“Can’t complain about this heat; we’ll be shoveling snow before you know it!” is probably a bigger Buffalo cliche than chicken wings or jokes about Super Bowl losses.
But cliches are cliches for a reason and we really do need to enjoy this “nice” 90-degree weather, right? So how does one go about enjoying the summer weather?
One answer is… waterfront drinking and eating.
Summer weather should mean lakeside eating to you Step Out Buffalo readers, and one of the best places to eat along Lake Erie is the newly-relaunched Bedrock in Hamburg.
Known for years as the Bedrock Eatery, the new Bedrock has upgrades both on and off the menu. The look and décor has been completely refreshed, with cushy throw pillows, low-slung tables and chairs that are perfect for kickin’ back by the water.
The menu features upscale, casual food with paleo- and vegetarian-inspired twists. For instance, you can get a burger with portobello mushroom caps for buns or a vegetarian bean salad with fresh salsa, tortilla strips and a jalapeno garlic aioli dressing.
Owner Erica Sikorski told Step Out Buffalo that her recent transition to a flexitarian diet was a big reason to include paleo and vegetarian influences.
“I prefer to eat plant-based foods, but when I go out to eat, sometimes I’m restricted as to what my menu options are,” she said. “When I go out with a group of people, I don’t want to be that person that either doesn’t eat or chooses selectively to pick out vegetarian elements.”
“It was hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and sandwiches for 20 years,” she added. “I just wanted to freshen things up a bit. We get our burgers from J.H. Dodman, one of the premier purveyors in Buffalo, and I get all my produce from Braymiller Market, pretty much fresh daily. So, we’re not using a lot of stuff that’s sitting on the shelf and in our freezers.”
On our recent visit, you could see the Lackawanna windmills spinning in the distance through the hot, hazy afternoon, and the Buffalo skyline beyond that. Waves rolled in constantly, keeping a soft steady beat.
While the restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, we opted to sit indoors. Counter service is the only option at the Bedrock: You order your food, pay for it and a text alert to your phone will let you know when you can pick up your food from the counter.
The menu is split into two main sections. The Hunters section is sandwiches and burgers, while the Gatherers section has salads. There are also kids’ food options and a selection of side dishes, including french fries, onion rings and deep-fried pickle spears. Everything is a la carte.
Non-alcoholic beverage options include Johnny Ryan sodas, smoothies and slushies. The Bedrock also has wine, wine slushies, Twisted Tea, Truly cans and a good beer selection for those looking to indulge in a bit of sweet, sweet alcohol.
The Savage burger we ordered on our visit had fresh-tasting bison meat, as well as crisp lettuce, tomato and onions. The jalapeno garlic aioli added a bit of spice and creamy texture.
The Caveman had fresh beef, crispy bacon and crumbled goat cheese and more of that delicious jalapeno sauce, while the Portobello Goddess layered creamy, cheesy goodness atop a portobello mushroom ‘burger’.
The a la carte fries we ordered were particularly crispy and came with a housemade marinara-like ketchup substitute. Sikorski said this fresh tomato sauce is so good, “You’ll never go back to ketchup again!”
It’s a bold statement, but after our visit – it’s kinda hard to argue with!
The Bedrock is super close to a couple of beaches and the restaurant even has lake access.
“A lot of people like to pull their kayaks up or their jet skis up and come in for something to eat,” Sikorski said.
As if the food and the view weren’t enough, the Bedrock also holds regular events like concerts, seafood boils and wine tastings AND the patio is dog-friendly. Follow Bedrock on social media and get down there ASAP. We hear it will be snowing before you know it!!!
4038 Hoover Road, Hamburg, New York 14219
Hours: Daily from 4 pm. To 10 p.m.