the incredibly high standards I had going into this meal, I was still blown away.  This could be the single greatest meal I’ve ever had in a restaurant since I started Buffalo Eats.  Does it help that Alli and I were celebrating our new engagement with her parents?  Yes, that certainly put us in a good mood to start, but the combination of a delicious and flavor packed cut of beef that was cooked to perfection (medium) and HUGE pieces of crab meat covered in a butter sauce…what else could you ask for?  My only wish is that I had room for dessert.

Start saving up your money now, because the Buffalo Chophouse can easily be argued as one of Buffalo finest restaurant and every dollar you spend is well worth it.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Buffalo Chophouse

  1. “Outback Steakhouse or Applebees (both on my list of worst restuarants ever).”

    agreed!

    “Buffalo Chophouse can easily be argued as one of Buffalo finest restaurant”

    agreed! i went there for my birthday this year

  2. Yum! It’s been a few years since I’ve been there, but I love the Chophouse!

    I have a funny story about them. A few years ago I went with a few friends one of whom ordered some gigantic, extremely expensive steak, rare. When he got the steak, he felt it was overcooked- certainly not rare. He decided to say something to the waiter (because honestly, when you are paying many tens of dollars for a steak, they should cook it the way you want it). The waiter was appropriately horrified, and he utter a sentence which has become famous among us since then, “I am so sorry, sir. You should not have to endure this.” Then he whisked the half eaten steak away and soon replaced it with a new one fixed to my friend’s liking. Then they comped all of our little ala carte sides. It was well handled by Chophouse.

    We like to say, “You should not have to endure this,” when talking about minor indignities whenever possible.

    • Don Burtless

      hahah that is awesome and I plan on using that phrase with my friends as much as possible, with proper citation of course.

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