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Evil Genius Serves Temptation at Winfield’s Pub

Updated: July 2015

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1213 Ridge Road | Lackawanna / Southtowns | (716) 821-0700

Hours: Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Thursday – 11am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday – 11am – 12 am
Sunday – 3pm – 11pm

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Yes evil I say in the form of house-made potato chips (gratis), secret recipe potato sandwich rolls, Bravo Hop Fries with garlic parmesan aioli, Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake… to name just a few. Evil is among us and serving genius food at Winfield’s Pub in Lackawanna. Cleverly disguised as a run-of-the-mill pub on Ridge Rd., you’ll find plenty examples of down-right enchanting food and drink.

Here’s the story.  The owners are Cherryl, Tab and son Thomas Daulton. Tab is Chef Tab Daulton formerly the Executive Chef at HSBC Arena for Delaware North. He is also an award winning chef, past president of the Buffalo Chapter of the ACF 2002-06 and Chef of the Year in 2006. Cherryl runs the front of the house and Thomas is the bar manager. Back in November of 2013 they quietly opened up Winfield’s Pub, and started serving great food with excellent libation. The sign reads “Food with an attitude”. Perfecto.

Do not be fooled by the uninspiring exterior. This place is a gem where it counts. We entered from the back and were immediately transported to a cozy pub smartly decorated with soft colors, ceiling fans and wood trim. Bright, inviting, eclectic and modest, a place you want to be.

Flowers adorn the handsome bar, and the purse hooks suggest a nice attention to detail. Tables scattered about co-mingle with the bar, and a heavenly aroma emminates from the open kitchen. If you’re lucky you’ll get Cherryl as your hostess/server/bartender.

I’ll warn you just once-  DO NOT eat the house made chips! They’re addictive. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. They just leave them around to tempt the unsuspecting – free. EVIL! At least that’s how Cherryl described them, followed by a wry smile.

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Winfield’s now offers a bi-monthly celebration of everything craft beer where they pair it with a special meal (NICE!). This week’s brewery was Ommegang. Pairing #1 was a special – Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon that comes with a miso dressed sesame and Hennepin slaw for $15… $20 with an Ommegang Hennepin brew. Pairing #2 was a Winfield’s Reuben and an Ommegang Rare Vos for $14. Both sounded great, but I had already developed a crush on the lamb burger I spied on the menu.

On the day of our visit Winfield’s offered a buy two sandwiches and get an appetizer for 1/2 off deal. We ordered the Vegetable Burger – pub made, sriracha infused black bean and mushroom patty, topped with pickled red onions, arugula and saffron mayonnaise $8.50; Lamb Burger – fresh ground lamb with cumin and coriander, topped with feta cheese, pickled cucumbers and red onions $9.50; and for an appetizer the Grilled Cheese Bites  – grilled cheese and bacon sandwich on cheddar jalapeño bread (made in house) with a tiny bowl of tomato soup for dipping $8.

What can you say about grilled cheese with bacon on jalapeño bread other than YUM? Plenty here for a meal. Tomato soup dip? Really?

The Vegetable Burger can sometimes be a risky move, but the way this visit was going, we had a lot of confidence in exceeded expectations. The saffron mayo and pickled veggies were a strong selling point. The big, sriracha infused patty of moist mushrooms and beans was delicious. The burger combined with the flavors of the roll, mayo and veggies was a perfect melody. It hit the spot, and then some. The sandwich came with an order of house-made fries. These are what french fries are made to be. I’ve had none better.

My crush quickly turned to a meaningful relationship with the lamb ;-). Perfectly cooked, massive flavor with the feta and a great combination with pickled veggies. It’s served on their secret recipe potato bun made especially for them by Mazurek’s Bakery. WOW! I’m longing for another already. For a side I got the Kiki’s Warm Potato Salad – potatoes, onions, bacon, olives and Velvetta cheese $5. Think mac ‘n cheese meets potato salad. The bits of olives take it over the top -brilliant. I’d say don’t miss this, but the fries are awesome, and the one side we missed, the Yukon Gold Potato Croquettes  – $6, sounds really good. I suggest you bring the big boy appetite and order all three.

Speaking of indulgence we tested a large bottle of Ommegang’s Game of Thrones Fire & Blood for $20, hydrated two. Even better than the book, and a lot shorter.

The dessert special for the day was a Lemoncello Tiramisu.  They also had a Guinness Stout Chocolate Cake. Sadly, we didn’t have room for either, which will give you an idea just how full we were.

 

Other great things on the menu:

Starters

Hop Fries – Fresh made fries tossed in ground up Bravo Hops (usually used to brew beer) and salt. Served with a side of garlic parmesan aioli – $6

Duck Poutine – Fresh made fries in duck gravy with goat cheese on top. $8

Potato Pancakes  – Traditional potato pancakes served with an apple compote and sour cream $6.50

Roasted Shrimp –  roasted sweet shrimp tossed with lemons and herbs, served with roasted red pepper cocktail sauce $12.

Fried Calamari  –  Calamari tossed in rice flour and fried. Tossed in a miso sesame sauce with arugula and poblano peppers $9.

 

Soups and Greens

Spicy Cream of Tomato Soup –  Topped with grilled cheese croutons $6

Seasonal Caesar Salad-  A not so traditional Caesar salad tossed with blue cheese crumbles, Grana Padano cheese and focaccia croutons $8.50

Warm Mushroom Salad – Fresh greens topped‎ with mushrooms sautéed in garlic, fennel, capers and kalamata olives, drizzled with Sherry herb vinaigrette. $9

 

Sandwiches

Winfield’s Cheeseburger – fresh ground hamburger, topped with Steakhouse onion cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and tomato jam. $9.50

Chicken Florentine Sandwich – Fresh chicken roulade with spinach topped with Gruyere cheese and sautéed mushrooms on Focaccia bread. $9.50

*Sandwiches come with a choice of fresh cut fries, Caesar salad or Kiki’s warm potato salad. All burgers served their own secret recipe potato bun with pickled vegetables.

 

Mains‎ (Dinner additions)

New York Strip Steak Winfield’s Style – A pepper crusted steak, pan seared with a red wine mushroom sauce, served with buttery Yukon gold potato croquettes – $28.

Chicken Pot Pie – Traditional chunky pot pie topped with a flaky crust – $13.50.

Seared Salmon and Pasta – Salmon seared in brown butter on top of Fettucine Alfredo with a touch of Pesto sauce – $21.

Beef Stew – Classic braised beef stew with vegetables and potatoes. Served with warm potato bread – $13.5.

*Mains come with a small Caesar salad or house salad with sherry vinaigrette.

Friday Fish Fry  – available only on Friday. 12 oz fresh cod beer battered in PBR or broiled. Comes with home made sweet slaw, tarter sauce and fries -$13.50.

 

Libation

Yes, there is more. The beer list is great even without draft, the wine list is short but solid, and the drink menu looks outstanding. A few examples of their original cocktails with fresh ingredients:

  • The Rue and Straw – Fresh home made strawberry, mixed with an orange cordial and dark syle margarita with rhubarb bitters $7
  • Stormy Sails – Sailor Jerry, lime and home made ginger syrup. Winfield’s Signature. $6
  • Doubting Thomas Oliver – Fresh Muddled Blackberry and Blueberry with Basil in Tullamore Dew. An Irish old Fashioned. $8

 

This is the type of place you want to tell only your closest friends because you want to keep it all to yourself. Unfortunately, I have no choice and not many friends. Their website states “From the bacon we smoke ourselves to the original potato bun recipe, we guarantee you a meal that will leave you full and feeling fantastic.” That pretty much sums it up for me. Definitely food with an attitude – Evil!

 

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