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Seneca Towne remains a cozy eating spot

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.

Owner Steve Triantafillou shows off the signature Greek chicken souvlaki at the Seneca Towne restaurant in West Seneca. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Owner Steve Triantafillou shows off the signature Greek chicken souvlaki at the Seneca Towne restaurant in West Seneca. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

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.

 

SENECA TOWNE

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

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