Food Porns: Anchor Bar (Takeout), White Cow Dairy, Five Points Bakery

This is going to be a Food Porn “Quick Hits” type of article.  Over the last month we’ve had some yogurt from White Cow Dairy, ordered some Chicken Wings to go from Anchor Bar and went back to Five Points Bakery to get breakfast.  We don’t quite know if each one of those visits deserved their own individual Food Porn so we’ve decided to throw them all together.

Anchor Bar (Takeout), Location: Hospital Hill, Cuisine: Pub Food

I was shocked to see that we’ve never written about Anchor Bar considering it’s arguably Buffalo’s most “famous” restaurant.  The Anchor Bar has had somewhat of a bad rap in recent years, even though they may serve the most popular chicken wings in the world, most Buffalo-ians wouldn’t consider them the best wings in Buffalo.  The restaurant itself has become a go to tourist destination and while, in our opinion, they aren’t the best, they certainly aren’t a bad representative of Buffalo’s most famous food offering.

I’ve dined there probably a dozen times since it was within walking distance of my last job and every time we’ve had a decent meal.  The wings are usually pretty big and the sauce, while normally on the milder side, has a good flavor.  Alli and I were looking to order wings for a quick dinner a couple weeks ago and decided to give Anchor Bar another try.  The wings themselves were large and juicy but for “medium” they didn’t have a very strong/spicy flavor and the skin was quite soggy.  We live a short 3 minute drive from Anchor Bar so the commute probably wasn’t the sole reason for the soggy-ness.

The actual Anchor Bar is worth a visit at least once but it probably won’t be a normal dinner destination for locals (unless you are entertaining out of town guests).  I like the location itself with memorabilia all over the walls and, heck, they even have Genny Cream Ale available on draft.  Ordering their food to go isn’t as fun and be prepared to pay a premium for an order of  “the original” chicken wings;  for a double order of wings the cost was almost exactly $20.  It’s not horribly expensive but considering there are several other options downtown that are much cheaper (and in our opinion better), I doubt many will want to pay the extra for the name on the box.

Anchor Bar on Urbanspoon

Five Points Bakery, Location: West Side, Cuisine: Bakery/Sweets

After ordering a cinnamon roll at the Farmer’s Market on Elmwood a few weeks ago and having some of their bread and freshly made butter (it was ridiculous) at our Farm to Table Dinner last weekend, we have been craving some Five Points Bakery.  Almost exactly a year ago we visited Five Points and wrote about the same cinnamon roll and their Ciabatta bread, however, that was before we bought a DSLR and could take pictures that properly showed off their delicious baked goods.

So last weekend for breakfast I stopped by the bakery and ordered a couple more whole wheat cinnamon rolls (pictured above), a pumpkin and cream cheese muffin (pictured in gallery) and for Alli, a chocolate brownie (pictured in gallery).  I am a huuuuuge fan of their cinnamon rolls.  While the words “whole wheat” might scare off some people, these rolls still taste just as great and are as decadent as any roll you’ve had before.  The cinnamon and sugar in the middle can be overwhelming for some, you’ll need a really big sweet tooth and probably a large glass of milk to finish one off yourself.  The pumpkin spiced muffin/cupcake was soft, crumbly and a little bit messy but the thick layer of cream cheese put the flavor over the top.  It’s a great little fall treat.  Alli devoured her brownie in no time.  While the picture might not look that impressive the brownie had a thin crispy crust on top with a soft cake interior that almost melted when you bit into it.  If you haven’t stopped by Five Points already, step up your game and make a visit, the Gardner’s are doing some amazing things on the West Side.

Five Points Bakery on Urbanspoon

White Cow Dairy

In the same Elmwood Farmer’s Market visit, we also had a chance to try White Cow Dairy’s Yogurt for the first time.  I’ve always seen the bins for empty jars at Wegmans and always wondered about how good this locally made yogurt was but for some reason never pulled the trigger and bought some for myself.  We had a free sample at their tent and I realized this wasn’t your normal 60 cent yogurt.  White Cow Dairy makes a traditional European style of yogurt that has garnered them national attention in Bon Appetit Magazine, Saveur.com and impressed notable NYC cheese shop Murray’s.

I tried out their Rhuberry (pictured above) and really enjoyed it.  I’m a huge fan of strawberry rhubarb pie and that’s exactly what I was thinking about when I tasted the yogurt.  While the flavor is really impressive, the texture of the yogurt is what really stood out, thicker and creamier then anything I’ve had before.  Alli bought a jar of Chocolate Pudding.  The taste is more of an intense chocolate mousse then the skippy cups you might be familiar with.  Their yogurt isn’t exactly cheap, it’s 3 dollars per jar.  So it’s not exactly an every day breakfast type of yogurt (at least not with our budget), but it’s a pretty great late night snack and much healthier than a pint of ice cream.

Here is a list of places where you can find White Cow Dairy and if you have a chance to make it down to the Elmwood-Bidwell Market stop by their tent, occasionally they will have flavors that aren’t available in stores and only offered for a limited time.

One thought on “Food Porns: Anchor Bar (Takeout), White Cow Dairy, Five Points Bakery

  1. the white cow dairy yogurts at the bidwell farmer’s market are $2.50 each…

    people pay nearly twice that (without blinking) for a ‘frappawhoknowswhat’ at starbucks

    all the time… last time we checked: coffee wasn’t considered food

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