We believe that we have found the best steak hoagie in Buffalo. Shy’s Original Steakhouse might not look like much from the outside… actually, it doesn’t look like much all around, other than a neat old mural on the side of the building. There’s a sign missing out front, so it’s hard to spot. And the inside is a stripped down kitchen, with a big flat top grill and counter. There’s no place to sit down. Even though we had heard that the place had amazing cheese steaks, the rundown look of the place gave us second thoughts – especially due to the missing sign. But we took our chances anyways, and we’re glad that we did.
As far as the menu goes, there’s not much that I can tell you about it. My wife and I came for the cheese steak, and that’s what we ordered. The soda machine was not working, so after we placed our order, we walked next door to the drug store to get a soda and a water. Upon returning, our hoagies were nearly ready. It looked as if the cook was taking his time to get everything right. He was scraping and chopping away as we looked on. The stove top was sizzling like crazy. The smells wafted into the air. The cook was in a cheerful mood, which was nice because he happily told us about what a great lunch we were in store for – he was very proud of his creation.
After tipping him out, we grabbed our two bags and headed back to the car. We knew that we were in for a messy meal, so we opted to find a park setting to eat. Thankfully, no matter where you find yourself in the city of Buffalo, there is always a park around the corner. In this case, we happened upon MLK Playground (not MLK Park). We spotted some bleachers and figured that they would be perfect.
Within moments, we were hunkered down eating the best steak hoagies that we had ever come across. Even my wife, who was aiming to critique the sandwich up and down, had nothing but praise. They were huge. They were perfectly seasoned. They were cheesy, and had chopped peppers, mushrooms, onions and sauce. The meat was also minced so that every bite was the same as the next – no grizzle, nothing chewy. The roll was soft and fresh. The hoagies were spot on – everything that we could have imagined and more.
Ever since we sat down to eat these hoagies, we have talked about heading back to try them again. After we ate our meal, we stopped into LaPearlaboo’s at 862 Genesee Street for a couple of beers. The bartender (Cola) told us that there was a second Shy’s further up at 2300 Genesee Street (Shy’s Subs and More), though we cannot attest to the food there. What we can say is that if you are looking for an absolutely rockin’ cheese steak in Buffalo, by all means try out Shy’s on Fillmore. You will not be disappointed – it was one of the most delicious lunches that we have had to date. Sometimes it’s the little hole in the walls that can surprise us with a great meal.
Shy’s Original Steakhouse | 690 Fillmore Avenue near Broadway | 716-852-7497 | Facebook