Food Porn: East End Grill and Taproom

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UPDATE: Since this article was posted, East End Grill has closed.

It is no secret that I love going to East Aurora; for foodies they have some really great options.  Tantalus has an interesting (and intimidating) menu to choose from, a great micro beer selection, and a really cool and trendy atmosphere.  Taste is a great coffee house that serves some delicious deserts and occasionally hosts some musical guests.  Vidlers is just awesome all around, Tony Rome’s is notorious for their ribs, Arriba Tortilla has been called one of Western New York’s finest Mexican restuarants, and the Barbill Tavern has some of the crispiest wings and THE best Beef on Weck I’ve ever eaten (pictures and post coming soon).

However, for the last couple of weeks East Aurora has had some horribly inconvenient roadway construction that is making it incredibly difficult to drive through the main part of town.  Regardless, as we drove through on our way to Darien Lake (for a No Doubt concert), we wanted to stop and grab something to eat before the show.  We almost accidentally ran into the East End Grill and Taproom; Alli and I had never really noticed it before and went there on a gut feeling.  Thank god we did, because they had one of the best beer battered fish fry’s I’ve ever had.

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Pictured above is their Fish Fry (a Friday specialty), described as “Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer Battered Haddock”.  I ordered a Whole order ($10.99) that came with a side of dill cream for dipping, cole slaw, macaroni salad, and a choice of potato (I chose German Potato Pancakes).  I didn’t expect the flavor of the Cherry Wheat to come through, but it did.  The sweet flavor it added to the batter was delicious and unique.  The batter was so crispy you could pull it apart and eat it like a giant chicken finger.  The haddock inside was soft and flaky….really, I can’t think of a better beer batter Fish Fry that I’ve ever eaten.  The potato pancakes were great as well, it tasted like a giant tater tot and I mean that in a good way.  A great crunch, some hints of flavoring and spices, and a great change up from the normal french fries.

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Alli ordered herself the End East Poor Boy which they describe as “Pulled Pork Topped With Our Homemade Cole Slaw, French Fries, and BBQ Sauce”, for $8.99.  Alli didn’t really eat it properly (as a sandwich) and enjoyed it more in “sections”, but still enjoyed it none the less.  Good crispy fries, a nice, and slightly sweet, BBQ pork…just a quality sandwich all around.

Before this lunch, I had already loved going to East Aurora and trying out their restaurants and walking around the town (even in spite of the massive construction).  East End Grill is now another great restaurant to try if you are in the area.  Their Fish Fry (which is only available on Friday’s) was the maybe one the best I have ever had, and their outdoor seating was large and one of the better patio’s I’ve eaten on lately.

Our service was normal (no real complaints) and the beer selection was decent.  I can’t attest to how nice this place is inside, or what it is like to go there in the winter time, so I would recommend that you check out this location before summer ends and relax outside on the patio while enjoying the sights and sounds of East Aurora (hopefully the construction will be finished sooner than later).

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: East End Grill and Taproom

  1. “Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer Battered Haddock”

    my favorite beer wow

    ha @ the fries in the sandwich

  2. oh, how was the macaroni salad? this is one item where i prefer grocery stores over restaurant versions.

    • Alli Suriani

      i dont get you at all.

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