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French View Family Restaurant has friendly staff, great food

When the Significant Other’s Mother recommends a good cheap eats we listen (for many reasons).

The French View Family Restaurant, not to be confused with the nearby French Pub, is easy to miss in the small plaza. Yet the restaurant is just the right size, and clean.

SigO Mom was right about the friendly staff. Our lovely waitress Shannon couldn’t have been nicer.

After hot coffee was delivered with a smile, we perused the menu at leisure. Torn between breakfast and lunch, our trio settled for a cup of soup, followed by breakfast.

Shannon noted soups are homemade ($2.99/$3.79), and the chicken noodle didn’t disappoint with plenty of chicken and noodles in a rich, hot broth.

What I loved about French View is that my eternal internal struggle “eggs vs. sweet” breakfast was alleviated because many breakfasts offer a side of pancakes instead of toast. (Hooray!) And at French View, an English muffin counts as toast. (Hooray again.)

Not hungry enough for a three-egg omelet, my diced ham with two scrambled eggs ($7.79) was just right.

Shannon asked if I wanted my pancakes on the same or separate plate. (French View knows these things matter.) The fluffy eggs came scrambled with lots of sliced ham. Three pancakes were the perfect size (about 5 inches in diameter, not giant circles falling off the plate that I never finish).

The hearty man breakfast ($10.79) of three eggs, bacon, sausage links, hash browns and pancakes or toast is the most expensive egg breakfast.

Eggs Benedict is $8.99. A traditional two egg with bacon, ham or sausage, toast or pancakes is $7.99; steak and eggs, $10.29. A simple two eggs with toast ($3.49) can include hash browns ($5.79).

Regular three-egg omelets range from simple cheese ($7.29) to the likes of broccoli and cheese or spinach and feta ($7.79) with toast or pancakes.

From deluxe omelets we had two beautiful choices: a club omelet ($8.99) filled with sliced turkey, bacon, tomatoes and cheese with a light hollandaise, and the French View omelet with diced ham, onions, peppers, hash browns and cheese folded in the egg. Both were huge and perfectly cooked. The hollandaise wasn’t thick and cloying either.

For sweet breakfasts, French View offers pancakes (plain, chocolate chip, fruit $6.99/$7.79) and the intriguing pigs in a blanket — pancakes stuffed with sausage links ($7.79).

Crepes up the game with fruit or fruit and sour cream ($7.29). Belgian waffles are $6.29, with fruit $7.29. Biscuits and gravy are $7.79 and come with two eggs or hash browns.

Considering our good breakfasts, we plan to return for lunch or dinner.

We counted 10 melt sandwiches that come with fries, soup or salad ($8.99 to $9.49). Burgers and chicken sandwiches range from $7.79 to $9.49 and come with fries or chips. Sandwiches or subs (hot and cold) come with the same ($7.29 to $8.99). Salads start at $6.79 for a Caesar to $8.99 for a chicken fajita salad and similar.

There are diner-like, seafood and Italian dinners ($8.99 to $12.99) that include soup or salad, potato, vegetable and garlic bread.

A Friday fish fry ($11.99) comes with potato, coleslaw and rye bread. Cheaper options are fried shrimp ($9.99) or fish and chips ($8.99).

In short, for the budget conscious, French View fits the billfold any time of day, and scores points with the SigOther Mother.

French View Family Restaurant

1340 French Road, Depew (656-9799)

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday; Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

More: Cash only.

Kids meals: $4.99.

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

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