Liberty Hound Brings Food & Beer to the Waterfront | Restaurants
The location itself shares the same building as the Naval Museum. Sharing this building is unique and provides a lot of cool things to look at while standing around, unfortunately that it means there isn’t a lot of waiting room and sometimes crowds of tourists (from Canada?) to navigate through. The other major dilemma for the restaurant is parking. We ended up parking underneath the skyway but this area could really benefit from a more structured parking situation. On this particular Sunday it was gorgeous outside and the wait for a table was 45 minutes (the restaurant is on the smaller side), but luckily we grabbed a pair of seats at the bar that had just opened up. (Note: they serve food at the bar as well as the cocktail tables out on the patio…and they are first come, first serve…so if you don’t want to wait for a table, try to grab one.)
The beer menu might not be as long as Coles or Blue Monk, but I still counted 12 taps that were all serving local-ish beers from across New York State. I ordered myself a Blueberry Wheat from EBC (served with blueberries). The only problem with their beer selection is the price. I never got an itemized bar tab, but I noticed that every beer that was being ordered was in the $6-8 range. I don’t mind paying those prices for rare Belgian brews at Blue Monk, but not for a fairly common micro-brew. Those premium prices can maybe be justified when your standing on their large patio on a warm summer night over looking the water and in the shadows of large naval ships, but I was still a bit annoyed.
In a rare move, Alli and I didn’t do a lot of pre-meal menu studying before we took the short drive down. Liberty Hound’s menu is broken up into four groups: Shared Plates (appetizers), Farmers Market (salads), Hand-Held (burgers,tacos) and Entrees. Since seafood has such a large presence on their menu, Alli and I decided to stick to that theme and order 3 dishes from different groups. We started our meal off with the Sauteed Little Necks ($12 pictured above, bottom), a large bowl of clams and pieces of chorizo in a broth with green onion, tomato chunks and onions. Alli and I haven’t eaten too many clams in our tenure at Buffalo Eats, but the smell coming off the bowl was so good that we didn’t hesitate devouring the entire thing. In retrospect I would have ordered additional sides of bread to enjoy the broth to the very last drop. The chorizo gave the dish some heat but nothing overpowering.
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