In July of 2009, the Travel Channel’s No Reservations aired an episode about “Rust Belt Cities“. The last third of that episode featured host Anthony Bourdain following around Nelson Starr through Buffalo. The reception in Buffalo was pretty divided, but little did we know that this was only the beginning for Buffalo’s time on cable TV (and more specifically Buffalo’s food). In the last 9 months Buffalo has been featured on No Reservations, 5 episodes of Food Networks’ Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives, had an entry on Travel Channel’s Chowdown Countdown and will be featured on the premiere (I think?) of Travel Channel’s new show Food Wars (above).
So for those who haven’t been watching TV lately here is a recap:
- July 27th, 2009 – Buffalo featured On the “Rust Belt” Episode of No Reservations Part 1 (skip to 4 minute mark), Part 2. Showcases Ulrich’s Tavern, Schwabl’s and Nietzches.
- October 26th, 2009 – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives “Dives Worth a Drive” featured East Amherst’s Grovers Bar and Grill. View the entire episode here.
- November 16th, 2009 – Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives “Legacies: featured Buffalo’s Lake Effect Diner. View the entire episode here.
- January 11th, 2010 – Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives “Piza, Pork and Paprikash” featured North Tonawanda’s Pizza Junction. View the entire episode here.
- February 1st, 2010 – Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives “Home and Away” featured South Buffalo’s Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub. View the entire episode here.
- February 15th, 2010 – Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives “And the Kicker Is” features a yet un-named Buffalo diner that “that serves every dish with a side of homemade bread”. After reading an article from Buffalo Rising, I have a feeling it is going to be Sofia’s.
- March 9th, 2010? – This is the premiere episode of The Travel Channel’s Food Wars. Not sure when the Buffalo episode will be aired but it will feature The Anchor Bar go head to head with Duff’s in a blind taste test. For more information check out this awesome article in The Buffalo News.
I can’t find the exact date but The Anchor Bar was voted #17 in the 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown in the US, so check here to see the next showing for the “20-1 count down episode”. A side note, Syracuse’s Dinosaur BBQ (many of you are very familiar with the Rochester location) was featured as #61.
This being a blog about Buffalo’s restaurant scene, we are thrilled to get some national attention. Hell, I didn’t even know Pizza Junction existed until I saw it on TV. Anytime we can show that we are more then just Chicken Wings (which we still should be proud of) and snow, I am thrilled. I’m not sure what is left to be showcased or what other shows will come here…maybe Man Vs. Food, but we all know he has had enough chicken wing challenges in his two seasons. Regardless, I hope that we continue to get some attention from television.