The Water Street Landing - Lewiston, NY

Comfort food found at Niagara Falls! Who would have thunk it. During our recent tour we made our way from Toronto, Ontario to the beautiful city by the river, Lewiston, NY. The Water Street Landing is a nice restaurant situated right on the US side of the river. I was really impressed with the food here. Well prepared and presented. So much so I couldn't wait to get some mac&cheese in my mouth. Sorry about that photo, I was HUNGRY!

This mac&cheese was special. I've actually never tried anything like it. I thought I had explored every odd flavor combination of mac&cheese in college trying to save a few cents. Well I guess if you throw some high quality smoked gouda into the mix it'll spice up the richness factor to any dish. This stuff was so gooey and rich it was too much to finish among 5 of us. We ate half the plate and couldn't bring ourselves to continue in good conscience. Would I get it again? In a heart beat. And I'd bring more people to share it with.

Pear, Gorganzola, and Walnut Salad
Definitely one of the most well presented salads I've seen in a while. It's not going for minimalism like a lot of salads these days. But rather going for pure decadence in a salad. Love it.

Fresh Cut French Fries
You know about my long standing love affair with french fries. I thought I've had the best fries in the world when I got to try Thomas Keller's version. They may still be the best for the cleanliness factor, but these were down and dirty and oh so tasty from a home grown point of view. This is what a french fry needs to taste like when you are eating a juicy cheese burger. Crisp, salty, and earthy. Perfection!

Cheese Burger w/ Sweet Potato Fries
It's hard to please me when it comes to cheese burgers. I rarely like the way they are prepared in restaurants because they are too salty, or not salty enough, too dry, too boring. The burgers here didn't leave much to the imagination in terms of flavor, but what it lacked in flavor it made up for in texture. A really nice soft meat that was juicy all the way through and when accompanied with some fresh cut sweet potato fries and honey, it wasn't half bad. If you're wondering about the sweet potato fries, they are the best I've ever had at a restaurant. Worth ordering over and over again. But now I'm torn, do I go sweet or regular?

--Joe Kwon

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