Food Porn: Buffalo Brew Pub

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Ok…Ill admit, I often times choose the restaurant I want to head out to based on the selection of draft beer that they serve.  Many times “pub food” is code name for fried appetizers and standard burgers, so I figure that I at least have a good night out as long as the place has some great brew.  Granted there are exceptions from this pub food rule, and these places are gems and when found, should be held on to like a priceless heirloom.  With all this being said, my escort and myself decided to spend the Friday night of Local Restaurant Week at the Buffalo Brew Pub.  The menu looks fairly standard but I had heard some good things and when I saw they offered a great selection of local drafts, including some of their own beers, the decision was made.  Even after the meal, I still can’t decide whether the location (on the corner of Main and Transit in Williamsville) is really nice or really bad.  In one aspect I didn’t want to drive out of the city and driving down Transit can be a nightmare, but this time it was an easy drive and in a very accessible spot once you get there.

When we arrived there was a short wait (as would be expected on a Friday night) of about 20 minutes.  We decided to head to the bar and wait over a few adult alcoholic beverages.  The bar area is fantastic, large, and just the type of atmosphere you would want to sit down and have some drinks in.  There is plenty of seating and on top of that, they offer complimentary baskets of fresh popcorn and shelled peanuts (which you just toss the shells right on the floor…after licking the salt off of course haha).

The separated bar area of the Brew Pub.

The separated bar area of the Brew Pub.

After filling our basket with popcorn and peanuts we grabbed a seat at the bar and attempted to make our beverage selection.  They have a nice little menu sitting on the bar that helps you zero in on something that will hit the spot (bitter, smooth, dark, light ect.).  I decided to go with a Dogfish Head Punkin and my partner in crime decided on the Buffalo Brew Pub’s (BBP) own Pilsner.  I won’t give you a run down on the DFH Punkin since I have a full write-up on the brewery in the works, but the Pilsner was surprisingly good from the few sips I was able to pry away from her.  I usually am not a huge pilsner fan but the brew pubs version was very good.  It was slightly darker than most pilsner, with an unfiltered cloudy look and mouth feel.  Then it finished off with crisp, almost citrus finish.  I would definitely recommend the pilsner for just about every beer drinker, from the timid to the hardcore.

Our pre-dinner beverages. (DFH Punkin left and BBP Pilsner right)

Our pre-dinner beverages. (DFH Punkin left and BBP Pilsner right)

After our short (yet enjoyable) wait, we had a seat and looked at the Local Restaurant Week menu.  They offered a great deal which was 2 entrees (3 to choose from) and 2 pints of local beer for $20.09.  I decided to go with the Brew Pub’s Amber Ale and the Brew Pub Burger with blue cheese and my fellow consumer went with another BBP Pilsner (compliments to how tasty it was) and the Brew Pub Burger with cheddar and a mushroom add-0n.  We complimented the meal with an appetizer of Brew City Fries to help wash down the drafts.  The next round of drinks arrived and we again were not disappointed.  The pilsner was again enjoyed and the Amber Ale was a fantastic, easy drinking ale.  It was extremely smooth, with a very slight hopped flavor in the background and had a slight, smooth fruity finish.

The basket of fries couldn’t have come sooner and it was a fairly large for only $4.  As noted in my profile page, one of my all-time favorite things to eat are some great crispy pub fries, however I was slightly disappointed with these.  They had a crispy outside which is an absolute must for a great pub fry, however they were extremely greasy.  So much so that there was a little pool we discovered at the bottom of the basket as we ate them.

To our delight the burgers arrived only shortly after the appetizer did and they were both came with our chosen side of coleslaw.  The burgers were large and in charge and looked fairly appetizing.

The Brew Pub Burgar with a side of coleslaw.

The Brew Pub Burger with a side of coleslaw.

We both ordered our burgers medium rare, and they both came out medium-well at best.  This is HUGE pet peeve of mine, because red is flavor and they cooked out all of the red, most of the juice, and therefore most of the flavor.  This in turn gave the burger the consistency of hockey puck.  In addition, the mushroom add-on that my counterpart ordered was MIA (we weren’t charged, so I’m assuming the server just forgot them).  The bun was large and cold and made for an all around bad burger experience.  However two good points of the meal was that they loaded the blue cheese onto my burger and their coleslaw was quite tasty.  The coleslaw wasn’t a glob of mayonnaise but instead a nice mix of mayo and vinegar and was seasoned particularly well.

It’s not often that I don’t finish a burger and pub fries, but that was the case on Friday night.  Was the meal terrible??? No it wasn’t, but as explained above, it was the run of the mill pub food experience; over cooked burgers and greasy fries are a staple of the average local pub.  However, with this being said, while I would probably return to give the Buffalo Brew Pub another shot, I would head strictly to the bar to enjoy some of their own brewed delicious pints and free popcorn and peanuts.  As for going out for a few drinks and a great dinner, I think there are a plethora of places around Buffalo that I would choose before having dinner here again (Coles, cough cough).  Overall, I would say that my experience was saved by the amazing drafts and neat atmosphere of the Brew Pub.  If your around and looking to relax over a drink, this is your place because I highly recommend all of their local beer choices.

*This weekend is opening weekend for your Buffalo Sabres.  Come out and celebrate by watching the game and getting some beer samples from Dogfish Head Brewery at Coles on Elmwood.  The tasting starts at 3pm on Saturday.  The first 35 people each day get a DFH pint glass.  So come out and enjoy some drinks, the Sabres game and talking hockey and beer with yours truly. Cheers!

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11 thoughts on “Food Porn: Buffalo Brew Pub

  1. Ryan

    The Brew Pub’s beer selection kicks ass… Plus after 20 brews you get your own mug with your name engraved on it, for personal use each time you show up

  2. Damn, I gotta check this place out!!!

  3. LB

    I have always been a big fan of the Buffalo Brew Pub. Ever since I was little my father and his friends have gone there, and they have had their own mugs for as long as I can remember. It’s a fun place to go and they have a great beer selection! I agree that thier food is only okay, but I do enjoy the popcorn and peanuts. It’s a great place to go for a few beers with family and friends!

  4. i am a fan of brew pub as well where you can bring anyone and feel fine about it

    the escort and consumer person is anonymous, lol

    why does it sound like this was your first time at the brew pub?

    • Don Burtless

      it wasn’t me vinny.

    • Alli Suriani

      we have a new writer vinny.

  5. Adam Pfleegor

    haha I didnt mean for it to come off as me taking a paid escort with me to dinner or anything, just didn’t want to use any names thats all. Considering that I mentioned it was my first time at the Brew Pub in the article, yes it was my first time at the brew pub.

  6. oh… “by Adam Pfleegor” similar writing style to donnie

  7. Joe

    I’ve always felt that the food was below average at The Brew Pub, which is kind of disappointing and a reason why I don’t take out-of-towners there, as much as I would like to. But the bar and beer selection more than makes up for it. The best option is to get your pub food down the street at Brennan’s Bowery Bar (Which has very good bar food) but stop at the Brew Pub after for the beer.

  8. your iphone pic of the two beers with the taps in the background is amazing.
    it really communicates the experience in an almost smell-a-vision way. if that really existed.
    so much so that it led me to post a reply after all this time.
    I don’t know if you know this but a big time fancy camera owning photographer, chase jarvis, just published a book of images using just his iphone. here is the link to check it out.

    http://www.chasejarvis.com/#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=5&a=0&at=0

    anyway, nice job with your artistic and inspirational image. i think it is actually better than anything in chase’s book. seriously.
    later,

    • Don Burtless

      I have to give credit to Adam our newest writer, i’ m not sure if that was with an iphone but that picture is one of my favorites on the website.

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