Food Porn: The Delaware

  • Restaurant Type: Casual Fine Dining
  • Cuisine: Gastropub
  • Prices: Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches under $10, Entrees and Specials $10 – $20

I was pretty excited to try out The Delaware for my pre-bachelor party dinner.  I had read Christina Seychew’s preview in the Buffalo Spree and was excited for another Gastropub in Buffalo.  Since they don’t have a full menu posted online, I only knew a handful of what they offered and I was dying to see what else was on the menu.  When I finally got a chance to get a good look at the menu I was impressed to see how affordable everything was.  Entrees like their onion crusted Pork Chop and Hanger Steak were both under $14.  Everything initially appeared to be perfect; really cool interior with a nice bar that had several microbrews on tap and a really cheap menu with delicious sounding entrees.  However, while good, the meal did not live up to our expectations….

Our group decided to order a couple of their appetizers including their Asparagus Fries (battered and deep fried, pictured above) and their Pork Tater Tots (both were under $5).  The Asparagus Fries were great; the batter was light and fluffy (also very oily) and reminded me of something I’d be able to find at the Erie County Fair.  The order is big enough for two people to share.  The Pork Tater Tots were a disappointment, which is a bummer because I can’t remember the last time I ate tater tots and was really excited to try them.  There was almost no pork inside them or really any flavor.  The order included three large tots (not ideal for sharing) but we would have been better in smaller form as the crispy exterior was really the best part.  We also ordered a few baskets of Chips ($3) that were freshly cut and fried but about half of the chips weren’t cooked long enough and were slimy/chewy.

After some hit and miss appetizers, I was curious to see how our entrees would be.  I was debating between their Popcorn Shrimp Po Boy and Brisket Burger (brisket and beef ground together) but at the last minute I decided to order their Pork Chop ($14) that was covered in crispy fried onions.  The Pork itself was slightly overcooked but still had a good flavor with a real creamy mashed potato side.  I would have liked a little more of the orange jam/sauce to have topped the pork as it was quite delicious.  My brother Tom ordered their Pretzel Brisket Burger ($8, in the gallery) and seemed to really enjoyed it, the meat was cooked perfectly and was very juicy.  The pretzel roll had a nice crispy bite with a fluffy interior and he really loved the caramelized onions that topped the burger but the side of fries were a little disappointing.  My friend/groomsman, Doug, ordered the Hanger Steak ($12, in the gallery) and was disappointed by how tough and chewy some of the steak was while other bites were melting in his mouth.  Another one of my friends ordered the Rib Eye Special ($18, in the gallery) and mentioned that it was cooked perfectly and was a great under deal for under $20.

When considering how much everything cost, I don’t want to rule this place out for a future visit yet.  The appetizers and entrees were both hit or miss, some were great while others were quite disappointing.  When I start to think of what they are attempting to pull off with their creative Gastropub menu and how some of their items (pork tater tots, homemade chips, hanger steak) weren’t quite up to snuff, it seems to me they might need a little more time to really get going and perfect the menu.  That said, we all finished all the food on our plates, but I don’t think any of us left thinking we had just eaten something special.  As far as service goes, we had made reservations but still had to wait 15 minutes.  But since we were celebrating the end of my bachelor life and ordered some drinks at the bar, we didn’t really notice the wait.  Our server was friendly and even offered some help when we ordered but she disappeared at the end of the night when we were looking for a check.

Since the prices are right, I plan to someday go back and try out some of their sandwiches for a lunch or a really late dinner with some delicious drinks.  This place seems like it’s becoming more and more popular and that’s a good thing, something like this could easily replace a trip to Olive Garden/Fridays/Applebees with its competitive pricing and creative menu.  Since they’ve only been open for ~3 months I’d like to go back and see how well they perform after getting more feedback, so my verdict of The Delaware still hasn’t been made.

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6 thoughts on “Food Porn: The Delaware

  1. This place is on my list! Still haven’t gotten around to trying it yet, so thanks for the review!

    • Don Burtless

      No problem! It was a pretty good meal, maybe I just had really lofty expectations. But I’d make reservations if your going to eat on the weekends. That place was packed.

  2. ann marie

    try the mac and cheese and the spinich artichoke dip next time. you wont be disapointed. cooked to perfection.

    • Don Burtless

      consider it a plan.

  3. bvllets

    Can we just be done with the word “Gastropub” already?

    • Don Burtless

      I kind of like the word, better then saying “Fancy/Deconstructed Pub Food!”

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