Review by Nicole Mehlman
Located in the center of Allentown, Allen Street Hardware provides an excellent taste of original American cuisine, a wide variety of beer and wine, and, of course, all that jazz. Monday nights are hopping at Hardware with a variety of local jazz musicians playing their own original music. Acts include saxophonist Kelly Bucheger, trumpeter Tim Clarke, pianist Michael McNeill, bassists John Werick and Greg Piontek, and drummers Russ Algera, Doug Dreishpoon and John Bacon.
The Backroom is an open area toward the back of the building with a very intimate and sometimes crowded setting. Local bands and musicians play on a small stage and provide a personal experience to their audience.
The dining area and bar have an antique and classic feel to go along with the musical selection. Hardware has paintings and photographs provided by local artists, which show a sense of pride in the Buffalo community.
Although known throughout the neighborhood for its music and vast selection of beer and wine, Hardware provides great American-themed cuisine. Appetizers such as barbecue bacon-wrapped shrimp, grilled vegetables with goat cheese, and crab cakes with creolaise are offered.
For their main course, guests may choose between sandwiches such as fried catfish poboy and the smoked turkey Panini with cheddar cheese, bacon and tomato. Larger entrees include buttermilk fried chicken and herb-marinated chicken over roasted pan gravy. Menu prices range anywhere from $6 to $15.
If you are looking for an intimate and classic atmosphere with great live music and hearty food, then Allen Street Hardware will be your choice of places to eat in the Buffalo area.