For the occasional person who says that there’s nothing to do around town… LIES I say! I have felt that there hasn’t been enough time this summer to take in all the festivities and events around town, and each year it gets busier and busier.
Today (Thursday, September 22) I feel the same way again. One day, two great events!
Before I tell you exactly what these events are, let me say that I love traveling and getting to the oldest restaurants around the country. I’ve had a ‘Dark and Stormy’ at White Horse Tavern (1673), Oysters at Ye Olde Union Oyster House (1826), a steak at Delmonico’s (1837) in NY, an ale at McSorley’s (1854), as well as a burger at Louis Lunch (1895). 5 of the oldest establishments in the country.
I’ve also had the French Onion Soup, potato pancakes, and Oktoberfest platter at Ulrich’s Tavern (1868). Out of all of the tavern’s fare, these are three of my favorites… at yet another one of the oldest restaurants in America. Oh, did I mention that this gem is located in Buffalo, NY?
Ulrich’s (674 Ellicott Street) is now celebrating its 148th anniversary and they are doing so in style, with an Anniversary Street Party that gets underway @ 4pm.
“To carry on the tradition that Michal Ulrich started, and to keep it going as a successful staple within the current Buffalo Renaissance as the oldest bar tavern in Buffalo is truly an honor,” said owner Sal Buscaglia. “It says a lot about our community here in Buffalo that they embrace change and at the same time remember the origins and roots of our city.”
“Potato pancakes, Wurst sausages, Sliders, Chili, and hors d’oeuvres will be passed around in addition to our Happy Hour Specials all day,” he added
The yearly celebration will take on an Oktoberfest feel with German music playing throughout the day. Then, after you toast to the oldest Tavern in Buffalo, cruise on over to the Marcy Casino at Delaware Park (which would be so easy if Buffalo had UBER) for their weekly Hoppy Hour! I’ve talked about this before, but it’s hard not to recommend it again.
This week will feature a New Orleans style ‘hoppy hour’ that will benefit the Red Cross and the Louisiana flood victims. $5 minimum donation to get in, and for $12 you will get a food bracelet.
The featured brewery is New Orleans own Abita.
On tap: Peach Lager, Wrought Iron IPA, Purple Haze Raspberry Wheat, Amber Ale (best selling beer in NOLA)
The food bracelet gets you access to their spread, which includes a Louisiana seafood broil with sausage, corn, shrimp and crawfish. Also some red beans and rice, and a peach bread pudding with bourbon sauce for dessert.
Music by famed local New Orleans inspired band “Leeron Zydeco and the Hot Tamales”.
Nothing to do on a Thursday in Buffalo you say? Poppycock, is my response! Get out and enjoy your Thursday because at least the Bills aren’t on National TV! We’ll save that train wreck for Sundays.