Raclettes is open – really. It has been a longtime coming. Owners, Sandra and Paul Wilkins (formerly of Grand Island) live above the establishment on Main and East Huron. They have been working on the building and biding their time until that section of Main Street was opened to traffic.
We stopped in during our recent celebration of the quality of life here in WNY – AKA every day. Appropriately, we parked right around the corner. Raclettes is a very casual take on what many people think of as a formal cuisine. Not a stuffy maître d or snooty waiters here. Raclettes is more like a tavern with French food i.e. bistro. Stated aptly on their website – “French food, Buffalo attitude”. What a great combination.
Raclettes has a good size bar serving cocktails, beers by the bottle, and wines (mostly French). They have roughly ten tables with a grand communal table up front. More seating will be available in the warmer months in their back courtyard. Serving lunch (both sit down and grab-n-go) and dinner. Reservations are recommended – by all reports the place has been busy every night since opening in mid March.
The name Raclettes is derived from a French-Swiss style of dining – raclette (also a cheese). Similar in method to a fondue pot, a table-top raclette grill is placed on your table – guests test their grilling prowess by cooking small tasty dishes for themselves. The hot plate is ideal for grilling vegetables, sausage, shrimp etc. Cheese is melted and consumed with meats or vegetables. At Raclettes you can order individual items a la carte – ham, chicken, turkey, cappicolas, various cheeses and vegetables, or you can order a preset combination of these ~ $18-$25. The concept of raclette dining is based on a relaxed, social eating and drinking environment. Our server said to plan on a minimum of 90 minutes.
We had people to see and places to go (read: chickened out) so we opted for the more traditional options. We sampled the Samual Smith’s Imperial Stout (not bad), a Mandarin Mule (very nice), and a bottle of Louis Jadot, Pinot Noir (not good). For apps we tried the cheese fondue ($14 – enough for 4) and the St. Germaine Tartine ($8). For entrees we went with the Coq au Vin ($18) and Paris style Moules with Frites ($16); and a chocolate/strawberry crepe for dessert. We thoroughly enjoy diner and will return soon for the raclette and a full review, so stay tuned.
537 Main St, Buffalo / 716-436-3244
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am – 9pm; Fri 11am-10pm; Sun 5pm-10pm
Price: $$$ / Cuisine: French
More Info / raclettesbuffalo.com
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