Friday, June 29, 2012

My Burger Bar in Amherst

I realized this past week that I don't really have a "go to" place for eating out. In the past year I haven't been to the same place more than once (with the exception of my local pizza place and Wegmans). There are so many options for dining out in the area and using the Buffalo dining cards has really broadened my dining horizon. 

On Thursday June 14th, after a marathon of errand running for my biggest fundraiser of the year for work, my brain was fried. My boyfriend and I drove around town trying to figure out a place to go for dinner and ended up at My Burger Bar in the Northtown Plaza in Tonawanda/Amherst. 

My Burger Bar is a relatively new place, with a "sister" location called My Tomato Pie in the same plaza. I went to My Tomato Pie earlier this year for the first time and had a good experience, so I was looking forward to trying out My Burger Bar. 

When we arrived after 7pm, there was only one other party eating (and, small world, it was people I knew!). Our waitress promptly seated us and brought our drink orders over. The menu, while small, gave you plenty of options for burgers, and a "build your own" page with meats, toppings, cheeses, etc... They also offered a salad bar option to add to your meal. My only gripe with the menu was that fries/sides were not included in the burger price. I like my "one stop" shopping option, and have never been a huge fan of a la carte menu items. That being said, I suppose it was the healthier route to go not getting fries. 

In typical fashion, I asked the waitress what items she suggested from the menu. She was eager to tell us about the Buffalo chicken wing egg rolls, so we ordered those to start with. I also ordered a "build your own burger": chicken burger, with tomato, onion, mozzarella cheese and mushrooms. I also ordered the salad bar.

We were able to get our salads right away as we waited for our appetizer to come out. The salad bar was limited in its selections. The typical toppings (tomato, onion, cucumber, chick peas, cheese, etc...) were there, but there were not many other options. There were two types of lettuce and a handful of dressings. Overall it was a good salad, but I would have liked more options. 

The Buffalo chicken wing egg rolls were delicious. They came with a side of bleu cheese and really were an unexpected surprise. I thought the whole idea of the chicken wing egg roll was a little odd, but it really worked together and tasted great. I'd definitely order these again. In Buffalo, we can turn the chicken wing into anything!

The picture I took of the chicken burger (see below), doesn't do it justice. It was HUGE! To be honest, I have to be in a mood for a burger and I can't say I totally was when we walked in. However, after a few bites it really hit the spot and I mentioned to my boyfriend we'd be back for more.  In fact, I could go for one right now. The chicken burger was cooked perfectly and the toppings were the perfect combination of flavor (for me, anyway). 

The prices were reasonable and with the Buffalo dining card it almost felt like a steal! If you love burgers, this is a great place to check out and add into your dining rotation. Our service was outstanding, and I always appreciate it when the manager comes out to see how your meal was too. (And yes, I did mention there were not a lot of people in the restaurant when we were there, but it was still nice).

The style inside the restaurant seems like it is still being developed.  There's a variety of artwork on the walls (a mixture of different kinds) and a huge screen tv. The pick up/cashier area is built out of gorgeous stone. There is nothing that really ties everything together, but they are still new. In total, there are just under 20 tables in the restaurant.

If you are stuck in a rut of always going out to the same place to eat, I really encourage you to take a break from your norm and try something new. My Burger Bar is a great option for families. It's also great for a hot summer night when you don't feel like cooking. 

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1 comment:

  1. Try their NY Sloppy Joe. More sloppy in meaty goodness than most burger joints. Try their meaty sliced meats melbourne salad that has pork, chicken, beef and turkey.