Food Porn: The Poppyseed Restaurant

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Poppyseed is an interesting restaurant, it has a really good reputation but is for the most part relatively unknown to those who don’t live in the southtowns.   It’s easy to see why, the restaurant itself is in a plaza next to an AC Moore and Outback Steakhouse and really doesn’t stick out.  Aside from a couple neon beer signs in the window, an average passerby wouldn’t really notice it.  Alli and I have actually been there before but we figured we’d try it again while we were in the Orchard Park/Hamburg area doing some shopping.

The menu for Poppyseed is all over the place.  They have sandwiches, seafood, a lot of chicken dishes, and even some Italian.  We walked in on a Friday night and had a very short wait; inside the restaurant has a staggering amount of tables and booths for seating.  Here’s how the food was…

We both decided on sandwiches after taking a long time to look over their menu.  I decided to try their Cashew Chicken Croissant sandwich (pictured below) whitch came with a soup/salad.  I ordered their Vegetable Cheese Chowder (pictured above) as my soup, which came out right away.  It was so-so; basically some fake cheese soup that you’d get in a can, mixed with green beans, corn and potato.  It was very heavy and not exactly what I was hoping for.  As far as my sandwich goes, I’m normally not a fan of Chicken Salad, actually I should say I’m not a fan of mayo in general.  But this sandwich wasn’t just a bunch of chicken slopped together with some mayo.  They also mixed in some cashews with provided a nice change of texture and some onions, which gave the mayo/chicken a bite.  All of this was served on top of a warm and buttery croissant.  On the side were some sweet potato fries that didn’t seem to be freshly cut as they were thinner like a regular french fry (usually fresh cut sweet potato fries are on the thicker side).  So they consisted more of a fried crunch and less of the actually sweet potato, but served with a packet of honey I still enjoyed it.

Alli ordered herself a Hot Roast Beef Sandwich on a Costanzo’s Roll served with fries and French Onion au jois to dip.  After having a bite of her sandwich, dipped in their delicious au jois, I immediately realized I made the wrong choice when I ordered.  Not only did the roast beef basically melt in my mouth when I ate the sandwich, but the onion flavored au jois was amazing.  It was so good we started dipping the fries in it.

Alli wants me to add that when you order pop they give you a cup with ice and your very own little carafe of pop (which has enough for 2-3 cups full) so you don’t have to wait around for a refill; for you pop lovers out there like her this is apparently very exciting.

Poppyseed has a decent following but I don’t think they are known as one of Buffalo great ‘secret’ restaurants.  While I enjoyed our meal, I’m also not completely positive that they have earned that distinction.  My sandwich was alright and Alli’s was really good, so I guess I can understand some of the love.  Definitely seems like they have a very regular crowd and the nice thing is their menu is so diverse that almost everyone can find something to eat.  The prices on their sandwiches are very reasonable but everything else is in the $15+ range, so not sure if it’s a candidate for a cheap lunch after shopping at the Mckinley Mall.  But with a 95% approval rating on Urbanspoon (see below) they clearly do some things right.

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One thought on “Food Porn: The Poppyseed Restaurant

  1. sandy

    The Poppyseed is still sometimes forgotten, even by people that live in the southtowns. However, every time I remember to go there, I am pleased. I recently ordered the ahi tuna salad, it was delicious! The recommended dressing was wasabi cucumber which really complimented the fish. I asked for a second dressing (balsamic) for the salad. It was a perfect lunch, and had enough for leftovers!

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