Food Porn: Jack Devines Irish Pub

source: www.jackdevinespub.com

**UPDATE: Since this post, the restaurant has closed their doors and become a new pub/restaurant.  They now have a location in Hamburg.

Normally when a Buffalo-ian thinks of Chippewa, going out to eat is the last thing on their mind.  But in reality, there are actually a couple really good places to grab something to eat on the chip-strip.  Especially for those who work in the city (like myself) there are some quality and cheap lunch options.  On a day where we wanted to go to Kings Court, we instead ended up at Jack Devines Irish Pub across the street.

I’ve never been to Jack Devines to drink, but then again I really haven’t been to Chippewa to drink in a long time.  When walking inside it actually does look like an Irish Pub, an unique experience for an area known primarily for dance clubs.  On their sign outside of the building they claim to be home of Buffalo’s best Chicken Wings, Beef on Weck and Steak Sandwiches.  Those are pretty big claims, even more so because when getting their lunch menu (which was pretty simple) there was no Steak Sandwich to be seen.

My coworker Sue and I both tried out their Jack Daniels BBQ Burger which was not the worst burger I ever had but definitely not the best.  It was served with a good size beef patty, several onion rings, bacon strips and BBQ sauce.  My immediate thought was their buns were fresh and crispy but the burger was almost too big and hard to eat and got real messy pretty quickly.  The onion rings were a nice touch and I didn’t really taste too much BBQ sauce, but it would have been easy to be lost in a large burger like that.

In the words of my coworker Sue:

It was really juicy and had a nice charbroiled taste. I liked how they used real cheddar cheese instead of Kraft singles and the bun was nice and fresh.  However the Bacon tasted like it just came out of the microwave.  I wish the burger had been freshly made and wasn’t one of those ‘premade frozen patties.’ And my water had a horrible taste to it.

According to Matt, who ordered their Beef on Weck, the beef was a little over cooked (I personally love my Roast Beef a little pink).  Their rolls was fairly tame for a weck roll but I’ve never been a big fan of a generous amount of salt covering the top of the roll.

What we pretty much all agreed on, and Alli can attest to this, is that Waffle Cut French Fries are awesome in general.  And Jack Devines were just that, awesome.  Does that really warrant a repeat visit, just for a really good french fry?  Probably not, but I wouldn’t mind seeing how their other sandwiches, chicken wings, or salads were.  I also would love to give the bar a chance for some happy hour drinks or even a weekend night on Chippewa.  It looks like a great place to watch a hockey or football game and it has a casual atmosphere that I could enjoy.  However, I still would have rather ended up at King’s Court, their prices and larger selection of quality food has won me over.

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