By Toni Ruberto
Walkable streets lined with charming “mom-and-pop” shops and restaurants are one of the appeals of village life.
That’s true in the Village of Orchard Park, where you can find the pleasant Two Sisters Cafe mixed among other businesses on North Buffalo Road.
It’s in the front of a brick building with parking in the back. Specials are on a chalkboard outside the front door. The intimate cafe has an inviting, understated decor and casual atmosphere where you can enjoy a quick bite or linger over coffee and dessert.
The restaurant is frequented by Buffalo Bills players and was visited by NFL Films and ESPN in September for a piece about former quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Frank Reich, who had a Friday tradition of strategizing for a game over a vanilla milkshake. (Reich was there for the filming; the piece will air in 2015.)
Sit at one of the tables that seat two or four and enjoy a view of the street and outdoor patio. Waitresses will come to you or you can order takeout at the counter.
Take the Grilled Bunny Wrap ($7.25), for example, a sandwich that isn’t what its name implies. Instead, it’s an unexpected – and tasty – combination of cream cheese, fresh spinach, walnuts and dried cranberries on a herb wrap – light but filling.
Visits to the cafe’s Facebook page found previous specials like a broccoli and asiago omlet, cranberry and walnut pancakes and a turkey, stuffing and cranberry panini.
Daily breakfast options include “Mighty Fine Pancakes” (two with choice of meat for $5.25) or flavored pancakes with blueberry, chocolate chips or oatmeal ($6.25). Five specialty breakfasts ($6.25 each) up the ante a bit with Stuffed Baked French Toast, breakfast burrito and Mediterranean quiche.
For a lighter offering, try one of the cafe specials ($7.50 each): a half panini and choice of side salad; homemade quiche and side dish; or two salad plates.
For $4.50, the kids can enjoy a PBJ or grilled cheese.
We started with a cup of the Lobster Bisque ($3.25 or $4.95 bowl), a regular of the Friday menu. It was passed around the table and complimented for the many pieces of lobster evident in the bowl. “Not all lobster bisques have pieces of lobster. You can see them,” I was told as a spoonful of the hearty soup was displayed.
We also tried the Bunny and Greek wraps. Both were grilled, giving them warmth and texture. It also helps hold the wrap together, something helpful when they are piled as high as they are at Two Sisters. The Greek wrap was nearly 2 inches high, packed with marinated chicken, romaine lettuce, feta cheese, tomato, onion, olives and Greek dressing. It was described as “a plate of chicken souvlaki in a wrap.”
I ordered one of the specials, a Two Sisters Scramble ($8.95) that came with sweet potato chunks instead of the home fries in the usual Two Sisters Scramble. A colorful plate of eggs, peppers, onions, sausage, cheese and sweet potatoes arrived with toast. It was outstanding. The vegetables were crunchy and the sweetness of the potatoes nicely balanced the spicy sausage. I’m going to try this at home.
Two Sisters Cafe
Where: 4211 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park (667-6887)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
Wheelchair accessible: Yes