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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 …

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We are fond of the adage, “when a door closes, another opens.” Though, it was a first to experience it literally and figuratively on a frigid Sunday morning. We planned to meet our Lancaster pals to try the Dutch Mill on Broadway. Alas, friend Mary texted that its doors were shuttered for good and the nearby Olive Tree was packed. We reported a busy Campfire Grill on…

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I'm particular about my diner vibes. I like it to be bustling, but not so bustling that it takes forever to get seated. I like the atmosphere to be friendly, but not so friendly that you lose relative anonymity. Athens Restaurant in Cheektowaga checked all my “perfect diner vibes” boxes. It’s the type of place where you can get in, get seated and get down to the busines…

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If you've tried to plan brunch with friends, you can understand how complicated the simple concept of combining breakfast and lunch can be. For some, brunch is going to a trendy bar or restaurant on a Sunday morning, ordering a Mimosa and picking a dish off a special brunch menu that usually costs a few dollars more than a similar item served at a different time. For…

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The charming Swan Street Diner is a restoration of the Sterling Company diner cars originally made by the J.B. Judkins Company. When the company started to make the cars, they numbered them based on when they were finished from the time they started in 1936 until 1942. The soft yellow and maroon car that has made its home in Larkin Square is number 397. From the musi…

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It started as a “who makes the best barbecue sauce” bet between friends about 10 years ago, turned into a bottled barbecue sauce business and became a restaurant.Some Great BBQ Sauce Company Smokin’ Little Diner restaurant took over that cool 1950s diner on Broadway in Depew. The authentic 1950s diner is very clean, with a blue/white color scheme and gleaming stainless ste…

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There’s a new crew cooking at Granny’s Kitchen. The diner at 899 French Road, Cheektowaga, changed hands in November. Since then, brothers Julian and Aaron Pawlak have taken over with their father, Tom Pawlak. “We thrive on fresh, homemade meals,” Tom Pawlak said. “Stuff used to be stacked up in the freezer, and warmed up in the microwave. We don’t do that.” The Pawlaks…

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When a restaurant is like a pair of comfortable shoes, it’s a good thing. The presence of many regulars just adds to the charm. Londa’s, a family-run affair, is just such a place.Tucked away in the Dick-Urban Plaza, the door is tricky to spot; you might mistake it for the pizzeria next door. The space is deep with booths on the right. There are tables and a counter with st…

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As a kid, I loved dunking my toast into a broken egg yolk. As an adult, the broken yolk has given way to the more “sophisticated” scrambled egg. Still, it wasn’t right to order scrambled eggs at a restaurant called Buffalo’s Broken Yolk that has a signature dish called ... the Broken Yolk. Jim Vaughan and his wife, Kristyn, opened the restaurant a few months back with the…

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If shopping along the Sheridan Drive/Harlem Road strip leaves you famished, the Sheridan Family Restaurant has many ways to satisfy your appetite. Two large dining areas with table and booth seating and decorative plates lining the walls welcome patrons. On a recent early Saturday afternoon, couples held hands around cups of coffee, families chatted over brunch and a coup…

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When you walk into the Riverside Cafe, you swear you’ve walked into what could become your favorite corner bar, yet there’s no alcohol. Instead, this is a place where regulars gather to enjoy bottomless cups of coffee and food that’s made to order. The restaurant at 800 Tonawanda St. opened three years ago and is tucked away in an area surrounded by a few shops and the Ri…

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Every Southtowns commuter probably wishes he or she had a dollar for every time he or she passed the Woodlawn Diner on Route 5. The history of the American diner is legendary. These iconic, prefabricated stainless steel buildings dotted cities everywhere. The food was never flashy, but it was good. The same can be said for the Woodlawn Diner. The diner originated at Bail…

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Heading to Sophia’s Restaurant near the Kenmore/Buffalo border on a weekday morning, I wasn’t expecting the weekend crowds I had heard about. I would soon learn that Sophia’s isn’t just a weekend phenomenon. With the small parking lot jammed, I found a spot on the street and waited a quick 15 minutes for our party of five to be seated. The quain…