Entries from Buffalo Chow tagged with 'Vietnamese'

WNY's Worst Food Reviews, Part 1: Buffalo News Cheap Eats

Going forward, Buffalo Chow articles are generally going to be brief. This one's an exception, because the subject is bad food writing in The Buffalo News, and the opinions expressed below are years in the making. What follows is one...

SoCal Chow: Izakaya, Ramen & Markets, Or, Asian Done Better

Buffalo Chow's editors are serious fans of Asian cuisine: Japanese is a common favorite, but whether we're at home or abroad, our reference points for what's great, good, or bad often come from meals we've enjoyed in Singapore, Thailand, China,...

Saigon Cafe, A Buffalo Cousin to Two Suburban Viet-Thais

Thank you, reader Amanda, for your simultaneously nice and thought-provoking comment: "if not for you, I never would have ventured out of the city to try sushi at Fuji Grill." Amazing as it is, there still seems to be a...

D.C. Chow: Blue/bucks & Other Washington Food Delights

By any standard, this past weekend was wonderful - an opportunity to visit family and friends in Washington, D.C., relying both on their expertise and our own past experiences to sample some of the best foods and drinks in the...

For Chinese or Vietnamese, Red Pepper Needs More Spice

If we rated restaurants on pure friendliness, Amherst's Red Pepper - a Chinese restaurant with a Vietnamese side menu - would come pretty close to scoring four stars; on our three visits over the last six or so months, we've...

NYC Chow: What We Lack From Japan, Vietnam & China

As much as we love Buffalo, we acknowledge its culinary omissions: compared with 15 years ago, the city and suburbs have declined in authentic - underscore authentic - Japanese and Chinese foods, and these days, it's difficult to find a...

Vietnam, Writ Small or X-Large: 99 Fast Food Restaurant

Pho. If you don't know it already, learn the word - pronounced "fa," as it has been amusingly co-opted by "What the Pho!" restaurants elsewhere - and know that it describes an increasingly popular Vietnamese beef broth soup, typically served...

Saigon Bangkok's Seconds: Williamsville's Thai/Vietnamese

Reviewing a restaurant based on its opening night is akin to judging a play based on its final dress rehearsal: no matter how expert the players may be, the jitters and uncertainties of performing before a real audience take a...

San Fran Chow: Trapped in America's Nicest (?) Food Court

To some, the very idea of eating at a food court is repulsive: at most malls, these collections of chain mini-restaurants serve little more than fourth-rate sustenance to keep local workers alive long enough for their next shifts. But there...

Anything But Vanilla, Thai Orchid's Unique Dishes Surprise

Unpredictable isn't a word we generally use to describe Thai meals: after 17 years at Thai restaurants - including great ones - and a couple of trips to Thailand, we've felt like we know the cuisine like the back of...

From Asia's Menus, Papaya Crafts Good, Expensive Meals

As we've noted in a prior review, Asian Fusion restaurants - and occasionally their counterparts, Pan-Asian restaurants - confront diners with an initial hurdle. Unless you read a trustworthy review or hear details from friends, it's generally impossible to know...

Southeast Asia, Boxed, in Amherst: Ni Hoowa Supermarket

Once the site of a seriously authentic Chinese restaurant - quite possibly the only one in Amherst to offer "frog's legs with foo chow sauce," "assorted sausage bladder skin," "sweet and sour boneless duck hand," and similarly exotic items -...

Saigon Bangkok: Vietnamese & Thai, With Lasting Power

It's possible, and in fact probable, that Saigon Bangkok on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst serves the area's best Vietnamese food, and the fact that it does an almost equally impressive job with Thai food may well explain its continued,...

Pho Saigon: Vietnamese, in Looks But Not Flavor

Rarely is a restaurant named with an inadvertent double entendre, but the Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant Pho Saigon's rendition of Vietnamese food struck us as surprisingly inauthentic and sloppy. Dishes that on the surface appear to be pretty close to...

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