Juicy Burger Bar Facts
Price: $$; Cuisine: American, Burgers
1 Buffalo Street Hamburg, NY — Inside Staub Square / 648-3200
Hours: Tue. – Thu. 11am-9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am-10pm; Sun. 12:30pm-8pm
Juicy Burger Bar opened in Hamburg this past July. A transformation of the former Bistro in the Square by Andrew Murtha, one time Brick Oven Bistro and Tempo Executive Chef. Juicy is part of a restaurant group that includes Buffalo Street Grill and Buffalo Sports Bar. Continuing on with the revamp Buffalo Street Grill is closed temporarily and is expected to reopen with a new name and menu late winter.
Juicy Burger was an instant success, launched on the day of Hamburg’s Burger Fest celebration, it satisfied the serious burger itch locals had endured for decades. In addition to fine burgers they have a good bar and a great location in the center of the village.
Great burgers, yummy fries, good sides, excellent beer options and you’ve got what I call nirvana. Easily attainable for a few bucks and a stop at Juicy. Fine drinks from a good bartender, and a flat screen with the game on in the corner doesn’t hurt either. Throw in the best bun in town (perfectly proportioned might I add) and you’d be crazy not to make this a regular routine.
Heavy on hamburgers with about 10 on the menu like the Juicy Signature, Grilled Cheese Burger (served with grilled sourdough provolone & cheddar grilled cheese bun), Yolks on You and more. Recently they’ve been running the One Buffalo Burger made from bison meat. In addition they have sides like wings, salads, a bunch of fries, Mac n cheese and sandwiches like Chicken and Waffle, Buffalo Chicken, The Gobbler and more. They also have a small kids menu. All the burgers come with fries. You can make the bun gluten free or pretzel for a small up charge. They make pretty much everything in house unless they know someone locally who can do it better. In which case, they collaborate to come up with the best product possible. Check out their menu here.
While we’ve been to Juicy almost too many times to count at this point, our most recent visit was on a weeknight. We arrived to an almost full house. Juicy is located in Staub Square so the actual entrance to the restaurant is inside the square. Since business has been booming they have added some tables in the atrium area. The restaurant space is smallish with about 12-15 tables with some people eating at the limited bar space. Like any good burger joint, these guys are busy more often than not. Good options at the bar, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, always takes the edge off a short wait. The decor is a toned down version of a retro 50’s style diner with tables along two banquets on the walls, tables and chairs in the middle and a fine view of Buffalo Street.
For our dinner we went with:
Juicy Burger– their signature burger with cheddar, house pickles, romaine, fancy sauce & onion, $10.
The burgers were all cooked to perfection. I guess if that’s what you do all day your timing gets pretty good. We ordered ours med-rare and they came with just the right pink inside- sooooo important in a burger joint. This Juicy isn’t the most exciting burger on the menu but it’s my personal favorite. Something about the combo of fancy sauce and housemade pickle just please my palate.
Divine Swine – smoked heritage bacon, cheddar, mayo, tomato, romaine, $12.
What can you say. If you like bacon on your burger this really is divine.
Yolks on You – cheddar, smoked bacon, farm fresh egg, $12.
Cheddar, bacon and eggs? Too bad they don’t open for breakfast or this could become a 20 lb habit. The only suggestion I could make is this get served with hand wipes. Make sure you dip your fries in the yolk that falls to your tray.
Hogzilla – smoked bacon, cheddar, hard cider BBQ, fried onions, $12
An awesome combination of salty, sweet, tangy, and crunhy. The unique batter on the onion ring puts this over the edge. Highly recommended.
Fries– As mentioned above the burgers all come with fries. Hand cut and serve in a neat little basket these are fine examples of America’s second favorite food.
Sweet Potato Fries – $4
Served with a spiced maple butter these were fried to a perfect crisp. For only $4 more why feel like you need to go with regular fries OR sweet potato? Both is always better.
Mac N Cheese – $5
This is a mighty good, creamy Mac n cheese. I’m partial to the baby shells, and the bread crumbs add a nice texture and flavor.
Fried Pickles – $ no idea
This plate of battered/tangy goodness is no longer on the menu, but you can still order them, and you believe me, you should. Completely different than what you might think (no traditional onion ring batter here), this hunk of beer? battered, house pickles combined with special sauce hits the spot every time. #secretmenu
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