I’m not sure what most people expect when they head to a place called Founding Fathers Pub for the first time. I had only heard that it was good, nothing more or less. I didn’t let my mind wander too much. Otherwise I probably would have come up with some weird ideas.
Founding Fathers is one room featuring a long bar as you walk in and a small dining area with about 12 tables, give or take a few pushed together. No doubt they fill up quick later in the afternoon/evening with a combination of diners and drinkers.
Outside the sun was bright. Inside, you’d have almost no idea that was the case save for a couple (maybe one) windows behind the popcorn machine, which we conveniently made sure we sat next to.
The menu is short, the popcorn satisfying and the sole server friendly. As we perused the menu, not much jumped out at me the first time around. But as I was forced to get down to the nitty gritty descriptions, I discovered many items had potential. More options were posted on a board across the room. A list of favorites perhaps? As our server brought over a Guinness (we no you won’t judge), we asked for her personal recommendations. Her two favorites – the Pepper Jack Jerk Burger and the Portobello sandwich – “because she can’t eat a burger everyday”. How logical.
One of us was already eyeing the burger, the other can’t turn down a portobello. So we took her up on both suggestions and sat back to enjoy some good old-fashioned bar popcorn which I haven’t had since my last trip to JP’s. Extra points for free popcorn.
- Pepper Jack Jerk Burger, $8.75
- Portobello with sun-dried tomato pesto and feta, $8.25
- Cup of the Soup du jour – White Cheddar Poblano, $2.95
When the food came, the first thing I noticed was the size of my sandwich. The mushroom was massive, protruding a good inch from the roll in every direction. After taking two bites it was clear that the flavor was just as big, thanks to the combination of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and plenty of feta. The thing was eight bucks and I could hardly even finish it. It was well worth the money.
The burger was good and juicy, oozing cheese and tasting vaguely of Caribbean flavors. The toasted bun was a real nice touch. It seemed like the chips (bottom of the bag ruffles) lacked effort, but again, we’re talking $8.75 for a delicious burger.
The soup was also tasty, however not all that memorable aside from small pieces of pepper in a thin cheesy broth. Our server accurately described it as similar to broccoli cheddar soup, but made with mild peppers instead – definitely an upgrade.
Menu Items missed:
- Blackened Blue – Chicken or burger charred with Cajun spices,served with lettuce, tomato & blue cheese dressing. $8.50 (Recommended by Buffalo Eats!)
- BBQ Chicken Bosom – 7 oz. breast with melted provolone, with sweet peppers & onions on a roll. $8.25
- Bologna & Onions – Irish steak with melted provolone. $7.75
One thing that’s sure to please the crowds – their prices. I don’t think anything on the menu was over $10. You can’t beat that.
Wall hangings and placemats consist of portraits of past presidents, as you can imagine. It was cool in an old pub, weird way. Discussion of favorite and hated presidents makes for delightful conversation while you’re waiting for your food. You can really learn a lot about a person by asking their opinion of a few influential people. On the ceiling, you’ll find flags from all over the world draped in no specific pattern. I have to say, I like the look. The place has a lot of character.
Speaking of characters, check out their Trivia Night on the first Tuesday of every month. The answer is no, it’s not all based on our founding fathers. So if you didn’t pay attention in US history, you’ve still got a chance.
If you’re looking for a cool, dark place to hang out downtown where you can enjoy a beer and some cheap, flavorful grub, Founding Father’s Pub has our vote.
Founding Fathers Pub Details:
75 Edward St Buffalo, NY 14202
Mon – Wed: 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Thu – Fri: 11:30 am – 4:00 am
Sat: 12:00 pm – 4:00 am
Sun: 5:00 pm – 4:00 am