There are a lot of places to eat in WNY and sometimes deciding where to head for a meal is overwhelming. Where to Eat This Weekend is a weekly feature that we have been thinking about for a while. While having 100′s of detailed reviews of restaurants to pick from is wonderful, sometimes having someone narrow down your choices makes your life a bit easier. A new Where to Eat This Weekend will be posted every Friday with the sole purpose of helping you decide where to eat and hopefully introduce you to a few new places that are worth checking out. The posts will have a new ‘theme’ each week. we will pick a town (i.e. East Aurora, Orchard Park), cuisine (Thai, Mexican) or street (Hertel, Kenmore Ave) and give you a list of all of the notable places to eat/drink within that theme along with links to websites and our reviews as well as a few quick descriptions (price, type of food, etc). Past posts focused on East Aurora, Allentown, Vietnamese cuisine , “Unique” Chicken Wings, Kenmore Ave and Seasonal Hot Dog Stands.
This week we are recommending cupcake shops in Western New York. Since late 2011, there has been an explosion in Buffalo’s cupcake scene. We’ve seen 5 shops open in the last 12 months that focus almost solely on baking and selling cupcakes, and all of them have something unique to offer. We’ve been big fans of cupcakes for a while, but after Alli judged the Nickel City Cupcake Challenge (see recap video below), our love was reignited. So this week, we think that after you grab your breakfast or late night dinner, you should stop by one of these places and indulge your sweet tooth.
Here’s a couple of our favorite cupcake shops in Buffalo…
So..where should you eat this weekend? Cupcake Shops!
Located in our hometown, both Alli and I were pretty excited when we heard a cupcake shop was opening in the village of Orchard Park. It meant that visits to our parents would also mean a visit to the Cupcake Orchard. Since day one of their opening we’ve both been big fans of their cupcakes. Gen from Cupcake Orchard was the winner of the first ever Nickel City Cupcake Challenge that was held a few weeks ago. Alli was one of the judges of that event and if you were not able to attend I highly suggest you watch the short video above for a recap. The Cupcake Orchard offer a changing seasonal menu of cupcakes, for November you will find Caramel Apple, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato in their glass case. Our only dilemma is their hours are somewhat limited, since the shop closes every day at 6 (4pm on Saturdays, closed Sunday & Monday) we have to really plan our visits ahead of time.
- Fairy Cakes – Website
Our first visit to Fairy Cakes didn’t go as well as we hoped, but at the Nickel City Cupcake Challenge two weeks ago both Alli and I were seriously impressed with what Kelly Audette presented at the competition. Fairy Cakes has a really cool location on Parkside. The exterior might be deceiving, but inside is a wonderful dining area and would be a great place to relax and eat a cupcake on the weekend. Fairy cakes sets themselves apart from other cupcake shops with their chocolate dipped frosting specials, so if you’re grabbing breakfast next door at Sweet_ness 7 then you should definitely should grab a cupcake for later.
- The Buffalo Cakery – Website
We’ve only had Buffalo Cakery’s cupcakes on two occasions, shortly after they opened and two weeks ago at the Cupcake Challenge. As of right now the shop is probably most known for their Lake Effect ice cream selection (the only place outside of Lockport that serves it) but they also offer a wide variety of cakes, cupcakes and cookies. With a prime location in Allentown, it’s a great post diner spot for people who want some dessert after Lagniappes, Hardware or Cantina Loco.
We decided to put Swirl’s and Firefly together since they are both located in East Aurora, a couple feet down the street from each other. That’s not to say they are the same shop, both offer unique experiences and flavors, check out our posts for more details. If you were planning a food trip to EA, I highly suggest visiting both cupcake shops. Swirl’s is located behind Taste and their shop is more designed for “to-go shopping” since their isn’t much of a seating option. Firefly’s location is definitely bigger with an entire dining room area and for diehard coffee fans they offer Stumptown coffee.
We also put Zillycakes and Delish together because both of they are not dedicated to just cupcakes like the places listed above. dessert shops offer fantastic cupcakes but have a wide variety of other sweets that are just as good, if not better. Zillycakes has a custom ‘cupcake bar’ that lets the customer pick their cake, frosting and toppings. They also make some of the most creative and delicious cakes I’ve ever had and we came very close to choosing them to bake our own wedding cake. Delish has a fantastic new location on Amherst St. and not only offers wonderful cupcakes but also great cookies, whoopie pies and cakes. Just like Firefly cupcakes, you can also sit in the shop and enjoy a couple sweets while sipping on Stumptown Coffee.