The Cheap Gourmets first experience Ray's at a funeral breakfast, an East Side tradition in the Buffalo area. It's a classic looking place, the bar area including a few overstuffed chairs along with the stools. The Cheap Gourmet felt overmatched, seated at table with eight woman. "So little time," he said, by way of lightening the atmosphere of the loss of a loved one, but there was plenty of time for Ray's sumptuous, family-style lunch where even the carrots, lightly sweetened, had a character all their own. The chicken was crispy, the beef nicely shredded and a nice accompaniment to potatoes that at least seemed home-mashed. One of the hosts assured the multitude that "the bar is open," but when the Cheap Gourmet finally surrendered to temptation, he was told there was no one to serve until the waitresses stopped serving lunch..
Ray's, open to the general public only for Friday fish fries and the occasional Polish buffet, sent him home with food to die for -- but a thirst to dry for.
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