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Some of us wanted breakfast, some of us wanted dinner, but we were all hungry. So we went to Alton's at Walden and Union.

I'd only seen the sign about a gazillion times without actually realizing that the place on the corner isn't Alton's, it's Milton's. It has the same owners as Alton's, but its specialty is hot dogs, and we wanted more choices. So we parked between the two places and got in the short line of people waiting for tables at Alton's.

Although it was Friday at dinnertime, the line moved quickly. Ruth, Dan, John and I were seated and served before we'd even caught up on the news of the week.

The menu here is extensive, ranging from Greek dinners to fish fries to a full selection of breakfasts -- waffles and poached eggs are the only breakfast items not available all day.

We started with a bowl of chili ($2.95) for me, and it was perfect -- a slightly tangy creation, with a nice balance of meat and beans. John ordered the fish fry ($9.45) with soup rather than macaroni salad as a side, and he enjoyed the rich Tomato Florentine soup, which contained some pasta as well as the expected spinach.

The fish fry, when it arrived, featured a large plank of fresh, firm, tasty fish, and the fries filled the rest of the plate -- they didn't leave a space where the macaroni salad would have been.

Dan decided on the Souvlaki Breakfast, with beef ($7.95), and just dug in when it was delivered with chicken. He was enjoying the tender chicken when the server returned with a serving of beef. We were impressed with this quick and professional fix. His over-easy eggs were perfectly cooked.

Ruth enjoyed the Spinach and Feta Omelette ($6.25), which was no flat egg dish -- it was packed with fresh, bright green spinach and cheese.

My Mushroom and Swiss Burger ($6.95) was made on a soft Al Cohen roll and featured abundant amounts of mushrooms and enough melted Swiss cheese to drip onto the plate.

We eyed the desserts -- most seriously, the homemade rice pudding -- but just couldn't.

-- Anne Neville



2250 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga


Review: 3 1/2 pennies (Out of 4)

"Great choices."

Alton's is open 24 hours a day except for Sunday, when it closes at 11 p.m. and reopens Monday at 6 a.m. Alton's second location, 2221 Transit Road, Elma, is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. It is handicapped-accessible.

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