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Fun decor adds to great diner food at Rooster’s Cafe

Looking to celebrate the Chinese year of the rooster?

Maybe you are a fan of Foghorn Leghorn? (“Go away boy, you bother me.”)

Or perhaps, you simply like really good diner food? All are excellent reasons to check out Rooster’s Café.

Located just off Route 5 in Lackawanna on Ridge Road, the darling diner features bright red and white colors, including an old school red and white checkered linoleum floor. We couldn’t stop looking at all the roosters — figurines, plates, signs. You name it, Rooster’s Café has it, including a few Foghorn Leghorn’s.

“All brought in by customers,” said our friendly waitress when we asked. (We want the rooster holding salt and pepper shakers in his wings for our summer picnic table.)

Customers donated all of the roosters adorning Rooster's Cafe in Lackawanna. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The diner opens for breakfast as the rooster crows, but we visited for lunch. A menu board lists daily specials like goulash ($8.29), smothered cube steak sandwich ($7.59), shaved ham sandwich ($6.99), a Buffalo burger and turkey burger, both $7.79.

Breakfast is served all day, but limited after 11 a.m. (all prices include coffee or tea). You’ll find the usual, like the #4 with two eggs, home fries, toast and bacon or sausage ($6.59) or the #5 corned beef hash with two eggs and toast ($8.59).  After 11 a.m., you can get the following breakfast items: breakfast sandwiches ($2.39-$3.59), wraps ($6.79-$6.99), omelets ($5.29-$6.79) and the anytime special — two eggs, bacon or sausage, home fries and toast ($6.39).

Lunch wraps come with fries or chips, like beef or chicken souvlaki ($7.59) or tuna salad ($7.79) as do sandwiches ($6.99-$8.59) with choices like hot roast beef or turkey, BLT or HLT, open steak or chicken breast.

The special “Soupwich” caught one of our trio’s eyes — grilled ham and cheese with a cup of soup ($6.79). We added a burger platter ($6.39) and a patty melt ($7.49). It won out over the club melt ($8.29) and tuna melt ($7.99).

Chili is gone for the season, so I joined Soupwich Girl and had a cup split pea. Glad I did. We both loved the outstanding rich flavor, creamy texture and hunks of ham.

Her perfectly grilled ham and cheese came on wheat with a nice pile of chips (think Lay’s Classic) for an old school touch.

Burger Platter Gal loved her juicy burger, especially because the roll was grilled and a deft hand applied just enough mayo with the lettuce, tomato and onion.

The patty melt at Rooster's Cafe. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)My patty melt’s perfectly grilled rye held a decent sized burger, cheese and freshly grilled onions. I liked that the onions weren’t overdone to the point of soft; they had texture.

Our nice hot steak fries (that Soupwich snitched off our plates) were excellent.

For those who like subs, there is a wide variety of whole and half sizes ($3.89-$8.59) with the usual suspects from luncheon meats to a steak hoagie with peppers, onions, mushrooms and provolone.

Despite being mainly a breakfast/lunch place there are a few dinners on the menu ($9.99-$10.99) like roast beef, beef or chicken souvlaki and fried chicken. A regular Friday fish fry with macaroni and potato salads, coleslaw and fries is $11.99; broiled options like regular and Cajun start at $12.29.

 

Owner John Ristich with one of the many roosters at Rooster's Cafe. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

 

Rooster’s Cafe
93-94 Ridge Road, Lackawanna (826-4017)

Hours: 5 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Monday.

Early bird (or rooster) breakfast: Two eggs, home fries, toast, coffee or tea $4.99.

Gluten-free: Egg items, souvlaki breakfasts and salads (chicken/beef), julienne salad, burgers, broiled fish.

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

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