Freddy J’s BBQ, perhaps more aptly might be called Freddy J’s Kitchen, is a comfortable tiny space on Buffalo’s Grant Street. This west side delight is where Freddy dishes out plenty of fine cuisine sprinkled with a little philosophy here, a dash of humor there, big smiles everywhere.
Freddy J’s is where hip meets hospitable with stools at a bar with a front row seat to the chef. The restaurant consists of 8-12 seats literally within arms reach of the stove. He also has more seating on a very inviting side patio next to Press raw foods overlooking the street. From what I’ve see this arrangement is perfectly situated for Freddy to give very personal attention to each guest, and every item he serves up.
A second location on Connecticut Street, that would give him a bit more seating, seems to be in a holding pattern for the moment. If and when it does come to fruition I can only hope he will be as front and center as he is now.
On a recent weekday for lunch we stopped in to sample the BBQ about which we’ve heard a lot of good things. One of us stuck to the plan, another was easily tempted in a different direction by his latest signature dish the Chicken and Red Velvet Waffles. Freddy explained he was first know for the Jerk Chicken, then it was the Crab Cakes, now it’s Red Velvet Waffles. I went with the more traditional BBQ plate with Mac N Cheese.
We didn’t order any salads, but we must have looked hungry because Freddy dropped a couple in front of us and said it was on him. Fresh mixed greens with a thin slice or two of tomato, white cheese and house-made Caesar dressing with a little “African magic”. Outstanding – and much appreciated.
The salads were soon followed by plates piled high with goodness. My ribs were tender and juicy with a nice traditional BBQ sauce. The plate came with a couple of watermelon slices, and maybe the best traditional Mac N Cheese in town. Freddy explained the key is the addition of cornbread to the mix. DO NOT leave here without trying some. We were so impressed we had to order some to take home.
One bite into the Red Velvet Waffle with Chicken and you know why it has garnered some attention. The crisp fried chicken breast goes oddly well with the soft and sweet waffles. Along with some syrup Freddy adds a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a little somethin’. So good.
Freddy offers a small regular menu (below), plus specials daily. He plans to roll out a new menu to coincide with a Women’ Cigar Night Saturday, June 21 (4:00 – 8:00p.m.) 931-5300, $20. One of the items he specifically mentioned was Shrimp and Grits, a personal favorite for which I will certainly return. Freddy J.’s also offers a cooking class diner option. Five course meal, $40 per person, eat what you make. Call the restaurant to schedule with a date in mind. Freddy prefers Sundays. (716) 931-5300.
Stop in for a quick bite, take out, or a full dining experience complete with cooking insight, sports editorial, and general tips on life. Whatever the occasion you are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face.
Freddy J’s BBQ
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