Photos by Kimberly Snickles unless otherwise noted
Customers clean house day of opening at Scharf’s
Potato pancakes. Pork schnitzels. Sauerbraten. Oh my!
For customers who have patiently waited months for their favorite German cuisine to have a comeback in Western New York, the wait is finally over.
Scharf’s German Restaurant and Bar re-opened at their new location on Clinton Street in West Seneca on Wednesday. Formally located at Crossman Street in Buffalo, the owner of Scharf’s, Jerry Scharf, decided to move due to a poor reputation of the area the business was located. And let it be known, quality food and service was never the issue.
This reputable restaurant has been around for more than 47-years. Started by Scharf’s parents, the duo brought all of their recipes from the old country to Buffalo and made their business a success. Now Scharf continues to keep this tradition alive by listening to his customers’ input and offering the same great food and service that they have grown accustomed to over the years.
When I walked into Scharf’s the day of their grand opening on Wednesday, I was surprised to see a full house. Almost every table was taken and the restaurant staff was running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Now I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It’s just that it’s unusual for a restaurant to have so many patrons on the first day of an opening.
This place must be good!
As I watched the expressions on the patrons’ faces as they took their first bite of food, all I could see were smiles from ear to ear. These customers had no complaints when it came to their selection and after checking out the menu, I could see why not.
Scharf’s menu is identical to the menu that was offered at the Crossman Street location. When asked why he didn’t make any changes, Scharf said it just wasn’t necessary. I guess when something isn’t broke, why fix it, right?
Anyhow, the lunch and dinner menu is quite extensive at Scharf’s, but the prices are pretty reasonable.
Potato Pancakes are 2 for $4.95… 4 for $8.95… and 6 for $12.95 (And yes! They are out of this world!)
Pork Schnitzel with German potato salad is $7.95 for lunch
Bratwurst (smoked or fresh) with home fries and kraut is also $7.95 for lunch.
Sauerbraten for dinner (marinated beef) is $15.95 and Wienerschnitzel (breaded veal cutlet) is $14.95 and comes with a choice of potato, vegetable, and chef salad.
Scharf’s also offers American food for all of you chicken lovers out there.
½ Chicken in a Basket is $8.25 and comes with fries or German potato salad.
Pork chops are $11.95 and roast beef is $11.50. Both come with choice of potato, vegetable, and chef salad.
Potato choices include: Spatzle (noodles), German potato salad, bread dumplings, French fries, pub fries, or mashed potatoes.
Vegetable choices include: Sauerkraut, red cabbage, white sweet and sour cabbage, or green beans.
Scharf’s also offers a wide variety of German beers including St. Pauli Girl, Beck’s, Spaten Hefeweisse, Paulaner Hefeweizen, and Spaten (light and dark).
For dessert, there’s Schwartzwalder-Kirsch Torte (Black Forest Cake) for $4.50, homemade pies (regular or ala mode) or vanilla ice cream and rainbow sherbet.
Now the atmosphere isn’t Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, but it does give you that good old “Cheers” feeling that we all love. Scharf’s has even added an outdoor patio so patrons can enjoy the beautiful weather while they dine.
The staff is refreshingly friendly and so is the owner. Scharf doesn’t just sit back and watch his business thrive; he actually takes part in every day activities. On the day of the opening, he was extremely busy answering phones, wiping tables, helping his son, and making sure the kitchen had everything it needed to get by.
Opening day was so successful in fact that Scharf had to cancel lunch for patrons on Thursday due to the overwhelming response the day before. “We will need to open at 4 p.m. on Thursday. They cleaned us out of everything,” read a Facebook post.
Scharf’s is currently only accepting cash for payment due to the recent move. The business will welcome credit cards once everything is up and running again.
For more information on what Scharf’s has to offer, call 895-7249 or visit their Facebook page.
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