Charlie the Butcher

Sandwich Shop
Worth driving from anywhere!

Well situated for an impatient appetite arriving at the Buffalo Airport, Charlie the Butcher is an essential stop for anyone who wants to sample the Nickel City’s unique sandwich, “beef on weck.” Slow-roasted beef, tender and pink, is thin-sliced (to order) and piled on a hard roll that is crusted with pretzel salt and caraway seeds. The top half of the roll gets dipped briefly in beef au jus. The sandwich is served with only a pickle spear as garnish, although many customers slather it with eye-opening horseradish.

It’s a no-frills restaurant. Place your order at the front window with its fabulous view of the carving block, then pay and find a seat at the low-low counter or a table topped with oilcloth. All seats provide a nice view of the kitchen, where you’ll see Charlie himself, with a large staff of accomplished helpmates, slicing cabbage, tending soups, and cutting beef. Sandwiches are served in cardboard boats; and it’s customary to bus your own table.

Charlie’s menu extends beyond beef on weck; and everything else we’ve sampled is first rate: Buffalo-made hot dogs and sausages grilled over coals, chicken spiedie (a boneless breast that is marinated and grilled), and such daily-special sandwiches as meat loaf and double-smoked ham. The beverage list includes the local favorite, Loganberry, as well as Charlie’s personal favorite, Birch Beer.

What to Eat
Charlie the Butcher, Beef on Weck
Beef on Weck
One of America's great roast beef sandwiches
Charlie the Butcher, Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are crisp and well done.
Charlie the Butcher, Turkey on Plain Roll
Turkey on Plain Roll
Roast turkey, carved to order
Charlie the Butcher, Roast Corn
Roast Corn
Late summer delight
Charlie the Butcher, Loganberry Drink
Loganberry Drink
Drink of choice: Buffalo-only loganberry.
Charlie the Butcher, Roast Beef
Roast Beef
Beef (flavorful!) without weck!
Charlie the Butcher, Chicken Spiedie
Chicken Spiedie
Spiedie is a boneless chicken breast marinated and grilled.
Charlie the Butcher, Grilled Bologna Sandwich
Grilled Bologna Sandwich
Nicely charred thick bologna with cheese, peppers, onions
Charlie the Butcher, Polish Sausage
Polish Sausage
Polish sausage grilled and covered in sauerkraut.
Charlie the Butcher, Italian Beef
Italian Beef
Charlie's version of Chicago Italian Beef
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11 am - 9 pm
Monday10 am - 10 pm
Tuesday10 am - 10 pm
Wednesday10 am - 10 pm
Thursday10 am - 10 pm
Friday10 am - 10 pm
Saturday10 am - 10 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 30 MILES | 46 min

From the German word "Kummel," meaning caraway seed, a kummelweck, or simply "weck," is shaped like a Kaiser roll, but crowned with a mantle of seeds and coarse salt so abundant that it crunches audibly when bitten. Stuff a fresh one with carved-to-order roast beef, maybe give it a quick dip in natural gravy and…

11 stops | 279 MILES | 5 hr 30 min

Watertown to Niagara Falls

This tour will take you on a five and a half hour drive along America’s Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Beginning in Watertown, you will end your tour by Niagara Falls. Along the way, we have picked 11 excellent restaurants and candy shops to fill your journey and your stomachs.


Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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