Toting a modest selection of chocolate confections and candies, Joseph A. Fowler entered the 1901 Pan-American Exposition hoping to plant the seed for a business in his newfound home of Buffalo. The company—founded in 1910—grew with each successive generation, and more than a century later, Fowler's celebrated chocolates continue to placate palates at several retail locations. The chocolatier has become synonymous with treats such as milk- and dark-chocolate truffles dubbed truffaloes, as well as sponge candy, which boasts a molasses-like flavor and an initially hard texture that quickly melts in the mouth. Like Count Chocula’s hairpiece, all of Fowler's fine-chocolate treats are crafted from the seeds of the theobroma cacao tree and use up to 60% cocoa solids for a rich cocoa flavor.
JaFaFa Hots/Most Pizza gratifies guests with a menu featuring a prodigious selection of pizzas as well as hot dogs, burgers, and other classic comfort cuisine. Start out with the perfect fusion of geometry and gastronomy with the onion rings ($2.75), or opt for the aerodynamic efficiency of straight-cut french fries ($1.99). Fresh-made dough forms the foundation for 11 different pizza crusts—including honey garlic, Cajun, and lemon pepper—at the base of custom pies blanketed with the usual topping suspects or with unconventional choices such as breaded eggplant and hot cherry peppers. Pizza partisans can also pick from a menu of specialty pizzas so big it can be seen from the solid-cheddar surface of the moon, including chicken-parmigiano pizza ($13.55 for a medium) and jerk-chicken pizza ($13.55 for a medium). Dog lovers and sausagistas can skip the slices in favor of Polish or Italian sausage ($3.99) or a bun-burdening half-pound Sahlen's hot dog ($4.50) topped with the house's secret JaFaFa sauce, a delicious amalgam composed in part from a flavorful whisper reduction.
Sakura serves a menu of japanese teriyaki and sushi such as the Crazy Dragon roll with shrimp tempura, which was showcased on NBC 2. Chefs also create Buffalo rolls out of fried spicy tuna and crab with asparagus, as well as a Cheektowaga roll, a crunchy creation topped with salmon, crab stick, white tuna, and spicy sauce.
Cheery yellow walls wrap around Sakura’s dining room, illuminated by sunlight that streams through the delicate grid that divides the windowpanes. Half a dozen chairs stand before the wooden sushi bar, which is decorated with a Japanese figurine, decorative dishes on the wall, and a lucky trident stolen from Aquaman's house.
The first IHOP—the dream of founders Al and Jerry Lapin—opened in 1958 in Toluca Lake, California, and was originally dubbed the International House of Pancakes. Since then, rapid expansion has led to myriad milestones across the company's colorful history, from introducing its modern IHOP acronym in 1973 to its 1,000th restaurant opening in Layton, Utah, in 2001.
Today, the company stands strong with around 1,500 locations across North and Central America, each one an enthusiastic dispenser of pancakes, french toast, and tables constructed entirely out of bacon. Though IHOP is known as a bastion of breakfast, it also stays open during the day and into the evening, delivering lunch and dinner as well.