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An Interview with Chef James Roberts from Park Country Club on Buffalo Eats! | Restaurants

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An Interview with Chef James Roberts from Park Country Club on Buffalo Eats!
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An Interview with Chef James Roberts from Park Country Club on Buffalo Eats!

I just met James Roberts in person last month but I had been following his work via Christa Seychew for some time after she mentioned that he was doing some crazy things in the kitchen at Park Country Club.  I believed her but it wasn’t until I started following James on twitter (warning: you will get hungry and jealous) that I started to really see what she meant.  Whether it’s Habanero Pork Rinds, Modernist Ants on a Log or Kim Chi Pancakes, he is always trying something new.  After the first week I considered starting a kickstarter campaign to pay for me to get a membership to PCC.  Only a select few get to eat his meals and I’m incredibly jealous of them.

James is a very busy man, but luckily he was able to take some time out of his schedule and answer a couple questions for us.  Here’s where James likes to eat and drink in the area, along with a little background on his foodie past.

Right now, where are some of your favorite places to eat in Buffalo?

James: There are some really great hidden food gems in this city and I am constantly seeking out new ones on my days off. Just today I found Nette’s Fried Chicken on Main St. and it was so good! Like smack your mama good, and I would say I’m a yard-bird connoisseur. Nette hooks it up so simple and cooked just right with just a few seasonings, its really hard to beat. I will definitely be back there as many times as I can. I am constantly torn between Seabar and (Bistro) Europa for my out of work dining at night, mostly because of their consistency and awesome quality ingredients and smart preparations. My go to for lunch on off days is Fast Food 99 on Bailey with my staff, usually coupled with a quick cheffy field trip down the block to the Asian markets to walk off the pho and to scope new ingredients. I have had some really great food at a bunch of other places recently as well, including Carmelo’s (which is always awesome), NoNoo Ramen (they’ve really grown into their spot) and Bar Bill (did you know they paint each wing with sauce and lay them all out so they stay crispy?).

Click here to read the rest of the interview on Buffalo Eats and see where James likes to grab drinks and a little bit more about his background.

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