Food Porn: Charlie the Butcher’s Kitchen

source: charliethebutcher.com

This wasn’t the first time I had tried Charlie the Butcher’s famous Beef on Weck but it was the first time I had visited their stand alone location in Williamsville.  I’ve visited the stand in Hamburg’s Wegmans, but I still hadn’t experienced a ‘proper’ Charlie the Butcher meal.  I wanted to sit down and see Charlie “The Butcher” Roesch behind the counter carving up some beef.  Well, after waiting way too long, Alli and myself made the trip to Williamsville and visited the small corner location, here’s how it went….

I have to say, if it wasn’t for Geoffrey Zakarian talking up Charlie the Butcher on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate it would probably be a couple more months before I finally took the trip there.  However, I watched Geoffrey talk about how delicious the beef was with the kick of the horseradish and salty/crunchy kimmelweck roll and I knew that I had to try one out.  I’m basically a n00b when it comes to beef on weck sandwiches, I just started appreciating them within the last few years.  At the moment I’ve only had a true “oh my god this is amazing” moment while eating a beef on weck sandwich and that was during a meal at Bar Bill Tavern in East Aurora.

Thankfully, I had another one of those moments when I was eating this sandwich.  Alli and myself ordered two of their Beef on Weck’s with a side of fries and a drink and the total was under $15.  The meat was great; pink and juicy and it almost melted in my mouth as I ate it.  It was pretty lean, I don’t think I tasted any chewy fat the entire time and it was warm and fresh out of the oven.  The roll was pretty good too, it held up with the meat and juices and never got too soggy (but then again I didn’t give it much time).  I also absolutely loved that the roll itself was not lathered in salt, it was a generous amount but I didn’t feel like brushing off any salt at any point (my number 1 complaint with kimmelweck rolls).

The place was packed when we first got there; the line was literally out the door for lunch on a Saturday (a good sign).  We  ordered, somehow found an empty table, and got our food all within 10 minutes.  Their fries were great as well, similar to ‘diner’ style (that steak fry/shoe string mix) and their serving was a pretty decent size.

All in all it was a great meal and completely lived up to all my expectations.  If you haven’t had one of their sandwiches yet, you need to get there.  There’s seating for 30+ and worst case scenario you can grab a seat on a barstool at the counter.  A lunch could easily cost under $10 per person.  So, go and grab a beef on weck and experience why they are one of Buffalo’s most famous restaurants.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Charlie the Butcher’s Kitchen

  1. Joe

    Just a word to the wise – You really need to go to the main Williamsville location to get the good stuff. The product at the satellite locations at gas stations etc. is inferior.

  2. Rebecca

    I would also recommend the Beef on Weck at Mr. Dee’s at Beach and Maryvale in Cheektowaga. Anytime I’m fortunate to come back to Buffalo, this is where I satisfy my Beef on Weck craving…

  3. Also give their “Butcher Burgers” a taste. I had two of them with a Beef on Weck and they were absolutely delicious. The burger was tender and crumbled the way it should.

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