Inspired by our friends over at STEP OUT BUFFALO, Vegetarian Buffalo wanted to give readers a rundown of restaurants we can’t wait to get to during the Spring 2015 Local Restaurant Week
STEP OUT BUFFALO published their Top Picks for Local Restaurant Week Spring 2015, which was a great idea, so I’m going to do the same. Don’t worry SOB, imitation is the greatest form of flattery!
The first place we saw that touted a unique vegetarian option is Butterwood Sweet & Savory. They have 3 different dinner options available to choose from: Two Courses @ $20.15, Three Courses @ $30.15, or Three Courses & a Bottle of Wine @ $40.15. Whether you’re vegetarian, pescetarian, or vegan, there’s an option for you on most courses. Personally, I’m looking forward to their Sweet and Savory Salad Opening Course of roasted root vegetables, tomato avocado relish, truffle frites, and passionfruit vinaigrette, as well as their Vegetarian Entree Course that is baked zucchini stuffed with hummus, mango ginger sauce, roasted root vegetables, & barley. It sounds like a lot of roasted root vegetables for one sitting, but honestly, have you ever thought to yourself “There were way too many deliciously seasoned and caramelized roasted root vegetables for that dinner”? Nope. In fact, I’m quite certain my body doesn’t like me any more than after I’ve feed it nutritious whole foods, roasted or otherwise. There’s also a Chefs Choice of Dessert, so not only will your body feel good, but your taste buds should finish off the dinner nicely as well. So I’m really looking forward to this!
Second to flex their culinary muscles was Coco Bar & Bistro. Shortly following their sold out Vegan Prix Fixe dinner, I was happy to see they carried that creativity over to LWR. A Three Course meal will run you $20.15, and I’m excited to try either the Curried Carrot Soup or maybe the Sweet Pea Arancini for a 1st Course (probably choose when I get there, you know, keep it exciting), then definitely the Quinoa Crusted Butternut Squash with lavender aioli, cassis reduction, and arugula for the 2nd Course, and then for the 3rd Course I’m thinking of topping everything off with a French Kiss (it’s a cocktail, but let’s not limit ourselves). For a $10 up-charge, pescetarians can enjoy a Chimichurri Salmon with sweet potato and jicama.
I’ve tried to make quinoa on several occasions, and regardless of the multiple ways I’ve washed, prepped, and prepared it, I can’t quite cut out that bitter taste thats derived from the husks, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Coco can do with it.
I’ve been meaning to get to this final place for months now, but it’s finally going to happen sometime between March 9th and March 15th. Chocolate Bar also has a myriad of options to choose from, however none looking vegan. Vegetarians and Pescetarians will be able to choose from a First Course soup or salad, a Second Course of Mahi Mahi pan seared and served with coconut rice and a ginger cole slaw (don’t tell me that doesn’t sound incredible) or a Ravioli A La Vodka that consists of either Lobster or Spinach ravioli in a rich vodka cream sauce. The Third Course wraps the evening up with a Dessert of the Day, Dip Your Own Berries, Creme Brulee, or Belgian Chocolate Mousse Cake. Again, I might just choose when I get there, because it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to make up my mind until the last minute on any of those options. Stay tuned for their review and you’ll find out! This 3 Course meal will be $20.15, with additional specials of $5.oo glasses or $18.95 bottles of wine.
There are plenty of other incredible options to choose from, but I’m making certain I get to these three places. For a full list of restaurants and specials, go to the Local Restaurant Week Participating Restaurants Page where you can filter by neighborhood and meal time. Hopefully I’ll see you there!