The Big Ditch Brewing Co. Facts
55 E Huron St., Buffalo, NY 14203 / (716) 854-5050
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 3 – 10 p.m., Thursday, 3 – Midnight, Friday, 3 – Midnight, Saturday, Noon – Midnight, Sunday, Noon – 8 p.m.
The highly anticipated opening of one of WNY’s newest breweries in the heart of Downtown Buffalo didn’t go unnoticed this year. When the beautiful two story tap room opened in May they had already been selling their beer at bars, beer stores, and other restaurants for quite some time. The location of the brewery made this place a big deal, but when the doors opened and the tap room revealed itself as an extremely unique space with a full menu we got really excited. Not only were they making good beer downtown, they were also doing all they could to make a great space to enjoy that beer 30 feet from where it was made. Big Ditch Brewing isn’t just a brewery and tap room – it’s a restaurant. A really good restaurant.
Big Ditch is a really good restaurant that we strongly recommend. They’ve got a fun menu that always leaves me somewhat sad that I can’t physically fit more into my belly, and they have an awesome space where anyone with a fun streak would want to hang. The space is casual, the service is good, and the atmosphere is energetic. Over multiple visits we’ve eaten upstairs, downstairs, and at the bar, and each spot has been equally enjoyable. If you’re looking for something a tad quieter, head upstairs where there’s a second bar and some lounge games. If you’re interested in being right in the thick of it, try to snag a seat on the main level. If you want to get seated right away, bring your A game to the bar. And if you want an authentic Buffalo beer experience this is a great place to start.
Right off the bat (as in literally day one) the Big Ditch food menu surprised us: this brewery decided to go for the whole shebang. Many of the dishes feature a Big Ditch brew in the recipie, a sure-fire way to get food worthy of a beer pairing. The menu starts with Shareable Plates like Hand-cut Fries ($8) that are served with two of five signature sauces, Hayburger Wings ($9) tossed in Hayburner IPA wing sauce (what’d I tell ya), and a Flight of Dips ($8) which we tried on our first visit and loved. #housemadetortillachipsonfleek
The sizable menu continues with four flatbreads ($9-$10), Burgers and Sandwiches including a Cheddar Bacon Burger ($12), a Breauben ($10) -you read that correctly, the corned beef is brined in Excavator Rye Brown Ale, and a T-Meadow Bratwurst Sandwich ($10) with Excavator Rye Brown Ale sauce.
The Soups and Salads are not to be overlooked. Read on to find out about possibly the best salad I’ve ever had.
Worthy of mentioning are large plates Pretzel Chicken ($16) and Mac and Cheese ($14) that is pretty much out of this world. Again, read on.
As far as beer goes, they have a great selection of…. Big Ditch Brewing Co.! Between their Signatures and Seasonals, there’s something here for everyone. Plus they have limited releases and often have guest taps.
After several visits on many different occasions, it’s clear that the delicious food here is not a fluke. Everything really is THAT good.
Over the course of the past eight months we’ve sampled a plethora of things. Here are the highlights…
Antojitos, $9 – Housemade crispy flour tortillas with red peppers, onions, jalapenos, cheddar, cilantro sour cream.
Try as I may, I will never be able to go to Big Ditch and not get these. They are so perfectly warm, crisp, filled with cheesy goodness, and paired with a fresh cilantro sour cream. It’s the stuff of which my dreams are made. Everyone I’ve forced them upon has come out the other end praising me. #homerun
Smoked Salmon Cobb, $12 – With bacon, avocado, blue cheese, red onions, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, lemon caper vinaigrette dressing.
This left me (both times, couldn’t help it) wondering why every salad ever doesn’t have smoked salmon on it. The combination of smoked salmon, fresh veggies, and light vinaigrette is perfection. This is the salad I will compare all salads to forever. Also, it will be served at my wedding.
Mac and Cheese, $14 – Low Bridge cheese sauce, caramelized onions, and smokey bacon.
I’ve had the large plate version, the small side version (which comes without the topping), and one of their specialty versions with peas that I cannot stop thinking about. Each were fantastic and with a super cheesy deep, rich flavor you don’t find in most mac dishes. Could it be the Low Bridge? Or a specific smokey cheese they use? Whatever it is, it’s to. die. for.
Blue Cheese Mushroom Burger, $12 – Blue cheese, sautéed mushrooms
Just a great burger with a side of spot-on fries. Love the added bonus of signature sauce choices. I love a little adventure in my sauce game.
I’ve also had the pleasure of trying a Mediterranean Burger on Special at one point or another. It was delish and reminds you to always check in with your server on the specials!
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