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Buffalo and Rye, Birmingham: Restaurant Review

Published: March 30, 2016 at 1:57 pm
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Read our review of Buffalo and Rye in Birmingham, the new offering from the Bitter and Twisted group, which offers American favourites in a trendy setting

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.


who’s cooking

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.

menu know-how

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.

Macaroni cheese, salad and fries at Buffalo and Rye, Birmingham

menu must-orders

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.

What else?

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.

A salad at Buffalo and Rye, Birmingham with spinach, pine nuts, cheese cubes and dressing

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.

Buffalo and Rye

11 Bennett's Hill


Words by Charlotte Philpotts (amuchprettierpuzzle.com), written March 2016

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