It’s been awhile since we’ve had a member of WKBW Channel 7 as a Buffalo Foodie, but we are slowly making our way through their entire news team. Today we introduce Laura Gray, the morning reporter for WKBW. Not a Buffalo native (born and raised in Pittsburgh), shes worked at both Erie’s Channel 7 and has worked in London as a video editor for NBC London. She did manage to move to Buffalo only a week after the infamous 2006 October Storm. She’s covered very large stories from the tragic deaths of two firemen in 2009 to the trial of serial killer Altemio Sanchez. A must follow on twitter (@lauragraywkbw), Laura constantly posts the latest breaking news about Buffalo, NY.
We got a hold of Laura on twitter and she took some time out of her crazy schedule to talk about her favorite places to grab a bite in Buffalo, here’s what she had to say……
Where are some of your favorite places to eat in Buffalo?
Laura: I am a notorious creature of habit. I get hooked on certain dishes, and I stick with them for years. But I can be adventurous. I’ll try just about any kind of food. At Siena, I like the pizzas and any pasta with cream sauce. At Wasabi, I like the Lobster Roll, the Crazy Tuna roll, and the avocado tofu salad. Tandoori’s for Indian cravings. I like to switch it up there with anything they recommend, but the Okra dish is really good. I hit up Dessert Deli for my chocolate fix.
What do you like to grab a drink after work or on the weekends with some friends?
Laura: I like eating at the bar and ordering a martini or a glass of wine at Black and Blue. I usually get the blue crab cocktail and the beef carpaccio. I also like the Ale House in East Amherst for a sandwich and a blueberry beer. Grover’s is always packed, but I like the down to earth vibe and the burgers are so good.
If you had a friend from out of town visiting you, where would you take them out around town?
Laura: I’ve taken friends to Ted’s, Left Bank, Tempo, and Pearl Street Grill. I love going to the Sabres games. It depends on the crowd. That’s what I like about Buffalo’s food scene. There’s something for everyone.
What kind of food memories do you have from growing up?
Laura: The best thing my mom makes is corned beef with potatoes. Any potato. Mashed potatoes, fries, potato soup, I like it all. Growing up in Pittsburgh we ate pierogies, ham bbq sandwiches, and fries on giant sandwiches. I always think it’s funny when they call fries on a salad a “Pittsburgh Salad”. In restaurants at home, it’s just a salad.
Is there anything that you wish Buffalo had more of, food wise?
Laura: Buffalo has a lot of great, local restaurants. If anything, I wish there were more restaurants downtown and along the water. We can hope, right?
We’d like to thank Laura again for answering our questions and highly recommend you follow her on twitter or tune into WKBW Channel 7′s morning news (and even occasional in the afternoon) for Laura reporting on the latest in Western New York.