Food Porn: Gordon Biersch

Last year on Halloween Day, Gordon Biersch became the newest addition to the Walden Galleria’s dining options.  I’ll admit that I have written off restaurants simply because they were chains, thinking that it was impossible to find a good national chain to eat at.  Sometimes that’s a mistake and I have occasionally enjoyed a good meal at chain restaurants like Five Guys, Yogen Fruz and Chipotle.  So when I first heard about Gordon Biersch and their Draft Beer selection that’s brewed on site and after hearing some positive reviews from our friends and family, I didn’t immediately cast a judgement.

After getting a gift certificate for the holidays, Alli and I decided to finally try the place out.  When The Cheesecake Factory and PF Changs opened, I remember hearing about wait times that were over 3 hours and was worried that would be the case with Gordon Biersch.  Our wait ended up being only 10 minutes and the dining room had several open tables, the bar however was packed with people drinking and taking advantage of the happy hour specials.  As expected, the place is gorgeous on the inside.  The actual bar is very large and can seat well over 30-40 people while offering some space to eat a snack or two.  The dinning room is deceiving large with dim lighting and a completely open kitchen, letting you watch the cooks at work.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Brew Pub
  • Cuisine: Pub Food, American
  • Price: Appetizers $10-12, Sandwiches/Burgers $10-17, Entrees $15-30
  • Location: Cheektowaga

Along with a fancy dining area and bar, there are also large brewing kettles and drums where they brew their six different types of beer.  After looking over the beer menu I couldn’t decided which type I wanted to try, so on recommendation of the waitress I ordered the sampler for $6.00.  I’ll just mention the beers that I enjoyed rather then give a brief recap of all 6, the Hefeweizen, Marzen and their seasonal Winter Bock were all very good.  I enjoyed the Marzen (very similiar to many Oktoberfest styles) enough that I ordered a full pint after finishing the sampler.

The only menu item that was recommended to Alli and I before we ate there were the Garlic French Fries ($5.95, pictured below).  They ended up being fairly good; the fries still had some skin and the garlic flavor was very strong and right in your face.  We also split a bowl of Lobster Bisque ($5.95, pictured in gallery).  The soup was incredibly creamy but was missing any pieces of lobster meat and really any lobster taste at all.  We figured it was just a frozen generic soup, but a nearby waitress re-assured her table that everything in the restaurant was made fresh daily (except for the Gyoza).  After looking at Gordon Biersch’s menu they mention that everything is “made from scratch” but I was still bummed that their bisque was lacking any strong flavor.

Since we were using a gift card, Alli decided to not hold back and ordered herself the Gorgonzola Rib Eye Steak ($27.95, pictured in gallery).  The steak, unfortunately, ended up being sub-par (which I guess we sort of expected).  If you are really in the mood for a steak, I’d recommend spending the extra 20 bucks next door at Hyde Park or just going to Wegmans and buying your own.  While it was cooked well (medium rare), the piece of meat was really fatty and lacking in flavor.

While Alli’s meal didn’t exactly pan out, I luckily decided to order their Shrimp and Lobster tacos ($15.95) after seeing the 4-5 recommendations on foursquare.  The tacos lived up to the hype, they were really good and really filling.  They were loaded with shrimp with a couple pieces of actual lobster claw meat.  The double taco shell with a blue corn tortilla on the inside had a great crunch and the spicy mayo sauce on the seafood added a nice subtle heat.

Looking back at our meal, it definitely wasn’t worth the price tag but some parts of our meal (mostly the tacos) were really good.  Our service was fast and efficient and, while their claim that they make everything from scratch sort of makes me want to try other menu items, I doubt we will be back for dinner any time soon.  That said, I’d love to go back and grab a beer and a taco at the bar after some shopping or before/after catching a movie.  Price-wise, it falls in line with the other dining options in the mall but offers a much better alcoholic beverage selection.

Photo Gallery:

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Gordon Biersch

  1. Richard

    Try the Fish & Chips next time. The fish is Panko crusted which gives it a good crunch and keeps the greasyness down. Fish was moist too.

  2. doyoumeangreen

    Every single thing I tried there was WAY oversalted and totally underwhelming. The beer, however, would make me go back.

  3. mcgloxx

    This Place was absolute garbage!!! Bland, tasteless, overpriced. They advertise a kobe beef burger..but i know it is not real kobe beef as they state it is an american version of kobe…but not kobe? Also, the lobster mac n cheese was farafalle and not macaroni. It does not matter since the food can be compared to a high school lunch room.

    Just another chain that relies on adaptive marketing rather that food quality

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