Serving food and drink since 1887, when it opened to serve travelers along a stage coach route, Glen Park Tavern is an easy-going neighborhood pub frequented by businesspeople, families, and culinary tourists in search of Buffalo wings and beef on weck.
In addition to fine traditional wings, Glen Park is known for its Sicilian wings: meaty drums and bows that are plastered with Parmesan cheese, lots of garlic, oregano, and basil … plus, of course, blue cheese. Yes, these scrumptious Italian-flavored bites are wings, but they are so different from the usual sticky-sauced ones that they seem like another food altogether. A must-eat along the Buffalo Wing Trail.
Towards the back of the dining room is a carver’s station where velvet-soft, sliced-to-order beef is piled high in superb weck rolls that are elegant and light but also sturdy enough to sop up plenty of natural beef jus. Wecks come by weight: 4, 6, or 8 ounces of beef, portioned out on a scale next to the cutting board. Turkey also is carved to order for sandwiches and hot plates.
Beef on weck and wings are just the regional highlights from a broad tavern menu that lists burgers, sandwiches, and a lineup of seafood including yellow pike in panko batter, asiago-crusted whitefish, Buffalo shrimp (hot, medium, or mild), crab cakes, and Cajun cod.
Unlike the sort of reclusive tavern that is a respite from the world, Glen Park is a sunny eatery that hums with good vibes and upbeat conversation. It’s a happy place to be, and a very delicious one.