Beef on Weck

Beef on Weck

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Let’s face it, Buffalo will always be known for its chicken wings. That said, it should be noted that Buffalo has other unique culinary offerings, including the popular beef on weck sandwich.

The sandwich actually predates the chicken wing by decades. While there is no definitive story, most people believe it came to the area either with a German immigrant or from a food stand at the 1901 Pan American Exposition. For those who are unfamiliar, it’s a carved roast beef sandwich served on a unique, salty kimmelweck roll. Regardless of how the sandwich found its way to Western New York, it’s been a staple in local pubs ever since.

There are plenty of local establishments that serve this popular dish but there’s only a handful that do it really well. We’ve created a list of five such establishments that offer excellent beef on weck sandwiches featuring carved beef (ideally offered at your desired temperature) on fresh weck rolls. Most of our selections are institutions in Western New York—neighborhood restaurants that have been dishing out quality sandwiches for years.

— Donnie Burtless (@ Buffalo Eats)