Falley Allen graced Allen St. with its presence two years ago, and it has been a gathering spot for the younger party crowd ever since. But dining spot? The reviews have been across the board, with one underlying comment giving credit to Chef Daigler, who is one of Buffalo’s culinary veterans, having worked at Oliver’s and Bourbon & Butter before it closed. After visiting for brunch, I can say one thing for sure: Falley Allen should not just be known for its bro-downs.
I started out with a Bloody Maria which was boozy as hell and had a great kick. Seriously – I only needed one to satisfy the hair of the dog, or however the kids are saying it these days.
For food, we were feelin’ totally savory, although after I ordered I definitely regretted not getting at least one thing from the sweet selections. Check out those options – Vanilla Bean Grand Marnier French Toast, Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, and Red Velvet Waffles?! Ahh I’m dying again typing them out.
We went with the Applewood Smoked Deviled Eggs to start, I got Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche for my entree, and Josh got the Pork Belly BLT. The deviled eggs were delightful – the flavor of the yolk mixture was spot on, the saltiness from the bacon and everything bagel seeds was a perfect addition, and the little naan breads they came on were a creative and welcomed base.
The asparagus and goat cheese quiche had the right consistency with a nice crunch from the asparagus. I loved the stray from the typical quiche with most of the goat cheese presenting itself in the petit salad and caramelized onions that were strewn about the plate. The whole plate was brought together by a hearty helping of crispy home fries.
I have to confess – I love a restaurant that allows you to get french fries at brunch. So right away Falley Allen was winning when they asked Josh if he wanted fries with his pork belly BLT. Then I heard the words “sweet potato fries” and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I mean, guys, come on, that’s kind of next level – the CHOICES! Alas, Josh is a plain guy, lol, so he got the plain fries which were those nice lil crunchy skinny ones so he was happy and I was happy to steal a few.
The Pork Belly BLT featured a couple quarter-inch thick slabs of pork belly with fresh leafy greens and juicy tomatoes sandwiched between a cut and grilled brioche bun with mustard aioli for a twist. Nothing about the sandwich was overpowering, and we both felt all the components complimented each other really well.
Had there been a Bills game and everyone wasn’t away at Fall Fest, I pictured a lively bar crowd hanging out and watching the game with our typical friendly banter. I’ll just find that out next time I go and get some of those sweet brunch items!
Location: 204 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201
Hours: Sunday brunch served 12-3