Soup's on, or it will be shortly. It was a great summer, but the autumn winds are blowing and when the autumn winds start blowing, readers start thinking about where they can get a good cup or bowl to warm and soothe.
There a plenty of places with good soup pots, but here are three I especially recommend. (You might want to submit a few ideas of your own to the email address at the end of this column.)
At Brodo, 4548 Main St., Amherst, four different kinds of housemade soups are always available -- the name "brodo," after all is Italian for broth. Varieties change from day to day.
But the house signature soup -- called "Brodo" is always available and it's terrific. A zesty combo of tomato, a little pasta and slices of spicy Italian sausage. Unique.
Much heartier is Chicken Wing Soup -- there's a lot of it around, but Danny's purports to be the originator. That's Danny's Airport, 3715 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, or Danny's South, 4300 Abbott Road near Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. The restaurant says "There are no bones about it," and it is right.
An assertively flavored creamy chicken base is zipped up with hot sauce. Think of it as a Buffalo wing for the dentally challenged.
But Danny's is not finished with its foray into Buffalo cuisine. Oh no.
Upon occasion it even offers Beef on Kummelweck Soup, which I have not yet tried. The ingredients are secret, but I suspect they have something to do with the croutons. Both soups are housemade, so call ahead to be sure they are on the menu before you go.
Then there's The Place, 229 Lexington Ave., an old Buffalo tavern that offers several varieties of housemade soups. Your server will reel them off as soon as you sit down.
Many people prefer the Chicken Noodle, which sounds ordinary but has more body than the soup at most places. The Beef Vegetable is also good, but there are many more exotic types from time to time.
Helpful Reader Department: Williamsville reader Traci T. has this suggestion for the restaurateur who wrote to say how difficult it is to serve or answer questions from diners who present an ever-growing list of food allergies:
"How about putting ingredients online in the form of an online menu & daily specials sheet? Patrons click on each item & ingredients come up. People with allergies/sensitivities can take responsibility for educating themselves. Or a server can look it up on the spot from his smartphone instead of bugging the cook during dinner rush."
A good idea -- thanks.
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