In my mind, there are three ingredients to a good, old-fashioned diner. Good food, cheap prices, and coffee … lots of coffee.
Teddy’s Family Restaurant ticks all three boxes—and lucky me, it’s just minutes away from my house, right on the Lackawanna/South Buffalo border.
Teddy’s has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront facing Abbott Road, and a large parking lot to the rear. When you walk in, you’re greeted with a row of turquoise booths to the right and a counter with stools to the left. The cooktop is right behind the counter, so the comforting sounds and mouth-watering smells of sizzling bacon and eggs permeate the whole space. There’s another dining room through a side doorway.
Dave and I visited with big appetites early one Friday morning, right before he was setting off on a cross-state road trip. The menu is large but not overwhelming, and offers everything from your standard breakfast fare (served all day) to hot and cold sandwiches, several dinner options and Greek-American specialties like chicken and beef souvlaki.
We were hankering for the classic diner experience, and so went with a breakfast special for $4.75 each. Dave got scrambled eggs with rye toast and home fries, while I ordered two eggs over medium with bacon, white toast and Greek potatoes ($1.50 upcharge for those or French fries). We also both got mugs of coffee ($2.15), steaming hot and generous with the top-offs.
As we tucked in and enjoyed our meals, I listened as Teddy cooked orders and chatted with several regulars seated at the counter. “You’re the most consistent egg maker I’ve ever met,” one gentleman told him. “I don’t mean to brag, but I hear that a lot,” Teddy replied.
Considering my perfectly cooked over-mediums—runny enough to dip toast in, but not pool all over my plate — I would agree.
Teddy's Greek potatoes consisted of a whole large potato, quartered and oven-roasted with spices and lemon juice. They were delicious, an interesting and flavorful change from the usual home fries (though Dave confirmed that those were also quite tasty).
Between the two of us, we also made quick work of a Belgian waffle ($8.25), which came out piled with real whipped cream and strawberries in a sweet sauce. For our next visit, I have my eye on a few of the Teddy’s Specialties, like spanakopita (spinach pie, $5.25) or an open beef souvlaki ($9.95).
Teddy’s was a cozy place to spend an hour. The staff kept up a friendly back-and-forth with customers, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Not one item was over $12, and most are far less—with prices like that for food that quick and satisfying, I know we’ll be back very soon.
Teddy’s Family Restaurant
Address: 1245 Abbott Road, Lackawanna (823-1255)
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Parking: Spacious lot behind restaurant