Food Porn: Lake Effect Diner

Ok, ok, I know what you are thinking, “Oh look he decided to write about another Buffalo place that was on the Food Network.”  I’ll admit, however, that it’s nice to see local places featured nationally, but the fact that a 40 year old with wristbands and terrible hair decided to feature this local place was not the reason I decided to write about the Lake Effect Diner.  I have been to this Main Street iconic diner a few times before, and to be honest, all have been after a great night out, full of adult beverages and debauchery, and this visit was not much different.  Nothing says a great weekend morning than some fantastic greasy diner food.

Every time I have visited I get the same immediate feeling when walking in….I always feel like I’m taking a little step back in time.  The silver decor, the soda jerk machine and the big board with daily specials are always a welcome sight.

The great atmosphere of the Lake Effect

After my standard morning beverage order of a large water and a coffee, I took a while to decide on the ultimate diner question…breakfast or lunch?  A lot of times I end up mixing the two into one interesting meal but my breakfast craving was curbed by the giant coffee portions at the Lake Effect.  I decided on a bowl of the soup special and a BLT sandwich.

Potato, cheese and ham soup.

The soup of the day was potato, cheese and ham soup.  It sounded just about perfect when I saw it on the board walking in.  The soup was very flavorful, very rich, and very filling.  It was seasoned well and had big chunks of the house made smoked ham.  The bowl, which was only 5 dollars, was very large and definitely filling.  The only problem that I had with it was that it was fairly cold when it arrived.  I generally don’t send food back in a restaurant and since it wasn’t ice cold I still ate it, but I think it would have made the soup a little better if it had been properly served hot.

I decided on the BLT for my sandwich, and this isn’t out of the ordinary.  A great BLT is one of my favorite sandwiches even though it is possibly one of the easiest meals to make and prepare.

Lake Effect's BLT sandwich

The Lake Effect makes and smokes their own bacon in house and so I figured their version would be a treat (not to mention it was well priced at $5.50).  The BLT certainly did not disappoint.  The bacon was extremely think, crisp, and wonderfully smoked.  On top of that, they really piled the bacon onto the sandwich.  If you are a BLT fan, which I have no idea why you wouldn’t be, then I highly recommend giving the Lake Effects a try.

Between the coffee, soup and BLT, I ended up eating fairly cheaply at the diner.  That being said, for diner standards it definitely was priced a bit high.  Most sandwich’s were around 10 dollars and entrees more than that.  However, it needs to be mentioned that the quality of food and products used at the Lake Effect seem to be, and taste like, they are of slightly higher quality.  Not many diners would take the time and effort to smoke meats in house.  The Main Street diner car is a nice place to have a late breakfast or lunch on weekends.  Just be prepared to pay a little extra than your average diner for the increased quality in product.

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