in a nutshell
Located next door to Birmingham favourite Bodega, Buffalo and Rye is a small spot with a relaxed speakeasy feel. On offer are gourmet dogs, dirty burgers and pit-smoked meats, which claim to offer a taste right from the heart of the USA.
Leading the kitchen is local chef, Matt Lacey, formerly of Fox and Craft, a popular gastropub in Shoreditch, who has returned to the city after 10 years working in the capital.
The menu is a meat lovers paradise, the majority of which is sourced from local award-winning butchers Aubrey Allen. There’s also a small selection of nourishing salad bowls and a simple all day brunch menu featuring a handful of breakfast staples including French toast and pancakes.
You can’t go wrong with any one of the smoked meats options, but the St Louis ribs served with pickled vegetables and cajun fries is arguably the star of the show and be sure to order a side of the house slaw, which is one of the best we’ve tried.
If you’re boozing, why not sample one of the 25 bourbons on offer, which the Buffalo and Rye team can match to your chosen dish or try one of the hard shakes, which give traditional milkshakes an alcoholic twist.
For tasty American fare that hits the spot, it’s hard not to like this place. However the service can be slow and the small venue means it’s sometimes difficult to get a table. The team do, however, offer a great deal with sister venue Bodega, where you can get 20% off cocktails next door while you wait.
what’s the room like
The low lit, laidback joint has the vibe of a downtown bar in downtown Brooklyn. The stripped back timber-lined interior is finished off with superhero figures along the walls and Persian rugs underfoot.
Although it doesn’t boast a stand-out menu, its flavoursome food, great whiskey selection and ideal position near to Birmingham’s business district mean Buffalo and Rye is sure to be a hit.
11 Bennett’s Hill
Words by Charlotte Philpotts (amuchprettierpuzzle.com), written March 2016
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