Social Scene: The Grange Community Kitchen
If you live in Buffalo, you’ve probably found it’s impossible to have a conversation about dining without someone bringing up the Grange. And there’s good reason: Owners and partners Brad and Caryn Rowell have succeeded in creating a destination that’s both modern and deeply tied to its century-old heritage, that’s welcoming any time of day, and that, most importantly, serves delicious and thoughtful food.
We love a good locally-sourced ingredient, and the Grange emphasizes this practice, making everything in-house with ingredients from local purveyors, even going so far as to source their citrus from Thorpe’s Organic Family Farm of East Aurora’s Florida outpost.
A go-to dinner destination for date nights or to bring visitors, their tight menu is curated perfectly to allow for both a traditional course-based dining experience and, our preference, a shared collection of small plates.
It goes without saying that any dinner should start with one of their signature, and one of few permanent, menu items, the citrus marinated scallops ($4) (seriously, if you haven’t had them, stop reading, and go now, even if you think you don’t like scallops). We always seems to start with one per person only to add on a second or third while licking our fingers.
You can’t go wrong with anything really, so we like to create a smorgasbord of delicate salads, seasonal tartines, the daily assortment of house-pickled vegetables, and a few of their selected cheeses and charcuteries. Oh, and the crispy potatoes ($6) should be added to any meal regardless. The wood-fired pizzas are also always crowd-pleasers. And, if you don’t feel like sharing, the burger really can’t be beat.
Plus, if you know us, you know we love a good cocktail, and they really deliver. The Corpse Reviver ($10) is a bright, refreshing option that’s way less intimidating than its name would have you believe, and they make their Whiskey Sour ($10) the old school way with egg whites, so it’s frothy, tart, and sweet – ideal on their patio on a warm evening. Don’t forget to make a dinner reservation, though; the lore has spread far beyond the southtowns where they’re located.
They’ve been open for breakfast and lunch for some time now with a lovely variety of salads, pastries, bowls, and sandwiches served on homemade bread, but just recently opened for Sunday brunch (aka now we really don’t ever have to leave).
As professional Coffee Shop Warriors ourselves, we love the casual vibe of their daytime service especially, where guests order from the counter and food is brought by always-charming servers to your table. We do love to camp out with our laptops, and this is a perfect spot to do it with an intermittent parade of coffees, homemade sodas, and snacks.
Whether you’re in it for the day or just looking for a great meal, you won’t be disappointed.