367 Connecticut St. West Side / Downtown | (716) 884-1100
Brunch Hours: Sundays from 12 – 3pm
If you’re not familiar with The Black Sheep, allow me to explain the all important background of one of Buffalo’s most anticipated restaurant openings of 2014. Chef/owner Steve Gedra and his wife/General Manager/Baker Ellen closed Bistro Europa about a year ago to make way for a dream of theirs, The Black Sheep. Known for their nose-to-tail mentality and high quality ingredients with “aggressive local sourcing”, the Gedras and team constantly work to serve interesting, delicious food. Brunch is a recent addition, and one we take very kindly to, as Black Sheep is a restaurant you can tell will kill brunch before you even get so much as a whiff. Rumor has it, their back patio is now open for business as well. You should go. Like now.
Unfortunately, I’ve already used the “perfect brunch” line. So “the best brunch I’ve had in Buffalo” will have to do. What makes it so? The diversified menu and the atmosphere. The no-nonsense dining area seems particularly well suited to a morning feast. The endless Joe Bean coffee, the five dollar brunch drinks, the list of $3 sides that will make you rethink your entire strategy. Simple, yet detailed. This is a brunch experience that surely anyone with good taste will love. The menu focuses on unpretentious, good tasting food that is becoming more and more prevalent in WNY.
The menu provides just enough options to drive you crazy for the first five minutes of your visit. On top of standard menu items (read: not so standard), our server presented a burger option too. The day we visited, offerings included brunch staples like Pancakes ($9) and Ham Steak and Eggs ($13) along with the oh-so-clever Game of Scones ($8), and a Sesame Bagel with smoked trout spread, among other mouthwatering dishes. The thing to remember here is that everything will be good, and almost nothing is ever exactly what it sounds like it’s going to be at BS – in a good way.
Arriving at Sunday brunch before 12pm is always risky business. The risk being, will you be able to drag brunch out long enough to order and enjoy a brunch cocktail. On this occasion, we took this challenge head on and kicked some ass.
We arrived around 11:15 and enjoyed a leisurely cup (or four) of heavenly Joe Bean coffee and the relaxing atmosphere that is The Black Sheep on a Sunday morning (challenge accepted). Service throughout the meal was friendly, attentive and never rushed.
A quick forty-five minutes after arrival, our server kindly reminded us that we were able to order drinks, so we decided on a Bloody Mary and a mimosa ($5 each). Both were standard, delicious and available at quite the right price. Beyond coffee, Mem Tea, juice, bloody marys and mimosas, you can also order from their regular beer, wine and cocktail menus.
- Pancakes with whipped butter and local maple syrup, $9
These were three small, yet stacked and super fluffy pancakes. The whipped butter and sweet syrup were delicious. Normally I would scoff at someone for ordering pancakes from a menu like this. But when I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong, and nobody puts Chef Gedra’s pancakes in a corner.
- Side of scrambled eggs, $3
Light and fluffy but not too light and fluffy. Also known as perfect.
- H.R.E.A.M. – “Hash Rules Everything Around Me” consists of brisket hash, two eggs (your choice of style) and toast, $13
Flavorful brisket everywhere you turn, soft red peppers and yolk coating the hash contents in a warm yellow bath. If you get anything but sunny-side up eggs with this, we can’t be friends.
- Grapefruit Brulee, $3
Call me crazy but this was something new to me. And I loved every minute of the sweet, sweet journey. They take half a grapefruit and lightly brulee the top to create the most perfect breakfast fruit you’ll ever eat.
- Sticky bun, $5
From the kitchen that brings you Buffalo’s favorite dessert – sticky toffee pudding. The sticky bun is a no brainer.
And yes, two people ate all this.
Question: What is your favorite dish at The Black Sheep?
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