Winter deserves a warm, inviting and festive drink to accompany it. Enter the Tom & Jerry.
A traditional Christmastime cocktail, Tom & Jerry is a hot alternative to the classic eggnog with brandy and rum, usually served in a mug or a bowl. Perhaps thought of as an olde-time drink, Tom & Jerry’s have never left Buffalo. People of all ages over 21, of course, can find common ground with this frothy beverage, sharing joy during the colder months. Even offering the seasonal drink for takeout only, there is no shortage of establishments ready to offer their own interpretation of this wintery beverage to warm bellies around Buffalo.
Indulging in this sweet drink has become a favorite holiday tradition, with each establishment having their own unique flavor, size and perks to ordering this sticky, boozy, sweet drink. So support a local restaurant by ordering some takeout and checking off a Tom & Jerry from your winter to-do list.
The Place, 229 Lexington Avenue, Buffalo
Perhaps the most well-known of the Buffalo Tom & Jerry hotspots, The Place is usually packed to the gills around the holidays. But this year, instead of packing the bar, they’re spreading things out in their parking lot. Claim your very own fire pit and order a steamy mug filled with the holiday cheer of a Tom & Jerry. And yes, you still get to keep the commemorative mug!
Order online: theplacebuffalo.com
Schwabl’s, 789 Center Road, West Seneca
This place is timeless. You’ll be transported back to the 1930s in this classic Buffalo eatery – where each customer is treated like family, your beef on weck is carved fresh and your Tom & Jerry served just the way it was all those years ago.
Order takeout: schwabls.com
Graylynn, 537 Main Street, Buffalo
The newest addition to the Tom & Jerry team, Graylynn was one of our favorite outdoor dining spots of summer 2020. From the same owners of Ballyhoo and Lucky Day, your favorite holiday drink is in good hands at Graylynn. Made with house-made batter, dark rum, brandy, a warming holiday spices, order one for pick up or delivery.
Order online: graylynnginbar.com
Creekview Restaurant, 5629 Main Street, Williamsville
A favorite Williamsville hangout for years, Creekview is making Tom & Jerry’s as easy as 1-2-3 this year. Their Tom & Jerry Kit for Two features all of the ingredients for you to make a Tom & Jerry right at your own home bar.
Order online: creekviewrestaurant.com
The Delaware, 3410 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore
While you peruse the huge menu of grain bowls, burgers and entrees of The Dealware, be sure to add a Tom & Jerry to your online order. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Order online: delawarepubandgrill.com
Glen Park Tavern, 5507 Main Street, Williamsville
For your next round of takeout, pair your traditional Tom & Jerry make-at-home kit with an order of Glen Park Tavern’s famous wings. You won’t regret it.
Call to order at (716) 626-9333