Tuesday, January 20, 2015

@ Daily Planet Coffee in Buffalo's Hertel Avenue

Now that Decision 2015 is over, I am looking at a whole new year of visiting fresh and exciting coffee shops around Northeast Ohio and beyond. This week, I am featuring Daily Planet Coffee Company, a shop that opened this past holiday season in Buffalo's Hertel Avenue neighborhood.

Ironically, I had to model in my own photo because my mom
and oldest sister are too camera shy.
This Italian heritage neighborhood north of downtown Buffalo doesn't really have any ties to Superman--the owner is simply a very big fan, according to recent stories about the place. I am surprised no one in Cleveland--the comic book founder's home--hasn't started a coffee shop with a Superman-themed name.

My mom and my oldest sister Sarah joined me on a visit to Daily Planet Coffee Dec. 27, during our long Christmas weekend. We were also on a mission to buy my boyfriend Matt a few Christmas gifts in the neighborhood. (It turns out, half of the independent retail stores on my list of stops were closed for the long weekend. Amazed, I was.)

Location: That Saturday was the first time I've ever stepped foot on Hertel Avenue. (Not a rare thing for someone raised in the southtowns of Buffalo, mind you.) Hertel is a long-time shopping and residential district that is being refueled by new investment much like Buffalo's west side. Daily Planet is approximately a half dozen blocks east of the most active shopping and dining section of Hertel. Knowing so little about Hertel, my mom, sister and I were surprised it took us 15-20 minutes to walk between New Buffalo Graphics and Daily Planet. 

I love these padded seats. Very creative.
Although Daily Planet prides itself of being an independent coffee shop contracting with local roasters, one of the first things I noticed about the shop was the billboard that sat above the one-story building. It was advertising Tim Horton's breakfast sandwiches and coffee.

Daily Planet's Hertel Avenue block might be far from the brightest spot in Buffalo's art, culture, dining and shopping scene, but I found it rather attractive to live. The street's not overwhelmed with destination retail and eateries. It's not seemingly dangerous, and it's close to Buffalo's Metro Rail line, giving residents quick access to downtown.

Food and Beverage: Daily Planet offers a little more than caffeine to fuel the stomach--with a menu of soups, sandwiches and breakfast specials.

My sister Sarah said her Aloe tasted like melted Jello.
Ewww.
Although I was tempted, the three of us didn't order anything to eat. My mom and I, however, did go a little exotic with our drinks. I ordered a 12 ounce cup of cafe cocoa and she ordered a 20 ounce cup of frozen cinnamon dolce. My oldest sister, who was visiting us from Lincoln, Neb., doesn't actually drink coffee, I learned. She ordered a bottle of Aloe Strawberry. Altogether, my mom spent $11 and change. (I am not ashamed to say she paid.)

Space and Atmosphere: Advice to my fellow nerds: I wouldn't walk into Daily Planet expecting to find Superman-themed decor and shelves of comic books. With the exception of its WiFi password and sign outside, I couldn't find much of anything that resembled Superman that day.

Nevertheless, Daily Planet does have an interior that sticks out very nicely with mounted murals of Buffalo's urban landscape, a beautiful fireplace near the serving counter, and an expansive stage in the middle of the shop perfect for small bands.

I am in love with this wall. It's as if the decorators
pieced this together from a consortium of floor panels.
For a coffee shop that had only been open for one full month, I was really impressed with how much Daily Planet had going for it. With that said, incorporating a comic book store to Daily Planet may not hurt. I've been thinking about visiting a coffee shop-slash-comic-book store since I saw one portrayed in the first "Kickass" movie a few years back. I still can't believe I haven't found one yet.

Again, if you have suggestions of a coffee shop for a future entry, send it to me via email--shusted@news-herald.com--or on Twitter at @SimonSaysNH.

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