This weekend was packed full of good things. I wasn't able to get much house work done, but then again, that was the goal this weekend. We have been doing a ton of work around here, so this weekend we wanted to take a break, or at least cut down ( I caved in and did a little work).
Friday I met some old friends out for a fish fry. There are a lot of places that make fish frys in Buffalo, but none of them can even come close to making a fish fry better than Papa Jake's on Elmwood. They make a fish fry that is so far better than any other place I've been to, that it would be a waste of time and money to consider any other option. It's that good. I hadn't been there in over 3 years, so I was eager to see if theirs was still the best. We arrived at around 6:30pm and were fortunate enough to be able to sit down immediately as a table was open in the back. We could have waited to sit in their outside seating area if we really wanted to, but we were pretty hungry and decided against it. One thing I noticed when we walked in was that they increased the quality and the amount of beers they have on tap. I think I counted over 25. I was distracted when trying to count the taps when becoming overwhelmed by excitement from the sight of Ithaca's "Hop Stash" IPA. The "Hop Stash" is easily my favorite beer of the summer if I don't consider any of the beer I had in San Francisco. Ithaca brewed this beer in limited distribution to pay tribute to this year's Phish tour. This is the perfect summer IPA, hands down. I ordered a pint and a fish fry. They did an upgrade on the fish fry since I had last been there. This time, the fish fry came with a crab mac salad that was out of this world. It was the perfect companion. As a whole the fish fry comes with a piece of rye bread, crab mac salad (I think you have a choice of another salad, but I was so excited when they mention the crab mac, that I didn't hear the other option), cole slaw, and Papa Jakes fresh cut french fries.
Three pints of Hop Stash later, and a full stomach, I was more than satisfied and I can't wait to get another fish fry on an future Friday. If you like a good fish fry, and you haven't been to Papa Jake's, you are missing out.
Saturday we went to the Echo Art Fair at the Central Terminal, one of the most beautiful old buildings in Buffalo. They hold events there to help fund its ongoing restoration. There was a decent turn out and the artists where very diverse from photography and paintings, to sculptures and modern art. There were some artists doing live paintings which is always interesting. And at every art show, there was always one artist that stands out either it be good or bad. In this case it was the bad. There was an artist that did paintings of computer desktops. Oh no I'm serious. A beautiful painting of an excel sheet here, a deep and thoughtful painting of solitaire there, this stuff was ridiculous but really funny to look at. I was actually approached by the artist while looking at them, and thankfully he didn't seem to take himself all that seriously. At least I don't think....
We were able to catch a quick lunch inside the art fair courtesy of Potts Deli. They are a Polish deli on South Ogden St. in Buffalo. They were cooking up some fresh pierogi that we smelled as soon as we walked in. Nicole and I are like basset hounds when it comes to sniffing out pierogi. Delicious.
This weekend we also went to the Taste of Buffalo and the da Vinci exhibit at the science museum. I have pictures and some thoughts on those two things that you can read here throughout the week! Thanks for reading and thanks for making Super Sweet Shirts #7 on the top 35 Urban Spoon Buffalo Blogs!