Our newest Buffalo Foodie is Lindsay from Nickel City Pretty, a local lifestyle blog that’s focused on fashion, food and Buffalo. For the last three years, Lindsay has been writing about food trucks, recipes, hidden gems in Buffalo, local retail shops and so much more. We first came across the blog while looking for other local restaurant coverage but Alli has since become a fan of Lindsay’s fashion focused blog posts. We realized it’s been long overdue to ask this fellow WNY blogger about her favorite places around town, here’s what she had to say:
Right now, where are some of your favorite places to eat?
Lindsay: I’ve found it pretty easy to become a regular at a few places. I’m not ashamed to say that we go to The Wellington Pub at least once a week, if not more. They have the best wings in Buffalo (in my opinion) but everything on their menu is delicious. I love BBQ, and Fat Bobs is THE place to go for pulled pork, hush puppies, and sweet potato fries. I have recently added Blue Monk to my favorites list. Their duck frites are so good they make me want to cry. Bonefish Grill has this amazing special on Tuesday nights where you can get 3 courses for under $15, their salmon is always great.
Where do you like to grab a drink with friends?
Lindsay: I very rarely drink alcohol, but I do consider myself to be a “mocktail” snob. I always ask the bartender to surprise me with the best mocktail that they can come up with. It takes lots of skill and imagination to create something that has depth of flavor without the help of alcohol. Hands down, Mes Que, The Lodge, and Toutant have killed it every time. And what’s even better is that I’ve never had the same drink twice from any of these places. They definitely aren’t serving up your average Shirley Temple.
If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you take them for a good ‘Buffalo’ time?
Lindsay: I would start by taking them to Canalside, which is beautiful both in the summer and the winter. Of course they would have to take their photo with Shark Girl to commemorate the trip. A stroll down Elmwood would probably be next followed by some wings at The Wellington. We would end the night with drinks on Allen, most likely at DBGB or the old Pink.
What are some of your favorite food memories from your childhood?
Lindsay: My grandparents were both 100% Slovak, so I remember eating lots of kapusta, chrusciki, and kielbasa. The kielbasa was very special. My grandmother would go over to Canada to a very specific grocery store to purchase it in mass quantities and freeze it for future meals. A few years ago, my mother actually took me on this same trek to purchase the sausage for Thanksgiving. It felt like a right of passage. Also, ever since my brother and I were little, my parents would take us out to a fancy dinner around Christmas time. We still carry on that tradition to this day when my brother is in town over the Holiday season.
What types of restaurants or cuisines would you like to see more of in WNY?
Lindsay: I love pastries, specifically French pastries. When we visited my brother in Seattle in November, he took us to a few proper French bakeries. I would absolutely LOVE a proper French bakery in Buffalo. Sure, cupcakes are great, but I’d rather enjoy a Pain au Chocolat or a Macaron any day.
We’d like to thank Lindsay for taking time out of her very busy schedule to answer some of our questions. If you’d like to keep up with whats going on in fashion, food and Buffalo; check out her blog or follow her on twitter and instagram.