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Bless me, father: Daisies Cafe, Lackawanna


Such a rough-and-tumble name for a breakfast’s that’s pure comfort food.

The place I meant to go was closed, so I was driving through Lackawanna looking for lunch. In Buffalo’s, er, economically challenged sister city, I wasn’t exactly expecting to find a killer salad bar.

Still, the sign made me hit the brakes.

LARD OMELETTOS.

“So, that’s a little omelette, filled with lard?” I asked my friend Doug, as my car idled in the middle of South Park Avenue. “I mean, I’ve heard of cured lard on pizza, an Italian thing, but an omelette?”

Doug rolled his eyes, but he knew what he was getting into, climbing into my car at lunchtime. We pulled over and walked into Daisies Cafe (2711 South Park Ave., 826-3410).

Seated, I asked the server, “So what’s in a lard omelette? Besides lard.”

She explained that I had missed the sophisticated rebus-like subtext of the sign (below).

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The dish Daisies had to offer was, in fact, a Lard Ass Omelette ($5.25). “It’s basically got all of the breakfast meats in one,” she explained. Bacon, sausage, and ham, with American cheese and sauted onions, inside of a plush three-egg quilt.

I considered the dietary sin I was about to commit. Then I looked out the window at the Our Lady of Victory Basilica soaring into the sky. Across the street, a health care facility.

I could get an angioplasty, Confession, and Last Rites within staggering distance.

“That sounds good,” I told the waitress. “Rye toast, please.”

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Doug’s open-face chicken souvlaki ($6.50) was a ridiculous pile of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and feta cheese, topped with an ample amount of well seasoned, moist chicken tenders. The pita half-moon was grilled until crusty.

The omelette was a guilty pleasure, Porkapalooza on a plate. But it wasn’t so huge that my parents’ lectures about the starving children in Africa came to mind.

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Daisies’ cheery owners, John Ryan and Alana Sibiga (above), said they were about to move into their new place, a couple of doors down from the corner of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road. Still close enough to the Basilica to try to avoid a venial sin in advertising.

“That was good,” I said to Doug as we left. “And quick. We still have time to get some Texas hots on the way back.”

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The milky way: Eggnog

 

The holidays are about special times – and special times sometimes call for special efforts.

Special, meaning something that isn’t easy, something you wouldn’t do every day, or every month for that matter. In that vein, one of the holiday favorites I have developed newfound respect for is eggnog. In my biography, it will note that I was well into middle age by the time I finally tasted real eggnog.

Seems to me that when there’s a convenience product available – like the corn syrup dairy blend sold in cartons as “eggnog” – it’s natural to resent the labor that the real item requires.

But the trade-off for a half hour of careful coddling and manic whipping is a bowlful of wonder that everyone will remember.

With booze or without – your choice – it’s a wonder to behold.

Don’t forget the nutmeg, of course – it was the reason for eggnog to show up in this week’s Elements in the Buffalo News. One of the reasons for grating your own nutmeg that I didn’t mention in the paper is that ground nutmeg will go stale after a year or so, but the whole nut will keep for years.

You develop a serious eggnog habit, and that won’t be a problem.

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Bang for the buck

Toasted pita on the way.

Oftentimes, all it takes is a dollar’s worth of something special to elevate regular dishes to the extraordinary. We’ll try to make the case from time to time here at Buffalo Buffet.

This time, it’s Spanish chorizo – a dried, cooked sausage that packs a wallop of toasty paprika and garlic flavors. (Mexican chorizo, an uncooked sausage, is different.)

I wouldn’t bother with the “Spanish style chorizo” made on this side of the Atlantic – it’s a pale imitation. I found this “Made in Spain” sausage at Wegmans – $5.99 for about a foot of the stuff, in a plastic wrapper in the deli section. It comes in Picante (hot) and Dulce (sweet).

Sliced thin and sauteed, the chorizo oozes fat tinged paprika orange. A sliced onion, softened in the pan, added its own sweetness. I scooped the sausage and onion out to fry a couple of eggs, and then topped them with the chorizo. A few sprigs of cilantro would have been lovely, but I was out; I did toast some pita bread.

What a difference. Even though the color is reminiscent of clown hair, it’s a deeply flavored, plate-mopping success.

Total cost: about $1.49.

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