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Charlie the Butcher

1065 Wehrle Dr., Buffalo, NY - (716) 633-8330
Posted By Michael Stern on September 14, 2009 11:46 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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Beef on Weck
Turkey on Plain Roll
Roast Corn
Chicken Spiedie

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Posted By Dave O'Ball on May 20, 2013 7:02 PM
Charlie is the standard-bearer for Buffalo's other signature dish, the beef on weck. Of course, you know beef. In this case, very slow roasted beef is sliced thin and piled on kummelweck. From the German words “kummel” meaning “caraway” and “weck” meaning “roll,” it’s essentially a Kaiser with a salt and caraway seed topping. It's what Charlie the Butcher built its reputation on.

Charlie the Butcher's Kitchen opened in 1993, joining catering and "express" locations. Local and national television appearances on shows such as Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Cathy Lee have led Charlie to be known as Buffalo's unofficial "Food Ambassador."
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Grilled Bologna Sandwich
Cheeseburger

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Posted By Steve Bland on April 22, 2011 7:12 PM
The beef on weck is really excellent. The meat is tender and flavorful. The sweet potato fries make a nice side.
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Beef on Weck
Sweet Potato Fries

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Posted By Dwight Hatcher on April 14, 2011 7:24 PM
The rudest place I have ever been, and that includes a bunch of New York delis. We stood at the window for five minutes while staff ignored us. As for the beef on weck: OK at best. What a waste of time and money. So many better places in a city that does bar food better than almost any other town.
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