Food Porn: Brick Oven Bistro & Deli

The words “Bistro” and “South Buffalo” don’t often go together, but just last week Brick Oven Bistro & Deli opened their doors on Abbott Road.  In an area of Buffalo mostly known for good pub food (Wings, Burgers, Fish Fries), it’s refreshing to see someone trying something new.  I first heard about Brick Oven Bistro and their lofty plans from my friend Dino, who was excited about the effort going into the renovations of this once empty building.

The restaurant is almost divided into two parts, the front of the restaurant will house a deli (it’s not ready yet) with a well lit dining room and a menu with specialty sandwiches and more.  The rear of the restaurant has a long bar, with 18 beers on tap and another 50 different beers in bottles.  The combination of dim lighting, signs of various craft breweries and elevated tables around the bar gave that section of the restaurant much more of an intimate dining atmosphere.

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We started our meal off with their Charcuterie Plate (pictured above, $11).  Alli and I assumed that their cured meats and cheeses would be very good since this restaurant will eventually house it’s own Deli.  Some of the meats were tasty; the salami wrapped in the arugula had a really nice flavor and the soppressata was thick and spicy.  The positives end there however; the prosciutto was rubbery and didn’t have a great flavor.  The cheeses unfortunately were all misses; the fresh mozzarella (right) was incredibly cold and was very very bland, the hard provolone (left) again was very bland and the crumbly farm cheese (center) was salty and dry.

We also ordered some fresh cut french fries (pictured in gallery, $3) as a side to our pizzas, fairly standard but were cooked to a nice crisp (riding the fine line of being burnt) and were seasoned well with salt, pepper and chives.

Knowing that the pizzas would be small enough for one person, Alli and I decided to try two different styles of their brick oven pizzas.  We ordered both the Sausage (pictured above, $11) and Margherita pizzas (pictured in gallery, $11).  I didn’t get a really good look at the brick oven (it’s hidden back in the kitchen) but the thin crust pizzas had a really nice crispy crunch that led me to believe it was cooked on a stone.  The margherita pizza was topped with a lot of fresh mozzarella, a very sweet San Marzano tomato sauce and some sliced basil.  The sauce was indeed sweet but that was about it, it really lacked any real flavor and the mozzarella was still disappointing.  The toppings on the sausage pizza were much better, the homemade ground pork sausage had a really good flavor and the peppers had a great mix of sweet and very spicy.

We had some pretty high expectations before our meal and maybe they were a little too high for a restaurant in it’s first week.  Alli was much more disappointed than I was especially regarding the less than stellar cheeses.  Even though the food definitely left something to be desired, I’m excited to see a restaurant/bar like this in the South Buffalo area.  Their draft and bottle selection of beer was impressive and the building appears to have had some great renovations.  We’re hoping that we visited the restaurant just a little too early, it looks like they still haven’t finished the front/deli section of the restaurant and I hope the menu will continue to be tweaked.

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