Living just a few minutes from Hertel Avenue, I spend a lot of time there. I find myself drawn to neighborhood classics like Wellington Pub. On a recent Friday I stopped at Wellington, a family friendly place that offers quality food and a casual atmosphere.
I usually order a fish fry when I go, so I wanted to try something different this time. I ordered the Pittsburgh Salad, described on the menu as “our neighbor’s original salad.” The salad contains chicken or steak, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and French fries. I tried the chicken version. Outstanding! In order to “keep it Pennsylvania” I asked for a Yuengling. When the bill came I was shocked to see that the Yuengling cost two dollars. Two dollars for a bottle of beer in 2008? Oh Buffalo, how do I love thee, let me count the ways!
It’s the little things that contribute to a great dining experience. In this case it was the delicious Irish soda bread that was part of a generous bread basket. I was stuffed, having devoured my salad, the soda bread, and a sample of my wife’s fish dinner. The fish was excellent, and so was the potato salad that came with it.
Here’s a tip: if it’s Friday, and you don’t like waiting for a table, get to Wellington early. We arrived at 5:00 and barely beat the dinner rush. The two spacious dining rooms were filled by 5:30. Meanwhile, the barroom was packed, which has been the case whenever I have visited on a Friday.
Spring is almost here, and it means two things to me: Better weather and baseball. On one of my past trips to The Wellington Pub I noticed that a New York Yankees game was televised in the barroom. Since that time I have wanted to sit at the bar and catch a few innings of a game. When the regular season begins in April, I plan on popping into Wellington Pub during the early afternoon to enjoy a beer, a beef on weck, and some baseball. What a perfect way to beat the dinner rush!
1541 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo 14216