Eating to Live on the Outside: Buffalo's Southwest Café

Have you ever been punched in the stomach? I mean really had the wind knocked out of you. Well, in case you haven’t. Just check out the menu for this week’s restaurant. Without question, Buffalo’s Southwest Café is a Mike Tyson sized wallop to the gullet—Wham!

Even a casual Eat to Liver would be hard-pressed to find SOMETHING acceptable on this menu, but, let’s knuckle up, strap on our helmet, snitch up our gloves, and step into the ring. Oh man, this has all the symptoms of a David versus Goliath rematch.

Okay, the World Famous Wings and the Starters aren’t exactly cutting the mustard. They might however, help you cut the cheese, because they’re loaded with ooey-gooey mozzarella, pepper jack, and white cheese. Not exactly nutrient-dense eating!

Now, beyond the appetizers and wings, it’s not going to get any better. The Steak & Favorites, Sweet Stuff, Outlaw Burgers, Lunch Stampede, Hand Helds, and the Mixed Grill are quite simply the antithesis of healthy eating. In fact, this stuff is the food of nightmares.

But hey, maybe I’m wrong. What do you think? Is there something redeeming about a grilled pork chop topped with bourbon roasted apples and brown sugar—those poor apples—or what about fried cheesecake wrapped in a flaky tortilla, topped with ice cream and raspberry sauce? If you think either of these are an option, please sit quietly and hang your head in shame.

Alright, I had to dig deep here, but, I think there might be a couple Fuhrman-friendly options under Soups & Salads and Southwest Specialties. However, before I proceed, let me say this, I don’t think they’re slam dunks, just the best this hellish menu has to offer.

The best salad I see is the Buffalo’s Cobb Salad; fresh greens, crisp bacon, cheddar jack cheese, black bean & corn salsa, bleu cheese crumbles, fresh tomato salsa, and chicken. The word “best” is relative here. Clearly, the bacon, cheese, and chicken have got to go, and, I’m skipping the dressing entirely. After that you’ve got something that at least resembles healthy food.

Another option might be the Sonora Salmon Salad. It’s made with grilled salmon, mixed greens, tomatoes, bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, and chipotle-ranch dressing. Well, the bacon, bleu cheese, and dressing are history, and, I’d probably go with a little vinaigrette dressing. Overall, it’s not great, but, it works. Oh! And if I got the fish, I’d wait a few weeks before I’d eat fish again.

Onto the Southwest Specialties, I could go with either the Black & Bleu Salmon or the Chimayo Mahi-Mahi; combined they include salmon filet, southwest seasoning, chipotle sauce, bleu cheese, steamed veggies, rice, mahi-mahi filet, jalapeno butter, and black bean & corn salsa. Now, after I nix the chipotle sauce, bleu cheese, and jalapeno butter, I could go with either of these, but again, I’d wait a while before I’d dine on fish.

Well, I feel like I just went twelve rounds with Evander Holyfield. My head is spinning, and, my stomach is turning. Buffalo’s Southwest Café is a standard American disaster. Lots of junk, “good ole fashioned America food,” and we’ve seen how good this stuff has worked out. I can’t image ever eating at a place like this.

Restaurants like Buffalo’s Southwest Café are a shining example why so many Americans are having heart attacks and are hopped up on statins and blood pressure medications, but, maybe I’m wrong. After all, I’m just a loony blogger. Tell me what you think. Check out Buffalo’s Southwest Café’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or shoot me an email at Until then, eat well, or at least try to. Peace.
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Fred - January 4, 2008 2:01 PM

I did the six week program and lost 22 pounds. I am only 7 pounds away from my standard issue government weight and have referred others to your program. Unfortunately, there is no Eat To Live on the Outside. Unless one prepares the food at home, you just don't know what you're gonna get; but in this case you do, it's called a heart attack...but gee, that cheesburger sure looks good.

Gerry Pugliese - January 4, 2008 2:21 PM

Hey Fred-

Congrats on dropping the weight! Keep up the good work. And yeah, Eating to Live outside the home is a pain in the butt.

Oh! And in time that cheeseburger will start looking nastier and nastier. In fact, I feel bloated just looking at it.

And just FYI, Dr. Fuhrman doesn't write these. :)


sara - January 5, 2008 10:49 PM

I ageee that the only really good ETL food is what you make yourself or another ETLer makes. Perhaps it would be more useful to review restaurants where we could get a decent meal if we needed to eat out in whatever place they were in.

Gerry Pugliese - January 7, 2008 11:33 AM

Hey Sara-

Yeah, the restaurant landscape is littered with bad places for an Eat to Liver to dine, but, that's the challenge, finding the "good" in the bad.


harley - March 27, 2010 8:35 AM

I completely disagree with the comments on the mixed grill..I've been eatin right for a while and as a type of treat I like to go to places I used to go to regularly. ordering grilled veggies, a small steak and a salmon aren't THAT bad for you. I'm on a high protein diet for my workouts and fish is perfect in my diet. Sounds to me you have some weird grudge on Buffalos..its a fun place with a great atmosphere. Enjoy life a little and quit hatin

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