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Schwabl's

789 Center Rd., Buffalo, NY - (716) 674-9821
Posted By Jane Jackson on 4/2/2011 5:49:00 PM
My traveling companion had heard about Schwabl's from a Food Network show. She and her husband went and loved it. So when we planned our road trip to Buffalo for shopping and eating (not necessarily in that order), Schwabl's was at the top of our list. However, we decided to wait until our last lunch to try it. It was definitely worth the wait and worth the visit. A lady in the Eden Kazoo Museum told us it was the only place her family would go for roast beef, and I can understand why!

We were warmly welcomed upon entering the restaurant, which set the tone for our visit. Having had enough salt and bread in previous days, I went with the roast beef on bread special, and it was immense! Had the pickled beets and the German potato palad with it; good decision. My friend had the beef on weck, and was really impressed with the kimmelweck bun: there was enough salt and caraway seeds, the outside was crispy but the bun was soft and delicious. She was really happy with the sandwich.

There was a good inch-plus of thinly sliced beef on the bread. It was more well-done by the time we got there, and I would normally have ordered it rarer. However, it was so moist and tender and delicious that it didn't matter. The gravy was so amazing: pure, rich beef flavor. It almost didn't need the horseradish (which I did find to be on the hot side).

The German potato salad was amazing, tangy but not too sharp, with one taste treat after another. The bacon was present, but not overpowering. I had been told that it was worth the trip in itself, and I agree. Wonderful! I love pickled beets and Schwabl's were tart without being too strong or too sweet. Exactly the way I like them.

I have highly recommended Schwabl's to friends and family, and even to the border crossing guard when we came back into Ontario! Worth the drive, but make sure you are hungry. You wouldn't want to miss a bite.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
beef on weck
German Potato Salad
Hot Roast Beef Sandwich
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A Schwabl's beef on weck sandwich: quintessential Buffalo
"A Schwabl's beef on weck sandwich: quintessential Buffalo"
Stephen Rushmore





A close view of beef on weck shows the character of the roll: salty, tender, able to absorb plenty of good beef juice.
"A close view of beef on weck shows the character of the roll: salty, tender, able to absorb plenty of good beef juice."
Michael Stern


There is a powerful scent of cloves from the tomatoey sauce on the delicious hot ham sandwich.
"There is a powerful scent of cloves from the tomatoey sauce on the delicious hot ham sandwich."
Cliff Strutz


The beef on weck sandwiches come conveniently cut in half.  I asked for my roast beef
"The beef on weck sandwiches come conveniently cut in half. I asked for my roast beef "medium" and it came out with just the right amount of pink."
Cliff Strutz


Schwabl's mild German potato salad is the perfect side for their beef on weck sandwiches.
"Schwabl's mild German potato salad is the perfect side for their beef on weck sandwiches."
Cliff Strutz


The Schwabl name has meant good food in the Buffalo area since 1837, when Ray Schwabl's great-grandfather, a brewmaster, began selling hot meals to go with the beer he made.
"The Schwabl name has meant good food in the Buffalo area since 1837, when Ray Schwabl's great-grandfather, a brewmaster, began selling hot meals to go with the beer he made."
Michael Stern


Recently, long time employee Cheryl Staychok and her husband Gene bought the famous beef house from the Schwabl family with plans to keep it exactly as it's been.
"Recently, long time employee Cheryl Staychok and her husband Gene bought the famous beef house from the Schwabl family with plans to keep it exactly as it's been."
Michael Stern



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