Until a couple weeks ago I had no idea that Mammoser’s existed, in fact I have driven by it countless times and never noticed it. After Buffalo Foodie Aaron Perrino talked so highly of the place, even going as far to say they have the “best Wings in Buffalo”, I made a mental note to check it out.
I’ve said it before, but walking into a new restaurant can be pretty intimidating. Mammoser’s was exactly that, walking in you see a nice long bar and a really nice selection of taps (I counted roughly 15). However the dining area wasn’t in plain sight and luckily one of the bartenders realized I had no idea what I was doing and asked me if I wanted to be put on a list for a table. After ordering a Harpoon Octoberfest (I was really impressed with the draft selection) and watching some playoff baseball for 20 minutes, we got to sit down at a table.
The dining room was fairly tiny (as seen above) and had maybe 8 tables all together. I enjoyed the small room, it helped create an intimate/casual mood. I could easily see how a place like this could create a dedicated crowd of “regulars”. The menu consisted of typical pub foods: chicken wings, various sandwiches, french fries, etc. The price range was pretty affordable; I don’t think anything on the menu was more then 10 dollars.
We ordered ourselves a single order of wings that were half BBQ and half Mild (we went with mild because of the “our wings are really hot” warning), a bowl of French Onion Soup and their Loaded Cheese Fries that was a “special” for the day. The French Onion soup was really good with a nice layer of melted cheese on top. The actual broth was more sour then usual, but perfectly salty and a little thicker then I’ve had in the past (in my opinion, both good things). The fries were really disappointing, however. Their version of “loaded fries” was a good thin crispy French Fry (think McDonalds ‘style’) covered in cheese whiz and bacon bits. Sure cheese whiz has its place, but not when I’m expecting real cheese (and real bacon). The wings were pretty good; specifically the BBQ wings really stood out. The sauce was tangy and had a little heat behind it and their signature ‘grilling after frying’ method gave the wings an awesome crisp. The Mild wings were alright…as I said before, we ordered mild because of the warning: “our wings are REALLY hot”. Mild turned out to be plain, as in there was no sauce on them whatsoever. The actual chicken wing itself was good, and like the BBQ they were cooked to a good crisp as well but the lack of sauce didn’t make them as appetizing.
Mammoser’s totally surprised me; sure their food was good but not GREAT, but their beer selection was out of nowhere. They had taps of Flying Bison, Harpoon, Magic Hat, and Blue Point. The atmosphere was incredibly casual and on a Friday night there was an ‘older’ crowd hanging out watching baseball. Sure, you will realize that everyone inside probably knows one another, but don’t let that scare you away. It’s a great place to grab a drink at the bar and order up some wings (just remember to get something more than mild if you want any sauce present).
Reader Note: 99 times out of 100 we would have called this “Food Porn” and shown pictures of the actual food we order. However, the lighting was incredibly dim and the food was barely distinguishable. This is going to be an account of our experience eating at Mammoser’s and take it for what you want.