The Rust Belt Bar & Grill Facts
In the heart of one of WNY’s busiest and most industrial strips is one of the area’s more surprising family restaurants/watering holes. The Rust Belt Bar & Grill, now owned by Anthony Moutsatsos, was once Armondo’s, a dinner theater restaurant. Current ownership took over in the summer of 2013 and did a complete floor to ceiling renovation of the old joint. To the naked eye it seemed like a shot in the dark in a seemingly odd location, but once again quality and hard work pays off.
Rust Belt Bar & Grill offers up a thoughtful menu with plenty of variety to suit most anyone. Attention to detail in the kitchen means they deliver what they promise on the menu. A comfortable setting, nice bar and comfort food with pizzazz serves up an enjoyable dining experience.
The menu covers a lot of ground and pretty much everything is made from scratch by Chef Eli and company. They offer a boat load of wing options like Honey BBQ, Honey Mustard, Siracha, Lemmon Pepper, Sweet Chili, Garlic Pepper and more. They also serve other Buffalo foods like Beef on Weck and an everyday fish fry.
One would expect traditional comfort foods in a place called Rust Belt Bar & Grill (not sure why) and they deliver, but they also slip in enough diversity to keep regulars coming back – Liver & Onions, Peach Pork Chops, Crab Stuffed Haddock to name a few. Their pork dishes are roasted in house and they have authentic gyros with meat cooked on a rotisserie.
The sandwich menu also delivers with traditional plus creative like Chicken Florentine, Salmon BLT, Lamb Burger.
Nightly specials include $10 entrees on Tuesdays, Wednesday is 50 cent wing night, Thursday now is home cooked favorites, which will change to burgers & brew in the spring featuring a $5 burger & fries. Summer will bring seafood lovers night. Saturday is Prime Rib for $20.
You’ll also find a nice selection of apps, wraps, salads with a variety of house-madedressings and soups made fresh daily.
They have six beers on tap that change seasonally, and limited but solid wine choices.
We stopped in on a brutally cold and windy Wednesday to a full bar and a good crowd in the main dining room. Always a good sign. We sat immediately and ordered a few drinks (Mark West Pinot Noir and a Big Ditch Rye Brown Ale). The wine and beer options aren’t huge but they are good.
I’m sure the new owners get tired of hearing it, or maybe not, but one step inside the door and everyone says – wow this is a lot nicer than I would have thought. I’m not sure if it’s the industrial neighborhood or the traffic buzzing by a few feet from the door. The L-shaped bar sits nicely in a corner separated from the large main dining room by a half wall and pillars. Another semi-separated, smaller dining area is located beyond. A stamped tin ceiling, faux wood floors and attractive upholstered chairs finish off a charming style.
Chicken Wings (50 cents each)
As mentioned they have a huge selection of different wing choices. We went with the Ginger Sesame Seed variety which were nice for a little variety in life, but won’t replace Buffalo style anytime soon.
Pan Seared Ahi Tuna ($12)
This is a beautiful dish served with two different dipping sauces, a wasabi based and we think a soy ginger, cooked to perfection with sesame seed crust.
Seafood Cioppino ($22)
A seafood lovers dream come true filled with a tasty broth and loaded with clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops, with a little pasta, parsley and cheese.
Beer Battered Fish Fry ($12)
Things we love: when you can avoid the Friday crowds and still get a good fish fry. This was fresh with a nice crisp battered and satisfied our craving – malted vinegar and meaty fries helped too.
Sirloin Brisket Burger on a Pretzel Roll ($11)
Pretzel rolls can be tricky, but this one was just the right balance of soft but not too. The beef brisket was juicy and full flavored without being messy. We went with the blue cheesy which brought this to the level of “I’ll be back”.
What is Healthy Options Buffalo?
Rust Belt Bar & Grill is a member of the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Buffalo program. The Healthy Options program was designed to help our community make informed decisions about healthy eating, and as a result, help address the high rates of stroke and heart disease prevalent in Western New York. Through this program, the Foundation works with area restaurants to offer heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat cholesterol, and sodium. To learn more about the Healthy Options program and to check out more great participating Healthy Options restaurants visit healthyoptionsbuffalo.com.