Lunching @ La Tee Da

By GirlFriday:
When one thinks of grabbing a quick lunch during the work week, words like whimsical, sumptuous and refreshing don’t tend to come to mind; however, that’s all changed after having lunch at La Tee Da late last week.  La Tee Da has been offering lunch service since just after Thanksgiving, yet with the craziness of the holiday season, I unfortunately became stuck in my usual routine of quick reliable bites – it can be hard to explore new lunch spots when you’re in a rush. In the end, to take a welcome respite from a hectic day, settling in among their signature red walls and partaking in their relaxed yet verdant offerings, is a delight that needs to be experienced.  
When it comes to lunch spots, I usually opt to try a soup selection when offered. Therefore, deciding to begin with the soup of the day was a very auspicious start to our lunch.  When the luscious white bean soup arrived, one sip proved to be refreshingly clean to the palate. All too often bean soups can tend to be muddy, and this was certainly not the case here.  The chef used optimal restraint when seasoning and also enriching the dish with just the right touch of cream ensuring a velvety and rich texture.  
As for the main lunch offerings; as to be expected, the menu mainly consisted of salads and sandwiches.  The salads were some of the favorites that we’ve come to know and love from the dinner menu at La Tee Da, including a Poached Pear with walnuts, dried cranberries and gorgonzola, as well as their bright House salad featuring crisp greens, the freshest vegetables and finished with a robust lemon vinaigrette.  Also rounding out the leafy offerings are a Cobb, Caesar, and Eden salad which includes artichoke hearts, palm dates, and preserved lemon.
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Incredibly, some of the sandwiches have already gained something close to a cult status in Allentown, especially the Bacon Infused BBQ Meatloaf; served with caramelized onions and melted provolone on a ciabatta roll – many are singing its praises.  The Chicken Salad with walnuts, red onion, and celery is elevated with the perfect sprinkling of tarragon throughout, and would be a perfect staple to anyone’s lunch routine.  The BBQ Tofu sandwich with sauteed spinach, caramelized onions, melted provolone, and pickles was a unique and light, yet extremely satisfying mid-day meal (I suggest taking the side of pickles and adding them right to the sandwich). The tofu was cooked to perfection, the BBQ sauce hit all of the right notes, and the sauteed vegetable “topping” made the sandwich stand out and pop, whereas the chef could have simply finished things off with an all too ubiqutious aioli, and not left us with that nourishing dose of spinach.
Now, all of this food fanfare is simply practice for what comes next, according to owner Sherry Tomaselli Nugent. “The current lunch service is leading up to what will eventually be the perfect way to spend a spring and summer afternoon, out back on the lush, full service patio (see here).”
I, for one, can’t wait for spring to try out all of the new lunch offerings under the big top canopy surrounded by such beautiful gardens. In the meantime, the interior of La Tee Da is one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city, and provides a warm respite in the middle of winter. Combined with incredible lunchtime fare, this an Allentown establishment that beckons us all to slow down and simply enjoy!
 
La Tee Da Café – Facebook
206 Allen Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716)881-4500
Open for lunch Wed-Sat 11-2, and dinner Wed-Sat 5-11

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24 comments
BuffaloQPublic
BuffaloQPublic

This is off-course, but the comment that a Canadian is looking at the Cozumel for a possible restaurant just triggered memories of Swiss Chalet and its delightful chicken, sauce, French fries . . . OK! OK! Just saying . . .

Swiss Chalet on Elmwood – savoring a dream.

LouisTully
LouisTully

"just DO something instead of complaining in a thread that people who can do something don't necessarily see"

Ah, but complaining in a thread doesn't mean one doesn't DO something. I constantly contact 311, responsible departments, and councilmembers. As for Franczyk, I can't tell you how many times I've received ZERO response from him.

Allenbrat
Allenbrat

The Puritan is stuck in legal matters. It probably wont be doing anything soon. French Quarter is available as well as 201 Allen. If some of us would like to see change one would think investing in some of the available properties would enhance this process....Buffalo as whole is beginning to grow....the medical corrider all the way to Wadsworth via Allen Street should be worked on. Call Franczyk and tell him. Get involved with the Allentown Association, call the mayor office about the couches.....just DO something instead of complaining in a thread that people who can do something don't necessarily see. There is money dedicated to beautification. The neighborhood needs to work on this as a whole not just a few.

Michal
Michal

That whole allentown area is a toilet!

LouisTully
LouisTully

"an already unattractive part of town."

Interesting. Do you know what residential and commercial property sells for in the area? How about rental units? I'd hardly say it isn't attractive. The average price per square foot in Buffalo according to Trulia was $39 in '12. The three commercial properties listed in 14201 currently average $58/sq ft. Some rentals on craigslist are going for well over $1000 and many are over $800. Does that seem unattractive to you? I suppose if you live in Spaulding Lake.

LouisTully
LouisTully

How do you figure? I pay taxes. I live a block away from everything I commented on. It's my neighborhood, and my nose doesn't belong there? Maybe you're out of your element since it's clearly not your neighborhood.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Was there a point you're trying to make? You sound like sense eludes you. If you put your big boy pants on maybe we can have an adult conversation. I'd love to know more about what you deem to be "typical". You know what they say about assumptions.

ivan putski jr
ivan putski jr

Rumor has it that the former Cozumel is being looked at by a Canadian from Niagara Falls who wants to open a Greek restaurant / bar.....which is long overdue to the lack of any decent Greek eateries in this town...perfect location for sure and the best patio right after Blush on Delaware ave

Captain Picard
Captain Picard

Yeah, the Preservation Society and Allentown Association should make it more unattractive to live in an already unattractive part of town.

In fact, why don't we just take everybody's property away from them by force?

Captain Picard
Captain Picard

There you go again, sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.

Captain Picard
Captain Picard

You sound like the typical Allentown busybody, the type that make sensible people decry Allentown as a shit hole that's made even shittier by the shit heads who wish it wasn't such a shithole, and want to force people to do shit they don't want to do.

Unless you're willing to finance all of your desires for the street, then MYOFB.

AllentownJ
AllentownJ

The owner I the building next to Loco is asking an insane amount of money for that building and won't budge. Yes, he does crash their occasionally-

Cozumel was run poorly- $10 a person to get into a Cinco Di Mayo or comparable party to stand next to a porta potty? No thanks- charge people the minimal amount to get in and let them spend all their money drinking and eating. The more people drink the more likely they are to forget about their bills that need to be paid and such and will just keep buying rounds. The food was mediocre at best.

Don't people have someone look over their business plans or do they just wing it?

I have no idea how people can't make a viable business out of that ice cream shop with The Theater Of Youth and an Elementary school in the neighborhood- Move the kitchen out of the window perhaps?

The neglected buildings need to be addressed for sure- and yes the Preservation Society and Allentown Assoc should push owners to maintain the buildings before they get to the point where they'll be whining to get them on a Historic Preservation list -

I love my hood but it can be frustrating. :)

LouisTully
LouisTully

That's what I've heard about the building next to Loco. Must be a kewl guy, I see his Ford Windstar with Ontario plates parked there occasionally. Nevertheless, someone should get on his shit and apply some pressure.

The Puritan across from Brick Bar has been a personal peeve of mine. I've looked up the owner of the property on the city's page and then did a google search only to find the only person with that name, A. Paul Mielcarski, died in 2009. So who the hell owns it and why aren't they doing something with it? Like sell it if you're not going to stop its decay.

I wish the Allentown Association would go around to business owners that are dicks and put a finger in their face. But that's probably not their role or jurisdiction. However, Brick Bar with its tattered awning and those apartments that would look more appropriate in Mogadishu need to be told to shape up. The city touts Allen as a positive but neglects any responsibility.

elmdog
elmdog

New Owners of Cozumel space? can someone do some prying and figure out who owns it now?

marks
marks

Love La Tee Da. Dinner, lunch or drinks it's all very good. Friendly owners and staff make u feel right at home.

As for French Quarter/Lagniappes, they are reopened on the corner of West and Auburn as "Nola". Take out food only.

As for the property adjacent to and east of Cantina Loco, the canadian owner stays upstairs there occasionally when visiting Buffalo, otherwise possibly holding out for an offer he can't refuse?

buffalot
buffalot

What can I say? I love this place. I've only had the chance to go here for lunch once but I'll be back. Before deciding on the tarragon chicken salad I spoke with the owner, Sherry, about my concerns with typical overly-mayo-y chicken salads (stomach related concerns) and she told me that she has similar issues so she uses a three-part mixture (not just mayo) to bind it together. It was perfect. We were in and out within about 45 minutes (perfect for my downtown lunch hour) and I was able to function just fine thanks to the perfect lunch-time portion.

I know I always leave a glowing comment about La Tee Da, but don't hold it against me. I do not work there. I don't get paid to do it. I just love it.

Keep doin' what your doin', guys.

LouisTully
LouisTully

And from what I've heard about French Quarter the chef should've been in the business of cheffing and not managing. Plus I've heard reviews of unprofessionalism. I just hated there were no friggin hours visible on the business. Perhaps he is getting into the food truck business or whatever that story was a while back and that's why it's closed.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Yeah, one of the Cozumel facebook pages (there's two of them for some reason) says they are closed.

Here, found it:

http://www.facebook.com/cozumel.grill.9?ref=ts&fref=ts

Scroll down to November: "After 17 years as Buffalo's biggest & best patio bar, Cozumel Grill & Tequila Bar on Elmwood has CLOSED. We wish the new owners at this location all of the best & hope that they carry on the tradition at this premium Allentown location!"

Of course we only get the GOOD news on BRO, so everyone on this site is guided in the direction of the lone Japanese soldier who thinks the war is still on 60 years later.

That spot is too good to not be a home run. It's got parking for heaven's sake. If there's not a battle for that property then it would be confounding.

elmdog
elmdog

I actually liked french quarters idea but for some reason it didnt work...Another really cool Coffee house will work in that spot with a patio out front....I agree with you....And can someone figure out if Cozumel is closed for good and if so, can we please get something amazing in that spot...Before the RED barn liquor store leased that space...It should of been torn down and a sand volleyball court put in with a greta rest. next to it...I am just wishing...

LouisTully
LouisTully

Well, I disagree with your taste for colors.

Rather than a makeover, I'd rather see a crackdown on the property owners. Elmwood to Wadsworth is pretty grimey. Brick Bar is tattered, The Puritan is a dump, The Pink... well, it's The Pink, then there is the three apartment buildings at the other three corners from The Pink: always completely trashed. There have been two crappy couches sitting at the one across Allen from the Pink for at least a week. The one across Mariner from The Pink always has vomit on the stairs and the trash cans look like a grenade went off.

Oh, and now French Quarter/Lagniappes/whatever-the-hell it's called is now closed so more vacancy. And what ever happened with Melting Point? And the taint that owns the building next to Cantina Loco needs to get a business in his property. It's been vacant for a decade.

elmdog
elmdog

When is Allen going to get an asthetic makeover? Top to bottom clean up and refreshing will do wonders for the Psychy and visual appeal...I thought that this was in the works....

And the Buffalo cakery site is awful....it looked better abandoned before it was painted with dirty circus colors...

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