Bucket List Item -- check
I had never been to Niagara Falls. If I had gone before, it had been when I was ridiculously young and not quite cool enough to remember all of the details.
I went to upstate New York for a week-long humanitarian mission. On the last day before heading back to Texas, I convinced my supervisor that it would be a fantastic idea to take the 3.5 hour drive to Niagara Falls, America’s oldest state park. Naturally, this was accomplished by my volunteering to drive.
The experience was amazing. There are 3 waterfalls on the international border between the states and Canada. Neither I nor my traveling companion knew anything about the area or the best methods for navigating the falls, so the kiosk with the all inclusive day package was obviously are “version of bae.”
Cave of the Winds
The Grand Niagara
Outside of traveling, my next favorite thing to do is obviously eating. We had spent the better part of 4 or 5 hours touring the Falls, and now I was looking for a great meal to top off the afternoon. When all else fails, YELP and good ol Trip Advisor are always good options to help me find a solid meal choice in an unfamiliar area. Fortunately, my random search led me to The Griffon Gastropub.
The choices were delicious and unique. I ordered the Kickin Scotch Egg – an egg wrapped in herbs and spiced, filled with pork sausage, battered and fried- and the Chicken Gruyere -chicken topped with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Gruyere – baked with Gouda shells and sautéed vegetables. My supervisor had the Yellowtail Tuna Tostadas and the sweet potato fries (because they were fast and we were STARVING). Of all of the options, I must say that the Yellowtail Tuna looked and tasted the best. Spiced and seared tuna with Asian slaw served on a wonton, and drizzled with wasabi aioli.
**Food ingredients/descriptions found on GriffonGastropub menu.