Earlier this year, the fine people at Chowzter reached out to me about contributing to their website. They are currently bringing together various food bloggers and writers from around the world to nominate the top seven dishes in each city. These selections will change over time but the main idea is to have a carefully crafted list of really good dishes to try when you’re traveling. Instead of offering an information overload and lists of thousands of restaurants (ala Yelp or Urbanspoon) that can be almost too intimidating, Chowzter is attempting to make it simpler for diners who just want a good meal without spending hours searching through databases. Not that Yelp or Urbanspoon don’t have their benefits, but I just love the idea of going to a city and having the resident food blogger give me a small list of places that are must-tries. After some procrastinating, I finally submitted my top seven dishes and I feel pretty good about them, you can check them out here.
I also had the pleasure of being invited to attend their 2013 North American awards where they would be taking top seven submissions from over 35 cities and coming up with an overall top seven. You may have already seen my instagram from the award show that night, but South Buffalo’s own Nine Eleven Tavern finished in the overall top seven and took home an award for their Chicken Wings (the award says Buffalo Wings, but I’ll allow it). I went to the tiny restaurant/bar Saturday before they opened and hand delivered the award to owner Mark Gress. While I was dropping off the trophy, we reminisced about a pretty good year for Nine Eleven Tavern. They were named Best Wings in Buffalo Spree (I may or may not have had a hand in that) and won 3rd place in Traditional Hot at this years Buffalo Wing Fest. It goes without saying that if you have not yet tried their wings, you have no idea what deliciousness you are missing.
Below is a video from the Chowzter folks announcing the award and talking about the history of the chicken wing. I’ll have more about my food adventures in San Francisco trip later this week, so stay tuned.