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Getting fired up for eating out

Across from the Jim Murphy dealership on Walden Avenue, the sign for the former Skaros Family Restaurant is visible before you’ll notice it’s now the Campfire Grill.

Tables are covered with brown paper and decorated with darling lanterns set on round, tree-stump discs. The dining counter is done with chalkboard paint. We watched two wee customers scribbling away as we waited for Significant Other’s parents and Aunt Terri for Sunday breakfast. Great service kept us supplied with good coffee in the interim.

The menu is ambitious and fun to read, as it’s described as “camping-inspired.” It makes you wish you could try everything.

Breakfast is broken down into Eggs-N-Stuff, Grill Breakfast Specialties, Omelets & Skillets and Great Griddle Treats.

Garrett Adolf, Ethan Schwach, Matt Avery and Tom Hineman, all from Lancaster, enjoy lunch at The Campfire Grill. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Garrett Adolf, Ethan Schwach, Matt Avery and Tom Hineman, all from Lancaster, enjoy lunch at The Campfire Grill. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Aunt Terri’s Traditional Camper Breakfast ($7) featured two eggs and choice of meat, potatoes and toast. All egg choices include toast, English muffin or biscuit and either “camper potatoes” (fried potatoes) or fresh fruit.

The similar Lumberjack ($9), upped the ante with three eggs, three slices of bacon, ham and three links of sausage, plus two pancakes that weren’t too thick or thin. “Just right” as Goldilocks would proclaim. Needless to say, SigO’s dad was headed for the couch, not the forest after downing this mountain of delicious food.

The Scout ($8), an all-veggie omelet, came loaded with green peppers, tomatoes, onions and spinach. Her side of fruit (pineapple, grapes and melon) was a nice surprise considering the time of year.

The Crabby Scramble from The Campfire Grill is made with real crab meat. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The Crabby Scramble from The Campfire Grill is made with real crab meat. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Omelets are served rolled or “camper style,” with all ingredients and potatoes cooked together, as if you were camping with only one skillet. A create-your-own Trail Blazer omelet is $7.

SigO devoured his Camper Platter ($8.50) – cheddar-scrambled eggs on potatoes with a nice country gravy.

Topped with perfectly scrambled eggs, tomato, bacon and spinach, my Breakfast Flatbread ($8) stayed crisp from start to finish. The light touch of tasty hollandaise enhanced rather than overpowered.

Other interesting choices include Oink & Eggs ($8), two over-easy eggs served on two breaded pork chops; a Campfire Benny ($9), poached eggs served on salmon with tomatoes, spinach and hollandaise; and a Crabby Scramble ($10) of real crab, tomatoes and spinach.

This is the Shenandoah salad with fresh baby spinach, blueberries, strawberries, diced cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles and walnuts from The Campfire Grill. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

This is the Shenandoah salad with fresh baby spinach, blueberries, strawberries, diced cranberries, bleu cheese crumbles and walnuts from The Campfire Grill. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

A simple breakfast sandwich of egg, cheese and meat on a hard roll ($5) is available, as are sides like bacon ($3.50), sausage links ($2.50) or patties ($3), one egg ($1.50) and toast ($1.50).

Sweet breakfast eaters will find plenty. Hot cakes come “hill” ($3) or “mountain” ($6.50). Fun specialty choices ($5/$7) are available, and include S’mores Please – made with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips – or Oreo Cakes with caramel sauce.

We tried a stack of Griddle Toast Logs ($5.50/$8.50 bundle) – French toast rolled with cream cheese and strawberries or blueberries, cooked then rolled in cinnamon sugar. Oh my, we never had these camping! No syrup required, although we did hear sugar-free syrup offered to another table.

The mighty elk is two burgers stuffed with American, cheddar and provolone cheeses from The Campfire Grill. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The mighty elk is two burgers stuffed with American, cheddar and provolone cheeses from The Campfire Grill. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Regular Griddle Toast runs $5.50 stack/$8.50 bundle. Crunchy Griddle Toast is coated with vanilla granola while Campfire Griddle Fries ($5/10) are French toast “fingers” served with Nutella and cream cheese dipping sauces.

We hope to pitch our tents at the Campfire Grill again soon, if not for breakfast then for lunch. The menu looked equally tempting with skillet melts, burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and skillet stews. Prices topped out at $10, so it’s doable on a Cheap Eats budget, and, we anticipate, just as good.

CHEAP EATS

Campfire Grill

Where: 3003 Walden Ave., Depew (725-9969)

Hours: Open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for breakfast and lunch; until 8:30 p.m. on Fridays for fish fry.

Wheelchair access: Yes

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