by Carolyn Batt
pearlstgrillLast night I went to Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, a popular hangout for before, during and after HSBC Arena sports events. Arriving at 5pm before a Buffalo Sabres game, I found the place packed wall-to-wall with enthusiastic sports fans. Some were catching a quick bite to eat in the restaurant, while others headed upstairs for a pre-Sabres game buffet. Pearl Street offers a no-wait buffet before major events at the arena.

My friend and I started off at the bar, deciding between a chalkboard list of interesting brews. Pearl Street is known for its signature beers and is one of only two breweries in Buffalo that brews its own beer. I had the Blue-Eyed Blueberry Blondie, a light blueberry ale while he had the Street Brawler, an Irish-style oatmeal stout.

After being seated, we started off with the Buffalo Chicken Dip before looking over the dozens of dinner choices. From sandwiches to shepherd’s pie, Pearl Street’s menu offers a little bit of everything.

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery has an old-world charm and feel to it, from the hardwood floors and bar to the antique belt-driven fans that line the restaurant. Pearl Street is truly a unique restaurant (it is also becoming quite the place for wedding receptions) and a great place to grab a bit before a game, enjoy an appetizer while watching on their big-screen tvs, or grab a micro-brew post-game.

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