After the Buffalo zoo, I continued my Frank Lloyd Wright explorations. Wright's Buffalo patron Darwin Martin had Mr Wright design a lakeside summer home in Derby, New York, just south of the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg. The house is located just above a 70 ft. bluff over Lake Erie and is called Greycliff. Wright's theme here was water and to the left of the main entrance there are widows that allows that allow one to see through the house to the the Canadian mainland beyond. There are a lot of windows and all but rooms in the house have a view of the lake. There are ponds in the front of the house and every path and room on property is designed to get you to look out at the lake. Mrs. Martin had complained that the family's main house was too dark so she made provide more light which he did but not happily. The house was built from 1927 to 1929 and is kind of a transitional work between the prairie style of his younger days and the later concrete forms of Falling Water and the Hollyhock house. Not as many overhangs, cleaner lines and less dark than usual. The house is undergoing restoration and renewal and will probably be further along in restoration in coming years. Well worth a visit.
During the drive back to my hotel I stopped at Mike's Candy Shop. Michael Stern had told me of a candy there called stolen havens that was light milk chocolate and had fresh nuts. When I stepped into the place she was telling a regular about Michael Stern's recent visit, the mention on the website and how she thought he was writing another book and the place might be mentioned. She was very excited. I mentioned the eating tour and she again was stoked. I mentioned Michael's recommendation, said I only wanted a little so she gave me 5 pieces and comped them, saying that the Sterns' recommendation was one of the best things that had ever happened to the store. I thanked her profusely and left, once again awed by the friendliness of western New Yorkers and the deep and abiding affection the local restauranteurs in the area seem to have for Jane and Michael.
I went over to the Buffalo Brew Pub in Williamsville for one last beef on weck This place is reviewed in the new 500 things to eat with the note they marinate the roast beef in one of their brews. It was very tasty and my second homesickness inducing restaurant visit of the day. My hometown of Portland is microbrew heaven and I told my server to surprise me and she brought me an Oktoberfest brew that was quite satisfying. I had one more place to go and I was driving so I had to limit myself to one beer but the selection looked good.
My last Buffalo eating stop was Duff's for chicken wings. My server at Charlie the Butchers had recommended them strongly on day one and I wanted to try. The servers there wear t-shirts that say medium is hot, hot is very hot and extra hot is taking your life into your hands. I ordered medium light and they were pretty hot. I liked them better than Anchor's but they were spiced to my taste. Unlike Emilylou, I did use my fingers which contained a tasteful melange of chicken, sauce and bleu cheese. I washed everything down with the local speciality of loganberry juice and drove back to my hotel a happy man, grateful for a week of great sightseeing, wonderful food, and boon companionship.
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