Updated July 2015
674 Ellicott St. (corner of Virginia St.) / Medical Campus / Downtown
(716) 989-1868 | No reservations (FCFS)
Hours: Open M-F 11-11, Sat. 5-2:00 a.m.
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The war between the states had just ended. Andrew Johnson was in the White House. Thomas Edison had patented his 1st invention, the electric voice machine. The Jesse James gang was robbing banks. The year was 1868 and Ulrich’s Tavern had just opened their doors.
Fast forward 146 years and…Ulrich’s Tavern just opened their doors, again. Ulrich’s closed down last fall and the building was purchased by Tom Eoannou, the well known lawyer/preservationist who restored the North Park Theatre. Sal Buscaglia of the Snooty Fox Lounge is the new operator of the restaurant/bar.
Considerable time and effort went in to restoring the old tavern. Although it has been cleaned, spruced, and upgraded, the beauty and patina of the wood work and stained glass remain. You can read more about the restoration efforts on Buffalo Rising. Ulrich’s has historically been known as a German restaurant with an Irish Pub. Thankfully that tradition continues, perhaps with a new hint of Italian influence.
We stopped for a weekday lunch and business was brisk. The only table to be found was in the Virginia room, which offers a nice view of Virginia Street.
For lunch we tried:
- Potato Pancakes – traditional style, served with green onion, top of sour cream and applesauce – short stack of two $7.68.
- Oktoberfest – three German sausages bratwurst, knockwurst and Ulrich’s original sausage recipe served with sauerkraut and German potato salad $14.68.
- Pastrami on Rye – thinly sliced pastrami simmered in their homemade house-made mustard and Beer sauce with onions on fresh rye bread $10.68.
- Cold Cucumber Salad – fresh cucumbers, green onion and tomatoes with a house made, yogurt dill sauce $6.68.
In truth I never ate at Ulrich’s under the previous regime so it’s difficult to compare. I loved the potato pancakes, German sausage, pretty much all of the above. Old world food aside I thought the Cold Cucumber Salad was particularly nice with the yogurt-dill dressing. Heads up – the Pastrami on Rye comes grilled- not my preference, but I’m sure they would have not had I thought to ask.
Menu Items to Try:
In addition to the Cucumber salad they have another four that sound good including a Beet salad.
- Grilled Portobello
- Ulrich’s Burger
- Bologna & Onions
- Beef on Weck
Ulrich’s Favorites ( $11-$14)
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Wiener Schnitzel
- Rouladen (German flank)
I counted eight beers on tap including Hamburg, Ommegang, Southern Tier, and Rusty Chain. They have a modest wine selection with about 10 each of white and red, 3-4 sparkling.
If you are in the mood for some Buffalo history, bone-sticking, old-world food, or just a cold brew with friends I can’t think of a better spot.
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