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Partner's is quirky, casual stop for inexpensive food, drink

We love the quirkiness of Partner’s. It’s a dive bar that doubles as a pizzeria with a nice covered patio added a couple summers back.

Tables in the sun have umbrellas and the décor includes fake palm trees. Arrive in flip-flops and a worn tank over a bathing suit, nobody will care.

We had visited last year for the summer clam stand. On Sundays raw or steamed are $6.99, Wednesdays one pound of snow crab is $8.99 and Saturdays there are two-for-one red or white chowders ($3.95). And while not on special but still cheap, the monster shrimp cocktail ($8.25) was fantastic.

We visited on Taco Tuesday ($1.50 each). Regular taco prices (beef, steak, chicken) are $3.95-$4.95.

Beers are dirt cheap, too. We were momentarily distracted sipping two 16-ounce Bud Light drafts ($4.60 for both) as we perused the menu. A trucker-delivery woman was unloading gigantic bags of clams. (Partner’s serves the bigger cherry stone type.)

Clams are an unexpected specialty at Partner's Bar and Pizzeria. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

The pizzeria portion of the menu features the usual pizzas, wings and fingers, with a small cheese pizza starting at the quirky price of $11.17. Half and whole subs and hoagies start at $5.25 for a ham and turkey.

A burger ($6.75), cheeseburger ($6.95), Italian sausage ($7.25), chicken breast ($7.25), fried bologna ($6.95), beef on weck ($7.25) all include fries.

Our half Italian sausage sub ($5.75) came out on a fresh, toasted sub roll with good grilled sausage, lettuce and tomatoes. We cracked up that the steak sandwich ($7.25) was served on a round roll, with the ends of the rectangular meat sticking out awkwardly.

The steak sandwich was a little overcooked, but nothing deadly. The meat had been tenderized and the roll was fresh and toasted. The hot fries were crispy and perfectly salted.

(On last year’s stop, we remember the cheeseburger and fried bologna were really good.)

For research purposes we added a Tuesday taco, described as similar in size to a Super Mighty from Mighty Taco. It was a solid facsimile.

On Friday, the menu adds things like a fish fry ($11.99/half $8.95) with potato and macaroni salads, fries, coleslaw and bread and butter. A fish sandwich with fries is $7.25; a shrimp dinner $11.99 and a pierogi dinner (quirky!) is $11.99.

Courtney Legros hold pizza and wings and crab legs at Partner's Bar and Pizzeria. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Don’t be afraid to take the kids, as the atmosphere was family friendly at lunch and dinner time. We cracked up at a darling little girl returning from the indoor bathroom announcing, “It smells like beer in there” to the entire patio.

Pizza by the slice is $2.50; a cheese sheet is $25.67. Single wings are $9.99. Wings on Monday are 50 cents. A large cheese and pepperoni pizza is $5.99 on Monday. Single (five) and double fingers (10) with fries are $10.95-$17.95.

Healthy-ish eaters will have to make due with a large dinner salad ($4.95) or antipasto ($10.25).

All-in-all, for our money, Partner’s is a worthy summer stop.

Partner's Pizza

395 Shanley St. (just off the Ogden Street exit)
Hours: Opens at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Parking: Lot
Wheelchair-accessible: Yes
Gluten-free options: No gluten-free menu.

Partner's Pizzeria. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

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