Friday, December 3, 2021

With a fork in one hand and a pen in the other let’s dive in: Hoover’s Restaurant and Dairy Store

Hoovers Dairy

Hoover’s dairy farm has been serving the Western New York community for nearly 100 years! They started with a simple dairy farm and milk delivery service to the homes in the area. Today, they not only continue to deliver milk in glass bottles door to door but they also sell eggs, orange juice, butter, chocolate milk, and strawberry milk. During the holiday season, you are able to purchase eggnog, my husband’s personal favorite! Hoover’s also owns a restaurant and ice cream shop. My family and I recently visited Hoover’s restaurant for lunch and to gather information to add to my review. Our experience was on the low end of mediocre at best!

The dairy farm no longer provides the milk Hoover’s sells

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In an article written for the Niagara Gazette earlier this year, it is explained that Hoover’s no longer participates in dairy farming. Now, they purchase milk from other dairy farmers in the area. Then, they cool the milk, homogenized it, bottle it in their special “Hoover” glass bottles, and prepare them for sale. The article also states that the farm does not homogenize the chocolate milk nor do they standardize the milk to remove butterfat. It is true that they are the sole providers of “old school” milkman delivery service door to door that now includes more than regular milk. As I do my research, I can’t help but feel that the Hoover’s Dairy that people in this community have trusted and idolized for their fresh dairy milk and other products, is nothing more than the remains of a name that once held such high standing here.

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The Atmosphere of Hoover’s Restaurant and Dairy store

The atmosphere at Hoover’s Dairy is unknown as it is seemingly not open to the public. I was able to get close enough for a couple quick photos from the road, though.

Hoover's

The atmosphere at the restaurant is hardly anything to write about, as well. There are quite a few tables in the dining room. They are covered in a maroon, plastic table cloth and accompanied by four chairs, on average. The walls are decorated in a mismatched combination of various types of decor including cheap country-style quotes. There doesn’t seem to be a true theme or standard for their restaurant’s style.

The Food at Hoover’s Restaurant and Dairy store

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The food at Hoover’s restaurant was truly a disappointment. My father could not eat his salad as the lettuce was brown, the fries were flavorless and soggy.

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The wraps were “okay” in flavor but dripping and soggy from mayonnaise. My husband had little complaints in reference to his chicken finger sub, however, the chicken finger was obviously a typical “from the freezer, pre-made” chicken finger that was warmed and made into a sub.

Hoover's

None of the food we ordered was good enough to spend the amount of money that we did. In total, our bill came to $50! For a dairy that is highly regarded in this community, the restaurant is severely lacking.

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My Final Recommendation of Hoover’s Restaurant and Dairy store

Would I recommend Hoover’s Restaurant to anyone coming to the Western New York area? Absolutely not. I would sooner recommend a fast food restaurant chain than Hoover’s. They charge far too much money for the quality of the products they serve. I find it a disappointment that they no longer make and deliver their own milk from their dairy cows. This was their entire legacy and they don’t even do that anymore. The best thing I can say about Hoover’s is that they are a local family business and they happily give jobs to high school students.

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Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!

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