Food Porn: Amigo’s

Amigo’s is an interesting restaurant…  When Alli told me we were meeting her parents at a restaurant called Amigo’s I was confused; her parent’s are not big fans of Mexican food so why would they go out of their way to drive to Kenmore Ave (they live in Orchard Park) for it.  But I soon found out that it’s actually not a Mexican restaurant but instead a casual restaurant serving up typical American dishes. Her parents had dined there before and had really nice things to say about the food.  Sometimes I like having absolutely no idea what I’m in for, I read so much online about Buffalo restaurants that it’s a rare occurrence for me to literally no idea what kind of situation I’m getting into.

Quick Info

  • Restaurant Type: Casual Fine Dining
  • Cuisine: Pub Food, Italian
  • Prices: Appetizers $6-$12; Sandwiches Under $10, Entrees $15-$30

Walking into the restaurant I originally thought I was underdressed when I saw fancy tablecloths, nice wooden chairs and a really nice bar.  But then I noticed that people were wearing t-shirts and jeans and I remembered this menu had 8 dollar burgers/sandwiches.  So just a heads up for anyone who wants to try this place out, if you are very conscious of your outfit and how you fit in with a crowd, you don’t need to dress up, but maybe you leave the ratty old sneakers at home for this meal.

Since there was 5 of us, and I wasn’t paying (thank you to my future father-in-law), our group decided to try out some appetizers.  We started with an order of Fried Mozzarella Sticks (~ $7, pictured in the gallery), an order of Stuffed Banana Peppers (~ $12, pictured below) and a bowl of Stuffed Hot Pepper Soup (~$5, gallery).  The Fried Mozzarella were hot and crunchy, really everything you would expect from this common dish, but the serving size was small (only 4 sticks).  So if you are planning on sharing this appetizer with more than one other person, it’s best to order 2 servings.  The Banana Peppers were not exactly the largest portion I’ve seen before (5- 1/2 peppers with bread) but they were quite good.  For people who are afraid of too much heat, this would be a good dish to get.  They had a little kick but nothing overbearing, the cheese stuffing had a nice creamy texture that made me want more.  The soup however didn’t have the same complex cheesy flavor, in fact it was closer to a canned cheese soup with pieces of peppers.  I wasn’t too impressed.

Stuffed Banana Peppers

Soon after we finished our appetizers our entrees arrived.  I was in a seafood mood that evening and ordered the Ultimate Seafood Platter (~ $18, below).  The platter is composed of half of a Fish Fry, 4 Fried Shrimp (2 of them stuffed), 2 Fried Scallops and several rings of Fried Calamari and Clam Strips along with a pile of French Fries and Macaroni Salad.  As you can see from the picture below, it was a hell of a lot of fried food.  Unfortunately, (as I typically do) I had filled myself with two beers and appetizers before hand, so my appetite wasn’t as strong as it should have been.  But I tried to battle through it and proceeded to stuff myself.  The coating on all of the seafood was surprisingly light; it was crunchy and seasoned but nothing was over battered, all of the seafood still had a good fresh taste once you bit in and my hands weren’t covered in grease when I finished eating.  If you love seafood, this is a fantastic dish and realistically you could share this with another person.

Ultimate Seafood Platter

Two members of our group (Alli and her Dad) both ordered the French Dip and neither of them liked it, in fact both of them only finished half of the sandwiches and didn’t even bring home the other half.  Served on a DiBella-like roll, the meat itself wasn’t very flavorful and seemed over cooked.  Overall, they described it as quite “blah” and lacking in much flavor.  Alli’s sister Lauren (our graphic designer) ended up ordering the Greek Chicken Sandwich and, while she enjoyed it, she thought it was really slathered in far too much Feta cheese sauce.  Now I love Feta as much as anyone else but that flavor can have a strong kick and can easily be overwhelming.

I have no real complaints with the service, we arrived without reservations (apparently they don’t take them for parties under 6 people) and had to wait at the bar for only about 15 minutes.  To note, however, their parking situation is kind of inconvenient as they have only an incredibly small parking lot in front of the building (only ~10 spots).  It might not be a problem for lunch time but during dinner people have to park across the street in another parking lot.

Aside from poor parking choices and some serving small sizes on appetizers, I can’t really say anything too bad about my meal (but I can’t say the same for everyone in my group that night). Everything I ordered (Seafood Platter, Stuffed Banana Peppers) are items that I’d probably order again but would stay away from the soup and French Dip.  The menu is really all over the place, you can order sandwiches that cost under $8 or you can splurge and get entrees (pasta, duck, steak, seafood) that are in the $20-30 range.  It’s not high on my list of places to revisit, but if the situation ever arises, I would be happy to give it another shot.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Amigo’s

  1. Melissa

    $7 for 4 mozzarella sticks?! I think I would have complained

  2. elizabeth

    cant beat the complimentary popcorn at the bar. turkey burger and julienne salad is also good

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