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Charlie the Butcher

1065 Wehrle Dr., Buffalo, NY - (716) 633-8330
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/14/2009 11:46:00 PM
Well situated for an impatient appetite arriving at the Buffalo Airport, Charlie the Butcher’s is an essential stop for anyone who wants to sample the Nickel City’s unique sandwich, “beef on weck.” Slow-roasted beef, tender and pink, is sliced thin and piled on a hard roll that is crusted with pretzel salt and kummel (caraway seeds). The top half of the roll gets dipped briefly in beef juice. The sandwich is served with only a pickle spear as garnish, although many customers slather it with eye-opening horseradish from the Broadway Market (where Charlie Roesch’s grandfather started this beef dynasty in 1914).

It’s a no-frills restaurant. Place your order at the front window with its fabulous view of the carving block, then pay and find a seat at the low-low counter or a table topped with oilcloth. All seats provide a nice view of the kitchen, where you’ll see Charlie himself, with a large staff of accomplished helpmates, slicing cabbage, tending soups, and cutting beef to order. Sandwiches are served in cardboard boats; and it’s customary to bus your own table.

By the way, Charlie’s menu extends beyond beef on weck; and everything else we’ve sampled is first rate: Buffalo-made hot dogs and sausages grilled over coals, chicken spiedie (a boneless breast that is marinated and grilled), and such daily-special sandwiches as meat loaf (Tuesday), and double-smoked ham (Monday). The beverage list includes the local favorite, Loganberry, as well as Charlie’s personal favorite, Birch Beer.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Beef on Weck
Roast Corn
Turkey on Plain Roll
Chicken Spiedie
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If this isn't Buffalo's best beef on weck sandwich, it is surely on the short list.
"If this isn't Buffalo's best beef on weck sandwich, it is surely on the short list."
Cliff Strutz





One of America's great roast beef sandwiches, sopped with enough gravy to flavor the bread but not so much it disintegrates
"One of America's great roast beef sandwiches, sopped with enough gravy to flavor the bread but not so much it disintegrates"
Michael Stern


Your beef on weck sandwich is expertly carved right before your eyes!
"Your beef on weck sandwich is expertly carved right before your eyes!"
Cliff Strutz


Not only the two beef on weck we ordered, but also the sweet potato fries: both were great!
"Not only the two beef on weck we ordered, but also the sweet potato fries: both were great!"
Matthew Darden


Driving around upstate New York in September, we saw a lot of corn fields. We assume this delicious roasted ear came from one of them.
"Driving around upstate New York in September, we saw a lot of corn fields. We assume this delicious roasted ear came from one of them."
Michael Stern


What you cannot see in this photo of a roast turkey sandwich is the cranberry orange relish I was about to apply. This sweet stuff is a Charlie specialty, and it makes the turkey sing!
"What you cannot see in this photo of a roast turkey sandwich is the cranberry orange relish I was about to apply. This sweet stuff is a Charlie specialty, and it makes the turkey sing!"
Michael Stern


Jane and Charlie pose in front of the unique sign that marks this special restaurant.
"Jane and Charlie pose in front of the unique sign that marks this special restaurant."
Michael Stern


The sausage is sliced in half, grilled and covered in sauerkraut.  Really good sandwich, but not up to the level of the beef on weck.
"The sausage is sliced in half, grilled and covered in sauerkraut. Really good sandwich, but not up to the level of the beef on weck."
Cliff Strutz


The cheeseburger comes nicely medium. It's a solid if unspectacular burger; very satisfying.
"The cheeseburger comes nicely medium. It's a solid if unspectacular burger; very satisfying."
Dave O'Ball


The grilled bologna with cheese and sauteed peppers and onion is a really good sandwich.
"The grilled bologna with cheese and sauteed peppers and onion is a really good sandwich."
Dave O'Ball


Add as much jus and horseradish as it'll take. It can handle it, as long as you can. It's simply incredible.
"Add as much jus and horseradish as it'll take. It can handle it, as long as you can. It's simply incredible."
Dave O'Ball


Charlie the Butcher's spiedie is one boneless chicken breast that has been marinated and grilled.
"Charlie the Butcher's spiedie is one boneless chicken breast that has been marinated and grilled."
Michael Stern


After ordering your beef on weck, it's great to be able watch it get carved by hand.  And here is where the action takes place.
"After ordering your beef on weck, it's great to be able watch it get carved by hand. And here is where the action takes place."
Cliff Strutz


Beef on weck with the homemade horseradish, which is delicious!  It is so good that on our way home from our trip to New England, we stopped again (we were there the first day of the trip as well).
"Beef on weck with the homemade horseradish, which is delicious! It is so good that on our way home from our trip to New England, we stopped again (we were there the first day of the trip as well)."
Matthew Darden


This little hallway is where you place your order.  Along with the regular menu on the overhead sign, make sure to check out Charlie's specials on the blackboard.
"This little hallway is where you place your order. Along with the regular menu on the overhead sign, make sure to check out Charlie's specials on the blackboard."
Cliff Strutz


Another view of the inside of the restaurant.  So cute!
"Another view of the inside of the restaurant. So cute!"
Matthew Darden


Charlie the Butcher is a no-frills kind of place where the emphasis is on the food.
"Charlie the Butcher is a no-frills kind of place where the emphasis is on the food."
Cliff Strutz


Aside from the glory of Charlie's beef on weck, we don't know too many other eateries that offer four different kinds of sausage every day.
"Aside from the glory of Charlie's beef on weck, we don't know too many other eateries that offer four different kinds of sausage every day."
Michael Stern


Charlie is never seen without his hard hat and apron.
"Charlie is never seen without his hard hat and apron."
Michael Stern



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