Eddie Brady’s was serving burgers in downtown Buffalo before serving burgers in downtown Buffalo was cool.
Eddie Brady opened the place in 1990, and kept the lights on and the beer cold while buildings down the block crumbled. Now, following about $200,000 in renovations and a kitchen expansion, the tavern at 97 Genesee St. is offering an expanded menu for lunch and dinner.
There are even salads ($7). That comes as the tavern – long an outpost on a block nearly devoid of commercial life – finds itself amid a host of new restaurants within blocks, like Dog e Style, Marco’s, Marble + Rye, Toutant and more.
“There was an alley on the backside, that’s our kitchen now,” said Pat Brady, Eddie’s brother and the other owner. “I think we did a good job, we cleaned it up, brought back the tin ceiling.”
The new setup went into effect last month, Brady said. “We used to have four sandwiches. It’s comfort food, but we’ve got nine sandwiches, wraps, daily specials. Check out what we’ve done.”
A recent lunch started with a bowl of rich cream of crab soup, with flakes of real crab at the bottom ($5).
The half-pound cheeseburger (above, with provolone, $8) is still a well-grilled hunk of meat.
Daily specials (hot turkey and gravy sandwich, meatloaf, goulash) include a Friday fish fry ($12). The amount of oil inside the crust suggested the fryer should have been hotter, but it was tasty.
The beef on weck ($8) delivers a real meat wallop too.
And if you don't have enough fried potatoes, you can't go wrong with the sticky, crispy sweet potato waffle fries in maple butter sauce ($5).
With all the new choices for lunch downtown, don't forget the one that's been there all along.
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