Tag: Gourmet on a Shoestring
I had never heard of Vargas before I started writing this column. I imagine I may have walked by it while out and about and not have given it a second glance. Had that been the case, I would have missed out on some very good, authentic Puerto Rican food. For those of you that feel Anthony Bourdain should come to Buffalo, I think this would be his kind of place. It lacks pretense and glitz; it is, quite simply, a good place for a quick and delicious meal.
The Saturday before Easter I stopped in for lunch. I was excited to try the octopus and plantains; this meal will only set you back $9, but it is sadly only available on Fridays. That's alright because now I have an excuse to return Friday during my lunch hour.
Vargas Take Out is not for the vegetarian, they specialize in meat-centric Puerto Rican street food. I sampled some of their famous pork (pernil), which came with roasted purple and white p…
Finding an inexpensive lunch in Buffalo is an easy stroll down Main Street. You can smell the hot dogs cooking, or pop into one of the local sandwich shops for a lunch special. But where do those with discerning palates on a shoestring budget go for dinner?
The Lexington Co-op offers not only fresh, organic produce, dairy and meats; they also have an incredible selection of prepared foods ranging from sandwiches and pizza to sushi. For around $8 you can have a fresh and unique meal on the go.
The real draw that pulls me back to the Co-op a couple times a week is their hot bar. For only $6.99 per pound, customers have an ever-changing selection of meal options. On any given day, the hot bar may include dishes that are Asian, Indian or All-American. Most have a gourmet sensibility, and there are always vegetarian and vegan-friendly options as well. Chef Joe George, the new pr…