Hot!In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour

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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
2009/09/21 08:38:04
This past weekend was the annual Roadfood bus tour, which this year took place in Rochester/Buffalo.  On Friday night, my girlfriend Mariton, her 13 year old daughter Emilou and myself drove the easy three hours from Pittsburgh to Buffalo.  We picked up cousin Johnny at the Buffalo airport and met a large group of fellow Roadfooders at Eckl's Beef on Weck in Orchard Park.  Among those in attendance were Wanderingjew, NoCarolina, Mr Chips, Buffalo Tarheel, plus ChiTownDiner and his group of shady characters.  WJ told me there was going to be a surprise guest, who I have met before and it was none other than the first fellow Roadfooder I met, and old friend, Bethgrd!  Because our party had grown to 20+ attendees, I didn't get to meet everyone at the other table.  But it was great to get reaquainted with old friends and meet new ones (BuffaloTarheel). 
 
Unfortunately, I was so busy socializing, I forgot to take any photos of other people here, a mistake I corrected the rest of the trip.  At least here are some food photos.....
 
I believe this may be the owner, Dale Eckl himself carving the beef for our Beef on Weck sandwiches.






My sandwich was ordered with the meat medium.  Outstanding! 
 
Of course, the usual side for this meal is German potato salad

and as someone who grew up in a German household, I don't say this easily, but the combination of sweet and vinegary tang made this one of the best I have ever had.  Mariton went for the pork chop, which were extremely thick and juicy.

 
ChiTownDiner led the charge on dessert, which we all passed around to sample.


Instead of pie (yeah, I know, I took a lot razzing for it), I went for a hot fudge sundae instead.

 
Just about everyone I spoke to thought Eckl's was a home run!  And the staff treated us extremely well, even coming over and passing out menus for us to take at the end of the meal.  We were off to a great start to the weekend!
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/21 13:33:28
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 09:05:44
Much harder to share a Hot Fudge Sundae!  Great thinking!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 09:08:12
Checking in at the Hilton hotel next to the Buffalo airport and the bus ride to our first stop, Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester.

























 
Dinosaur BBQ was a real crowd pleaser, as at the end of the day, it was voted favorite place among the group.  I thought the ribs were okay and the pulled pork good, but the brisket was excellent!  Good beans and potatoes, too.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 09:23:10
Nick Tahou's, where the owner actually let us all eat our garbage plates at no charge, which was extremely generous of him!



















 
Just before we left, Mr. Tahou came on the bus and thanked us for coming.  How cool is that?
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/21 09:25:36
mar52
Sirloin
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 09:47:22
Outstanding!  

Food and Friends!


I am so jealous!  

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 10:23:25
Before we headed to LDR Char Pit and Abbott's Custard, we took a side trip to get a group photo on a bridge overlooking the High Falls.  The group photo can be found on this thread:http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=541826
 
Here are the Falls.

Before we got back on the bus, a man with the local tourism board was passing out free samples of either local cider or local beer Gennessee Cream Ale.



 
LDR Char Pit, where I absolutely loved my steak sandwich. 









 
Thanks to this man,

the owner of LDR Char Pit, we were once again comped our food!
 
It was less than a block walk down to Abbott's Custard.






 
My dish was an excellent Peanut Butter Cup sundae.  Abbott's was good enough that it received Michael Stern's vote for best place of the day.
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 10:58:48
Great job BB, although I'm sure this is only the beginning!  That beef on weck sure looks good.

But I do have 1 question...who told Nocarolina to go play in traffic?
 
Brad
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 11:09:41
At this point, having hit all of the scheduled stops, the group was thinking that we were done for the day.  But tour organizer Steven Rushmore had a surprise waiting for us.  The bus took us into Orleans County and the local fairgrounds, where the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Department were cooking some Cornell chicken for us.  Could it possibly be any more Roadfood-ish?
 


















 
This was my first time tasting Cornell chicken (so named because the marinade was created by a Cornell University professor) and it couldn't have come in a more genuine or fun atmosphere.  The chciken itself was slightly spicy and I was surprised by just how delicious it was.  The homemade pies, especially the pineapple cream was another highlight.  What a great experience! 
 
I was so full and tired at this point, I slept the entire bus trip back to the hotel.  This ended Day 1 of the official bus tour.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/23 08:46:48
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 11:11:19
Buffetbuster,
 
Thanks for a great report and outstanding pictures.  It was tremendous to meet you and the other folks, including some of the Chicago/Milwaukee contingent, at the Eckl's dinner to start.  And of course Saturday and Sunday were great days as well.  It was so cool to have the RF tour here in Western NY.  I will definitely be making the drive to Rochester more often for those flavorful and tender steak sandwiches at LDR Char Pit.  (Even as I write this I am wondering about making the 2-mile drive to Ted's for lunch).
 
My thanks to Stephen Rushmore, Jr. and the Sterns for all the hard work that went into this incredibly well-run event.  Also, it was a pleasure to meet some many roadfooders on the bus and at the stops.
 
Rob
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 11:20:33
Cliff--great pictures!  I especially like the one of Chris watching Amy slice up that garbage plate oh so carefully.   It looks like they carted you off to pie heaven there at the end!

What a nice treat for everybody!
 
edited to add--it's especially nice to see Gregg with the pink back in his cheeks!
post edited by Nancypalooza - 2009/09/21 11:21:34
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 11:25:56
Nancy-
Great eye, because that photo of Chris & Amy at Nick Tahou's is easily one of my favorites from the weekend, too.  They look so serious, like they are surgeons about to perform an appendectomy on a patient!  But, I think I have an even better photo of those two coming!
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 12:08:22
Brad, nobody told me to go play in the traffic... I thought it up all by myself! 
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 12:14:04
I think I speak for more that just a few others when I say....









...that these pictures look nothing like wanderingjew.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 12:15:47
Brad_Olson
But I do have 1 question...who told Nocarolina to go play in traffic?
 
Brad


Brad,

Have you MET nocarolina?  It's quite possible that it was done by unanimous vote! 
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 12:17:45


I am going to be really impressed if that guy carved all of those roast beef sandwiches and didn't get any on his white shirt OR white tie!  I can't get through an hour of my desk job without spilling crap all over myself!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 13:00:34
Mr Eckl did not get a drop on his white shirt or tie and filled us with tails of his family business long after the restaurant emptied out...what a great guy!
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 13:01:00
Great photos Cliff.  Did you find any time to eat?
post edited by JRPfeff - 2009/09/21 13:06:11
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 13:25:06
TTM-
Au Contraire, mon frere!  After looking a photo or two over, WJ announced that MY photos do indeed look him!

JRPfeff-
I thought you would enjoy the photo of Jane Stern with one of the bracelets you made up.  And no, I was way too busy taking photos to actually eat!

Buffalo Tarheel-
It was a real pleasure to finally meet you, too, although I wish I had the opportunity to chat with you more.  With the Nickel City being so close, I do usually go up there about once a year.  So I will be back and hope we can meet again then.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/21 13:27:45
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 13:51:47
JRPfeff

Great photos Cliff.  Did you find any time to eat?

 
Is the Pope Catholic???
 
Does a bear...never mind, you get the picture...buffetbuster was a man on a mission!

kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 14:27:23
Like all the pictures but would be nice to have some names to go with. Some people I recognize from previous reports and i know it takes time. Maybe in the group picture someone can sort out who is who.  
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 14:31:03
Man, that pie from the VFD was so good...

I chose the apple pie, because when I asked whether the apples were local, the firemen got into a discussion of particular men who were likely to have picked them. The crust was so flaky and the filling was so full of apple and cinnamon flavors. I have made good pies in the past, but that's the sort of pie I aspire to make.

I sort of regret that we allowed leftovers of the pies--a little voice tells me that maybe I could have sampled the berry, or perhaps the pecan. But after all the fine things we'd eaten before the pie, I could only gaze upon them wistfully, and I think that most of us felt the same way. 
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 14:48:56
 
I like wanderingjew's new tatts! 
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 14:48:59
Hey BB, You know I really appreciate your trip reports.  But I am going to have to ask you to go back and edit this one. 

I recognize a lot of people, but we need you to give us some names to go with the faces.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 14:58:12
JoeRogo-
If you know the names, go right ahead!  Seriously, I stink at remembering people's names.  And as usual on the bus tours, many of the people who attend are not regular posters or post at all.  Other than the usual suspects who we all recognize, mr chips, wanderingjew, nocarolina, ChiTownDiner, ayersian, etc.,  I can't tell you much more.  I did try to meet as many people as I could, but of course I know them by their real names, not their screenames.   

But, they still attended the tour and deserve to be noted.  Hopefully, people will chime in and say, "Hey, that's me!"

post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/21 15:09:37
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 15:34:11
For those who would like to know names, I will add a few that I remember.
 
 
 This shows ralphmelton - Ralph Melton and his wife Lori, both from Pittsburgh:

 
 
 
 
This is ChiTownDiner (on the right) and his brother on the left, with Dale (wanderingjew) behind them:


 
 
 
 
 
This couple is TnTinCt: Tim and Terri:

 
 
 
 
Of course you must know Wanderingjew and Mr. Chips, respectively:
 
 
 
 
The couple on the left is nagle (John and Jennifer - he's in the grey coat; she's in the purple striped top).  Next is Chris and Amy (ayersian).  The guy on the right, behind Amy, with the guilty look is Buffalo Tarheel (striped shirt) - I didn't think anyone would get a picture of me taking extra ribs at Dinosaur:
 

 
 
 
I'll try to find some more names.
 
 
 
 
 
post edited by Buffalo Tarheel - 2009/09/29 20:13:52
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 15:47:59
As if that wasn't enough food for one day, ChiTownDiner forced a bunch of us against our will to head out for an extra late night stop.  Our destination was Steve's Pig & Ox Roast.  I had been here before and thought it was good, but the food on this night was awful.  Especially the Curly-Q fries, which Chris called deep fried packing material.  Still, the company was good and it sure beat just sitting around the hotel room.
 







 
The last item, which is a roast pork, was the best item here that I sampled and was just okay.  Nobody seemed enthused about this place and I felt bad since this was my suggestion.
 
The group was next to convene at Antoinette's for candy and ice cream.  But my GPS took us miles out of the way and by the time I arrived, CTD was leaving and the place was just about to close.  We were disappointed, but I'd still say we had a quality eating day!
 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/21 15:49:35
thegratefuldad
Junior Burger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 15:49:19
I loved the pictures and thread. with a son going to SUNY Buffalo I'm hoping to make some road trips while visiting.

I hadn't realized how foody/foodie an area Buffalo was.

Looks like fun was had by all, I'll keep reading


buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 15:51:06
Buffalo Tarheel-
Thanks!

 
thegratefuldad-
Welcome to Roadfood!  I hope you get to eat at some of these restaurants while visiting your son.  If you do, please post how you liked them.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/21 15:55:18
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 15:59:56
Wow!  I did not recognize mr. chips--lookin good chipsie!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 16:06:04
We certainly couldn't come to the Buffalo area without a visit to Niagara Falls, so we ran up there early on Sunday morning.  I am taking a digital photography class and had some assignments to do, so this was the perfect setting to try some experiments with my new camera.  Still don't know what I am doing, but I'm getting better.
 


 
We interrupt regularly scheduled programming to bring you a Skittles commercial!

 
And now back to the trip report.....


 
We hurried back to the hotel to board the bus for Day 2 of the bus tour:  Buffalo!
 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/23 14:59:54
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 16:23:23
I know I'm a sick person?  But it kinda made me think of this: http://www.threadless.com/submission/44125/The_Morning_After

Hey, your photos are looking great! 
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 16:55:37
I know I missed all the great food and company on this trip.  But, you cannot be forgiven....



...for taking tacky tourist photos without my presence.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 17:18:18
ralphmelton

Man, that pie from the VFD was so good...

I chose the apple pie, because when I asked whether the apples were local, the firemen got into a discussion of particular men who were likely to have picked them. The crust was so flaky and the filling was so full of apple and cinnamon flavors. I have made good pies in the past, but that's the sort of pie I aspire to make.

I sort of regret that we allowed leftovers of the pies--a little voice tells me that maybe I could have sampled the berry, or perhaps the pecan. But after all the fine things we'd eaten before the pie, I could only gaze upon them wistfully, and I think that most of us felt the same way. 

 
ralphmelton -
 
I was standing under the pavillion when the pies were delivered.  They were carried over by 2 Amish women...I knew then to get in early on the pies!  I personally sampled the apple, apple crumb, pumpkin, pecan and berry and decided the apple crumb was award winning..absolutely declicious!  not that the others were chopped liver either!

MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 18:22:16
Great stuff, Buffetbuster.  I went to the University of Buffalo (officially State University of New York at Buffalo, but known as UB) for a couple of years.  Had plenty of "hot wings" and "beef on 'weck", but never discovered the specialty of charcoal-grilled hot dogs.  It was great to get a nostalgic culinary return by proxy.
TnTinCT
Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 18:32:10
Thanks for the great pics - we had such a fabulous time, and enjoyed a few new places along with those we tried on our last trip.  We stopped on our way home today to CT at a place suggested by the local Rochester rep at Heid's in Liverpool, NY - what a worthwhile stop for a red hot, and a white dog....and some great half-sour pickles! Looking forward to the next get-together.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 18:34:46
The Travelin Man

I think I speak for more that just a few others when I say....
  ...that these pictures look nothing like wanderingjew.


First of all, I'm back.

Second of all great photos and commentary Buffetbuster

Third of all.....

I think we've already made it very clear that it's only the photos that Travelin Man takes on his camera that look absolutely NOTHING  like me-

I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. and now I've got to get back to reality and start loosing some weight!


post edited by wanderingjew - 2009/09/21 18:42:42
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 20:27:43
buffetbuster

JRPfeff-
I thought you would enjoy the photo of Jane Stern with one of the bracelets you made up.  And no, I was way too busy taking photos to actually eat!


Cliff - I did like seeing Jane and others with the bracelets.  I couldn't be there physically, but I hope I was with you all in spirit.  I hadn't followed the Rushmore Tours before, and your report on just the first day of this event makes me want to be first in line next time.

Jim
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/21 20:40:08


Is nocarolina (A) making faces at the camera, (B) masterfully telling a story, (C) blowing up from too much food, or (D) all of the above?
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 05:37:32
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MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 05:45:18
PP and I stayed an extra day we were having such a good time. Even Miss Picky herself found some things she liked. The pork at Dinosaur, the steak and especially the hard rolls at LDR. We even brought home a dz hard rolls. The owner refused to let me pay for them. This after he bought everyone on the tour their food and drinks.

Friday night we ate at McPartlands with the rest of the RF management team. PP and I really liked the clam strips. The clam chowder was freshly made and really good!

I ate at Ted's hot dogs 3 times!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 07:31:11
TTM-
Come on the Roadfood bus tour next year and I'm sure we'll find plenty of opportunities for more tacky tourist photos!

CTD-
Why aren't I surprised that you were in the right place when the pies showed up!  I'm still kicking myself for not taking a slice of the apple pie.

JRPfeff-
I'm going to write more about it when I'm done, but this was clearly the best Roadfood bus tour yet.  If possible, I highly recommend going on one.  They just keep getting better and better!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 08:01:08
The bus took off from the airport Hilton at 10:30AM, with Beef on Weck legend Schwabl's

as our first destination.   They aren't normally open this early, but they did for us.  In fact, they even hired a couple of extra carvers!
 
As we walked in, we were instructed to grab a napkin, a birch beer

and find a seat.  Then the carvers went into action!



 
Because so many people on our tour had wanted their roast beef rare, this was a problem.  There can only be so much rare on any given roast.  So what Schwabl's did was the only fair thing possible and that is give us a mixture of meat that was well done, medium and rare.




I would have preferred all of my beef be rarer, but this was still a terrific sandwich!  And don't forget about the wonderful sides here.  The German potato salad could have been warmer, but was still very good.  The vinegary cole slaw might be even better.
 
Having eaten at Schwabl's and Eckl's during the same weekend, it is a virtual dead heat for me which place has better beef on weck.  For this weekend, I liked Eckl's better because all my sandwich had medium rare beef on it, while Schwabl's had a mixture, due to the circumstances.  The bun at Schwabl's is also much saltier.  But for me, when I think of Buffalo Roadfood, Schwabl's is the first restaurant I think of.  I love this place!
 
A few more photos from inside the restaurant, the parking lot and boarding the bus:








post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/22 09:31:06
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 14:00:28
On the way to our next restaurant, Michael Stern announced that we were ahead of schedule, which meant we would now be able to squeeze in an extra stop on the day's itinerary.  It was at this point that ChiTownDiner and myself exchanged high fives, since we are all about trying to squeeze in that extra stop!
 
First to Ted's Hot Dogs

There are several Ted's locations in the Buffalo area, but we went to the one in Tonowanda.  The foot longs here are charcoal grilled.  In previous visits, I was told that I was not allowed to take photos in the grill area.  With a bus load of Roadfooders with cameras in hand, I was curious what would be said.  I didn't ask this time, just went ahead and took some photos and nobody paid any attention, so.....  The grill and my foot long getting dressed.



 
I went with relish, mustard, onion and the hot sauce.



As you can see, the grill blackens the wiener and gives it a charred, crunchy exterior.  All the condiments are good, but the hot sauce, with a considerable punch really takes this hot dog to another level.  Ted's is undoubtedly one of the great hot dog stands in the country!
 
The wispy, thin onion rings


are another highlight as is the Buffalo area only drink loganberry, which some found to be overly sweet.  Having more appetite and imagination than myself, CTD

also grabbed a burger and cut me off a quarter of it.  First time for a burger here, but it was also a winner.  Coming from a charcoal grill like that, I shouldn't be surprised.
 
Some more photos from Ted's:




post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/23 08:43:19
CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 14:15:44
Fantastic report, great pics, great trip. Any other weekend and I would've been there. Thanks for posting this.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 14:23:18
I agree--an even better picture of Chris & Amy.  Downright 101 Dalmatians-y.  There are a lot of happy looking hot dog diners in Ted's!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 14:54:29
Practically across the street from Ted's is Anderson's Frozen Custard

After we got done eating our hot dogs, we dashed across busy Sheridan Drive.

(Quick tip:  pausing to take photos of other darting across a busy street is not really a good idea)
 
I went for a cup with a pumpkin/vanilla twist. 

It was ultra-creamy and smooth, with great pumpkin flavor.  I have eaten at this Anderson's at least a half dozen times and this was the best thing I have had.  Delicious!
 
Everyone seemed to be very happy for the unexpected visit to Anderson's.








CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 15:15:54
The Travelin Man

I know I missed all the great food and company on this trip.  But, you cannot be forgiven....



...for taking tacky tourist photos without my presence.


BUT #1 Son

We ALL know if you were there for the tacky tourist photo, Niagra Falls would have been closed!!! 
Buffalo Tarheel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 17:16:56
buffetbuster 

  
Having more appetite and imagination than myself, CTD also grabbed a burger and cut me off a quarter of it.  First time for a burger here, but it was also a winner.  Coming from a charcoal grill like that, I shouldn't be surprised. 
  
 

Buffetbuster,
 
Good call on the burger.  I think I have had one burger total in all my years at Ted's and a few grilled chicken sandwiches (plain and barbequed).  They are all outstanding as well, but it's hard to resist the hot dogs.  I used to have the chili on the hot dogs, but the chili can be inconsistent, while the hot sauce is always good.
 
Hope to see you and your entourage (I can't use the word "contingent" because I think it has been copyrighted by the Chicago / Milwaukee contingent) here in Buffalo again soon.  The time passed way too quickly last weekend, and it was a real pleasure to see everyone.
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 17:23:53
Some of the people I can ID.

Bob and Carol. ( So where is Ted and Alice? Old movie title...)


MikeS. and Picky Peggy (PP)


MikeS. in the middle and Ken and Judy behind my left shoulder. Judy is Stephen Rushmores mom. She and PP were born in the Buffalo area. 
The bus had a diesel fuel leak and was replaced after it dropped everyone off at the next stop. I have diesel fuel sprayed all over my car and some on Judy's car.

Bruce Bilmes in the background.

  Bob


People on another thread were asking for names with the pictures, so here you go.



zataar
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 18:02:36
What a fun trip! Someday I will make it to one of these events :-)
starfire62
Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/22 20:49:19
next time you're at ted's try the loganberry shake ,it was excellent.i'm glad you all had a great time in buffalo.it's sad to say i dont appreciate it like you all do cause its available to me everyday.i guess i take it for granted.
post edited by starfire62 - 2009/09/22 21:00:22
cecif
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 09:48:26
BB, wow.... wow wow.


I know this isn't proper for an RF trip, or even p.c. probably... but my favorite pic is the guy in the great t-shirt "You Big Dummy!". It made me chuckle remembering Sanford & Son.

Looks like an excellent trip!  (And stop making weight comments, WJ, you look FINE!)

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 10:05:42
cecif

BB, wow.... wow wow.


I know this isn't proper for an RF trip, or even p.c. probably... but my favorite pic is the guy in the great t-shirt "You Big Dummy!". It made me chuckle remembering Sanford & Son.

Looks like an excellent trip!  (And stop making weight comments, WJ, you look FINE!)


 
Thanks Ceci, but my scale doesn't think so.
 
I'm now 20 lbs heavier than I was  on the KC/Omaha/Denver trip last year and the San Francisco/Seattle Trip in 07 - those 20 lbs WILL be gone by Charleston this coming February which means NO MORE TRIPS (besides 1 to NYC)  for me until then
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 10:06:05
cecif-
I also really liked the Sanford & Sons t-shirt and I told Tom (the guy wearing it) several times.  There is another really good t-shirt coming up in the next installment.

I hope you are able to join us on one of the tours Ceci.  You would really enjoy it.
Jane Stern
Junior Burger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 10:13:52
Great photos, Cliff!
cecif
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 10:34:51
buffetbuster

cecif-
I also really liked the Sanford & Sons t-shirt and I told Tom (the guy wearing it) several times.  There is another really good t-shirt coming up in the next installment.

I hope you are able to join us on one of the tours Ceci.  You would really enjoy it.



LOL! Absolutely, if someone takes up a subscription to get this poor student home to the U.S. for it...!!!

Look fwd to more pics & good t-shirts!!! Cheers!!!
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 12:54:12
Wow, what wonderful photos. You captured the experience and the wide variety of folks who were there. There is no one better at capture the essence of roadfood than you, Cliff. Thanks a lot.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 13:19:51
So how do you follow up a stop for frozen custard?  With ice cream, of course!  Next, we headed for Parkside Candy.  I know there are lots of good ice cream parlors and candy stores in Buffalo, but the atmosphere at this place is special.  No Roadfood place evokes a feeling of a century ago like this Parkside.  The room is round, with soft lighting and, well, you just have to see it for yourself.  No surprise that a scene for the Robert Redford movie, The Natural was filmed here.
 





 
They use Perry ice cream here and make a wonderful assortment of interesting sundaes.  I was at the front of the line (imagine that!) and the woman taking the orders seemed all flustered, even though I believe they knew we were coming.  To make it easier on her, I just ordered a simple hot fudge sundae, although I regretted immediately not ordering something more unusual.  Sundaes typically come in attractive glass bowls, but mine was made in a throw away paper cup. 

Still, a quality sundae.  I also bought a couple bags of their famous sponge candy to take home, one of which is already long gone.  No photos of the candy yet, so I will add that in later.
 
A few more photos from the sidewalk, while waiting for the bus.



post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/23 13:22:55
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 13:54:38
Sadly, we were approaching the finish line.  But, you can't possibly come to Buffalo without sampling their most obvious culinary contribution, which is wings.  And what better place to do that than The Anchor Bar,

where Teressa Bellissimo is said to have first created this popular bar food in 1964.  In fact, they have a wood carved statue of her near the front door

and even have a parking spot reserved for her.

 
They brought out a big platter of wings to each table,

which were quickly attacked.  The wings were all mild/medium and they gave us cups of sauce on the side of varying heat.  That way, everyone should have been satisfied.  Watching people eat wings is fun, because there are all kinds of methods to it.  Some examples:


 
These run the gamut from the very girlie Emilou,

who eats them with a knife and fork, to Roadfood moderator Mike S., who has a much quicker way!

 
By the way, Anchor Bar isn't just a wing museum, I really like these ultra-crispy wings.  Not the best I have ever had, but still quite good.  Some more photos:




 
Time to head back to the hotel and call it a weekend.  But the excitement wasn't over just yet.  A young lady named Jojo

from Miami, via Hawaii, asked Michael Stern to use the microphone and promptly proposed to her boyfriend of nine years, Mike.  I remember sitting there thinking, is she really doing what I think she is doing?  Yup, she sure was! 

Mike, of course, said yes and came up to kiss her.  Congratulations to the happy couple and undoubtedly, a Roadfood first!
 
Back to the hotel, where some (including cousin Johnny) had to made a quick escape to the airport for their flight home.  A group of die hards went to Antionette's for one last dish of ice cream, but it had been a long weekend and Mariton had a test in her class the next morning, so we drove home.  I pulled in my driveway a little before 8:00PM.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/09/23 17:04:22
Niagara
Double Cheeseburger
Re:In Buffalo/Rochester for 2009 Roadfood Bus Tour 2009/09/23 13:59:57
Nice.  Now I'm hungry & homesick.
 Why did I leave again? Oh yeah - no jobs and the winters.
post edited by Niagara - 2009/09/23 14:04:59
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