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New: b-Side Market Does Rotisserie Chicken Focused Fast-Casual

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on December 7, 2021
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It’s always a little bit sad when a Mighty Taco closes. But for the guy next door, it means not having to clean nacho cheese off the sidewalk every morning.

Brian Mietus is that guy next door. He is the chef-owner of a successful upscale restaurant on Chippewa Street in Buffalo called Bacchus. When the Mighty Taco next door to Bacchus recently closed, Mietus jumped at the chance to take over the space.

The result of that takeover is b-Side Market, a fast-casual concept based on rotisserie-cooked meats. With both restaurants, Mietus now occupies the entire first floor of the iconic Calumet Building and its terra cotta facade, which was built in 1906.

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B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo
B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo
B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo
B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

“I’ve always loved this building and it’s on one of the best corners in the city,” he told me in a recent phone call. “The thought of some chain taking over that spot again… I was dead set against it.

“We’ve been here for almost 20 years. We’ve seen it all. We were the only (upscale restaurant) down here for a little while, just us and The Chophouse on Franklin Street. We saw all these bar concepts come and go… and there was some trouble here and there.”

In keeping with the recent theme on Chippewa, the new b-Side Market is an upgrade on Mighty Taco. Mietus said the fast-casual restaurant will be largely powered by his mighty rotisserie oven and focus heavily on rotisserie chicken.

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B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo
B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

You might think that a classically trained chef would be bored by the idea of running a fast-casual restaurant, but during our call, Mietus said he’s having fun with the new concept and offering food at a lower price point.

“Today’s special is a cornbread pancake with barbecue chicken, corn and bacon inside, topped off with some barbecue sauce,” he mused. “So, it’s a little casual, it’s 10 bucks and it’s a killer side dish or a meal.”

Whether you’re out for an anniversary dinner or stuffing your face on a lunch break, it’s important to get value for your dollar. A $150 dinner should taste like $150. (Ideally, it should taste like more than that). Likewise, a $15 lunch should at least taste like $15.

At b-Side, you do pay a little more than you would at Mighty, but the nuanced flavors and complexity are worth far more than what Mietus is charging. I recently ordered the Feed Your Flock meal ($30), which came with eight pieces of rotisserie chicken and three sides. I picked sweet waffle fries, crispy brussels sprouts and tomato-olive salad.

As you’d hope, the chicken was perfectly cooked, and the skin was seasoned precisely with a savory flavored salt from Australia called “chook” – which helped give it an addictive white umami. The dill and chalet sauce that came with it were perfect complements. While the waffle fries and salad were above average, the crispy sprouts were “how’d they do that?” good.

B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo
B-Side Market / Photo x Step Out Buffalo

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B-Side Market / Photo courtesy of b-Side Market – Hot Smoked Salmon

The menu also features a number of different sandwiches ($12 each), including riffs on a Philly steak, Japanese fried chicken sandwich and a Cuban sandwich. Food can be ordered fresh at the counter and there’s also a grab-n-go cooler. Soft drinks are the beverage options.

The current menu is New American, and Mietus said he’s looking to feature flavors from around the globe, offering customers a bit of an approachable escape from the usual daily routine.

“Just like at Bacchus, we’re not hemmed in by one cuisine,” he said. “It’s this global approach where we can go in any direction.”

Opening Hours (subject to change): Monday to Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

b-Side Market

52 W. Chippewa St. Buffalo, NY 14202 • $$

New AmericanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

b-Side is an exciting new restaurant concept from Chef Brian Mietus, the longtime owner and operator of downtown’s venerable Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant. The ...

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for the Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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