I am definitely a foodie. The first thing I look for in any town is where to eat, and where the locals eat. I justify it as being part of my job but let’s face it, if it’s not dessert it probably isn’t work related.
On my second night in Buffalo I had the pleasure of going to E.B. Greene’s Steakhouse. This highly rated steakhouse happened to be the conference hotel’s restaurant so it was convenient and very delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly… melt in your mouth delicious. I am a self described customer service guru and E.B.Greene’s delivered with impeccable service, and I do not use the word impeccable lightly. I was tempted with dessert but was saving room for my next adventure, in retrospect I wish I hadn’t.
My next stop, The Chocolate Bar left a lot to be desired. Some may say I am a chocolate snob…. They may be right. I do have the pleasure of eating really high quality chocolate on a regular basis but I don’t think it’s too much to ask to make your own desserts when your name is The Chocolate Bar. When I called ahead I was told that everything was made in house or locally but when I pressed the bartender for information about the desserts he informed me that while they used to make all their desserts in house they are franchising now so they just can’t do both. Too often quality places make the decision to forsake the thing that they built their reputation on. It is always disappointing to see a place like this with a great name and a great concept ship in frozen desserts. I was having a craving so I ordered the Belgian chocolate pyramid which was a dark chocolate pyramid filled with chocolate mousse. It wasn’t very good but I still ate nearly the whole thing because I’m just that much of a chocoholic.
Every time I leave Asheville I am reminded just how special home is. Our vibrant and bustling downtown is really something to be proud of, and the amount of support for local businesses like The Chocolate Fetish is heartwarming. So far the most important thing I have learned on this trip is how important it is to support local independent businesses everywhere you go and especially at home. Hopefully as my adventures in Buffalo continue I will find some quality chocolate that lives up to my expectations. With tours to 5 different family owned candy and chocolate shops coming up I have high hopes. Stay tuned to hear all about them and the rest of my adventures in Buffalo.