A North Buffalo mainstay continues to serve satisfying Buffalo favorites in a friendly dive-bar atmosphere.
Kelly’s Korner, established in 1967 by Bob and Marge Kelly, offers a cozy area for dining, and the cuisine goes a bit beyond the typical bar menu fare.
On a Thursday evening, regulars crowded the long bar, reviewing the workday and conversing with the bartender. The room was dark, with only the setting sun in the window, a flat-screen TV over the bar, a glowing jukebox and a few beer signs dotting the walls lighting the room.
My husband, Patrick, and I seated ourselves in a booth and were promptly greeted by the bartender, who was doubling as the waitress for the night. We asked to see a menu, and she pointed above our heads.
On the boards hanging along the wall opposite the bar, comfort foods abounded, such as meatloaf ($5.50), chicken fingers (five for $7.50 or 10 for $11.50), homemade soups ($2.50) and chili ($2.75), while several Western New York specialties also were featured.
I enjoyed the beef on weck with french fries ($8). The sandwich was perfectly salty with mounds of lean, tender meat. If I had a second roll, the pile of beef would have been enough to fill out another sandwich without wanting for more.
Patrick chose 10 chicken wings ($9.50), which were crispy on the outside and plump and juicy inside. He ordered them medium and he asked for a little of the homemade hot sauce on the side after our waitress pitched its goodness, complete with hot pepper flakes. Both sauces offered a mouth-watering kick, with the hot sauce’s pepper flakes giving a final punch in the aftertaste.
Patrick said he could have handled 10 wings with the hot concoction without a problem, but he usually enjoys a good dose of hot sauce on almost anything. I found the heat to be tolerable in small quantities, but the wimp that I am, I probably would not have been able to finish a full order.
Additional wing servings and prices included 20 for $15, 30 for $20.75 and 50 for $31. Extra sauce or blue cheese was 75 cents.
Healthier options include a Butterball turkey sandwich ($3.75) and a chicken sandwich ($4).
Menu items are available for takeout for additional fees.
Kelly’s Korner also offers several specials, including a roast beef sandwich and pint of beer for $7.75 (excludes Sam Adams and IPA).
The restaurant caters to more of an adult crowd – lunch-hour diners, happy-hour revelers, workers wanting dinner on the way home, friends meeting up for a drink and to catch the game, etc. – but several families with teenagers also enjoyed meals at the tables and booths.
It may be a tiny bar, but Kelly’s Korner’s menu offers big flavors that are worth a taste.
Cheap Eats/Kelly’s Korner
Where: 2526 Delaware Ave. (877-9466).
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Sunday.
Wheelchair accessible: No.
Extras: Credit cards accepted, ATM available; drink specials.