On a recent trip, we had the opportunity to eat in 2 well known restaurants in the Buffalo NY metropolitan area. As per an episode from Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-In's & Dives" on the Food Channel, we stopped by Grover's in East Amherst. Despite the fact that I don't like waiting...this former hunting lodge where Grover Cleveland used to hang out was worth the delay! Great Burger cooked the way we wanted it... Terrific Wings, crispy and flavorful...and yes, some very tasty cheeseburger soup! The soup contains hamburger, cheese, tomato and lettuce. Sounds a bit gross but tastes great... We agreed with Guy's assessment that the lettuce actually pulled the soup together!
Then there was Schwabl's! Located in West Seneca, this place has been in the same family around in one form or another since 1837. Listed in 'Roadfood' and having been featured on Anthony Bordain's show 'No Reservations', Schwabl's is most famous for it's Beef on Weck... This sandwich consists of a pile of top notch thinly sliced roast beef served on a kimmelwick roll. This hard roll is crusted with coarse grains of salt and caraway seeds. The roll is soft on the inside but it's firm enough to stand up when it's sliced in half and dipped in the natural a jus. With or without a little horseradish from the pot on the table, this sandwich is just terrific! Note: The carver was extremely particular...discarding pieces of roast beef that we'd kill for...apparently just because they didn't meet his visual quality check.