Food Porn: Sweet_ness 7 Cafe (Grant)

There are certain restaurants that I know I will enjoy before I even try them, this was one of those occasions.  I’ve been reading and hearing people talk about Sweetness 7 for what seems like forever now.  They’ve only recently opened their doors, in December of 2008, and so far they’ve gained a pretty dedicated following for their Grant Street location on the West Side.  I don’t know what took so long for me to finally get there but as Alli and I left I almost immediately wanted to go back.

Walking into the cafe you’ll immediately recognize that “coffee” shop look.  Older furniture, black boards covering the walls with the menu written with chalk, unique and modern lighting fixtures and the smell of coffee in the air.  The crowd was basically attractive 20 somethings all sitting around on their MacBooks.  Thats not a joke, I counted 6 MacBooks.  While it looked like I was sitting in an Urban Outfitters (and I mean that as a compliment) what really impressed me was the food.  The location was hip and definitely a place I’d love to sit and write new articles for the blog, but what will keep me coming back was their food.

Here’s what we tried that Friday for lunch….

I really need to start using foursquare before I order at restaurants because after Alli and I placed our orders we immediately realized we were missing out on something.  Seeing over 5 tips about how amazing their Egg Sandwich was, we had one of those “ohhhh we messed up and ordered the wrong thing” moments.  Luckily, we soon realized that wasn’t the case as the panini’s we ordered, both served on a thin crispy warm bread, were fantastic.

I ordered the Caprese Panini (top) which is great for you vegetarians out there; a nice combination of mozzarella and tomatoes with a large amount of pesto.  This thing was falling apart and extremely messy as I was trying to keep it together.  Aside from the difficulty of actually eating it, the panini was delicious.  Even the side salad, which had some oil and salt and pepper, grabbed my attention.  Alli ordered the #6 which was a Turkey Panini (bottom) with caramelized onions, tomato, mozzarella and some mayo.  The turkey was good but what was amazing was the caramelized onions.  I mean these pieces of onion were cooked so long and at just the right temperature that they were so sweet I could have eaten them by themselves.

I also had to try something off of their coffee menu (they have a really great selection) so I ordered their Vietnamese Coffee.  I’ve only had this once before when trying out Saigon Cafe over 8 years ago, but the sweet condensed milk was a perfect treat.  I actually don’t like coffee as is, I normally need something sweet or very flavorful mixed in to enjoy it.  This coffee was basically like drinking a sugary coffee flavored milk, and I loved it.  In fact I’ve been thinking of getting one again since we had our lunch.

I had incredibly heightened expectations about Sweetness 7 and they basically lived up to everything I could have imagined.  Their menu isn’t large but has about 10 panini’s and some breakfast food that is apparently available all day.  The Egg Sandwich and Oatmeal (both of which are highly recommended by many) will definitely be our next order, it’s not even a question.  But our panini’s were really good too and while my Caprese wasn’t mind blowing, the attention to detail with Alli’s Turky Panini really impressed me.  If you are attending Buffalo State this is a short drive down Grant and I highly recommend you try it out.  It’s an awesome place to sit, do some school work, grab a very affordable coffee or snack and hang out.

I just read they have now even opened a second location near the Buffalo Zoo, so now you Canisius kids and North Buffalo residents have no excuse not to try it out..

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