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Dina’s in Ellicottville: Too Good to be True?

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Dina’s restaurant in Ellicottville – a riddle, wrapped inside an enigma, or a Jack of all trades?

I asked three people what’s good in Ellicottville and all three said Dina’s is good for everything. What? Nobody’s good for everything.

The place serves as a quaint breakfast nook by morning, a popular lunch spot by mid day, an upbeat watering hole all day, and a bustling bar/eatery by night. What keeps this place in constant motion? My first guess was it must be the food.

We recently stopped in for a Saturday lunch on our way through the shops, and over to the brew pub for a couple.

The place is tastefully decorated in a rustic motif of wood, brick, faux painted walls, tile floor and stamped tin ceiling. The bar is upfront behind a curtained door to keep the cold out.

Our group ordered:

  • Spinach salad – Dried cranberries, balsamic marinated red onion, bacon, sugared pecans, tomatoes and Gorgonzola cheese $9.75.
  • Curried Chicken -The homemade curried chicken salad with chunks of chicken, grapes, almonds, celery, pineapple, and curry dressing. Available on your choice of plain, spinach or red pepper wrap, or wheat pita. I ordered the plain wrap. $9.50
  • A Mixed field green salad with Salmon $9.95 (plus $9.95 for Salmon)
  • Caprese Panini  – Fresh Mozzarella, fresh basil, roma tomatoes and balsamic vinegar reduction. $9.95
  • Caribbean Mahi-mahi  –  6 oz. Caribbean jerk seasoned mahi filet served on a toasted wheat roll with lettuce, tomato, and a cilantro-lime aioli. $10.95
  • Grilled Chicken & Red Pepper Sandwich – A seasoned chicken breast topped with roasted red peppers, provolone cheese, and a red pepper mayonnaise.$10.75

Everything was smooth as silk- well served, well timed, and well cooked. One member of our group ordered the Mahi-mahi – he said it was “really, really good”. Mostly I just heard “really good”.

All their menus are extensive so check them out here. In addition to everything else they have pizzas, a kids menu, espresso drinks, a nice selection of beers, a full bar and an outstanding wine list.

If the downstairs is busy, and chances are good, check out the upstairs loft.

Just to whet your appetite, if you’re thinking of this place as a dinner type joint – don’t. Just a few of the dinner menu items:

  • BIG EYE TUNA $28.00 – Sesame encrusted fresh Big Eye tuna pan seared. Served with wild rice and cucumber slaw.
  • WALLEYE $23.00 – Lightly seasoned and pan fried. Served with wild rice and green beans.
  • NY STRIP $26.00 with 4oz. Lobster Tail 35.00 – A grilled 12oz. Angus strip steak served with truffle mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, and a port demi glaze.
  • SURF & TURF $45.00 – Our filet mignon served with a 4oz. lobster tail.
  • FILET OSCAR $41.00 – Our filet mignon topped with a crab cake and hollandaise.
  • PORK PORTERHOUSE $23.00 – Grilled sour apple and Serrano glazed 14oz. pork porterhouse. Served with roasted beets and sweet potato mash.
  • CHICKEN CECELIA $21.00 – Lightly breaded fresh chicken breast, served over potato rissole and topped with arugula, oven roasted tomatoes, fresh shaved Parmesan and a balsamic reduction.
  • ROASTED HALF DUCK $29.00 – Orange glazed and roasted. Served with wild mushroom risotto and green beans

After my most recent visit I’ve decided my first guess was only partially correct- it’s not just the food. These are good for everything, and it seems maybe good at everything. I didn’t believe it either. Hats off to Dina and her group.  Try it for yourself, and let us know what you think.

 

Details:

SOB LISTING

15 Washington Street

Ellicottville, NY 14731

716.699.5330

 

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