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From crepes to souvlaki, breakfast specials from across WNY

Morning glory.

The nutrition do-gooders have been telling us for decades that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree, for reasons having nothing to do with my riboflavin levels.

Breakfast looms so large, I submit, because it frames your day. Start out with a plate that does more than just fill your tank, one that demolishes your longing for sweet or savory, and the rest of the day’s issues tend to shrink into manageable size.

Every day, in Western New York restaurants, you can begin your day with a meal that goes beyond the mundane.

Here’s some plates that offer distinctive touches you can’t find just anywhere, or definitive versions of classics. Chances are if a place makes you happy in the morning, there’s more you’d like to explore elsewhere on the menu.

Savorys serves a Southwest Eggs Benedict with two eggs -- any style -- on top of cornbread with bacon, black beans, tomatoes, cheddarjack cheese and basted with a chipotle hollandaise sauce. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Savorys serves a Southwest Eggs Benedict with two eggs -- any style -- on top of cornbread with bacon, black beans, tomatoes, cheddarjack cheese and basted with a chipotle hollandaise sauce. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Southwest Benny: Every ambitious breakfast place offers a spin on Eggs Benedict. This breakfast specialist heads for the Mexican border, with black beans, corn, cheddar, bacon and poached eggs on a cornbread base, draped with chipotle hollandaise sauce.

$8.99 with a side, including fresh fruit or potatoes.

Savory's, 5564 Camp Road, Hamburg, 648-0044

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The Lake Effect Diner serves the ham and redeye gravy with eggs breakfast. It comes with house-cured and smoked ham, redeye gravy, three eggs any style, home fries and homemade multigrain toast. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The Lake Effect Diner serves the ham and redeye gravy with eggs breakfast. It comes with house-cured and smoked ham, redeye gravy, three eggs any style, home fries and homemade multigrain toast. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Ham and redeye gravy: Ham cured and smoked in-house with applewood and mesquite, sliced thin, served with multigrain toast, three eggs, home fries and the kicker: redeye gravy.

The stuff starts with a smoked pork broth made from smoked pork bones, ham trimmings and vegetables, bolstered with a jolt of coffee brewed double-strength. $12.

Lake Effect Diner, 3165 Main St., 833-1952

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The Poked Yolk makes the Peanut Butter Jammin' Waffle, which is a Belgian waffle with peanut butter and homemade jam -- in this case, blackberry. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The Poked Yolk makes the Peanut Butter Jammin' Waffle, which is a Belgian waffle with peanut butter and homemade jam -- in this case, blackberry. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Peanut Butter Jammin' Waffle: This place makes ingredients other places get from a jar, including fruit jams like the blackberry version on this peanut butter and blackberry jam waffle.

Owner James Vaughn uses fresh berries, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar to produce a powerfully fruity flavor. The fluffy waffle may be Belgian, but the treatment is all-American. $7.99.

Poked Yolk, 3100 Transit Road, West Seneca, 656-9655

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The Howling Rooster Cafe's the Roo-Ben Omelet, made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and three extra large eggs. It comes with crispy home fries and rye toast with Thousand Island dressing on the side. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The Howling Rooster Cafe's the Roo-Ben Omelet, made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and three extra large eggs. It comes with crispy home fries and rye toast with Thousand Island dressing on the side. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Roo-Ben omelet: Cooks have long combined scrambled eggs with other meals, but here’s a sandwich-as-breakfast that succeeds.

It’s corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, with the Thousand Island dressing and rye bread on the side, as toast. The seared corned beef exterior signals that this is no ordinary omelet. $10.99 with home fries. [CORRECTION: An earlier version, and the print edition, listed the wrong price.]

Howling Rooster, 299 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda, 838-4440

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Dick & Jenny's Bake and Brew makes a butterscotch apple baked french toast.(Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Dick & Jenny's Bake and Brew makes a butterscotch apple baked french toast.(Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Butterscotch apple baked French toast: This all-day restaurant bakes its own breakfast pastries, including danishes. The ones they don’t sell that day get soaked in eggy custard and turned into baked French toast, a bread-pudding-like concoction. It’s served with powdered sugar and maple syrup from Springville. $6.50.

Dick & Jenny’s, 1270 Baseline Road, Grand Island, 775-5047

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Break'n Eggs makes a Banana Nutella crepe, which is filled with bananas, Nutella and topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Break'n Eggs makes a Banana Nutella crepe, which is filled with bananas, Nutella and topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Banana Nutella crepe: Plain pancakes are plenty satisfying, but crepes are an everyday celebration.

A crispy-edged crepe filled with sliced banana and Nutella, the hazelnut chocolate spread, gets chocolate syrup and whipped cream and more bananas before its crowning touch: a Ferrero-Rochet chocolate hazelnut candy. $6.75.

Break’n Eggs Creperie, 5235 Main St., Williamsville, 634-3447

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Betty's makes the scrambled tofu hash using tofu sautéed with caramelized onions, sweet potatoes, roasted red peppers, and black beans, served with grilled cornbread or pita. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Betty's makes the scrambled tofu hash using tofu sautéed with caramelized onions, sweet potatoes, roasted red peppers, and black beans, served with grilled cornbread or pita. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Tofu hash: Since 2004, Betty’s has become an Allentown fixture, building its fanbase with a broad menu that takes care of everybody. Since the beginning, vegetarians have been able to enjoy chunks of tofu sautéed with caramelized onions, sweet potatoes, roasted red peppers and black beans.

Swap the grilled cornbread for pita, and it’s vegan. $10.

Betty’s, 370 Virginia St., 362-0633

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Vasili's Eggsperience serves the Greek breakfast with chicken souvlaki, eggs, pita, tzatziki, home fries and fresh fruit. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Vasili's Eggsperience serves the Greek breakfast with chicken souvlaki, eggs, pita, tzatziki, home fries and fresh fruit. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Chicken souvlaki breakfast: This place gets the Buffalo Greek diner classic right. Chicken tenders, marinated in oregano, garlic and other spices, are griddled until golden but still moist inside.

[Read a dining review of Eggsperience Vasilis]

Well-browned home fries, griddled pita bread eggs your way, and tzatziki seals the deal. It comes with a fresh fruit skewer and applesauce, if you feel like dessert. $10.99.

Eggsperience Vasilis, 2878 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, 873-3447

[Check out the full gallery of these breakfast places, by News photographer Sharon Cantillon,  here.]

Send your breakfast tips to agalarneau@buffnews.com

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