Food Porn: Creek View Restaurant

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Occasionally we go to restaurants without having any prior knowledge on the restaurant whatsoever, in this instance we tried out Williamsville’s Creek View Restaurant without even planning on going to eat there.  On our way to watch my brother’s band play at Club Infinity, we drove down Williamsville’s Main Street in search of a place to grab something to eat.  Pizza Plant had a 1 hour wait and we didn’t have that kind of time, so as we drove down further we saw Creekview which had some available parking so we hoped for a short wait and headed on in.

Walking inside I noticed a large chalk board with specials written on it; my memory fails me, but I vaguely recall creative seafood dishes and an average price of $20 per entree.  I soon realized this wasn’t going to be a cheap meal, but I was excited nonetheless.  We sat down within 10 minutes (impressive on a Friday at 7pm) and I looked over their menu.

They had a menu that was all over the place, some sandwiches and hamburgers ($8 – $12), some small plates (various appetizers) and main plates (steak, chicken, seafood, generally over 15$).  Without dropping 100′s of dollars and trying more on their menu, I don’t want to give a full verdict for this restaurant at the moment.  In a perfect world I would have loved to tried more menu items but this is my impression from their main plate that caught my attention, Fried Honey Dipped Chicken.  But first lets talk about the appetizers.

Alli and I started the meal by sharing an order of two Potato Pancakes, served with 2 pieces of Applewood Bacon.  It will shock some of you readers to know that I actually don’t care for bacon that much, for the most part I think its overrated.  However, I think a thick and juicy slice of Applewood Bacon can make even the most dedicated vegetarian to question their beliefs.  The pancakes themselves were very well prepared, a crispy crust on the outside but still a flaky, soft core.  For 8 dollars I think the appetizer is a tad over priced, but they were still delicious.

New England Style Clam Chowder

Fried Honey Dipped Chicken

When I ordered my meal I had the choice between a New England style Clam Chowder or the Manhattan style, sadly I am still a novice when it come to certain foodie knowledge and had absolutely no idea what the difference was (thanks to wikipedia I know do).  So I ordered what I knew and had a cup of New England style and was impressed.  The chowder was thick and creamy and loaded with pieces of clam and potato.  I really can’t discern the difference from canned and freshly made clam chowder, but judging from the richness of the broth (and lack of being watered town) I would believe they make their own.  Regardless, it was delicious.  After I finished my soup, the main plate arrived, Fried Honey Dip Chicken.  I have to say I was disappointed,  looking back it doesn’t compare to what I had at Garris BBQ (which was much better for about half the price) and it reminded me of having frozen Banquet Fried Chicken.  Just a really sub par entree and disappointing.  The chicken was almost over-fried and the skin was rock hard and the pieces of chicken themselves were very small and frustrating.  The skin didn’t seem to have much of a flavor and there was honestly no difference from what I would have heated up in my oven.

I don’t want to pass any major judgment on Creek View from one crappy entree; like I said the appetizer and soup were both awesome.  But I would definitely need to go again and try out another menu item.  However, with my massive list of must try restaurants growing and growing, who knows when that will happen?  All I know is that if I’m going to spend a good amount of money I’d like to make sure it’s worth it.  I have to mention that the service (both getting a table and our waitress) was fantastic and the dining room next to the creek would be amazing to eat in on a warm summer night.  Again, I don’t mean to discourage someone from eating there but I would definitely not recommend the Fried Chicken.  Luckily they have a large menu with many other interesting items to try.

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