The Draft Room Puts On a Classic Brunch With the Support of Bakery 55

The Draft Room Brunch

The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

The Draft Room at The Labatt Brewhouse has transformed a street corner of the Cobblestone District in Downtown Buffalo into a sprawling beauty of brick, steel, and glistening glass garage doors. It’s the hottest new spot for anyone heading to KeyBank Center events to grab a bite to eat that’s not too far off the beaten path and is located conveniently next to a parking garage (cause god forbid you have to walk a few blocks or take the metro). 

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I was stoked to try The Draft Room brunch for the first time as I had heard great things and my parents brought me a Bakery 55 cinnamon roll that was dynamite when the bakery first opened! Y’all know how I feel about cinnamon rolls, so we were off to a good start. 

Draft House / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

Draft House / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

Draft House / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

Draft House / Photo x Christopher Lestak for Step Out Buffalo

The sheer size of The Draft Room is enticing and coupled with the self service model, I was really digging the ability to choose for yourself and to me, it created a more relaxed vibe. It didn’t seem to slow down or confuse service while I was visiting, so I’ll attribute the negative service reviews online to people just being helpless. 

The Draft Room Brunch

The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

The Draft Room Brunch

TDR Bloody Beer at The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

I started with the TDR Bloody Beer which was essentially a thirst-quenching, wonderfully-concocted michelada. The Draft Room’s beer selection is abundant and there is something for everyone, so it’s a perfect spot to gather with a group of friends. For food, we ordered the Bakery 55 French Toast Sticks, the Breakfast Flatbread, the Pork Belly BLT, and the Canadian Bacon Burger. 

The Draft Room Brunch

Breakfast Flatbread at The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

The Draft Room Brunch

The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

I knew that I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from eating the entire stack of french toast sticks once I started, so I opted to get to work on the burger first. The balance of the burger was great – nice thin smash burger, salty Canadian bacon, fresh and crunchy lettuce, and a hint of sweetness with wild blueberry jam all sandwiched between a nice fluffy roll.

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The Draft Room Brunch

Canadian Bacon Burger at The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

The Draft Room Brunch

The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

The pork belly BLT was a nice spin on a BLT with a thin layer of potato to add a different element while still maintaining that classic BLT nostalgia – savory, juicy, crunchy. The flatbread also did the job just right and didn’t have too much of any ingredient weighing it down or making it soggy like you may find with a lot of flatbreads. I also enjoyed the ultra crunchy base – there’s a crunch theme here, isn’t there…

The Draft Room Brunch

Pork Belly BLT The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

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The french toast sticks – they were just delightful. From the whipped cream right down to the maple porter glaze. I knew the cinnamon roll was an indication and boy, does the Bakery 55 staff know how to mix carbohydrates with sugar and cinnamon. 12/10 would go back just for the french toast sticks! 

The Draft Room Brunch

French Toast Sticks at The Draft Room Brunch / Photo x Adrianne Salmon

The best thing about The Draft Room brunch? You can enjoy it on Saturdays AND Sundays! 10am-2pm. Head down on a quiet afternoon and take in the glory that is our Cobblestone District. 

 

The Draft Room

Location: 79 Perry St, Buffalo, NY 14203

Hours: Brunch served Saturdays & Sundays 10am – 2pm 

Social: Facebook, Instagram 

Booze: Yes

Patio / Beer Garden: Yes

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