It might be the hottest and longest culinary trend in history (and we know some seriously amazing food writers who are OVER IT already- check out this read from 2013 and this list of DC diner grievances) but Scott and I can’t get enough of the small plates phenomena, simply because we love the chance to try as many flavor profiles as possible. And if they continue to be as stellar as those we had at The Dapper Goose, we hope this trend never goes out of style.
Located on Amherst Street in Buffalo, Dapper is the quintessential date night spot. It has the atmosphere – white wash walls and heavy wooden tables, votives for lighting and ambiance, and flirtatious bar-ware that elevates the romance with every sip.
Speaking of barware – always my favorite way to start a date. We tried a couple different cocktails (and fortunately it was a double date with friends so we were able to sip a few others) and all were well-crafted and went down far too easily. Scott asked for an off-menu Rum Old Fashioned, which inspired several weeks’ worth of homebartending. But just look at how beautiful these cocktails are…
Though menu items shift with the seasons, their menu currently online contains several of the items we had – the Blackened Green Beens (exquisite, one of my favorites from that night….), the Fennel Gratin, the Charcuterie Board (chicken liver mousse, duck rillette, terrine), and the Korean Fried Chicken – which was hands down the fan favorite of the evening.
We capped off our meal with a small glass of Madeira, a Portuguese fortified wine that is smooth as silk and sinfully delicious. I have tried to convince Scott that we need that to end all of our meals on the farm – I think he replied, “I’ll look into it”. That sounds promising :)
So why go to Dapper Goose? Without embellishing on the nuances of every plate, we left satiated from both the meal and the entire experience. We laughed and dined with new friends, sipped on delicious cocktails, and every plate vanished quickly from 4 eager forks.
Have you been? Thoughts? In planning our next date night (tomorrow night!) we can only hope to have as great an experience as we did at Dapper Goose.