Food Porn: Buffalo Roadhouse Grill

A couple years ago Roadhouse closed down a bunch of their franchises, which included all of their Buffalo locations.  In the years that followed a strong following of their fans and former employees all lobbied for their return.  It took the former manager 8 months to get together the needed resources to reopen the restaurant as Buffalo Roadhouse Grill.  This restaurant is completely locally owned and operated and they’ve incorporated some Buffalo items on their revamped menu.  Now you can order Chicken Wing Soup, Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip, Beef On Weck and even a Bison Burger from their re-vamped menu.  However, the decor inside and features like throwing peanuts on the ground and their signature pre-dinner rolls are still around.

I can’t say I really was ever a Roadhouse fan, I remember there being a location in Orchard Park and I maybe ate their twice long ago.  I remembered being able to throw peanuts on the ground but, honestly, that was it.  So I was skeptical when we decided to make our 3rd and final Restaurant Week visit to Buffalo Roadhouse.  But they had a pretty cheap deal, for 20.10 two people were able to eat an entire meal.  Here’s how our trip went….

We arrived around dinner time for a Friday night and the place was packed, better yet, it was also the season opener for the Sabres.  So we were told the wait for a table would be 45 minutes or we could go to the bar and find a seat in a “every man for himself” setting, which actually worked out very well.  After about 10 minutes of hanging out with some friends two seats at the bar were available and we placed our order.

Buffalo Roadhouse had a pretty good deal, for 20.10 two people got to enjoy an entire meal with an appetizer, soup/salad, and two entrees.  We both ordered a soup/salad, Alli ordered the Chicken Wing Soup and I ordered their salad with Italian dressing.  The Chicken Wing Soup was ok; it had a decent amount of chicken but really it tasted like I was drinking Frank’s Hot Sauce.  Nothing I would go out of my way to order again.

We had already tried and enjoyed their Chicken Wing Dip at this summer’s Taste of Buffalo and our experience was just as good in the restaurant.  The dip had a great cheesy thick texture and a noticeable, but not overwhelming, spice.  This was probably the highlight of our visit, we got a couple drinks and were able to watch the first period while snacking on this dip.  Perfect appetizer when enjoying a few beers.

Unfortunately, our entrees weren’t that great, Alli ordered the Sliced Steak (pictured above) and wasn’t thrilled with it at all.  Heavily coated in gravy and topped with onion crisps, the sliced steak was pretty much a overcooked salisbury steak on top of bland mashed potatoes.  Alli only ate about half before giving up.  We don’t recommend this dish, at all.

I ordered the pulled pork which also was pretty bad.  I’m not a huge BBQ Pulled Pork fanatic but compared to what I’ve had at Kentucky Greg’s or Fat Bob’s, this wasn’t even close.  The BBQ sauce itself wasn’t really noteworthy and the pork itself wasn’t that hot.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even finish half of the meal.

Our last Restaurant Week visit was a let down and in retrospect I wish we would have kept our previous reservation or tried something different.  I respect what the people of Buffalo Roadhouse have done, resurrecting a restaurant and helping a community that lost a decent number of jobs.  But I can’t say that I loved the food.  I did love the experience of watching a Sabres game at a good size bar and they had some nice drink specials (2 Labatt Blue drafts for 3.50) and some pub food that looked delicious (their Chicken Fingers and Wings looked good).  Would I recommend it for a sit down dinner?  Probably not (unless you were one of those Roadhouse Grill die hard fans).  But would I recommend it for a happy hour or hanging out with some buddies and watching the Bills or Sabres while snacking on some chicken wing dip.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Buffalo Roadhouse Grill

  1. Jeff Ford

    Just remember That there are lots of people out there with known and unknown allergies to peanuts. My wife and I made it in the door but the dust made a trip to a local pharmacy necessary to get Benedryl…..

  2. Jeremy Smith

    Called head for seating, they said 20-25 mins arrivered 20 after calling still had to wait another 20 mins for table, took over an hour to receive our dinner, there chicken wing soup is now copyed from another local resturant, talked to manager about problem he didnt care, talked to the owner about problem he walked away from the table, and not one sorry from anyone working.The buffalo road house used to be good and i go there about every four weeks, ive noticed that the place isnt as busy as it used to be and after attempting to talk to managment and the owner i now know why………I will never return to the buffalo road house

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