Post-dentist yesterday I decided food was in order. Jessamy was at nursery so feeling slightly guilty we went to look for food. It’s not exactly restaurant season and it was pissing it down so we approached a few of our regular places, La Tasca etc and were met with sad, empty looking restaurants which didn’t really feel right for the day. Eventually we wandered around the back of Ask (that’s not somewhere I’ll ever visit again in a hurry) at Queen’s Square and came across Buffalo Jacks. I will start by saying I LOVE AMERICA I LOVE AMERICA I LOVE AMERICA. I really do, I’ve visited once, over 10 years ago and I just bloody love it. I also love American food, yes I know you’re not supposed to but fuck it, I love American food. I also have a penchant for most of those trashy American food programmes on the Food Network channel (I’m talking American Street Feasts, Man v Food Nation – all those kind of things). Seeing Buffalo Jacks was enough for me to know I was eating there.
I won’t apologise for my love of the cheesiness because that’s what made it so much fun. It was exceptionally quiet, it being a very wet Thursday afternoon, so we were the only customers but I’m sure it isn’t usually like that. We were served by a lovely, friendly lady and the menus offered a great range of choices. I hate making decisions!
Having not been able to eat for bloody ages and finally feeling like I can eat again without it hurting I couldn’t help but go all about and basically go completely carb-crazy. I went for:
Chilli Cheese Loaded Potato Skins followed by Chilli con Carne with Hickory BBQ Beans, Wild Rice, Sour Cream and a sprinkle of Cheese. I also added fries because I am a fat bastard pig.
Andy went for Buffalo Chicken Wings with Spicy Buffalo Sauce and then Buffalo Jacks Specialty Ribs covered in Buffalo Jacks house red sauce
When we ordered the lovely staff member warned us that both meals were pretty spicy but this is what we were after so went for it. I loved every single thing I ate, I’ve got to say my starter was fantastic value for money and tasted amazing but perhaps a little large before having another huge course – the portions really were impressive. You get three stuffed potato skins where 1 or 2 would probably be enough but then I am getting my appetite back. My main course looked like this:
Andy took the photo, hence bits of me in the background and I loved the presentation of the chilli. This billy can type box seemed to have been baked in the oven and the rice separated the chilli from the hickory beans. I’ll say now I’m not a fan of anything BBQ flavoured but the beans delivered everything you would expect from something that flavour – the chilli was so awesome and clearly tasted homemade. I love the packet chilli you get in branded pub chains etc but this was something else and the rice definitely benefited from the baked effect of being in the tin. The only slight niggle is the menu described what are obviously chips as fries but that’s not the end of the world and they were still pretty tasty. Again the portion sizes are amazing value for money.
Here are Andy’s ribs:
He was suitably carnivorously impressed as I imagine you would be if you wanted a huge pile of meat put in front of you. The meat apparently fell away from the bone perfectly and the sauce was exactly what he wanted – could not knock it!
We didn’t have desserts or coffee mainly because we were completely bursting – I did like the sound of some of their shakes and desserts though:
(all images courtesy of the Buffalo Jacks Website)