We were heading to dinner with my fiancé’s parents last week when my future father-in-law pointed at an unassuming brick building near the intersection of Seneca Street and Ridge Road, across the street from West Seneca West Senior High School.
“You know, I used to go to that place for breakfast all the time,” he said as we slowed to a stop for a red light. “They had great food — I always got eggs over medium with buttered rye toast.”
Always on the lookout for a cozy diner and with my interest piqued, I made a visit of my own to the Greek-influenced Seneca Towne early the following Sunday. Plenty of booth seating greeted me when I walked in the door, split into two areas by a low wall topped with brick arches. There also is a lunch counter with stools.
Painted and upholstered in shades of blue with brown accents, the restaurant has Greek statues and a temple prominently on the far wall. Seneca Towne was also decorated enthusiastically for the autumn season and Halloween — plastic and cardboard decorations covered the walls and hung from the ceilings, and there were several cartoonish figurines dressed up in costume. It isn’t a fancy place, but it’s comfortable.
The memory of our earlier conversation must have been echoing in my mind, because I had a hankering for eggs and rye toast the minute I slid into one of the smaller two-person booths. A friendly waitress brought coffee and a menu within a minute of sitting down, and I ordered a breakfast special of two eggs (over medium), home fries and toast, for a whopping total of $4. For an extra 30 cents, I replaced the home fries with Greek potatoes, and I also ordered a side of pita bread ($1.30).
In record time — it couldn’t have been more than five minutes or so — my food came out piping hot. After adding a bit more salt and pepper to everything on the plate, I dug into my eggs and sopped up the yolk with some of my buttered toast, a combination that somehow just always tastes better in a diner than it does when I make my own breakfast. The Greek potatoes were sliced and flavored with a Greek spice blend, which I accentuated with a tablespoon or so of the Greek dressing provided tableside. The pita, meanwhile, was toasted, buttery and just delicious.
Though I had a craving when I came in and knew exactly what I wanted this time, I was happy to see that Seneca Towne had a full breakfast menu to choose from for my future visits. A wide varieties of omelets are available, from plain ($4.50) to chicken souvlaki and feta ($9), as well as other staples like pancakes, French toast and steak and eggs. In addition, there are full lunch and dinner menus, including burgers and a healthy number of souvlaki and gyro options in the $6-$9 range.
As I sipped my coffee, finished my breakfast and watched the world brighten outside the windows, more customers began coming in. A few were clearly regulars, bantering back and forth with the staff and enjoying each other’s company as they placed their orders from memory. It was a pleasant way to start the day.
On impulse as I headed out the door, I asked for a serving of baklava ($2.80) to go. Flaky, buttery, sticky and sweet — and that’s just the first few sumptuous adjectives that come to mind. It was a perfect treat to top off my visit to Seneca Towne and another reason I’m looking forward to my next visit.
3445 Seneca St., West Seneca (675-6938)
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Parking: in the lot.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes