Today we are happy to bring you our newest foodies The Albrights, a really good local rock band that we think you should know about (if you already didn’t). The Albrights are fellow Buffaloians Brandon Barry (guitar, vocals), Joe Donohue (vocals, piano), Matt Crane (bass), and Aaron Odden (drums). I’m not really good at comparing bands to other bands, but they’re music is amazing when your sitting in a dive bar and drinking a PBR; classic Rock and Roll with a touch of Blues. They’ve released an EP online (back in September of ’09) and will soon by releasing their full length debut album. Check their Facebook page or website for more updates. Last year they made it to the third round of Artvoice’s Battle of the Original Music (BOOM!) and if you were wondering what they look/sound like live, check out a video of them performing here. You can check them playing live reguarly at Mr Goodbar or Nietzche’s, and this upcoming weekend you can catch them perform at the Flurrious festival in Delaware Park.
Brandon and I go way back, all the way to high school actually when we had a pretty successful rap group (…yes, a rap group, haha). So when I was thinking of good musical acts to start asking to be Buffalo Foodies, they were one of the first that I could think of. So here’s some of the places they like to eat and drink in Buffalo….
Where are some of your favorite places to eat in Buffalo?
The Albrights: Some of our favorite places to eat are: Amy’s Place – all of the breakfast food, pancakes especially, “crew’s creations” are really good, Dan Kabobs; Sweet_ness 7 Cafe – breakfast sandwiches with homemade english muffins and morningstar sausage, all-american pancakes, awesome coffee menu, great staff; Lagniappes Cafe - pretty much anything, one of our favorites, gumbo, jambalaya, all of the daily specials, all of the sides (mac and cheese, fried okra, sweet potato fries), pulled pork, etc etc! Betty’s - crafts some of the finest brunch this side of the skyway; Globe Market – home of a personal favorite, the Roast Beef sandwich, daily soups also rock; Merge - amazing food, great staff, great atmosphere; Blue Monk- definitely one our new favorites, great food and beer menu, amazing daily house mac and cheese, duck confit reuben, beef stroganoff; Lexington Co-op - great hot bar and salad bar, sandwiches, baked goods, produce….it’s basically our favorite market. W J Morrissey’s Irish Pub – great traditional Irish fare, fabulous fish fry’s, bangers and mash, corned beef, crab cake hoagie.
Where do you like to grab a drink and hang out on the weekends?
The Albrights: Most members of the Albrights like to tip a few back at the Essex St. Pub. We currently have approx. 5 out of the top ten highest scores on the NON-NUDE photo hunt. Want me to prove it? BEAT THIS is the #1 slot. You can find us there most weekends and some weekdays.
If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you take them for a good time around the city?
The Albrights: We would definitely have to start off in Allentown, have some dinner at Lagniappes, catch a show at Nietzsche’s, and then head to Essex for some pints and photo hunt.
Is there anything you wish Buffalo had more of, food wise?
The Albrights: Not really, Buffalo has a pretty diverse food culture with a lot to offer. Food in Buffalo is great!
We’d like to thank all 4 members of the Albrights for answering our questions. We definitely encourage all of our readers to “like” them on Facebook and find out when/where they are playing next.