If you're like me, you left the Taste of Buffalo not only FULL, but more than satisfied with the great time you had walking among the crowd and sampling some delicious food from local restaurant vendors.

My personal favorites where the Jerk & Curry Chicken from Caribbean Restaurant, the XTC Sangria from Merrit's, the Lobster Mac & Cheese from SEAR, Watermelon Gazpacho from Savor @ Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, & BBQ Ribs (from somewhere...can't recall).  I also visited and enjoyed  the Geico and Ford interactive festivities.

Despite my Favs, representatives from the media, political figures, and some local business owners served as judges and named the following list of Vendors as 2017 Taste of Buffalo Award Winners.

Hometown Hero Award: Mac and pork sandwich from New York Beer Project
Chair’s Choice (chosen by 2017 Chair Ralph Basile): Buffalo Scotch Egg (chicken wing sausage, egg, cheezit, and panko crust) from Riverstone Grill
Children’s Choice (chosen by Jacob Loretz): Waygu Meatball with Carmelized Onion Sauce from Black & Blue Steak and Crab
Pat Sardina Memorial Award for Best Comfort Food: Prosciutto Tortellini with Truffle Cream Sauce from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens
Lou Billittier Memorial “Rookie of the Year” Award and Best Overall Item: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Guy
Veteran Restaurant Award: Jerked Chicken from Caribbean Experience
Best of Buffalo Award: Chicketta Slider from Osteria 166
Best Meat Item: Dinosaur BBQ Wings from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Best Seafood Item: Lobster Mac & Cheese from SEAR
Best Dessert: Lemony Coconut Bar from Chrusciki Bakery
Best Sandwich: ½ Reuben from Eddie Ryan’s
Best Red Wine: Rose Bud Peach from Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Best White Wine: Zia Minx from Spring Lake Winery

Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options:
First Place: Watermelon Sorbet from White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt
Second Place: Watermelon Gazpacho from Savor @ Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
Third Place: Fresh Fruit Sorbet (Italian Ice) from Sweet Melody’s




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