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

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 York. Locals can't get enough of it, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at the popular Bar-Bill Tavern or at Charlie the Butcher, a major player in the "beef on weck" field. Many of Buffalo's family-run restaurants like Schwabl's and Eckl's date back into the 1900s (or earlier), so the recipes have been handed down from one generation to another.

We've sifted through Buffalo's restaurants and pubs in search of the 10 best places for mouthwatering beef on weck and present the following list. Bring your appetite and see what all the fuss is about!

North Buffalo
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This local gem serves up sandwiches, salads, beef on weck (that's piled high) and some of Buffalo's best burgers with a massive portion of thick french fries, pasta, or red potato salad. The monster burger is legendary, a flavorful patty topped...  Read More


Renowned for its fabulous beer and savory grub, this popular bar is the place to grab a bite of some of the city's famous fare. Try the sampler platter, which features chicken wings (seasoned to your liking), and a mini beef on weck. Or, order...  Read More

Swiston's Beef & Keg
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Stepping into this tavern is like stepping into the middle ages: it's dark, yet cozy with cast-iron lattice around the entrance, and massive candle sticks on the walls. Vulgar - but friendly - bartenders know all the local's orders by heart....  Read More

The decor may be a bit dated, but the quality of the beef on weck at Steve's Pig and Ox Roast is not. Meats are charcoal roasted on the spit and tender, juicy cuts of roast beef are served on a salty kummelwick roll. Or, - for a twist on a...  Read More


First opened in 1946, this local chain boasts seven Western New York locations, serving up the city's signature bites: wings, beef on weck and frozen custard. Their legendary roast beef comes in several varieties – original, beef and cheddar,...  Read More

East Aurora

Housed in a charming timber-framed building and packed with regulars, this friendly watering hole is an appealing spot to down an icy mug of beer and hearty sandwich. The kitchen's specialty, beef on weck, features slow-roasted beef, carved...  Read More

West Seneca

A Buffalo tradition since 1837 that even appeared at the Pan American Exposition, this quaint German eatery serves up hearty sandwiches, highlighted by the regional specialty beef on weck. In fact, Schwabl's has received international acclaim...  Read More


Succulent, freshly carved slices of roast beef piled on a seedy kummelweck roll and dipped in horseradish and au jus justify the popularity of this sandwich shop. The roast beef is tender, sliced medium-rare, and melts in your mouth! Located in...  Read More


Meet Amber Nolan

Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has a knack for befriending interesting characters. You can usually find her just about anywhere that has a hammock. Amber's favorite...  More About Amber

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