A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 17, 2005
Buffalo: Beef-on-Weck
"Beef-on-Weck" is roast beef on kimmelweck bread, a Buffalo (NY) specialty.


Wikipedia: Kaiser roll
A variation called a kümmelweck (alternatively spelled "kimmelweck" or "kummelweck") is topped with kosher salt and caraway, and in the United States is an essential component of a Buffalo-area specialty, the beef on weck sandwich.

Wikipedia: Beef on weck
A beef on weck is a sandwich found primarily in Western New York State, particularly in the city of Buffalo. It is made with roast beef on a kummelweck roll, a roll that is topped with kosher salt and caraway seeds. The meat on the sandwich is traditionally served rare, thin cut, with the top bun getting a dip in au jus and spread with horseradish.
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Origin
The origin and history of the beef on weck sandwich is not well established. It is believed that a German baker named William Wahr, who is thought to have immigrated from the Black Forest region of Germany, created the kummelweck roll while living in Buffalo, New York. Wahr may have based the kummelweck roll on a special loaf left as a ceremonial offering for the dead known in Swabia as Schwäbische Seele, which is a thin roll resembling a baguette that is topped with salt and caraway seeds. The sandwich's creation is estimated to have taken place some time in the mid-19th century, according to a butcher in Western New York.

1936-1937, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 24, col. 1:
Franz Frank J
Rye Bread -- Kimmelwecks -- Our Specialty
240 High...LIncln-7773

1938-1939, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 25, col. 1:
Strasburger's Bakery
Dinner Rolls -- Kummel Wecks A Specialty
165 Goodell...WAshgtn-0565

1940-1941, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 25, col. 2:
Franz Frank J
Rye Bread -- Kimmelwecks -- Our Specialty
240 High...LIncln-7773
(...)
Heldmann's Walden Home Bakery
Sheet Cakes Our Specialty -- Open Evenings--
Real Homemade Rye -- Kimmelweck
630 Walden av...TAylr-2975

1950-1951, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 364, col. 3:
AMROCK GRILL
GOOD FOOD OUR SPECIALTY
Roast Beef on Kimmelwick -- Fish Frys -- All
Legal Beverages -- Jos. Zawistowski, Prop.
471 Amherst...RIvrside-9642

1951-1952, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 365, col. 1:
BRIDGE INN
(...)
SANDWICHES
Beef on Kummelwick
1671 Seneca...WOodlwn-9887

1965-1966, BUFFALO (NY) YELLOW PAGES, pg. 465, col. 2:
SCHUPER HOUSE
Try Our Famous
Giant Size
Beef On Weck
1802 NIAGARA ST.
877-9287

1963-1964 BUFFALO YELLOW PAGES.
Pg. 438, col. 3 -- Art's Lounge has "ROAST BEEF ON KUMMELWECK."
Pg. 438, col. 4 -- Bordeaux's Grill has "ROAST BEEF ON KUMMELWECK."
Pg. 445, col. 2 -- Rusty's Grille has "Roast Beef Kummelweck."
Pg. 447, col. 3 -- Blue Eagle Cafe has "Roast Beef Kummelweck."

1967-1968 BUFFALO YELLOW PAGES, pg. 487, col. 3:
SCHUPER HOUSE
BIG "BEEF-ON-WECK" ALWAYS
(...)
1802 NIAGARA ST.
877-9287

Blue Plate Specials & Blue Ribbon Chefs:
The Heart and Soul of America's Great Roadside Restaurants
by Jane and Michael Stern
228 pages, hardcover, $24.95
Lebhar Friedman Books, NY
2001
SCHWABL'S (Buffalo, NY), Roast Beef for Beef on Weck.
(On pages 179-181. A guess is made that the dish is from 1910s-1920s -- ed.)
Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames of Other PlacesNew York State • Sunday, April 17, 2005 • Permalink