Food Porn: Ruzzine’s Rock Bottom Eatery

Before I even stepped foot into Ruzzine’s I had heard a lot of praise of their hamburger from a lot of people including some pretty serious foodies whose opinion I highly value.  I had also heard from a couple people that the location was definitely lacking and some even used the word “dive”.  After heading there for lunch a week ago I was excited to find that the burgers are in fact really that great and they might be the best in Buffalo.  The location however is not as dive-y as their reputation may suggest.

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Once you walk past the bar, you will immediately feel like you are in someone’s home.  This is because Ruzzine’s is essentially a restaurant built into an old house, no there’s not wallpaper or family photo’s on the walls but they haven’t torn down that many walls, so there isn’t a large open dining room (instead a few smaller rooms) and you end up feeling like your sitting in someone’s living room.  All that being said, when I’m looking to order a good burger I could care less about the atmosphere.

Ruzzine’s menu is actually quite impressive, with a large selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and even steak and seafood dinner entrees.  That said, I’ve never heard any praise for anything on their menu besides their Burger ($7) so that’s what I went there for and it was the only thing I tried.  Simply put, the burger was great; it wasn’t gigantic, just 7oz. (although they also offer a 12oz. size) and wasn’t made out of any type of crazy gourmet beef (they hand form the burgers with 80/20 ground beef).  They cook them on a grill which gives the meat a great smokey flavor and makes the “crust” of the burger crispy and gives it a wonderful charred flavor that was a breath of fresh air considering how many fried burgers we’ve had recently.  I immediately had flashbacks from cook outs from the summer.

My friend Mike and I also split a Cajun Burger ($7).  The main difference from their “regular” Burger was that the actual charred crust of the beef had a cajun flavor, everything else was near identical.  Both burgers were ordered medium and were juicy and moist without being messy which was exactly what we wanted.  They were tender on the inside with that great charred outer crust.  Overall, the flavor, texture and way they were cooked combined to create a simple but perfect burger.  The French Fries (pictured in the gallery) were pretty lacking, they had a weird texture and if I have any critique of Ruzzine’s it would be to step it up with some fresh cut homemade fries to match their delicious burgers.

Ruzzine’s also offers a BBQ burger (in addition to the Regular and Cajun) but we did not try that one yet.  Their main burger competitor across the street gets a lot of attention (and I think it deserves it) and after hitting up several of Buffalo’s best burger joints in the last year, I think Ruzzine’s definitely deserves to be in the running for Buffalo’s best burger.

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