The name may sound familiar, but the Edwardsville location is new as of May this year, serving up traditional (and downright delicious) sandwiches at a reasonable price to customers on the go. Dominic’s of New York has situated itself in front of Lowe’s yet again, and owner Julian Bufano is excited to bring good grub to the West Side.
“We’ve been in the area for quite some time and we are well-known, but not so much on this side of the river,” Bufano said.
Bufano and his father Sam have run the Dominic’s of New York at the Wilkes-Barre Lowe’s location for 15 years, but recently Bufano bought his own Dominic’s unit to run in Edwardsville.
“It’s great here; this place is a zoo every day,” he said. “We get a lot of foot traffic. It’s just convenient for guys on the go that are stopping in to get their building products. They can grab their lunch and be gone in no time. In this day and age, time is money, and we understand that.”
Bufano encourages those ordering lunch to call ahead about 15 minutes in order to have their order ready quickly.
“And even if you just come up to order without calling, it’ll still be pretty quick,” he said. “These flat tops are amazing to work with; they get the job done.”
Not only is Dominic’s convenient for those looking to get lunch quickly, it’s also got a menu that’s simple and loaded with classics that are all of quality taste.
There’s pastrami and steak, chicken and gyros, done any way you like.
“Our bread and butter is sausage and steak,” Bufano said. “That’s what we’ve been doing since day one. We’ve added gyros, which have become a big hit, but we’ve also done wraps, tried other things. We found that if you stick to the simple things and do them right, you’ll be just fine.”
The food is, in fact, so good, that Bufano eats a cheesesteak every day – and never gets sick of it.
“I just do them up differently every time,” he said with a laugh. “Sometimes it’s chicken, sometimes it’s steak, different toppings. That’s the beauty of it. You can order a sandwich you like any way, and watch it be made right here.”
Though Dominic’s has the look of a food truck, it’s a stationary eatery. In a world where food trucks are becoming more prevalent, Bufano thinks an establishment such as Dominic’s still has a great advantage.
“We’re not mobile, no, but that just means people know exactly where we are every day. They don’t want to be chasing a truck around to find out where the food is. We’re always here, always serving up the same great food.”