Food Porn: Lake Effect Diner (Revisit)

It’s been a long time since Alli and I have eaten a proper meal at Lake Effect Diner. Occasionally, we’ll order a milk shake to-go, but it’s been almost 3 years since our guest writer Adam wrote about his meal at the popular diner, so we were long overdue for a revisit. When Alli brought up the idea of going to eat at Lake Effect I wasn’t sold. I’ll admit that I assumed the restaurant had became overrated after a visit from Guy Fieri. But Alli was a regular during her time at Canisius and assured me their breakfast options were top notch.

Last Saturday morning, Alli and I drove down Main Street to see how good their food is now, and whether or not they live up to their annual “Best Diner” title. We arrived around lunch time to a busy and packed restaurant. I had forgotten how small their dining room was. With their 12+ tables and booths taken, we decided to sit at the bar so that we didn’t have to wait around. After being helped right away from the friendly manager on duty, we placed our order and listened to the kitchen staff singing and joking around.

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Even though it was after noon, we decided to solely order off the breakfast menu. Alli was in the mood for eggs benedict
(the reason for our trip), I ordered the house cured and smoked ham with red eye gravy and we split a side of house made breakfast sausage (per recommendation from our friend Ryan Walley). After a short wait our food arrived.

My house cured ham (below, top) had a fantastic flavor that wasn’t too salty, incredibly tender and piled high on the plate. The fried eggs were runny and the homefries were seasoned well and had the perfect combination of crispy exterior and soft and chewy potato interior. I was surprised by how much much I enjoyed the dish, I haven’t had such a delicious and filling breakfast in a long time.

Alli’s order of eggs benedict (above, bottom) was a hardy breakfast; two poached eggs on top of thick, delicious and tender peameal bacon and English muffins and then covered in a thick hollandaise sauce. She somehow managed to finish both of them off, but left most of her home fries (which I finished off later that day). We had differing opinions about the housemade sausage, I thought it was too sweet while Alli thought it was amazing. The sausage did have a really interesting combination of a maple sweetness and a spicy kick.

We had a really fantastic brunch and both left barely able to move while barely spending $20. Prior to this year I thought that Bertha’s Diner on Hertel was without question the best breakfast in Buffalo, but after having great meals at Lake Effect and Sophia’s (another Fieri visit) I don’t know what to think anymore. If you can find your way into the restaurant on off hours, I highly recommend stopping in, ordering off their breakfast menu (which can be ordered all day) and then grabbing a milkshake to go.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Lake Effect Diner (Revisit)

  1. Absolutely love LAKE EFFECTS DINER! Last time we were there the experience was marred slightly by out-of-towners who expected they could just walk in and be seated… at noon on the weekend!! Crazy people. Anyway, they calmed down a little and everything got back to normal.

    My only caveat is that, while I am admittedly the most fussy person in the world about my coffee, everyone at our table (last visit) thought the first pour for sure was a little on the weak side and that’s been a consistent challenge for me with every visit.

    And do you know, I have never had a milkshake from them? Too much food for dessert!!

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