10 Best Restaurants for Buffalo's Legendary Beef on Weck Sandwich

Amber Nolan

By , Travel Expert at Large, Buffalo
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Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods that bring the crowds back time and again. They pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result - some even earning international acclaim. Buffalo has had much success creating a substantial market for beef on weck, a simple - but flavorful - sandwich. Thinly-sliced rare roast beef is placed on a salty kummelweck roll, dipped in au jus, and often served with horseradish, a pickle, and french fries. While its roots date back to Germany, the sandwich has been transformed into a unique dish in Western New...  Read more »

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    Charlie the Butcher

    We simply cannot write about beef on weck in Buffalo without including Charlie the Butcher.

    Local Expert Tip: "Round off your meal with a cup of turkey soup and a chocolate shake. "

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    Fame doesn't seem to have affected the quality of this restaurant.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't pass up the pickled beets!"

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    Bar-Bill Tavern

    Bar Bill Tavern is known for both of Buffalo's specialties: wings and weck.

    Local Expert Tip: "If there are no seats available, talk to the bartender to get a table. "

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    Laughlin's Hearty Buffalo Bistro

    With a great location, consistently good food, and a swanky ambiance, Laughlin's remains a favorite in Buffalo.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the stuffed peppers appetizer! "

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    Eckl's Beef & Weck Restaurant

    This cozy and inviting restaurant has been around since 1934 for a reason.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget the slow-cooked prime rib that is available on Saturdays and Sundays."

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    This Western New York landmark knows their ice cream - and their roast beef.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to visit the Sheridan Drive location - it's the original. "

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    Steve's Pig and Ox Roast

    It's nothing fancy, but this neighborhood restaurant specializes in sliced meat on rolls.

    Local Expert Tip: "They also make their own hot banana pepper mustard to top off your sandwiches. "

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    Swiston's Beef & Keg

    • Cuisine: American, Regional
    • Average Main Course Price: $5
    • Neighborhood: Tonawanda

    This no-frills, local establishment makes a mean beef on weck.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't pass up the self-serve popcorn."

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    Buffalo Brew Pub

    This restaurant combines two of the greats: beer and beef!

    Local Expert Tip: "This is also a great place to take home some Buffalo merchandise like mugs, t-shirts, and sweaters. "

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    • Cuisine: Burger
    • Neighborhood: North Buffalo

    Vizzi's is constantly in the running among a handful of others for the "Best Burger" in Buffalo.

    Local Expert Tip: "They are cash only but their is an ATM machine."



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