Doc Sullivan’s

Review by: Michael Stern

The Unique Smitty Wing

Doc Sullivan’s serves what connoisseurs know as a Smitty Wing. They named it after the family who formerly ran this South Buffalo pub and created their own variation of the city’s signature bar food. A Smitty Wing looks like a regular hot wing, but its sauce puts it in a class of its own. Complex and hypnotic with deep heat within its vibrant spice array, it tastes like a distant cousin of the legendary sauce used for BBQ at Kansas City’s Arthur Bryant’s. Not too sticky or wet, the crazy good wings have an audibly crisp crust enveloping meat that is saturated with flavor.

When Wings Meet Beef on Weck

Even more unusual: Doc Sullivan’s beef on weck wing. This fusion of Buffalo’s two signature dishes is no gimmick. They glaze the beautiful crisp-coated wings with a weck-like sauce of horseradish, salt, and caraway seeds. All, of course, define Buffalo’s other unique specialty, beef on weck. But in this case, the flavors surround juice-dripping chicken. A first bite can puzzle the palate — a when-worlds-collide experience — but an adventurous eater will have a ball savoring the unique creation.

Pub Cuisine

A bar-fare menu includes fried munchies, burgers, sandwiches, a few salads, and, on Friday, fish & chips — great fish & chips. Haddock delivered fresh that morning comes enveloped in an exquisite beer-batter coat, its snow-white meat sweet, flaky, and gentle-flavored. If you like good fried fish, it’s a must-eat … every bit as noteworthy as Doc Sullivan’s crazy good wings.

What To Eat

Beef on Weck Wing

Smitty Wing

Beer Battered Haddock


Doc Sullivan’s Recipes


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