Kudos to team SOHO for a great burger experience (see background). I really am not one who needs or wants to eat at a new, trendy restaurant right off the bat, but I just couldn’t wait to try a burger on day one! Normally I wait for the establishment to do any tweaking prior to me spending my hard earned cash there. Regardless :), I was in the mood for a burger, so I decided to check out SOHO Burger Bar, which opened today.
Overall, I was impressed with almost every facet of this place. It’s pretty much the same layout as the “old” SOHO with warranted updates – the main bar was moved about 5 feet east in order to make room for additional seating. There’s stylish modern lighting, comfortable seating, large flat screens, new flooring, contemporary furniture and an overall comfortable layout. I am sure I am missing some points, I was in a bit of a rush and had to eat and head back to the 9-5.
SOHO Burger Bar has a bit of a neo-steakhouse feel, very refreshing vibe. The staff was nice and knowledgeable, the music and energy was on target and, most importantly, my burger hit the spot. I found the burger similar to the Blue Monk Burger (a good thing) – round and juicy, cooked medium (they didn’t ask me how I wanted it cooked). I learned that the staff tested the burgers over and over to get the cooking aspect just right. There are 11 signature burgers on the menu – I got mine peppercorn crusted with caramelized onions, wild mushrooms and horseradish cream sauce (The Steakhouse Burger).
Slight disappointments would be that the bar seemed a bit “dark” (maybe
lighten up the actual top of the bar?)
and I wish they would have opened the front (facing Chippewa ala TORO)
instead of sticking with the same windows. My burger was slightly overdone for my preference, so next time I might ask for it medium rare (not sure if they customize, but I would hope that they would.) The burger was so good though that it didn’t really bother me, and as for the rest of the menu, the staff was prepared to answer any questions and were very attentive.
The appetizers/burgers range from $6-$15. I heard the spiked shakes are a must. You heard me… for ten bucks you get a Happy Hour in a shake. Try the Gimme Smore (rum), Kentucky Caramel (bourbon) or the Brown Cow (vodka) with your burger, then head back to work or home, whichever your pleasure. I will definitely be back when I have more time to try out some of the different offerings. Overall, SOHO BB rocks and I wish the team the best of luck! Enjoy.
SOHO Burger Bar
64 West Chippewa Street,
Buffalo NY 14202
716 856 SOHO