The question that slides into my @buffalobrunch DMs more than any other: Where can I get brunch on a [insert day of the week that is not a Saturday or Sunday]? My answer is varied. If you’re looking for breakfast food and don’t care about lack of booze, here’s a list of great diners. If you want booze AND delicious food, here’s a short list of cafes or diners bringing the alcohol AND the eats. But if you really just want to feel fancy on a weekday – why not go big or go home?
That’s where spots like Eckl’s at Larkin, Patina 250, and Hotel Henry come into play. Say you just want a nice deli sandwich and soup with a beer and your friend wants seared scallops with a mimosa – these spots can accommodate that kind of thing. After all, we should want to feel a bit fancier during lunch break, right?
Eckl’s at Larkin is close to my house, and most of my working hours happen at night, so naturally I’ve been able to visit for lunch quite a few times. From the french onion soup to the monte cristo to the burger to the gouda mac and cheese to the steak – the menu is flooded with deliciousness.
The Eckl’s monte cristo adds a little twist with a rosemary dressing giving it some extra savory lovin’ and I am all for it. The french onion soup – by far one of the best I’ve had in Buffalo, along with the beef on weck – which recently received some recognition in Buffalo Spree amongst other famed Buffalo beef on wecks! For healthier options, I’ve opted for the grilled vegetable salad as well as the ahi tartar – both well balanced and flavor-packed.
The best part of Eckls’ lunch menu, though? There are build-your-own options! Build-your-own burger and build-your-own pasta. I’m a sucker for cacio e pepe and they’ll whip it right up for you if that’s your build-your-own pasta request; or you can get even more creative and add meat or veggies, or whatever your little heart desires.
The cocktails at Eckl’s are amongst some of the better ones in the city and change seasonally. On a boozy summer visit, I tried the “Eckl’s Cooler” – Tommyrotter Gin, St. Germain, lemon, lime, cucumber, and mint. It’s their spin on the classic Old Maid cocktail and it is SO refreshing. Eckl’s Signature Bloody Mary comes with a mini roast beef garnish and is $18. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I know I’ll be back!
Location: 703 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14210
Hours: Monday – Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 4pm-10pm