The EBC has delicious affordable dinners on Fridays
The Eldridge Bicycle Club (17 Broad Street, Tonawanda 693-3589) sits right in my backyard. I've passed it many times, and always planned on trying their Friday night fish fry during the Lenten season, but somehow, in all the years I've lived in Tonawanda, and those are many, I never had until this past Friday.
Centered around the old pastime of bicycling, the men’s club was originated in 1898 and named after the then popular Eldredge Bicycle Company. Since then, it has evolved into an athletic club consisting of over 350 members. On Friday nights they open the Club doors to non-members and serve fish Fry's as well as a special of the week. This past week the special dinner was fried chicken.
This is not a traditional restaurant, but the Club has a full bar and serves a variety of beverages. Soda in a can will cost $1.50, milk is $1.00, coffee is $1.00 and you get free refills. There are a variety of top shelf liquors and beers available also. Dinner is served on Friday nights from 4pm until 8pm only. It gets crowded, and you may have to wait for a table.
I ordered the beer battered haddock fish fry ($8.50), and choose as my accompaniments hot German potato salad, coleslaw, French fries, and tuna macaroni salad. My husband choose the fried chicken ($8.50), which was accompanied by baked beans, coleslaw and French fries. A basket of fresh Costanzo's dinner rolls and butter arrived as if out of nowhere at our table along with our beverages (water for my husband, Pepsi for me).
Also available on the menu are a variety of baked haddock options such as Cheesy fish and Mexican fish ($8.50 to $11.00), breaded haddock ($8.50), and a variety of other seafood options such as shrimp and scallops, and a seafood platter ($8.50 to $11), as well as chicken fingers ($7.50). Other items on the menu included New England Clam Chowder ($2 for a cup; $3.50 for a bowl), and macaroni and cheese ($3). The Club also offers a Children's Menu.
Dinner arrived piping hot and smelled delicious. The fish was cooked to perfection and extremely flavorful. The side dishes were exceptional, but especially the hot German potato salad. Sweet and sour, hot and full of bacon with a little pepper kick to it. I was glad I ordered it, as the kitchen quickly ran out of it. Traditional American potato salad is also available. The coleslaw was tasty, as was the tuna macaroni salad. Both seasoned very nicely and did not require any extra shakes of the salt shaker. The French fries were crispy and hot.
Of course I tasted my husband's fried chicken and also found it to my liking. The coating was hot and crispy, but not oily or greasy. His baked beans were delicious. We asked the waitress about the chicken and were told it is a frozen product, but all in all still a very good entree choice.
All in all, a very affordable dinner for two served in a homey, friendly atmosphere by pleasant wait staff. We'll be back again and again on Friday nights. We completely enjoyed our experience and our dinner.
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