Food Porn: Dug’s Dive

Remember when I said how Alli and I are going to try more outdoor, summer-centric restaurants this season? Well we meant it.  Last week we had a chance to finally visit Dug’s Dive, a restaurant that I’ve always wanted to visit since I first drove by it on Rt 5.  Aside from knowing they were owned by the same family/company that owns Lake Effect Diner and the Steer, I really didn’t know anything else about the place.  So before our visit with some good friends, I looked over the menu and saw a regional item that I’ve been dying to try.  See what I thought about my first Lobster Roll experience and the rest of our meal…

 

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Price: Appetizers $4-$10, Sandwiches $8-$14, Entrees $15+
  • Location: Downtown Waterfront

I’ve never traveled to Maine, but the idea of a Lobster Roll has always intrigued me.  While I’m not a fan of mayo, I absolutely love Lobster and having a hot dog dog roll full of Lobster Meat sounds like a no-brainer.  So I asked my friend Mike about what to expect in a good lobster roll, as he’s been looking all over for the best of the best.  Based on his recommendations, I was looking for something light on the mayo, heavy on the lobster and on nice grilled roll.

Dug’s version (called the Lobster Dawg, ~$12) is a little different then a normal Lobster Roll (which, I guess being in Buffalo isn’t a surprise), with a noticeable addition of dill and some cooked bacon on top.  For my first Lobster Roll experience it was pretty good; it was a little heavy on mayo for my taste but again I’m pretty anti-mayo in general.  It definitely was a messy meal and I had to watch myself from spilling all over my pants.  Not the best thing ever but the lobster itself tasted great and the bacon gave the dish a good crunch (normally celery is added to give a good crunch, but this is Buffalo).

Lobster Dawg

Potato Crusted Fish Fry

Alli ordered the Potato Crusted Fish Fry (pictured above, ~ $15), and was surprised to see her fish fry covered in a potato chip batter.  Although, I guess she should have expected that when the description said “potato crusted.”  The batter was a pretty thick and really overwhelmed any flavor the Haddock might have had (which was really none to begin with, it wasn’t a great piece of fish).  It was fairly large though, so Alli barely got through half of the entree before having to call it quits.  In the picture you can see the sour cream/cucumber sauce on, but it really didn’t have that strong of a flavor.  Her sweet potato fries were really crunchy and were cut pretty thin, but neither her fries or my French Fries (pictured in the gallery) were really outstanding.

We also had shared a Crab Cake (pictured in gallery) with our friends as an appetizer.  It was a decent crab cake with a lot of  meat but we were disappointed when the waitress delivered it to our table and it was only ONE crab cake (for ~8 dollar appetizer).  The three of us tried to share it and each person only had a couple bites.

The location itself is really nothing special inside but what makes Dug’s Dive really stand out is their large outdoor seating area on the waterfront overlooking the NFTA Marina.  It’s great for watching the sun set and watching boats pass on the lake.  Our service wasn’t the best, we endured some longs waits when we tried to get refills or to get our bill.  Alli’s Fish Fry was underwhelming but I enjoyed my Lobster Dawg quite a bit and our friends seemed to enjoy their food as well.  They also serve ice cream so I may consider that in the future but for any other type of waterfront dining scenario I will probably try out something else before I head back.

Gallery:

Dug's Dive on Urbanspoon

One thought on “Food Porn: Dug’s Dive

  1. Joe

    Lots of negative reviews about this place mostly related to poor service. The wait staff is very poorly trained. Now, the Supervisor of the Town of Hamburg wants the same operator to run a restaurant at Woodlawn Beach Park, so I guess diners will be disappointed when he opens up an overpriced hack job with mediocre food and lousy service in Hamburg.

    I guess when you have great lakefront locations, you can get away with that kind of crap.

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