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A Fast Food Substitute on Main

After watching the awning go up and the doors open at Buffalo Steak & Sub, I finally decided to head in and grab a sub. I was immediately impressed with the layout of the interior – it was a hybrid between a Jim’s Steakout and Elmwood Taco & Sub. Customers will enjoy a big open space with a bar at the window and the three flatscreens above the order station. Upon my visit, Marvin Gaye was singing in triplicate, which was actually a nice change-up until the radio switched on and annoying commercials began to preach to the customers. Until the switch to radio, everyone in the place had been transfixed on the concert featuring groovy tunes and outrageous costumes.

When the person in front of me placed her order, I noticed that there was a fourth wall-mounted flatscreen dedicated to recording items ordered (for all to see). It’s a good system for both customer and employee to cross check an order. While I waited for my food, I overheard a couple of tables discussing how nice it was to have a sub shop on Main Street. As I sat at the window, I couldn’t help but gaze across the street at McDonald’s. There are certainly not a lot of food options in the area other than greasy fast food. For anyone who has become accustomed to having a sub shop in his or her neighborhood, whether it’s a Subway or a Jim’s, these eateries can offer some healthier food options (if one chooses to go that route). Of course there is always the Royal (Italian sausage and fried cappicola) for anyone who want to avoid the five salad options or a lighter sub.


Buffalo Steak & Sub offers curbside pick-up – a service that is unusual for this type of business. The more standard delivery option appears to be working rather well, though I have yet to see an order brought out to anyone’s car. One suggestion – if you’re in a rush, you may want to call your order in, so that it’s ready when you get there. Seeing that they are new, it might take them a while to get all of their order systems down. And hopefully down the road they will substitute their Boylan’s bottled soft drinks for the regionally made Johnnie Ryan selections. I would also hope that they might venture to add tacos to the menu – at this time you can find wings, hoagies, club subs, hot and cold subs, fingers, fries and sides. Main Street could also use a good shake and ice cream spot… something to think about.

Buffalo Steak & Sub is located at 1335 Main Street | Buffalo, NY | Daily 10:30am-11:00pm | 716-884-7777

Written by queenseyes


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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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