3410 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217
Hours: Mon 11:30 am – 12:00 am; Tue – Thur 11:30 am – 1:00 am; Fri – Sat 11:30 am – 2:00 am; Sun 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Looking for a stylish hangout with creative pub fare? Look no further. Described as “innovative pub grub served in a bi-level, industrial-chic tavern with a patio & relaxed vibe”, The Delaware Pub & Grill is an unexpected treat in the middle of an otherwise residential and commercial area. Driving by it might even seem out of place, but once inside you’ll feel completely transported to the swankiest of pubs. The space is great, the food is better, and the prices are surprisingly affordable. Welcome to The Delaware.
I’m going to begin this section with one word: go. I’ll be honest in saying that The Delaware wasn’t even on my radar until one day when we found ourselves in the area and looking for a bite to eat. We came across The Delaware on a list of must-try restaurants in Buffalo and figured we’d give it a try…and we were really happy we did. The rest is history.
The best thing about gastropubs is that they take tried and true pub fare to the next level. If you’ve ever been to Water Street Landing you know what we’re talking about, and since both The Delaware and Water Street Landing are owned by the same people you can be sure that the food is nothing short of WOW-inducing. For lunch and dinner The Delaware features new spins on old favorites. Their appetizers include Deviled Eggs ($4.25), Pub Style Mussels ($12.50), Smoked Gouda Rarebit ($7.25), Artichoke & Asiago Fritters ($8), and Fried Calamari which comes with a cilantro-lime sauce ($10). Their “Broth and Greens” section includes soups such as Tomato ($4.25) and French Onion Soup Gratinee ($5.50) and a variety of salads like their Smoked Wedge ($5.50) and Delaware Salad ($9.50, $13.50 with chicken). They also have Grilled Flatbreads, Sandwiches, and Burgers that give interested parties many options to enjoy like their Baked Tomato flatbread ($11), Hand Cut Pastrami Reuben ($9.25), or Pretzelweck burger ($9.75). Last but certainly not least their entrees include Chicken Paillard ($15.75), Grilled Cauliflower Steak ($14), and Chicken Rigatoni with fava beans and kale ($15). We know, it’s a lot to absorb all at once. Take your time.
When we pulled up to The Delaware we were a bit confused at our surroundings; there were houses down every block, a Len-Co Lumber across the street, and a Monroe Muffler next-door. But once we were inside we were in awe at how cool the space was – hardwood floors and tables, exposed pipes and industrial-esque accents, we were actually ooh-ing and ahh-ing. We went during lunchtime and were seated right away. There were a good amount of patrons there so you knew you were at a good place but it wasn’t too crowded, the Goldilocks of occupancy if you will. When we received our menus the ooh-ing and ahh-ing continued as we stated how we wanted every item they offered out loud. But alas, our stomachs are only so big ( ). Here’s what we ordered:
- Pork & Cheddar Tots ($5) – The Delaware’s “twist on a classic pub favorite”, this was my favorite thing we ordered. I’ve had tater-tots before but there was something about these that made them a notch above the rest. Was it the pork? Was it the cheddar? Was it their massive two-bites-required size? Only a second visit will decide.
- Shrimp Corn Dogs ($9) – Corn dog battered shrimp on a stick served with Cajun remoulade. In the interest of full disclosure I have a series of food-related “trigger words” that make my mouth water and make me subsequently have to order any menu item containing them when the opportunity presents itself. On that list are “corn dogs”, “Cajun”, and “remoulade”, so we all knew this appetizer was happening. We ended up (I ended up) licking the container the Cajun remoulade sauce came in clean. If and when you go, these are a good way to start your meal.
- Roasted Beet salad ($10.25) – Normally we’re not ones to order a salad when out to eat, but sometimes a salad looks too good to resist…which is precisely what happened here. Mixed greens, candied walnuts (trigger word), crumbly blue cheese, fried onions, and balsamic vinaigrette make up this beaut and it was worth it.
- B.L.A.S.T. sandwich ($9.75) – Bacon (trigger word). Lettuce. Avocado (trigger word). Grilled salmon (trigger word). Tomato. On a ciabatta roll. Take a guess who ordered this. This sandwich was a bacon-filled bite of fresh air. My only complaint is that I wish I had more of it, even though I cut it in half and had the other half for dinner later that night. Maybe next time I’ll just order two.
Bottom line: Once we were inside The Delaware Pub & Grill we didn’t cease to be impressed. From the décor and the ambiance to the service and the food, we felt like we were at a trendy restaurant in New York City…except our entire bill was way less than $50. Like I said, GO!
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