The Buffalo, NY – Sarasota / Bradenton, FL Food, Friends & Drink Connection
We covered 20 cities and towns in 13 days while on vacation. From Long Island, to the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Williamsport, PA, Brooklyn and so many more. It was a fabulous trip. We had a wonderful time! We were able to hang out with old friends from Rochester Institute of Technology who were so gracious and hospitable! Thank you, Doug, Henry, Stan & the crew at Keuka Lake and Don & Chris for taking us on both sides of Niagara Falls, and many great places in Buffalo.
Buffalo, NY– Oh, what a story! While enjoying cocktails during “happy hour” in a local bar (Liberty Hound) Laura met a handsome young man, Dino DeBell. She’s attracted to young men! We asked Dino “what do you do for a living?” His response, “I own a restaurant!” Well, that’s all I needed – the questioning started! “What’s the name? Allen Burger Venture. What kind of restaurant? A high-end burger place with lots to choose from. Do you server liquor? Yes. Do you have any Bourbon? Yes, 70 different types of Bourbon!” Well, that raised my eyebrows and I had a hard time believing that he has that many Bourbons in a restaurant…. Let alone, did he really own a restaurant! Dino also said that “he knew Tim Mitten!” Wow, everyone knows Tim Mitten!
Also, at the bar, we met 2 of Dino’s pals, Mark Williams and Brad Pitts…. Yes, Brad Pitts! They confirmed that in fact everything that Dino said was true. We were looking for a place to eat and I asked him where the restaurant was located. It was getting towards dinner hour and he said there was a “wait” at the restaurant. He really liked Laura & Chris and they told him all about The Sarasota Post. He made a phone call and said that we would have “Rock Star” parking in front of the restaurant & to see the host and mention the Sarasota Post. We arrived at a parking spot right in front of the restaurant and were seated immediately by the host, Devon.
Oh, what a restaurant! Awesome burgers and oh yeah, 70 Bourbons! I tried something that I never had before on the recommendation of our server, Jenn who did a fabulous job! Also, want to mention the fabulous job by Ashley who was bussing tables. Jenn is going for her Master’s Degree to teach the blind. My friends had never had Bourbon before. Well, there is a first time for everything. Angels Envy & Basil Hayden did the trick! And, oh what burgers. The best I’ve ever had!
So, to my friends on the Florida Gulf Coast…. If you’re ever in Buffalo, you must try Allen Burger Venture at 175 Allen St. Buffalo, NY 14201! And to my pals in Buffalo, come on down! We have great live music, awesome food, fabulous beaches and the nicest people to hang out with. Thanks again, Dino DeBell. You are awesome!
Photos from Facebook & Sarasota Post