Buffalo Iron Works is the collaboration of a music venue, rustic bar scene, and casual foodie stop. The space is dimly lit, clean and interesting. The rustic design of the bar and its surroundings allows for a laid-back feel, while the stage offers the possibility of a club vibe, depending on the act. Sit down at the long, wood bar to have a drink from a somewhat standard list of alcoholic beverages, or find a small table out on the floor and let your eyes wander about the details of the space.
You can order food at the counter right as you walk in, or sometimes sit down and have your order taken by a server. I’d imagine during late nights or shows the order at the counter deal would be the way to go. We were invited to sit anywhere we like and a server came to take our order. We decided on one of the many appetizing poutine dishes available, West Side – Mineo & Sapio mild Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, sautéed onions, house made gravy, provolone cheese. They offer East Side, Canal Side, good old Canadian, and more. Everything is delivered in a box (even when you’re eating at the restaurant). The poutine was covered in toppings and was really, really good.
We also ordered two Pittsburgh Style Sandwiches: the Montreal-smoked brisket with Iron Work’s coleslaw, tomatoes, fries, provolone; and the Philly – house roasted beef, Iron Work’s coleslaw, sautéed onions, fries, aged cheddar. Both were seriously good if you’re looking for a hearty sandwich with some character. Not the same old-same old, but definitely a sandwich that a lot of people can get on board with. The Iron Work’s slaw works really well on these sandwiches to up the ante a bit. Mmm, mmm, mmm.
The menu is not small. In addition to what we tasted they offer a couple other Pittsburgh style sandwiches plus some Specialty Sandwiches like Beef on Weck, Fried Bologna, and the Ironman – shaved steak, diced chicken, cherry peppers, sautéed onions, roasted red peppers and aged cheddar on a Fat-Boy Hoagie roll to name a few. There are a few burgers on the menu along with more place named Jumbo Dogs. YUM! Bar food at its absolute finest. Wraps and wings round out the menu along with a daily special.
Buffalo Iron Works is first a music venue, with shows Tuesday through Saturday, both local and touring artists – find the schedule here.
Whether you happen to order food while watching a show, or you catch a show while checking out the good eats, I’m guessing you’ll enjoy yourself. The cobblestone district is exciting to visit these days. You can sense the evolution of the city in the air. Buffalo is transforming and Buffalo Iron Works is helping that happen.
Details:49 Illinois St Buffalo, NY 14203
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