I’ve been a fan of Kc Kratt’s work with Buffalo Spree for years and I was really excited when I found out he’d be photographing me for the Buffalo Spree Cheap Eats issue at one of my favorite restaurants, Nine Eleven Tavern. Kc does a lot of work in the food world, he’s taken pretty much every food picture you’ve seen in Buffalo Spree in the last couple of years and he’s taken some gorgeous food photography for several local restaurants. Since Kc knows the restaurant scene pretty well, we figured he’d be a good Buffalo Foodie and asked him our usual list of questions.
Here’s what he had to say about his favorite places to grab a bite to eat, grab a drink and some of his early food memories…
Right now, where are your favorite places to eat in WNY?
Kc: Seabar is my go to place. The sashimi is delicious and the wait staff superior. I’m not the kind of guy to do dinner and a movie. For me, dining out is the experience. I prefer a restaurant where the service isn’t hurried so I can enjoy conversation with friends and clients over a long and leisurely dinner from appetizers to after dinner drinks.
Where do you like to hang out, relax and grab a drink?
Kc: The Sterling Tavern on Hertel is a favorite. They have an outstanding craft beer selection, excellent wines and good bar food. In the summer, nothing beats relaxing with a cold beer and neighbors in the backyard garden. Then there is Gene McCarthy’s which has an excellent and ever changing beer selection. It is the perfect evening spot for a post kayaking brew.
If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you go to show them a good “Buffalo time”?
Kc: I cannot pretend–most out of town friends want to experience chicken wings. After we get that craving satisfied, anything goes. Sometimes we head to Sweetness 7 on Grant, Shango on Main, certainly Seabar. Cantina Loco if they like fresh and tasty Mexican and a crowd. I also often cook at home–with ingredients from Spars, the Elmwood Bidwell Market, Nickel City Cheese and other stores that stock local or exotic ingredients. I love going to Hoowa for Chinese New Year dinner parties. I don’t usually follow a recipe–I just select ingredients that interest me and make it up as I go along.
What are some food memories you have from your childhood?
Kc: My grandmother was a really inventive pickler and a fantastic baker who took great pride in her infinite variety of cookies and pumpkin chiffon pie–unequaled. My mom grew up in India so I’m a huge fan of vindaloo and the hot, spicy flavors of southern Indian curries.
What other restaurants/cuisines would you like to see more of in Buffalo’s dining scene?
Kc: I have fairly eclectic food tastes so ethnic cuisines are always appealing. I’d like to see more Caribbean, and especially South American restaurants. The food truck scene, that seems to be exploding in Buffalo, is an incredible addition to our local dining options. I’d like to see them more often and in more locations. They offer fast, tasty, inexpensive, and sometimes inventive, dining on the go–terrific for lunch or event dining.
We’d like to thank Kc for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer some of our questions. If you are a fan of photography or might have a need for a very talented photographer, take a look at Kc’s portfolio on his website or follow him on twitter, facebook or instagram.