South Buffalo Wings
The Gaelic sign greeting customers walking into the Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub says it all – “Cead Mile Failte” or “a hundred thousand welcomes.” Irish heritage, warmth, wit and hospitality abound in this Seneca Street establishment, from the Celtic music to portions of the bar imported from the Old Sod.
The Blackthorn has a menu filled with Irish fare, comfort foods and the “South Buffalo Wing,”
a delicious interpretation of a standard wing with some extra spices and flavor served with housemade blue cheese. But the best-kept secret of the Blackthorn lies upstairs, in the backroom home of the storied Blackthorn Club, which has been around for over 100 years. The late Tim Russert – proud son of Buffalo and moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press – loved the pub and was slated to join the club’s ranks until his unexpected death in 2008. His presence looms large in a series of photos in the clubroom, along with pictures of St. Patrick’s Day parades and other events from the club’s storied history.