When I started working in downtown Buffalo full-time well over 1o years ago, there were few options lunch options within walking distance actually worth the trip. Steadily, over the years, this has changed I'm happy to say. Last week, at my father's request, we stopped at a new place that has recently taken over a spot that has seen many restaurants over the years. We walked over to Delaware Avenue and had a good lunch at Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill.
Sidelines is the newest restaurant to occupy the space located at 189 Delaware Avenue, near its intersection with West Huron. Before Sidelines opened up a few months ago, the space was most recently occupied by King's Court. In the 1950s, the space was occupied by my great uncle's supper club - Jimmy Foster's Supper Club. Given the history of the space, I was hopeful that Sidelines would succeed and become a viable option for lunch and beyond.
My father and I stopped by right at noon on a Friday afternoon. We were able to get a spot at one of the booths. This was my view of the bar:
After being seated, our server took our drink order and allowed us to peruse the menu. The menu has a lot of what you'd expect from a sports bar and grill - loads of appetizers, burgers and sandwiches. They also have several soups, salads and entrees to choose from. We ultimately selected two sandwiches. My father chose the Triple Play Grilled Cheese ($8.95) and I went with the Slam Dunk Turkey ($9.95). At the suggestion of our server, we also upgraded from the chips to the hand-cut fries ($1.50).
Our server also asked us if we were in a hurry to return to the office so she could expedite the meal if necessary. This was a great touch that all good lunch spots downtown need to take note of. Luckily, as we get there right around noon, we knew we had enough time so as to not require the expedited service.
After a relatively brief wait, our food began to arrive. This was my father's sandwich:
The sandwich featured a blend of cheddar, American and pepper jack cheeses on a garlic toasted focaccia roll. While the bread seemed more like garlic toast than a focaccia roll, my father enjoyed the blend of cheeses and the crispy exterior. The hand-cut fries were well made - hot, crispy and just the right amount of salt. The fries were worth the upgrade.
This was my sandwich:
The turkey was freshly carved into thick slices and was very flavorful. It was topped with caramelized onions, spinach and a chipotle mayo. The onions were only sauteed and not caramelized and the mayo needed more chipotle, but the sandwich was still good with plenty of flavorful turkey. It was a huge portion and I only finished half - maybe because I enjoyed the fries so much.
We had a good first meal at Sidelines. The food was hot and fresh and the service was great. We'll stop back again for lunch, or perhaps a drink at happy hour. Sidelines also features a Sunday Brunch which might be worth checking out. Stop in and let me know what you think.