Sweets at Chocolate Bar in Buffalo

Friday night I went out to dinner with my family at Papaya, an Asian fusion place in Buffalo.
The food was pretty good and the atmosphere was fun. But the best part, in my opinion, is that it's next door to a dessert place called the Chocolate Bar!  I had always heard good reviews about this place so I was psyched. Walking inside I immediately liked the decor. It was dark, sleek and a little sexy I guess. A good place for a date...Or with your entire immediate family..whichever you prefer.

They have a surprisingly large selection of wine and spirits, for a dessert place, so I ordered up a bottle of Pinot Noir and we put in our dessert order. Now since I'm on vacation and have SO much trouble choosing between desserts, I did the only thing one can do in these situations. I ordered two. The first one was the special of the month the pumpkin gelato.

This dessert was certainly quite stunning to look at and really got me in the Halloween spirit. Unfortunately it wasn't that great. I think they made the pumpkin gelato desserts earlier in the day and then threw them in the freezer. As a result, I couldn't even cut into my gelato when it first arrived. It was covered in ice crystals. When it finally thawed there was some decent gelato but that took about 15 minutes and the freezer burn gave it a slightly strange taste. The winner of the night was the dessert my brother ordered.

The Bananas Foster Crepe. Wow!!! The crepe was moist and doughy with sweet brown sugar bananas rolled up and served with a side of cinnamon ice cream. This scored on all levels. The bananas had a nice char without becoming squishy and the sauce has a salty, sweet flavor that was simply excellent.

We had a ton of desserts and I tried them all. The cakes and crepes were what really shined for me. The ice cream sundaes weren't as cold as the gelato, but they were still colder than I would have liked and the hot fudge sauce was a little too thick. Maybe they had an issue with their freezer. Everything else was so good I am definitely going to give them another chance next time I go back.

The best part of the whole evening though?  Getting to spend some quality time with my family.

We are about to have another member enter soon...My brother and his wife are about to have a baby!! So it was an exciting dinner but I was also feeling a little sentimental and sappy the whole weekend. (All the wine didn't exactly help :)

All I know is this kid better have a pretty big sweet tooth.

And love football..because it case you didn't hear the Bills beat the Chargers and are now 5 and 1!!!!! It gets no better. A beautiful fall weekend in Buffalo with an amazing family and great games.

Chocolate Bar