The Byrd House Facts
4190 N Buffalo St, Orchard Park / (716) 662-3909
Price: $ / Cuisine: American
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Update: Since this was written The Byrd House moved down the street to 4190 N Buffalo St
Orchard Park, NY 14127.
The Byrd House is a place I’ve overlooked since it’s opening in May 2012. Nestled into a snug spot between Mangia, a few small shops and Orchard Park Lanes, it has a small front patio overlooking the quaint village of Orchard Park. After recently hearing good things about a resident soup expert, I decided it was time to stop overlooking and start tasting.
While we enjoyed our visit to The Byrd House during a midweek lunch, locals frequent the place as a pub too, thanks in part to their variety of beers and proximity to other watering holes. Here for the soup and other intriguing recommendations from our readers, we got right down to business.
We started with a cup of the soup du jour, Beef on Weck ($2.95) and a cup of Banana Pepper Bisque ($3.95). Both were very good, creatively put together and extremely tasty, the banana pepper only slightly punchy. Although the Beef on Weck was a little too thick for it’s own good, plenty of the traditional sandwich flavors came through and I’d order either of the creamy soups again. Other options by the soup whisperer include traditional French Onion ($4.50), Sausage + Spinach Chowder ($3.95) and a seasonal House Made Chili ($4), all available on the regular menu. I’ve also heard mention of a Roasted Red Pepper & Gouda on special here and there.
Next we moved on to the main course. Had we been hungrier or here for dinner, I would have ordered the Cashew Chicken Egg Rolls ($8.95) or the Mediterranean Display of toast points, hummus, tapenade, bruschetta, crustini and julienned bell peppers ($11.95) as appetizers. The Byrd House also offers five types of focaccia pizza including caprese, banana pepper and pulled pork. Salads are an option as is Vegetarian Pot Pie ($11.50).
An Express Lunch option from 11am – 4pm offers mini versions of some menu items for just 6.95 or half a sub and a side of soup or salad. Naturally, we opted for full burgers and sandwiches because we just can’t turn down food. And yes, if you’re wondering, it is becoming a slight problem.
Eventually I decided on the Tobacco Onion Burger, “8 ounces of grilled angus topped with barbecue sauce, boursin cheese and a hearty pile of tobacco fried onions” $9.95. Now, I’m not exactly sure what “tobacco fried” means, but I can tell you it’s delicious, whatever it is. The juicy, protruding burger was sandwiched between a proportionate, fresh roll. The combination of crispy onion, smokey BBQ and soft, creamy cheese made for a heavenly flavor and texture. It all ended in a somewhat sloppy mess, no complaints here. My side of pineapple slaw while uniquely light, left something to be desired.
My companion ordered the Pot Roast Sandwich, a “signature slow-cooked sliced pot roast topped with tobacco onions and served on a brioche bun with a side of red wine demi-glace” $8.95. In truth, the sandwich was average. It was made with a nice mountain of flavorful meat, but paired with a weak au jus, improved slightly by the horseradish we added. The side of potatoes was excellent, a nice change from your standard fries.
Menu items to try:
- Tortellini Pesto – Tri-color tortellini served in a pesto cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes $16.95
- Creole Corn Meal Crusted Tilapia 15.95
- 8 oz Sirloin available in 3 flavors: Coffee crust chipotle demi-glace, Traditional with red-wine demi-glace or Gorgonzola crust or whole grain mustard demi-glace $18.85
Burgers range in price from $8 to $12, along with quite a few sandwiches. Dinner entrees vary from $11 to $18.
Our friendly server was attentive to our lonely table on the front patio. Overall we enjoyed the indulgent meal. If you’re looking to stray from your go-to restaurant for great prices and a respectable menu, The Byrd House in OP is a great option. Make sure you try a soup!
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