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February 11, 2014

Owners of the new Griffon Pub are feeling the love

Niagara Gazette — The owners of the new Griffon Pub in Niagara Falls are feeling the love.

They already considered themselves pretty blessed by the constant traffic in their new restaurant since it opened on Military Road five months ago. But, just recently the New York Times tipped its hat to The Griffon in a recent story, “52 Places to Go in 2014.”

Niagara Falls took the last spot on the list, and was cited for its evolution into a place for those who love food. As evidence, the writer cited the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, and The Griffon, a “gastro pub,” featuring 50 beers on tap and “creative New American dishes like gnocchi poutine.”  

When that happened, just about every foodie in the region sat up and took notice of The Griffon, which was opened in August by the owners of the Lewiston Village Pub.

Similar to the Center Street pub in Lewiston, the Niagara Falls pub features unusual menu items like “Devils on Horseback,” which includes port-wine steeped prunes stuffed with gorgonzola cheese, wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon broiled until crispy and drizzled with balsamic glaze.

While some may turn up their noses at the idea of prunes, the appetizers are selling briskly as customers seem to enjoy the mix of sweet, salty, and savory, said co-owner Ken Scibetta, calling it a “classic” dish.

Surprisingly, the two pubs only share a few menu items in common, with the Falls pub being like the mature older brother to the Lewiston pub, Scibetta said. Both, however, operate under the owners’ belief that “you eat first with your eyes.”

Customers were seen leaning out from their booths to get a better look at some of the food as servers passed by, including a hamburger that sits nearly a foot high, held together with a large pick. The co-owners tried 18 blends of meat before settling on the special blend for the burgers. “We want the dishes not only to be amazing in taste but visually stunning, as well,” Scibetta noted. 

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