What I ate in Buffalo- Blue Monk

I really have just been slacking with the blog posts….been feeling so uninspired lately and feeling like I’m grasping at straws for topics. I don’t want to force a post and I’d rather wait until I have something legit to post about. I do want to share, however, a fabulous restaurant we went to over the weekend because it’s just too good not to. So I’m linking up again with Jen at Peas and Crayons for What I ate Wednesday!

 

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Over the weekend I got the pleasure to attend the men’s NCAA Basketball tournament in Buffalo. We bought the tickets a month ago when Syracuse was riding high on a 25-0 season with an almost definite bid to be a #1 seed and land in Buffalo for the tourney. Well, I don’t want to get into what happened to their season after that. All I can say it’s been an incredibly stressful month worrying that we spent an uncomfortable amount of money on tickets to possibly not even see our team.

Somehow, they ended up a #3 seed and still playing in Buffalo. Annnnnnnd let’s not talk about the fact they ended up losing a heartbreaking game Saturday but all in all it was an amazing experience and I loved watching all the teams play.

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I love basketball! What an emotional season. I never knew I could get so pumped up, excited, or heartbroken over sports.

Another thing I get pumped up over- food. I wanted to find a restaurant in Buffalo to go to Saturday before the game that wasn’t too expensive, but was also good. I thought about choosing Anchor Bar, the acclaimed ‘original Buffalo wing’ place, but honestly the reviews were not good and we just had wings the night before. I landed on a place uptown in the Elmwood area called Blue Monk.

It was in a really cute area of the city, sorta trendy. The inside was unique, with a downstairs bar area and upstairs seating.

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The beer selection was great! However I thought it was a tad overpriced. And there was this one beer I REALLY wanted to try which was a S’MORES FLAVORED STOUT that they were out of. S’mores beer guys. I need to find this somewhere ASAP. I went with an oatmeal/coffee stout instead which was delicious.

For dinner I didn’t take much time choosing the Duck Confit Reuben. It came with their specialty duck fat fries with chipotle bacon dipping sauce. WOW. This was really beyond words. Everything tasted amazing.

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My husband got a regular burger, which I tasted and it was good and everything, but didn’t hold a candle to my duck sandwich.

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They had a nice selection of different types of burgers including elk and boar. My friend went with the boar burger. I didn’t try it but it looked great as well.

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They had a bunch of dipping sauces to choose from with their duck fat fries that sounded great. And it was delicious!!!! And great to spend time with friends!

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Verdict: food was great! But food and beer were a little overpriced. I  mean not too much, but just enough to be annoyed by. The waitress made a big deal about splitting the check… not sure why. I definitely recommend this restaurant if you’re in the area though and want to forgo the chicken wings!

Have you ever tried a pork burger or duck?

Ever had chicken wings in Buffalo? What’s the best place?!?

What did you eat this weekend that was great?!?

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7 thoughts on “What I ate in Buffalo- Blue Monk

  1. Christine@ Apple of My Eye

    Mhmm that duck sandwich looks delicious! I love when restaurants put an exciting twist to an otherwise normal dish :).

    This weekend I ate homemade salted caramel apple pie! It was fabulous and I’m disappointed it’s all gone haha ;).

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