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Pizza Plant (Main Street)
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
5110 Main Street
phone: (716) 626-5566
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Reviews by frazbri:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped at the Pizza Plant for dinner Tuesday before seeing a concert. It's tucked in a stripmall, but the sign was plainly visible.
This Pizza Plant has a family restaurant atmosphere. High backed boothes dominate the body of the place, with a take-out counter in back as well as the hostess stand. The bar is tucked in the back left corner.
Our waitress was prompt, and when I asked what was on tap, she didn't try to b.s. her way through the list. She got the list from the bar and let me check it out. I'd much rather have the list in front of me than play guessing games with the staff.
Pizza Plant describes itself as an italian pub. The menu plays out this theme. Pizza and pasta are prominant, but so are burgers, sandwiches and other standard pub fare. My friend and I opted for "pods", which are essentially calzones with a funky seed shape. The chicken pesto and texas pods were tasty, and big enough for two meals. Good stuff.
The beer list was full of regional choices. Flying Bison, Ithaca, Southern Tier, Middle Ages and Great Lakes were among the draft choices available. They also featured one cask ale.
I was impressed. This is a place I would return to. Good food, good beer, what's not to like?
03-28-2008 00:20:11 |
More by frazbri
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have visited the Main st location about a half-dozen times over the course of the last 12 months. It is decorated from floor to ceiling with a variety of artifacts. The small bar area generally has about 8 beers on tap and one cask beer. The beers on tap are always heavily focused on high ABV brews which is unfortunate considering I must drive to get there. The selection however is usually decent. The food can be hit and miss. They make a delicious white chicken chili, while their nachos are bland and have a dearth of toppings considering the number of chips. The service staff here is usually overworked and therefore lackluster. I met the owner's son on one visit, he was bartending, and he too was less than pleasant. Overall, not a terrible place to go, but there are better.
12-09-2011 00:22:04 |
More by pharmer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
As the Pizza Plant on Main St. is just down the road from me, we go often and really enjoy it.
The restaurant has a nice pub feel combined with some pretty eclectic art featuring personified characters of their pods (think calzones). It has a nice feel. It does get crowded at times and on Fridays and Saturdays it is nearly impossible to get seats at the bar which is poorly designed/located within the space.
Service as Pizza Plant is consistently good. While the servers tend to not be very knowledgeable about beer, the bartenders are very well-studied beer nerds. The waitstaff has always been friendly and accommodating.
Pizza Plant does a very good job of keeping the taps rotating and evenly varied between styles. You don't have the massive selection of Coles or Blue Monk, but they always have a few quality options for beers across the spectrum (from local lagers to west coast IPAs to Belgians).
Food is very good at Pizza Plant. Not being a Buffalo native, I absolutely hate the 'Buffalo style' pizza overloaded with grease and its cloyingly sweet tomato sauce. Pizza Plant's pizza is not like Buffalo style at all. You can choose between different dough types and they have a crap load of toppings. We always get the Circular Chicken. Their pods are also very good. Their menu is huge and sort of crazy at first glance, but everything we have ordered has been good. It is nice to have an Italian-themed beer destination rather than the typical pub-fare.
Overall, Pizza Plant is a great alternative beer destination for the Buffalo area. They also do a great job of hosting beer-themed events like tastings with different breweries and their representatives. It will be nice when they open up the second location as really the main draw back is the fact that the bar is just so small/inconvenient.
10-12-2011 16:28:54 |
More by amc2341
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
been here only twice over the last few years. i live in the city and i'm usually not interested in a trip to williamsville.
good draft selection. never looked at the bottle list.
went this past thursday and four (4) three heads brewing beers were on tap. they had had a tasting the night before and these were still going. good for us! other notables included stone's 12pa and southern tier's pumking. enjoyed my beers thoroughly, food not-so-much. had a ceaser salad and a wingy dingy pod (calzone with chick fingers, hot sauce, blue cheese). salad was simple and decent. pod was sloppy and uninspiring. had pizza during previous visit, meh!
bartender was knowledgeable. fellow beer nerds at bar made for interesting conversation.
09-25-2011 01:12:56 |
More by guenther1973
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Love this place. Discovered it several months ago and been back a couple of times. Atmosphere is perfect for a family, and my kids get a kick out of it. The pizza is fabulous. Although there's only 12 or 13 taps, the selection is excellent and ever changing. Service is ok, nothing out of the ordinary. Food comes quickly, kids are kept entertained. But overall, this is my favourite pizzeria. Excellent food, craft brews, cool atmosphere, good price...what more can a guy ask for? In fact, may head there tomorrow.
09-18-2011 02:16:50 |
More by harveystarr
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
long line to wait in small hallway. People tell me the other one closed, which explains the inexplicably packed place for a weekday. Decor was nice and humorous. The owner came to our long line and talked to us and gave us free samples of wine. He gave sugestions for beer pairings with the food. When we finaly were seated I ordered their "wingy dingy" which is essentialy a calzone with chicken and hot sauce. Was good, espesially the dough and marinara. The selection of beer was small only 12 offerings, but eclectic. Ordered a Sierra Nevada Celebration. It was a bit pricey but i found humour when i checked the bill later that night and found they charged me for a Sierra Mist instead of my soda. $2 for a $6 pint, how about that.
02-13-2011 00:21:15 |
More by Stoutman88
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I took my mother, godmother, and girlfriend to the Pizza Plant in Williamsville, NY and was not sure what to expect. I had heard great things about their tap list and figured i would at least snag a decent brew in the process of eating either exceptional or possibly terrible food.
First walking into the place you are overwhelmed by advertisements for Pizza Pods (ie. a pizza-pod people mural), good beer signs, upcoming events, and finally pseudo-Italian restaurant decor (?). I could see the bar in the back, but we snagged a table near the front windows.
I ordered a pepperoni pizza pod, but apparently the specialty is their Sicilian steak and onion. On tap, which was literally a hand written list the waitress handed me, there were some pretty outstanding choices. I decided on the the DFH Bitches Brew, my girlfriend got the green apple wit by magic hat. I figured I would finish their overpriced 4-5oz chalice/shot glass before the appetizer even came, but alas, I was the driver...
The roni-pod was a slightly better hot pocket. It had a nice golden, toasted crust, but had slightly cool center. I appreciated the large cuts of meat that were inside, but definitely was glad I had finished my beer by this point and was ready to mow down anything they put in front of me. Those getting food around me were giving off the same vibes claiming the food was good, but average. Luckily, the place (aside from the beer) was not too pricey.
I'm not sure I would go back for the food again, but the beer tap-list is approaching first class.
I went back to attend a Belgian Beer and Chocolate tasting sponsored by Ommegang and Chow Chocolates. The experience was much better from the atmosphere (beer geeks like myself) to the service. The bar was crowded, but I was still able to talk to the bar's owner, Ommegang rep, and a few other regulars heavily involved in the area's beer culture. I learned that this restaurant has tastings every third Wednesday and hope to attend the next in march! Likewise, this is the only bar I've heard of still pouring Bitch's Brew almost 2 months after the show's airing/the mad rush for all DFH products on shelves.
12-30-2010 00:24:37 |
More by ThePorterSorter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
*** Revisiting the Pizza Plant, months later ***
Back in Buffalo in the middle of winter, Pizza Plant is focusing on Christmas/Winter beers (which is a link to my visit in July, when they had "Christmas in July"). Service is a little better at the bar, but still not great. Doped-out-looking girl, a bit spacey but efficient enough, so I'm knocking the service rating a bit up. We finally tried the famous pods- Texas Hot, holy god it is hot!! Delicious too. Prices are still too high for my liking. Still wish they had more beers.
My wife and I spent a day in Buffalo and stopped at several beer places. The famous Pizza Plant was the first, on a recommendation from a friend who used to live in Buffalo and was sort of a regular at the Plant.
I love the atmosphere, cozy and homey, like hanging out in a big living room where strangers soon become friends. That was a big plus. The beer selection was somewhat small (less than 10 taps) but well chosen and focused. It was Christmas in July when I visited, had the great Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Also Boulder Hoptical Illusion on cask, delicious, and a rare (at least for me) Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree (13% ABV!).
Service was not good, despite being right at the bar. Bartender-waitress-food runner was just not interested, had to beg for brews. Price was pretty high compared to other Buffalo area beer places. We tried one of their deep-dish pizzas, I thought it was OK but my wife didn't like it. Would have loved to try it one of their famous pods.
I will go back for the beer and the charming coziness, but not for the service or food.
12-12-2010 15:43:49 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here on a recommendation from a friend of mine who lives in the Buffalo area. The Williamsville Main Street location is right off I-290, located in a small strip mall on the left after exiting. Not the type of location or establishment I'd expect this kind of beer selection. Was a very good call and I'm glad I stopped here.
They have (14) taps and at the time, the selection was: Victory Prima Pils, Troegs Hopsun, Sam Adams Summer Ale, , Dark Horse Black Bier, Guiness, Great Lakes Commodore Perry, Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA, Lagunitas WTF, Biera Troil Stella Di Natale, Victory Pursuit Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Fritz and Ken's, Baladin Brewing Al-Iksir, Michigan Imperial IPA, Bluepoint Hoptical Illusion on cask, and Troegs Dream Weaver. There's also a small but nice bottle selection of high end stuff. They also fill growlers. (always a plus)
Because it's located in s strip mall, there's plenty of offstreet parking. The bartender is very well versed in what is being poured. I was there on a Wednesday night and the place was PACKED with families and people of all ages, even at 8 PM!
The menu has a massive selection consisting of pizza, salads, appetizers, pasta, and their signature "pods". (a "patented version" of a calzone, but even better) The Cajun Pod totally rocks if you like spicy food.
The place has a cool vibe with a sculped tin ceiling with ceiling fans, T.V.'s, dark green walls, and no liquor - only beer and wine. The dining area is all oak booths. I'll be back next trip up.
06-14-2010 02:21:04 |
More by jzeilinger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I have been to both Pizza Plant location on numerous ocassions and have never left disappointed. They always have a nice selection of beer on tap including one or two belgians and 8 or so micro's. No macro swill. They also have lots of beer tastings (usually more at the Transit Road location than at the Main Street) which is a cool treat. I was lucky enough to be there for both a Victory and Ommegang tasting. Beer is kind of pricey but well worth it.
Their food is also very good. They specialize in pods which is kind of like a calzone only bigger and better. They also have dinner dishes, salads, pizza and lots of appetizers.
Both places can get kind of crowded although there is more room at Main Street than there is at Transit location. The bar at both places is small and cramped. You can fir 7 or 8 people there and that's it.
Services is always good and the bartender's usually know quite a bit about the beer you are drinking.
Overall a very good place to eat and drink.
01-24-2009 20:21:47 |
More by wieserjd
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Pizza Plant (Main Street) in Williamsville, NY