Food Porn: The Niagara Cafe

Since going to the Taste of Buffalo this summer, Alli and I have still been trying to cross off some restaurants on our “wish list”.  One of those restaurants that I thought I would have visited along time ago (especially since we now live less then a mile away) was the Niagara Cafe.

The only menu item I knew I absolutely had to order was their Beef Pattie (pictured below) or Pastelitos.  Now this would be probably the 4th appearance of a Beef Pattie in any form featured on this website, but this is the first Beef and Cheese we’ve tried.  If there was ever a food that was designed for a 4 am snack, this would be it.  I would trade a hot dog stand for a beef pattie stand on Allen in a heartbeat.

It was such a delicious fried crispy shell, and the meat inside (combined with the cheese) was a perfect mix.  For roughly $2 we got a fairly large pattie and if I ordered 5 more of those I would have been satisfied without trying anything else.  It was just as good as I remembered from the Taste of Buffalo, maybe a little less crispy but filled with more beef.

For the main course Mike and I each ordered some fried pork. Mike ordered the Fried Pork Chops (~$9)which came with some rice, a bowl of tomato/bean soup, and a tiny salad.  Ignoring all other sides, the spectacle of this dish was the fried pork chop.  Clearly this was fresh from the fryer as the Pork chop was glistening with oil and the meat was juicy and warm.  It came clean off the bone with just his hands and teeth.

I ordered the Fried Pork Pieces (~$8), which essentially was the same basic principle (frying the hell out of pork) but in a different form.  Instead of a single chop, the pork was cut into little pieces and deep fried.  The taste was phenomenal.  Not only is oil and pork a great (albeit unhealthy) combination to begin with, but you could tell the oil hadn’t been changed in while (which is a good thing because all the flavor from previous meals were added to those pieces).

The Niagara Cafe is located on Niagara Street on the edge of the West Side of Buffalo, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying this little restaurant out.  The area might have a bad reputation but you don’t have to worry about parking your car in the lot.  If you want to, they appear to have a pretty fast takeout system and potential customers beware they only take cash (but they do have an ATM inside).  Regardless, the food was fabulous and they menu has many other great options that are sure to satisfy most taste buds (they even offer fried chicken in a quarter, half, or even a full size which would easily feed a whole family).

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: The Niagara Cafe

  1. Catherine

    Next time get the 1/2 chicken with rice & beans and pour the red sauce with beans and potatoes in it on the rice. Soooooo good.

  2. oh man, that’s a 3 minute drive from work down niagara st.

    nice to see mike still active in a mention

    “(especially since we now live less then a mile away” where exactly?

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