Food Porn: EB Green’s Steakhouse

I’ve been dying to visit EB Greens since we started Buffalo Eats.  Honestly, there aren’t many restaurants that I am still legitimately excited to try, but this was one of them.  We’ve eaten at almost 160 restaurants and our original wish-list has almost been completed checked off, but EB Greens was one of the few restaurants left.  Before there was a Buffalo Chophouse, EB Greens was THE place to go back “in the day” if you wanted a fine dining experience at a steakhouse.

Connected to the Downtown Hyatt, EB Greens is smack in the middle of Downtown Buffalo.  You walk into the restaurant and have this immediate thought of  “what decade am I in?”.  I don’t mean that as any type of insult, but the look and feel of EB Green’s feels like it hasn’t been changed in 30+ years.  I can understand why some people wouldn’t enjoy it, it’s not close to the chic/hip interior design that Fiamma Steak or 31 Club both have.  But for me, I liked the change of pace.  When we walked in there was a guy playing the piano and singing old jazz tunes… Who does that anymore?  And yes, I felt really young and underdressed when I walked in, but Alli and I had a great time.

I realize that going during restaurant week doesn’t provide the greatest chance to give EB Greens the full review treatment, however, our experience was great and I would imagine that it would be the same (or better) on any other night.  Here’s how our meal went.

Thanks to making reservations on Open Table (I love this site, more restaurants should use it), we were able to sit down right away.  Looking over their menu they actually have some options that are reasonably affordable.  Obviously, they have their steaks and seafood options that are $35 and up, but what surprised me was some Burgers (~10) and a “discount menu” that had entrees for 17-25 dollars.  It’s nice to know that someone on a budget could enjoy a meal there without going completely broke.

Their restaurant week offering was the choice of a 6 oz Filet Mignon, 10 oz Prime Rib, Salmon and a Duck Breast/Leg combo.  Along with a Baked Potato (normally a $6 side) and a House Salad (normally $9).  Considering what they normally charge for these menu items, paying $20.10 a person was a bargain.  Since we were saving some money we wanted to try out a couple of their appetizers, we ordered their Duck Fries (how could you not for $2.50) and French Onion Soup ($7.50).

The Duck “Fries” were actually Duck “Homemade Potato Chips” but that was fine because they were delicious.  Basically they were just simple thin-sliced potatoes fried in Duck fat, but oh man were they great.  Honestly we crushed through the plate at a record pace.  They were warm, seasoned with a good amount of salt and fried long enough to have a good thick crunch.  The French Onion Soup was a large bowl of exactly what was expected, a quality French Onion Soup.  They didn’t skimp on the cheese and it was served incredibly hot, otherwise nothing really new or exciting.  Just a solid bowl of soup.  The House Salad was pretty good too, I’m not a huge fan of salad in general (Alli enjoyed it a lot more than I did and literally wanted to lick her plate), but this House Salad had oranges, candied walnuts and a sweet dressing.

For our entrees, Alli ordered the 6 oz Filet with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and I ordered the Duck Breast and Leg with a Baked Potato.  Alli’s Filet was pretty small and for someone like myself would have left me starving.  She enjoyed it, however, and was especially in love with the bearnaise sauce that came on the side.  She did note, however, that the garlic mashed potatoes were a bit dry and lacking in much garlic flavor.  She added her left over bearnaise sauce to them which helped.

The serving size of the Duck Breast was surprisingly large, especially when you include the Duck leg as well.  I’m still new to ordering Duck at restaurants and was taken back when the waitress asked “How would you like the duck cooked?”  I had no idea that you had the option with poultry, but I just guessed and said “medium” and I’m glad I did.  The breast was juicy and perfectly cooked with the most amazing skin I’ve ever tasted.  Crusted with salt, when I bit into the skin there was a salty crunch of the skim followed by the fat melting in my mouth.  The meat itself was so rich that someone could actually confuse it for a steak.  The duck leg wasn’t as great, it definitely wasn’t as juicy as the breast and didn’t have the same strong flavor.

Overall our meal was great and was hands down our best meal of Restaurant Week.   The food was delicious and our service was top notch.  We had our water filled several times without asking, our waitress noticed a dirty steak knife and removed it without Alli even having to ask.  Most importantly, our waitress was conscious of the pace of our meal, every time we were finished with one course she would then give us some time before bringing out the next part of our meal (side note: we HATE when all the courses seem to come at once, I’d like to enjoy my appetizer/soup/salad before my entree is stuffed in my face).  When our entrees arrived a server came over and provided butter, sour cream and chives for topping.  There was an “old school” feel to the way we were treated and I liked it.  I don’t think I’ll be able to afford EB Green’s  as a regular staple but it definitely will be in consideration anytime we are going out to eat for a special occasion.

Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for meals just like this.  You get a chance to eat at a restaurant that normally you wouldn’t be able to afford.  Even though yesterday was the last day, the next Restaurant Week will be upon us in March (most likely) and you should definitely capitalize on the great opportunity.

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6 thoughts on “Food Porn: EB Green’s Steakhouse

  1. Damn, I wanted to see the meat cart!

  2. do you take notes while you eat? this review is very detailed and reminds me of my first experience there earlier this year

  3. Kelly

    When I was there last year-all entrees came with house salad and a baked potato. There website still says they do. I wonder when they changed it? That really makes it expensive! I’ve always had great service there too. (We take my Dad once a year for his birthday). And don’t worry about feeling underdressed. I have seen all sorts of clothing worn there-from dresses and suits to jeans and Tshirts!

    You should try OConnells Bistro during next restaurant week. That is also a really great deal!

  4. Elizabeth

    We went to EB Greens last year for Restaurant Week also cause when were we ever going to afford it for a regular meal. We LOVED it! Wish we went back this year. The filet for me and the prime rib for my boyfriend were cooked to perfection. Haven’t found a baked potato as good as the ones we ate that night. and the topping tray was an unexpected bonus. Wish we could afford the price tag because we would go back all the time.

  5. I wanted to try EB Green’s during this Restaurant Week! (Along with about 10 others haha). There wasn’t enough time though, thankfully March is just a few months away.

    I have to agree with what Kelly said above, my dinner at O’Connell’s (short ‘review’ on my most recent entry) was great and an incredible deal for $20.10.

  6. We went for the first time before we lived in Buffalo and were visiting for a Sabres game for my husbands Birthday/Valentines Day in 2009. The ambiance was excellent and the piano player/lounge singer was incredible. We still talk about hearing his voice throughout our meal saying “enjoy your dinner at EB Green’s.” The food and service was top notch, which doesn’t always happen on Valentines Day.

    It was such a good experience, that I am surprising my husband with dinner there on Saturday to welcome him home to Buffalo after four months away in Italy for work. I’m sure we will enjoy our dinner at EB Green’s. :)

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