Food Porn: Conlon’s Bar and Grill

My family has a some strong ties to South Buffalo and several of my aunts and uncles eat in that area on a regular basis. Lately, a couple members of my family started going out to eat at Conlon’s and telling me how good their food is. I love some good ‘ole deep fried pub food as much as the next person, but it’s a rarity when we find something truly unique that’s worth going out of our way for. So it took me a couple months before we decided to finally visit the restaurant.

Conlon’s is a much smaller bar and restaurant then what I initially imagined; the front door leads directly into the bar with a smaller, narrow dining room in the back that holds about a dozen tables. The look of the restaurant will remind you of other South Buffalo pubs; plenty of sports memorabilia lines the walls and you’ll find a dart board and pool table in the back corner of the dining room. A lot of ‘regulars’ lined the bar and the service is warm and friendly. We decided to go to dinner on a Friday night and found a busy but not overcrowded restaurant. The menu reads like many other local Irish pubs; you’ll find chicken wings, fish fry and burgers. But they also have some interesting items like Sheppard’s Pie, intense loaded pub fries and even fried okra.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Irish Pub
  • Cuisine: Pub Food
  • Location: South Buffalo
  • Prices: Appetizers $6-11, Sandwiches/Entrees $9-15

Their beer selection really surprised me, they have about a dozen taps and many of them are pretty good craft beers. We started our meal off with a cup of their cheddar beer soup (below) that actually didn’t taste anything like cheddar beer soup. The broth had an really sweet onion-y flavor and a very thin consistency, Alli didn’t notice any beer flavor but still liked the soup because of its unexpected sweet flavor. But for anyone who’s looking for the standard thick, creamy soup with the cheesy flavor and sour/beer kick be warned, you may not like this.

The meal continued with an order of their Ultimate Nachos (top of page), which aren’t nachos at all but instead gigantic fresh cut “pub fries” that were topped with a lamb and meat stew, cheese, sour cream and deep fried jalapenos. The fries were way too large and were probably closer to baked potatoes, but the stew was delicious and the deep fried jalapenos had just enough kick to add some real flavor to the dish. If the pub fries were a bit smaller and crispier, the dish would be a perfect guilty pleasure.

For the main course we ordered some chicken wings (gallery), a burger with cheese and mushrooms (above) and their Fish & Chips (gallery). The wings were incredibly crispy and could easily compete with any of the other versions you can find around South Buffalo. The burger must have been good because my brother Tom devoured in within minutes. The Fish & Chips included small pieces of beer battered cod and a side of their freshly cut and fried chips which were a little cold but still had a nice flavor. The cod was flaky but the batter had the right amount of crunch to satisfy my craving. If you’re not looking for the gigantic piece of haddock, it’s a nice alternative.

We walked away from the meal pretty damn full. Aside from a few stray wings and a piece of cod, we cleared our plates. I enjoyed the meal but I’m generally biased to loving all South Buffalo pubs. I thought the pub fries appetizer was unique (Alli didn’t like it) but there really isn’t anything too crazy on the menu (that we noticed) that separates Conlon’s from nearby Charlie O’Briens, Doc Sullivans or Blackthorn. But if you want a good beer and some good Buffalo pub food in a casual atmosphere, give Conlon’s a try.

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