On a particularly dreary Sunday afternoon, having already tried to go to one brunch spot that was done serving (yes, it was a late night, but also, can everyone just pony up and serve brunch until AT LEAST 3pm?), my friends and I decided to forgo brunch and go to Cafe 59 as we hadn’t been in a while. Much to our surprise, we settle in, grab our drinks, open up the already abundant menu, and there’s a sheet of paper insert with the words Brunch Menu typed across the top. The universe really guides you in the right direction sometimes, amirite? I mean, what could be better than thinking that you aren’t going to be able to have brunch, and then being presented with a [pretty epic] brunch menu when you thought you were just settling for linner.
And yes, if you are curious, linner is very different than brunch. Present your argument in the comments if you don’t agree.
Cafe 59’s appetizer lineup is one of the best in town, so you gotta start there even though it’s not part of the brunch menu. We got smoked mozzarella bites and fried artichoke hearts cause if you don’t eat fried cheese when you’re hungover then you’re simply not a real person. Both apps were the perfect start to our meal and side note, smoked mozzarella bites pair SUPER well with a nice spicy bloody mary, which Cafe 59 delivers.
The brunch menu varies a bit each week according to their website, but typically includes variations of breakfast sandwiches and wraps, chicken and waffles, a brunch chicken finger sub, brunch risotto and more. It’s an impressive and ambitious menu, especially when supplemented with their regular menu that spans nearly three pages and includes a sandwich, wrap, salad, burger, and entree section. If you’re in the mood for cafe food, healthy food, bar food, or spins on Italian classics, you will surely find something on the Cafe 59 menu that will satisfy your needs.
Well, let’s cut to the chase now. You KNOW I was all over that brunch chicken finger sub as soon as I saw it. Fingers your way (hot, I hope), scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese. So basically, if you want to up your breakfast sandwich game at any point, just add chicken fingers; and if you think it would be weird in any way, you’re wrong. It was glorious.
We also got the brunch risotto, and while it could’ve gotten cooked a bit longer, the flavors were there and the sautéed onions and red peppers, along with the bacon, were great for dipping in my accompanying egg yolk. All the goods at Cafe 59 can be washed down with a beer of any style from their draft and [extensive] can list. Bon apple tea!
Location: 62 Allen St., Buffalo
Hours: Sunday brunch served 11am – 4pm, full menu is also available during brunch!