Food Porn: Swannie House

Last weekend Alli and I decided to give ourselves a “cheat day” from our diets and went all out.  It had been a few weeks since we even looked at fried foods and we were both craving something bad.  For starters, Swannie House wasn’t our first choice for a “cheat meal” but Alli came up with the great idea of trying them out.  Somehow in the last 10+ years of going to HSBC Arena downtown I had never made my way over to Ohio St.  Not sure how that happened but it just never came up as a potential dinner location.  However, I had read about their legendary Fish Fry and the thought of a big piece of Haddock with a delicious crispy beer batter sounded great.  So off we went, here’s how our trip to the legendary Swannie House went…

Aside from a video on True Blue Buffalo, there is really not that much information on the Swannie House online.  And walking into the restaurant you really get an idea that this is a ‘regulars’ type of bar.  Much like our trip to the Nine-Eleven Tavern, I was curious about the “who’s that guy” looks we might get.  But as soon as we walked into the bar we were greeted right away by the bartender, were seated (we chose the first floor, near the bar) and had a drink on the table right away.

My first thought when we sat down was “wow this place is old” and after some googling I found out that the building dates back to the 1890′s.  My second thought was that I need to have some drinks here this year during St Patrick’s day.  So after looking over the menu, full of mostly bar food staples for really affordable prices, I ended up ordering the Fish Fry (pictured below).

This really was a phenomenal Fish Fry and truth be told, I really don’t even like Fish Fries that much.  However, I completely destroyed the entire plate (and had to fight off Alli trying to steal bites).  The batter had the perfect crunch with just the right amount of thickness.  For under ~8 bucks you get a crazy amount of food.   Along with the big piece of fish you get a side of fries, potato salad and macaroni salad.  Honestly, it was absolutely delicious.

Alli took her craving of fried foods and decided to order their Chicken Wings (an order of 15) that were covered in their “Swannie Sauce”.  Their wings were very juicy and not the crispy wing that you might normally find at your local pizzeria.  Not exactly soggy, but a really juicy wing with tender meat and a sauce that reminded me of the buttery “Smitty” sauce that is pretty popular in South Buffalo.  It’s not my favorite type of Chicken Wing sauce, I like something with more hot sauce, but we finished off the order together.  She also ordered a side of French Fries (pictured above) which were freshly cut and some of the best we’ve had in a long time.  Not to mention they had some of the best blue cheese we’ve had in a long time as well.

This was just an awesome experience, I’m sure a lot of Buffaloians already knew this but the Swannie House is a great local bar that serves up some deep fried delicious-ness.  For under $25 we ended up ordering all of that food along with 2 drinks.  They don’t really have an extensive menu and the Fish Fry is only available on Fridays but I don’t think you’ll have a hard time finding something to eat.  I know the next time I’m going to see a Sabres game I will be thinking about spending the post game grabbing a pint of New Castle at Swannies.

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