Today on the blog we are talking to Kevin Wise, the founder of Buffalo Beer Biochemist and current contributor to Buffalo.com. Since January 2015, Kevin has been blogging about our local beer scene with beer reviews, coverage of local events and some interesting science based beer articles. Kevin’s unique point of view and quality writing got the attention of Buffalo.com and since late 2015 he’s been writing a weekly column about the local scene. We reached out to Kevin about his favorite places around town, here’s what he had to say..
Right now, where are your favorite places to eat in Western New York?
Kevin: My wife and I have three children, all under age 4. This limits our eating out times quite a bit. We therefore hit family restaurants of take-out the majority of the time. We enjoy Tully’s chicken fingers with homemade hot sauce, or Milton’s on Union Road for Greek souvlaki wraps and salads. I can be happy with a salad, a burger, or pizza and wings. For pub food (and without the family), I have always enjoyed Mooney’s food. The mac and cheese, while not the healthiest, is just so good. For date night, my wife and I like Italian restaurants like Mulberry and Trattoria Aroma in Williamsville.
Where do you like to grab a drink with friends and family?
Kevin: Due to family constraints, I try to sneak out “earlier” rather than “later” so I can be home at a reasonable hour. Gene McCarthy’s is less than a 10 minute drive from where I work. My co-workers would call Gene’s “The Clubhouse” because we always felt like it’s a hidden gem that is relatively low-key between 2-4 pm. Once 5 pm hits, however, all bets are off. I also like heading to Flying Bison.
If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you take them for a good ‘Buffalo’ time?
Kevin: There are so many awesome breweries and spectacular new taprooms to choose from. Big Ditch is certainly one of my favorites, but on the weekend the place is packed with patrons. 42 North in East Aurora is definitely making an impact as well. But for an ultimate “Buffalo” time I’ve always enjoyed combining a Sabres game with beer at Pearl Street. Pearl Street is iconic in Buffalo, and the beers have improved the past couple of years.
What are some of your favorite food memories from your childhood?
Kevin: I grew up in Niagara Falls, and on Sunday’s we would eat $0.10 chicken wings at Judi’s Lounge on Military Road near the Factory Outlet Mall. In our late teens to early twenties, we took down serious numbers of chicken wings there. The wing sauce is second to none and was the best in Niagara Falls. We came to learn later that the secret ingredient “may” have been a touch of ketchup for a thicker consistency of the wing sauce.
What types of cuisines/restaurants would you like to see more of in Western New York?
Kevin: Having lived in New Haven for many years, I really enjoy Indian, Thai, and Chinese food. I don’t like the quick take-out places, but I love a good sit down authentic ethnic meal.
We’d like to thank Kevin for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some of our questions. We strongly suggest you follow Kevin on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date on what’s going on in our local beer scene.