Buffalo, NY

A New Generation of Soul Food at 121 Seasonings

J.M. Lesinski

A shot of the front entrance of 121 Seasonings restaurant in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

Finding authentic, good soul food is a feat here up north, let alone finding it with a modern, healthy twist. Boasting a wide array of healthy sandwiches, salads, and an out of this world good breakfast menu, 121 Seasonings in Buffalo, New York bridges soul and health food like no other local restaurant can.

The item to try at 121 is the chicken sandwich, which comes with a fried chicken breast, red onion, coleslaw, cheese, chipotle aioli, and 121’s special seasoning on a Costanza roll. The harmony of the ingredients alongside the peppery and savory spices makes for an unbelievable bite.

Right up there with the chicken in terms of popularity are the impossible burgers and hoagies, which again feature the amazing seasoning and really stand out as a good plant-based item on whole. For meat-eaters, the classic sirloin burgers, chicken hoagies, and steak hoagies are all available too.

The big dinner favorites are on the entrée portion of the menu, and all come with a side, a vegetable, and bread, making them the most versatile and filling menu options. Choices include haddock, catfish, shrimp, ribs, and chicken dinners, and though the ribs plate is the most expensive at twenty bucks a plate, it is a personal favorite as the sauce is simply divine.

Specialty dinners make up the pricier side of the menu, but the plates offered are ones that should be a little more for the quality, and they are worth it at 121. The scampi pasta comes in a light and creamy alfredo with choice of chicken or shrimp, while the pan-seared haddock and steak options are excellent too. The Caprese chicken keeps it lean and features a special sauce that is downright delicious, so no matter the plate, one will not be disappointed.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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