Today is an exciting day in the Buffalo Foodie world, we are proud to announce our first Foodie from the Television world, Bridget Blythe from WKBW Channel 7 News. You may have seen her Monday through Friday on Good Morning Western New York or on Eyewitness News at Noon (which she also produces).
On top of her television duties, Bridget is also very active in the WNY Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and running in various races to raise money. She’s helped raise nearing $8,000 for our local Chapter by running in 2 marathons already!
Bridget is also a foodie herself and was very excited to answer some of our questions, so here’s what she had to say about her favorite restaurants….
What restaurants do you love to eat at in Buffalo?
Bridget: Going out to eat is an event – especially in Buffalo. And as you guys and gals out there might agree … it’s overwhelming sometimes to even decide where to go because there are SO many GREAT options. But, like most people in Western New York, I have my favorites. And it’s usually a particular dish that brings me back to a place … like the Spanikopita at Mythos on Elmwood. Not only is it delicious, but also, it’s in this great round, spirally, roll-up shape that makes it fun to eat with your hands.
Also, as of late, I must admit a bit of an obsession with the pierogies at Bistro Europa. A 20+-person dinner party was there, celebrating our friend Nate’s 30th birthday … and on that night, they had pork stuffed pierogies on special. They were out of this world.
While I’m working downtown, I’m known to frequent Fera’s On Franklin for breakfast. I’ll call them up when our show ends just before 7am, order my breakfast sandwich (bacon, egg, cheese on a roll) or sometimes an American cheese omelet and then go pick it up after our first news brief, which airs at 7:25 during Good Morning America.
My favorite “type” of food is sushi. Wasabi, Kuni’s and Tokyo Shanghai Bistro are the places I typically get my fix within the city limits. But there’s a special place in my heart for Sakura in Cheektowaga. If you go in there, say hi to Nancy for me. She’s usually in the role of hostess. When ordering sushi, Alaska rolls are a must for me and I also love Yellowtail. In general, sushi makes me very happy. I eat it at least once a week.
Where do you like to grab a drink?
Bridget: To grab a drink and gab, friends and I usually choose Spot Coffee. But if we’re enjoying wine or something “adult” like that, we usually do so from our beautiful backyard patio in North Buffalo.
If you had a friend coming into Buffalo from out of town to visit, Where would you take them out to visit?
Bridget: When my dad and his wife Jen come to visit – Ted’s is ALWAYS a must. But one of their favorite sit-down, fancy, full course meals in Buffalo was at Buffalo Chophouse. Not only were they thrilled by the food, but by the wait staff as well.
What types of food did you grow up on?
Bridget: The variety and quality of food and restaurants in this area is far greater than what I grew up around in the little Town of Ballston Lake in Saratoga County. Spending most dinnertimes with my grandparents, Grampy was known for his shake-n-bake pork chops and the best ever mashed potatoes. So with meals like that, we didn’t need to go out much. When we did, it was to an Italian restaurant up the road – which actually went out of business a few years ago.
Buffalo Eats would like to thank Bridget for taking time out of her crazy schedule to answer some of our questions. Also a big thanks to Tony from CityLove Clothing who kind of set up this whole thing. You can follow Bridget on Twitter, add her as a friend on Facebook, or see her on WKBW News on Good Morning WNY (Monday through Friday, 5 am to 7 am) and at 12 on Eyewitness News at Noon.