Brunch at Black Rock Kitchen and Bar

When we think about Black Rock Kitchen and Bar (BRKB), we tend to think about social gatherings at the bar or relaxing in the comfortable dining setting while enjoying dinner (details). Never do we think about heading to BRKB on a Sunday to enjoy brunch, but that’s what four of us did last weekend. We had heard rumors the brunch was not your typical breakfast meal – or brunch for that matter. Whoever started those rumors was right in doing so, and thankfully we were introduced to an incredible brunch that will go down as being one of the best in the city.

First, let me start by saying that brunch is served all day, so you don’t have to worry about getting there early. Second, don’t forget that the $5 Bloody Mary’s and mimosas can not be ordered before noon. Also, you may want to call and make a reservation as this is surely going to be a big hit (for a number of reasons). And lastly, bring your appetite, because BRKB does not skimp on anything, including the portions of salmon served with the Smoked Salmon Plate – that’s what I got, luckily. Actually, I can’t recall ever not finishing a NY-style salmon plate before, but this time it got the best of me. The salmon was super fresh and not at all fishy. The thick buttery toast was piled high, and there was plenty of cream cheese to go around. My wife got the breakfast tacos and she’s still talking about them – it was just nice to have a breakfast option that was not so ‘bread heavy’, and the natural creaminess of the avocado paired perfectly with the fluffy eggs. 
For some reason we ended up getting an order of potato pancakes to split. I’m not usually one to order them without a recommendation, but these were cooked to perfection. They were nicely crisped on the inside while being tender (and not too mushy) on the inside. The pico de gallo was a nice touch. Our friends ordered the pancake special and the flight of bruschetta, and we all finished off the meal with a round of Bloody Mary’s. The entire brunch was a huge success, especially considering the range of options and the consistency of the preparation. The service was wonderful and the setting was equally as nice. 
I’m so happy to have so many incredible breakfast and brunch options in the city. The only problem with landing so many, is having to make the tough choice regarding where to go. Black Rock has got some excellent offerings these days, and brunch at BRKB adds another layer of deliciousness to a street that is steadily reawakening with diverse taste options.
Black Rock Kitchen and Bar
491 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY
716.551.0261
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14 comments
Chasm
Chasm

Will have to check out their brunch.. i've gone there for dinner twice and had absolutely awesome meals! Especially go for their specials.. I had the Escolar fish.. definitely worth the money. IMO the food is much better than Hardware, their counterpart.

mrnowak
mrnowak

Had a decent experience there today and would definitely go back again! I would suggest making reservations, they were quite busy, even shortly after 11am. There was only one server...super polite and did a pretty darn good job! I really hope that they add on another server. The kitchen did goof up my order a bit, but the management did what it shoud have to make it better. The menu has a great variety of plates, many of which could easily be shared amongst several people. We definitely want to try the potato pancakes when we go back and I thought the bruschetta done brunch-style looked scrumptious! I definitely suggest trying this place out!

mrnowak
mrnowak

Had a decent experience there today and would definitely go back again! I would suggest making reservations, they were quite busy, even shortly after 11am. There was only one server...super polite and did a pretty darn good job! I really hope that they add on another server. The kitchen did goof up my order a bit, but the management did what it shoud have to make it better. The menu has a great variety of plates, many of which could easily be shared amongst several people. We definitely want to try the potato pancakes when we go back and I thought the bruschetta done brunch-style looked scrumptious! I definitely suggest trying this place out!

Black Rock Lifer
Black Rock Lifer

It is not a "problem to be in Black Rock" but an advantage, this business is thriving as are the many others in the neighborhood. The only "problem" is your ignorance and bigotry.

BrianWhite
BrianWhite

The only problem with this place is that its in Black Rock. Other than that, it sounds delightful.

BrianWhite
BrianWhite

The only problem with this place is that its in Black Rock. Other than that, it sounds delightful.

DiningRumor
DiningRumor

Their brunch is killer. the few times i've sat down to eat i've had Matt as a server, and he's excellent.

Reservations, last i knew, were not necessary for a party under four people, i don't know if that's changed in the last few weeks, but it is nice to know you can slip in under the radar if you and a significant other or a brunch buddy want to drop in unannounced.

Black Rock Lifer
Black Rock Lifer

This place is always busy, you need to call days ahead for a reservation. The Black Rock Kitchen and Bar is a welcome addition to "the rock" and the growing Amherst St business district.

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