Dapper Goose Facts
491 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207 / (716) 551-0716
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday – Saturday: 5 pm – 11 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
The Dapper Goose opened in early fall 2016 and it was a really happy moment for me personally; likewise for the Buffalo food scene. They announced their brunch plans on September 11 and I quickly moved it to the top of my list for soon-to-visit brunch spot, and man am I happy I did.
The Dapper Goose brunch experience is on a level that not many Buffalo restaurants have executed yet, and a fantastic example of what a delicious farm-to-table dinner spot is capable of during the most important meal of the week – brunch.
There’s something about a minimalistically styled restaurant that gets me every time. IMO it’s the first sign that it’s all about the food and service, which is a good thing. Not that I would discredit an overly decorated restaurant, but when there’s not much else to focus on (other than the awesome glassware in this case), the plates are often thoughtfully crafted and equally delicious. The Dapper Goose is as moderate as it gets when it comes to Buffalo restaurant interiors, without sacrificing aesthetics and atmosphere. We’re looking at you, warm fuzzy feels!
Before I get into the food, let me preface it with this: we didn’t order nearly as much as we usually do at brunch (we had plans involving food for the Bills game later that day). That being said, I absolutely cannot wait to get back to Dapper Goose for brunch. Having also visited for a dinner involving many many plates, I am convinced that you can’t go wrong with anything you order here. And so it goes…
Pro tip: you can tell a lot about a restaurant by a it’s coffee service, and let me tell you Dapper Goose goes the extra mile. Their coffee is sourced from Rival Bros. in Philadelphia where Goose Owner Keith Raimondi spent over a decade working in the restaurant industry prior to moving back to WNY. I’m a two-cup kind of girl, and this coffee had me buzzing after one.
I also ordered the Thai Michelada, a cocktail comprised of juiced red bell peppers, pilsner, Thai bitters, Sriracha, fresh lime juice, and fish sauce. It was sweet and smooth with the perfect amount of spice – highly recommended to accompany your food choices. Combined the coffee and brunch cocktail immediately cured my mini hangover. Note: the Thai Michelada is currently off the menu until it’s warm again and replaced with cold weather classics like hot buttered rum – mmhhmm, it’s a good time to be a Buffalonian!
Next stop – foooood. Our first round pick was Dipping Eggs, which is essentially a soup of spicy tomatillo salsa with two perfectly sous vide eggs, bits of fresh feta cheese, pickled onions, and housemade toast points. The texture, spice level of the salsa and contrast of the feta cheese, combined with the creaminess of the egg yolk and tartness of the pickled onion made for a satisfying, delightful brunch dish. The portion of bread carried me through to the end of the dish so I was able to scrape the bowl clean. Don’t judge.
Second on the list was the Pork Loin Sandwich, which we agreed to add a fried egg to (because we truly can’t help ourselves, not because we believe it needed it). It was a direct opposite of the dipping eggs as far as the fill-you-up factor goes. This baby stacks layers of broccoli rabe, long hot peppers, and generous portions of melty provolone between layers of crispy, tender pork loin (!!!). All of this between two thick slices of housemade (!) sourdough and a side of hashbrowns(!)? I’d say you’re ready to tackle your Sunday, Bills win or not. And as you can see from the photo, the requested fried egg was totally unnecessary but nevertheless cooked flawlessly and a great addition to a well thought-out, scrumptious breakfast sandwich.
I will be returning to Dapper Goose as soon as I can, and if you haven’t been for brunch yet – go this Sunday and regret nothing!