Charlie the Butcher

Sandwich Shop
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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 sliced thin 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 juice. The sandwich is served with only a pickle spear as garnish, although many customers slather it with eye-opening horseradish.

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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 sliced thin 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 juice. 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 to order. 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.

Dishes to try
Charlie the Butcher, Beef on Weck
Beef on Weck
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One of America's great roast beef sandwiches, sopped with enough gravy to flavor the bread but not so much it disintegrates
Charlie the Butcher, Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potato Fries
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Not only the two beef on weck we ordered, but also the sweet potato fries: both were great!
Charlie the Butcher, Turkey on Plain Roll
Turkey on Plain Roll
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What you cannot see in this photo of a roast turkey sandwich is the cranberry orange relish I was about to apply. This sweet stuff is a Charlie specialty, and it makes the turkey sing!
Charlie the Butcher, Roast Corn
Roast Corn
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Driving around upstate New York in September, we saw a lot of corn fields. We assume this delicious roasted ear came from one of them.
Charlie the Butcher, Loganberry Drink
Loganberry Drink
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The drink of choice is the Buffalo only loganberry.
Charlie the Butcher, Roast Beef
Roast Beef
Must-Try
My girlfriend loves roast beef, but doesn't care for the kummelweck roll. What it lacks in tradtion, it makes up for in flavor.
Blueberry Bread Pudding
Birch Beer Float
Charlie the Butcher, Chicken Spiedie
Chicken Spiedie
Charlie the Butcher's spiedie is one boneless chicken breast that has been marinated and grilled.
Charlie the Butcher, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
The cheeseburger comes nicely medium. It's a solid if unspectacular burger; very satisfying.
Charlie the Butcher, Grilled Bologna Sandwich
Grilled Bologna Sandwich
The grilled bologna with cheese and sauteed peppers and onion is a really good sandwich.
Charlie the Butcher, Polish Sausage
Polish Sausage
The sausage is sliced in half, grilled and covered in sauerkraut. Really good sandwich, but not up to the level of the beef on weck.
Charlie the Butcher, Italian Beef
Italian Beef
Charlie makes his own version of Chicago's Italian Beef.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
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
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
4 stops | 46 min total driving
11 stops | 6 hr 2 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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