Food Porn: Nine-Eleven Tavern

NOTE: We visited Nine Eleven again but with a better camera (one with a flash), check out our new pics along with the older ones.  We ordered the exact same thing and had another great meal.

This Food Porn wouldn’t have been possible without Buffalo Foodie Nick Mendola.  For whatever reason I was looking through our previous Foodie articles and I came across Nick talking about Nine-Eleven Tavern.  Something about homemade Hot Sauce and Shuffleboard really caught my attention.  So I started to ask some South Buffalo residents about their opinion and every single one of them said, “dive bar with great wings”.  That’s all we needed to hear.

On this particular Friday night, Alli and I were looking to eat somewhere cheap and preferably something fried (it’s been a while).  We lucked out with this great hidden gem in South Buffalo.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual/Bar
  • Cuisine: Pub Food
  • Prices: Almost everything is under $10
  • Location: South Buffalo

I’m not going to lie, I looked at the exterior and almost chickened out.  It’s not that I didn’t want to eat there because it looked like a “dive”, but I was afraid it was going to be a “regulars only” type of establishment.  Basically, I was afraid we were going to walk in and get “who are you” looks for our entire visit.  That was not the case at all and we had an awesome time.

The bar itself is way nicer inside then you’d believe by looking at the outside.  A small bar with several beers on tap (Flying Bison and the usual staples of Blue, Molson, etc) and along the opposite wall a nice long Shuffle Board (pictured above).  The bar had a real nice casual atmosphere and dates to 1981.  I was really tempted to play a game of two but I don’t really know the scoring system, I’d need a more experienced Shuffle Board player with me before I gave it a try.

We walked in and were immediately greeted by the bartender who was very friendly and welcoming; while we sat there he talked to us about the Sabres and made us feel like we were regulars.  They do have a seating area, but since there were only about 4 other people there, we took a seat at the bar.  We took at their small menu, filled with basic bar food like Chicken Wings, Fingers, Beef on Weck and Hamburgers.  We ordered a Double Chicken Wing ($12.95) with “medium” sauce and an order of their Seasoned French Fries ($3.95).

Medium Chicken Wings

French Fries

The Chicken Wings were absolutely amazing.  The actual wings themselves were cooked to a crispy perfection but what really stood out was their homemade sauce; it lived up to all the hype.  I can’t put a finger on the exact ingredients but it was a sweet and tangy sauce with some heat.  Since we ordered medium, you could actually see flecks of butter on the wings themselves.  I heard a rumor that the owner was offered thousands of dollars for the recipe of his homemade sauce and I definitely believe it.  They sell the hot sauce in mason jars for ~ $8 a jar and I’ve been thinking about buying one since we had our dinner.  In a city where great Chicken Wings are literally on every corner, Nine-Eleven serves up some that actually stand out.  Their freshly cut French Fries were equally as delicious, served right out of the fryer they were seasoned with a blend of spices that gave the fries a great kick.  I would have preferred leaving the fries in the fryer for a couple more minutes, the inside was a bit “potato-y” for my taste (Alli, on the other hand, thought they were perfect).  Otherwise, I wouldn’t have changed anything else about our meal.

If you are looking for a place to grab a beer or just try out a new place for Chicken Wings, do yourself a favor and hit up the Nine-Eleven Tavern.  I can’t emphasize enough how amazing the sauce is, you really need to try it out for yourself.  They are open Tuesday through Saturday and only for dinner, starting at 4:30 pm.  Also bring cash because they do not take credit cards and maybe bring an extra 8 bucks in case you want to bring some sauce home for yourself.

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10 thoughts on “Food Porn: Nine-Eleven Tavern

  1. Sean C

    Being a SB native the mystery behind the recipe runs deep. In regards to what you thought maybe have been butter… well some think it’s feta and some think it’s parmesan. I’m not sure if it’s butter, cooking wings at Imperial for 5 years leaves me to believe it would melt. The base is another mystery, I think it could be french dressing but I guess we’ll never know.

    Check out Doc Sullivan’s they also have a stand out tradition SB original sauce called Smitty’s that is served with sour cream blue cheese. Order them drained and crispy.*

    *The only way winds should be served.

    • Don Burtless

      hmm maybe it is feta, i assumed it was butter added last minute to the sauce and b/c it didnt have that strong of a taste. but they were damn good. i’ve only had smitty’s style at charlie o’briens but i’ve been meaning to try doc sullivans for a while now.

      • Sean C

        I prefer docs… Smitty’s wings are hands down my favorite pub food. As a kid my family would have birthday parties in the back of Mud McGrath’s because they served Smitty’s. I guess you could say I grew up on that shit… it’s why I have the physic of a bowler.

  2. Sean C

    meant to say WINGS not WINDS

  3. Stan P

    The wings are good, but there are a lot of reports (also exerienced by yours truly) that the owner-bartender can be rather crabby and is known by some as the “wing-nazi”. I guess when your wings are that good, you can be that way!

    • Don Burtless

      haha well I can say our bartender was very friendly, not sure if he’s the owner but I could see that maybe happening when it gets busy. we were 2 of a total of 6 people in the entire place when we went.

  4. Jon Selig

    This place is so great. My favorite wings hands down. If you go make sure you watch some shuffleboard. Sometimes if you are lucky you can get a lesson from the true regular there; the old guy Bill. He even has a name plate on the bar stool close to the bathroom. Guy is awesome.

  5. April

    I was not a big wing eater untill a friend introduced me to Nine Elevans wings. Oh My! Love them! I order and pick up at least once a month. I still have to watch my figure….. I have their number on my cell and on my way home I order.. The do not deliver however they should consider. The wing is white and meaty the sauce is delightful not butterly greasey and the topping cheese or whatever it is,is what I love that extra touch. The blue cheese just right not running or clumpy….. Best in Buffalo Anchor bar wings yuck the sauces suck, Imperial taste rubby(yet their pizza is great), Chicken & pizza works overcooked and greasy……

  6. Kim

    Their other food is great too. On St Patrick’s day especially you won’t find a better Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner in Buffalo.

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