Every now and then, Alli and I like to return to our comfort food roots. It doesn’t happen too often anymore, but we still love Buffalo pub food that’s so simple that we can turn off our ‘foodie’ brain for a night. A couple weeks ago we were doing some pre-Italy vacation shopping at the Galleria Mall and wanted to grab dinner at a Cheektowaga restaurant that didn’t have a giant 15 page laminated menu or a 2 hour wait. Just before giving up, I remembered our friend James Roberts had mentioned his love of McPartlan’s Corner several times to us in the past. So we decided to indulge ourselves in some Buffalo comfort pub food and check out this small restaurant and bar.
We walked into the restaurant on Saturday night and were nervous about grabbing a table, luckily it was late enough (8:30 pm) and the dining room was pretty empty. We were hands down the youngest people (by 20+ years) in the restaurant but we were totally OK with it. We were seated around some regulars who didn’t even need menus and our waitress had clearly been working there for a very long time. There is something comforting about going to a restaurant that clearly hasn’t changed much over the years.
- Restaurant Type: Casual
- Cuisine: Pub Food
- Location: Cheektowaga
- Prices: Appetizers Under $10, Entrees $10-20
I had no idea what I was going to order when I walked through the door, but after seeing a dozen awards for their fish fry on the walls of the entrance, I basically was sold on ordering one before I sat down. I’m not the biggest fish fry fan but a couple times a year I get an urge to order one. McPartlan’s version is pretty good, I’m not sure I’d call it the best one ever but they do it right. They don’t go crazy with the beer batter, it was a thin and crispy coating on a piece of white fish that remained flaky. A good coleslaw and some solid french fries were on the side. It wasn’t too greasy or oily, so after I finished off the entire plate I felt full but not gross.
Alli decided to go all in with her fried food guilty pleasures and ordered the sample platter; featuring potato skins, chicken fingers, chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and jalapeno poppers (I know, right). Everything was pretty standard and what you’d expect. It’s hard to really have a stand out chicken finger or mozzarella stick, but everything was good and hit the spot. She also ordered a bowl of french onion soup, another guilty pleasure of ours, and really enjoyed it. Sometimes, if not executed correctly, french onion soup can be extremely salty and processed but this soup was fresh and light with plenty of flavor.
We ended our meal with a slice of pie, something that we had not only because of my undying love of pie but because everyone told us too. Their homemade pies apparently are pretty famous. They had about six different flavors to order and we went with the apple crisp. I didn’t have any room to eat it at the restaurant so we took a slice back home with us, where I promptly devoured it in one sitting. I’ve been looking for a good pie source for a while in Buffalo and while I’m not sure I will make a trek to McPartlan’s just for pie, I will definitely order some every time I visit. The crust was just right, the amount of apples was not overwhelming and it had plenty of spice.
Our visit to McPartlan’s was enjoyable. Our entrees and appetizers were good, but not exactly mind blowing. The pie however, was very impressive and my personal goal is to work my way down through their entire selection. The menu is pretty big and covers most diner/comfort foods; apparently they have a great reuben. We’ve come a long way from eating chicken fingers and french fries every time we went out for dinner, but sometimes it can be fun to relive those memories for one meal.