Essex Street Pub, one of the city’s greatest watering holes, is now serving food as a full fledged restaurant. It struck me that maybe I was overdue for a non-beer visit when I ran into a couple of friends who told me that they had hired a babysitter so that they could go have a nice dinner at Essex. I actually had to think about that one for a while. Nice dinner… Essex?
Not that I’m surprised that owner Macky Moberly would have great food, since whatever he sets his mind to usually works out for the best, as long as he set his mind to it… it’s just that I’m a creature of habit when it comes to certain things, and it’s going to take a few times before I start to equate Essex with dining out.
Yesterday I decided that it was time to stop in and grab a beer…er… order some lunch. Per usual, I sat at the bar, and Macky sat by my side (as I ordered a glass of water). I looked over to see what he was feasting on, and it turned out to be one of the “snackatizers” – a plate of smoked surfer bourbon barbecue chicken wings.
Even though I don’t eat meat, the wings looked delicious and I ended up snapping a photo anyways. I also snagged his plate of smoked jalapeño casino and took a photo of those while I was at it. I was happy to see that both “snackatizers” were super appealing, and although I almost went with an order of the jalapeños, I ultimately opted for the soup of the day as a starter – the gazpacho made with watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries and cucumber. The bowl was a slightly tangy and refreshingly sweet thanks to the watermelon. It was one of the more unusual tastings gazpachos that I had ever tried, and while not made with the most traditional ingredients, they complemented each other nicely, creating a real hit with end result.
Next I tried the vegetarian “pulled pork” sammich made with spaghetti squash. In the past I had tried a similar sandwich made with jackfruit, so I was curious to see how this version compared. The sandwich was hickory smoked and was an excellent vegetarian representation of its meat-based counterpart. I only wish the sandwich had been a touch bigger, as I was enjoying the smoky flavors immensely. For meat-lovers, you must see the menu, where you will find all sorts of carnivorous delights.
Over the last couple of years, Essex Street Pub has put itself on the map for being a bike-friendly, jukebox-loving, beer swilling, and now food-friendly establishment, in a part of the city that has seen a number of exciting developments unfold. There’s a patio to sit at while enjoying your food too.
Open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 1am, and Sunday from 3pm to 1am, there is a window for just about everyone to come in and try this new tasty pub grub in Buffalo. I have always loved the relaxed atmosphere and the neighborhood feel… and now I love the fact that I can grab something to eat that is served up fast and delicious right around the corner from my house.
Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.