Charlie the Butcher is another Buffalo staple. Charlie Roesch came from a family in the meat business and is now a media personality as well as a restauranteur. The family had several generations of Charlies who were butchers and carvers in the meat industry. The original Charlie also served as Mayor of Buffalo from 1930-1934 but he was the one who started the butcher shop that was operated by the family for 80 years. The current Charlie likened his roast beef on a Kummelweck roll (The traditional sandwich is on a salt-topped roll) to be equal to Buffalo wings for spreading recognition of Buffalo. To get the word out Charlie appeared on lots of media including ABC’s Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and made personal appearances across North America. Feature stories were in Gourmet magazine and in advertising campaigns for Alto-Shaam roasting ovens. In addition to food trucks and independent storefronts you can also get their food in the grocery store. We stopped in to try one and found a number of sides, soups, pies and to-go items also available. It is a simple roast beef sandwich that is nicely done.
Called Beef on Weck is Charlie’s own slow roasted beef served on an old fashion Kummelweck roll with a kosher dill pickle and Broadway Market style horseradish on the side. The beef is sliced in front of you and is nicely pink throughout. It was tender and tasty with needed salt coming from the soft roll. The pickle was crisp and the horseradish fresh and hot. A light lunch or a good snack here.