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Pizza Plant (Main Street)

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Pizza Plant (Main Street)Pizza Plant (Main Street)
BA SCORE
89
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.4%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

5110 Main Street
Williamsville, New York, 14221
United States
phone: (716) 626-5566

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Reviews by oberon:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

The smaller of the two locations in Williamsville,my second time at this one.Located in a smaller plaza parking seems to be a little bit of an issue.Quite small and cozy in place the bar is around the corner from the main dining area.Ten taps and one cask conditioned beer but they are a hop lovers dream of taps in my mind,Ithaca DIPA,Rogue Integrity IPA an anniversary beer brewed by Rogue filled with ammarillos,Inferno Pod,Urthel Hop IT,and cask Blue Point Hoptical Illusion.The bartender was not all that polite and took to long to get my food order and took his time getting me a water as well,as usual the pod kicked ass I got the Roman tomato pod with spinach crust they are large and damn good.The bill can add up here but with high quality taps and good food its worth it in my mind.

oberon, May 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2%

generallee, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of pharmer
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

pharmer, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of amc2341
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

amc2341, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of guenther1973
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

guenther1973, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of harveystarr
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

harveystarr, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Stoutman88
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Stoutman88, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

Follow-up:
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.

ThePorterSorter, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.88/5  rDev -1%

*** 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.

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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.

DoubleSimcoe, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

jzeilinger, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of wieserjd
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

wieserjd, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

We checked this out on a recent trip up to Buffalo. It sits kind of inconspicuously in a strip mall, so there's plenty of parking to be had. The atmosphere pretty much sums up the place perfectly, looking like a typical Italian food joint but with plenty of breweriana spread around as well. Plenty of booth seating and a good sized bar sits off from the main seating area. Nice large chalkboard announces what's on tap. It would be nice to have something at the tables so that you don't have to keep straining your neck to look over at it though. The draft list was 13 strong and full of quality selections and quite diverse, with everything from more sessionable local fare from Flying Bison, Middle Ages, and Great Lakes to more heavy hitters like Boulder Obivoid and Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball. They were even pouring the Duchesse De Bourgogne, which was a pleasant surprise and they also had a cask engine pouring Clipper City Red Sky at Night, which rounded things out nicely. Their bottled selection consisted mostly of BMC and crappy import junk that we won't even speak of.

Food was very good. Nice selection of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and their exclusive "pods", which is their take on a strombole or calzone. They offer a ton of different types (including customizing your own) and we all got different ones to try that were all very good. Service was fine. Our waitress was very friendly and put up with us taking forever to decide what beers and kinds of pods that we wanted (Hey, there were a lot of choices!). We ended up having a good time here. Lots of food choices and a quality draft list would make this a constant stop if I lived in the area. It just makes me wish that we had someplace similar to it around here.

Kegatron, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Located right off the Thruway and 290, this location of Pizza Plant is in a strip mall, so parking is easy and the signage makes it easy to spot. A typical looking pizza place with lots of booths, a nice Italian inspired ceiling, and wall paintings of their famous Pods, with the bar tucked away in the back corner with about 12 seats and a few high tables. Kind of like a mini-Fat Heads, this place has some beer paraphernalia and artwork surrounding the bar area. A tap list hangs on the wall by the front of the dining area to show what is current on the 13 of their taps and 1 cask.

We were promptly greeted, seated, and waited on at dinnertime on a Sunday, and given enough time to check out the beer selection on the wall. There is a wine menu, but no beer menu was given with our food menus. Of the 13 taps, there is a good variety of beers, and everyone in our party was able to find something they wanted, from Belgians to Fruit beers, Maibocks, and IPAs, and everything in between, and all served in proper glassware and tasted fresh.

The food was very good with a wide selection of Italian food such as pizzas, strombolis they call pods, and pasta dishes, with sandwiches and even burritos. The portions were pretty big, and at a good price.

An easy place to stop while in the Buffalo area, more for a meal than just as a bar, and definitely worth a stop.

HopDerek, May 27, 2008
Photo of frazbri
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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?

frazbri, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Dark and cozy. The bar is stuffed into the back corner. I had a Dark Horse Black Bier and they couldn't tell me what kind of beer it was. I figured it was a Schwarzbier, but it was definitely not which is kinda crappy considering I was driving and wanted something relatively sessionable. The same went for my girlfriend's drink: She wanted to try the Celis White and the waitress said it was really light and mild. Now, I've had Celis before and it is light, but it's definitely 8.0% ABV, just like the IMPERIAL STOUT they served me. Oh well, I still drank it.

Food was okay. Service was shotty. We asked for water initially when we sat down and never saw it all night. Good beers on tap, but they didn't quite know enough about any of them.

Rudgers73, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Main Street location. They said that Transit has only one more tap. A bar wedged in a good sized pizza restaurant, and before the washrooms, maybe 2 seats with privacy if no huge person walks by you.. Seven taps and 5 micro bottles available. Ok place, but would not become a regular here. Two girls servoing were doing everything, not too knowledgeable about beer. Small handwritten notes on the beer taps. Tacky decorating on every square inch of everything, wall or coming from bar, with scrawled notes. Music on the loud side. Still, I caught a bottle of something I haven't tried.

Sammy, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of wailingwench
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Positives: Small number of taps (10) that constantly change, so you know the brews are fresh. Cask brew is usually Middle Ages or Flying Bison. Some brews that you have never seen, or will ever see again. Food is delicious, their stuffed crust pizza is to die for. Pods make excellent post-drinking breakfast fare. Bartender actually gave us samples before we asked for them. Large ice waters with lemon. Some places act like the freaking lemon is a piece of gold. They actually wash the pint glasses in front of you so you know you won't contact hoof and mouth disease from the wierdo sitting next to you. Some stong ass stuff on, but it's served in 10 oz glasses? C'mon. Inferno Pod Ale: need I say more?

Negatives: The Transit locale seems to have better brews on. Beer list is not near the bar. Good luck reading the post it notes. Unlimited free very salty peanuts contribute to abdominal discomfort. Brews are VERY pricey, unless you drop $40 on a draft card (which is the only investment that I have ever made).Cramped bar area seems to be an aftterthought. Can't throw said peanut shells on the floor. Samples are maybe .01 oz and spill easily. Some strange fruity beer on tap that Bartender said noone liked. Sometimes they close early. Bathroom is large enough for a couple of elephants, but only one toilet? No urinals with fresh urinal cakes? If ya gotta go, the dumpster by Tim Hortons is your best bet. Where did the free mints go?

wailingwench, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

If you are in Buffalo, there are only a small select few places that you owe it to yourself to hit and Pizza Plant is one of them. This one was nestled in a strip mall (on the way the Buffalo Brewpub *hint hint*) with ample parking and easy to find just as you cross over 290/90 via Main Street (5 East.) I dug the ornate tomato and pizza motif everywhere. At the bar, locals were busy chit chating it up over peanut baskets and pizza pods (their cuisine) with the waitstaff and one another. Cool vibe. I was an odd ball by virtue of my beergeek focus and not talking to the beergeeks around me. They were excited over Lake Placid's Frostbite freshly tapped. I snaggletoothed a Blue Point Hoptical Illusion for $4.60 on the CASK...yes...they have a cask! Suh-weet!

My server was super friendly in good spirits. The front part is the restaurant, and the back left corner is where the beer is. About ten taps with Sierra Nevada IPA, Midle Ages X Anniversary, and a few other unreadable handles. THeir beer board is on the restaurant wall. If you peak up over the taps behind the bar, an "upcoming" list tallys the likes of Yeti, a Triple, and Stone A. Bastard.

Pizza Plant woul be a welcome addition in anytown. This place is a must stop for a Buffalo stop.

Could you bring your Mother here? Yes. It's clan and well attended. Bonus points for their "Draft Card" which is $30 for 15 beers. Then you can desecrate it and they will hang it up for ya. Now buy another!

blitheringidiot, Sep 01, 2005
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Overall, a place I wish every mid-sized suburb had (I've used this general idea to describe a similar place in St. Paul, MN called Green Mill.) Completely unpretensious and comfortable, this Pizza Plant location also jumps into the category of "best quick stop" when on a long drive.

Just seconds off the highway that loops around Buffalo, and towards Niagra Falls, this Pizza Plant (Walker Center) is in a blink-and-you-might-miss-the-sign plaza with a number of other businesses. I sought it out on a Sunday night the first time, and it was closed at 10:00. A real shame, because the beer and grub would make for an awesome late night destination. Tried again the following day for late lunch, and even on a weekday, the tables and bar were 1/3 full. A good portent.

Tap choices are not hugely numerous, but righteously chosen. Yes, I was positively buoyed to notice two Maine breweries [Allagash and Gritty's] were represented. But let's get to the local stuff I thought. I'm here for a pod, let's try the Inferno Pod Ale. Sadly, I was disappointed as the hop character had some notes that I would describe as "off" or "skunky." No matter, as there are so many other worthy choices in the rotating taps.

The casual nature of the setting extended to the Grateful Dead audible in the kitchen and the bartender whose mind may have been slightly elsewhere: again, Monday at 3 p.m. this is forgiveable. Big food menu with plenty of attention to choices of crusts, toppings, extras and plenty of veggie choices. Our pods arrived hot and delicious.

ecoboy, Aug 20, 2004
Pizza Plant (Main Street) in Williamsville, NY
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.