TAKE ONE
Classic and timeless: The Creekview
By Jennifer Wutz-Lopes; photos by kc kratt

California greens salad.
Spaghetti squash.
Steak sandwich.
Clams casino.
I’ve been going to the Creekview Restaurant for as long as I can remember. Located in the heart of the Village of Williamsville, it’s been a favorite of mine for a long time. I remember eating here with my grandparents when I was little; these days, I stop in for a bite when I’m in the neighborhood.

Situated in an old home/hotel/tavern on the banks of Ellicott Creek, the Creekview’s historic building housed General Winfield Scott’s headquarters during the War of 1812, and is just a short walk from many village attractions—including Island Park and Glen Falls. It’s quaint, it’s cute, and it’s a great place to stop for lunch, dinner, or a drink.

If I’m dining, I like to get a table in the patio area if possible—these are prime seats so they go fast. In the colder months, the patio is enclosed and you can enjoy looking out on the winter wonderland right outside while enjoying a drink. When it’s warmer, the patio is open and you can hear the rush of the creek next to you as you dine.

The Creekview features mostly what I like to call “Buffalo-style” food—including the standard chicken wings, stuffed peppers, burgers, roast beef on weck, Reuben sandwiches, steaks and pasta you’d expect—but also wanders over to a more eclectic side with items like blackened pork tenderloin, oyster stew, and imaginative daily specials. In addition, there about a dozen offerings on the Small Plates menu, which are great for sharing (or not) if you’re in the mood for a smaller meal.

On a recent visit with a big group, we ordered several different cocktails (featured specialty drinks include a mojito, lemon drop martini, and cosmopolitan), a few pints of beer (there is a nice selection on tap), and a bottle of pinot noir. We all ordered different items and agreed to share. Our starters included the French onion soup, which was very good—slightly sweet and smothered with melty cheese. The stuffed mushrooms were baked with sausage, spinach, and cheese and were pleasantly garlicky. The clams casino were perfectly baked with lots of bacon flavor. We ordered six; I wish we had opted for the larger plate.

For our main meals, we all went in different directions. Standout choices were the “famous steak sandwich,” with tender steak, spinach, and bleu cheese on a kaiser roll; the California greens salad (fresh spring mix topped with mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and walnut-crusted goat cheese); and a few of the Small Plates selections.

Small plates are really my obsession—I love to order a few and have a taste of everything because I can never decide on just one thing. At the Creekview, the potato pancakes were perfectly crispy, not at all greasy, and served the only way they should be—with applesauce, sour cream, and bacon. The bacon was a little too crispy for me (almost burnt) so I asked for a fresh order and the server obliged, while my husband happily ate the well-done bacon. Another favorite small plate was the spaghetti squash, a (really quite large) serving of squash, mixed with prosciutto, pine nuts, and asiago cheese. It’s as good as it sounds.

Menu items are reasonably priced. Sandwiches and burgers are in the $8 to $12 range, salads cost between $6 and $9 (you can add chicken or shrimp for an extra charge), and the main plates and pasta dishes range in price from $13 to $25. The Small Plates menu items are in the $7 to $14 range—very affordable for the amount of food you get.

With its prime location, excellent food, and lively bar scene, the Creekview is a wonderful place for a casual lunch or night out.

5629 Main St., Williamsville,
632-9373,
www.creekviewrestaurant.com


Jennifer Wutz-Lopes recently became a fan of the Creekview Restaurant on Facebook. She lives in Lockport, works in Philadelphia, and blogs at www.jen14221.com.



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