Food Porn: Dash’s Market (Williamsville)

I grew up in the Southtowns, so until a couple years ago I had no idea about Dash’s Market or that it was even a local chain of grocery stores.  I work near the Williamsville location on West Klein, which reminds me of a “mom and pop” Wegmans, with a cafe area offering all sorts of fresh food, a mini SPoT coffee and even their own sushi stand with a trained sushi chef.  Over the last couple of weeks I have been visiting Dash’s to sample a little bit of everything, for the most part it is a quick and affordable lunch option, but the food itself is nothing to rave about.

Quick Info:

On my first visit I decided to grab a sub since I was running late and didn’t want to wait for any of their food stations to prepare/heat any food.  In a refrigerated area they had about 6 different styles of subs.  I ended up choosing their Chicken Pesto sub (pictured below) and took it back to my office for lunch.  There are certain limitations with refrigerated subs, the roll itself was a little stiff but otherwise had some nice seasoning.  The chicken was a thin sliced breast (as opposed to cold-cuts), the lettuce/tomato was fresh enough that they still have a good texture/crunch and the pesto was spread out pretty thick.  I’ve actually been tempted to go back and order another one but since I was forcing myself to try more items I haven’t had a chance.

On my next visit I decided to try their pizza and one of their flat breads.  For only $3 you can order a “half order” of flat bread which is more than enough for one person.  Their flat breads aren’t exactly flat, I ordered their Buffalo Chicken (pictured below) which was on top of a half a loaf of Italian Bread.  The bread was nice and crispy but the toppings weren’t as good; the cheese wasn’t fully melted and the chicken was lukewarm at best.  The hot sauce gave the flat bread some good flavor, but the chicken’s breading was really thick and had a bad texture.  It was a good deal for the amount of food I had but I wouldn’t order this particular flat bread again.  I also ordered a slice of their Mexican Pizza (pictured in the gallery), for some reason the women behind the counter decided to cut it in half and cooked it way too long in their oven.  The crust was incredibly thin and was very crunchy (from being cooked too long) and the toppings of meat, cheddar and tomatoes was actually pretty good but in a guilty pleasure way.  I’d love to go back and order more slices that aren’t burnt to a crisp, I think it would taste a lot better.

On my most recent visit to Dash’s I decided to try their sushi.  Behind the counter was a gentlemen making fresh sushi and told me that today was buy one get one free on all of the shrimp rolls.  For only $6 I got two packages of sushi rolls, I tried the spicy shrimp and the tempura shrimp rolls.  I was nervous, I’m not a big fan of Wegman’s sushi and that’s what I was expecting from Dash’s.  While a little too cold when I ate it, the texture of the rice and ingredients was better then I expected.  The spicy shrimp was heavy on the spicy sauce and avocado and didn’t have much of a shrimp flavor, still it was a healthier lunch option that what I usually eat.  The tempura shrimp roll on the other hand had much bigger pieces of shrimp but was coated in soy sauce that had a bit of spiciness to it.  For $6 I ate an incredibly amount of sushi and while not the best sushi I have ever tried, I would definitely go back and look for a similar deal with a different type of seafood.

I wish I could say that I tried everything that Dash’s offers, but even after 4 trips for lunch I only sampled a small percentage.  They have panini’s that looked good and were recommended to me (but when I visited their panini press wasn’t turned on for some reason).  I also ordered a Mocha frozen shake (pictured in gallery) from the Spot Coffee counter during one of my visits.  I’m not a big coffee buff but it almost lacked any strong coffee flavor (a plus for someone like me) and had a very strong chocolate flavor.  Their menu isn’t as big as their stand alone locations, but they still had a pretty impressive amount of drinks that you could order.

While I wasn’t blown away by the food, there is still a lot I haven’t tried and so I haven’t completely ruled out going back to Dash’s when I’m not exactly sure what I want to eat but would like a lot of options in one location.  Trying to eat at Wegmans on a lunch break is sometimes too crazy and risky when I’m on a tight time schedule but on every visit to Dash’s I had plenty of time and never felt like I was in a rush.

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