Stepping into Petey’s Place, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The exterior of the building looked somewhat promising for a college neighborhood eatery – it was the inside that looked as if it could use some sprucing up. Aside from a couple of Buffalo State banners, there was not much else. The menu, however, was professionally done, and the selections were appealing. In fact, for a college-style eatery, Petey’s has some pretty awesome offerings that you might not expect from a pizza-burger joint.
In order to get down to the basics, my dining partner and I decided to try out… a couple of slices of pizza, and a cheeseburger hoagie with fries. We asked the young guy behind the counter if he could heat up a cheese slice, and a slice of pepperoni, which he agreed to do. A couple of minutes later, the slices were brought to our table. My friend was surprised at how much she enjoyed the pizza. She said that she liked the super thin crust that had a nice doughy taste, and the toppings. There was a little bit of grease on top, but nothing that dripped all over the place. Instead of a heavier Buffalo-style slice, she mentioned that she was less bogged down after lunch, and would definitely come back again.
As for my cheeseburger hoagie, it took a little bit longer to prepare than I expected. I soon learned why. Instead of a couple of patties, I could tell that these black Angus beef burgers were made in house. The hoagie was pretty darn good – much better than I expected seeing that Petey’s is mostly catering to college students at this point. As we ate our food, we continued to browse the room, and the menu. Other items that we found of interest were chicken the wing cheese fries, Bavarian pretzel sticks, poutine fries, flatbread pizza, bosco stix (perfect for the college crowd), five salads, beef on weck, fried bologna, wood fired turkey burger, chicken stuffed ‘riggies’ (rigatoni), fish tacos, and the rotisserie chicken. There are daily specials, and a kid’s menu.
I have a feeling that if the owners (a father and son team), create some more atmosphere inside Petey’s, the entire Elmwood Village might show up at their front door. From what I can tell so far, the food speaks for itself. Now just plaster Buffalo State memorabilia and posters all over the walls, showing off the various walks of campus life, and that could go a long way towards tackling the aesthetics. Give a discount to any student that brings something in that is Buff State related – stickers, pins, etc. Or any local college for that matter. Seeing that there are so many eateries on campuses these days, a townie hotspot should have some character to draw the students inside, not to mention the neighbors who can also help to support a restaurant at this location.
Aside from the lunch and dinner menu items, Petey’s serves up hot fudge sundaes and ice cream. They also have Buffalo wings, and a variety of burgers including a pizza burger. Fries can be substituted for mac and cheese for an upcharge. Entrees are served with two sides – choose from tots, pasta, broccoli, etc. Cookies and fried dough are made in-house.
Stop in for lunch, or for a late night feast. Either way, you will find plenty of standard Buffalo dishes to try, as well as some unexpected favorites!
Petey’s Pizzeria & Grill | 577 Forest Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14222 | (716) 768-2500 | 11:00AM – 2:00AM