6 Places to Get a Great Breakfast on the Cheap

City Guide, Food & Drink


Written by Naomi Sakovics

Published on March 3, 2022
Campfire Grill / Photo x Lauren Spoth

One of our favorite things in life is a big breakfast. You know the kind, the ones where a plate arrives full of the best things: eggs, toast, bacon (preferably lots of bacon), home fries and, of course, all the coffee. Here’s the thing, though. Maybe we’re old school. But we aren’t huge fans of spending lots of money for breakfast. In our opinion, you should be able to get a savory breakfast without breaking the bank. Fortunately, we in Buffalo have plenty of options for the cheaper category. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some popular spots in Western New York to get a truly great breakfast on the cheap.

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Sophia’s / Photo courtesy of Sophia’s

1. Sophia’s Restaurant

749 Military Road, Buffalo / More Info

Sophia’s is a gold star classic in Buffalo’s breakfast landscape, its celebrity status cemented the moment it appeared on the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. But we locals have known of its glories long before a national audience did. It’s a small establishment, so a wait is likely, unless you go super early in the morning, but it’s worth every moment of the wait. The service is unfailingly friendly, the coffee hot and the food delicious and cheap. Be sure to opt for their homemade bread, which is to-die-for.

2. Nick’s Place

504 Amherst St., Buffalo / More Info

You cannot say “breakfast” and “cheap” together in the same sentence without someone soon mentioning Nick’s Place. It’s a cozy family restaurant, where checkered tablecloths give that quintessential diner feel. It’s not fancy, but the service is fast and portions are huge. A second location, “Nick’s Place Express,” is also open in the Village of Kenmore at 2466 Elmwood Ave. (They too offer delicious homemade bread.)


Campfire Grill / Photo x Lauren Spoth

3. Campfire Grill

A hidden gem, Campfire Grill not only has great tasting breakfast, but also super affordable options. As the name implies, Campfire Grill has a cozy camping themed atmosphere. Their prices stay on the low end while the portion sizes are very generous. What we recommend? Their pancakes or their specialty griddle toast logs —French toast stuffed with a homemade sweet cream cheese filling and fresh berries rolled in cinnamon sugar. Also, we suggest you make a reservation as seating will fill up quickly!

Amy’s Place / Step Out Buffalo

4. Amy’s Place

3234 Main St., Buffalo / More Info

Amy’s Place is a cool spot in the University Heights district catering to the vegetarian and vegan demographic. They offer the usual go-to breakfast offerings, including pancakes and French toast, along with expansive vegan options that include lentils, tofu and seitan, a meat substitute.

Carrot Cake Pancakes at The Poked Yolk / Photo courtesy of The Poked Yolk

5. The Poked Yolk 

  • 3100 Transit Road, Unit 3, West Seneca / More Info
  • 3698 Abbott Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / More Info
  • 227 Main St East Aurora NY 14052 / More Info

As Leslie Knope would say, “Why would anyone ever want to eat anything other than breakfast food?” She makes a good point, and at the Poked Yolk, it’s all about delicious breakfast with a twist, and without breaking the bank. Impressively, just about everything is made from scratch, including a variety of jams on every table. If you go, order their namesake, “The Poked Yolk” — home fries cooked with spicy chorizo, onions, green peppers and cheddar jack cheese, served with toast and two eggs over easy. Helpful tip: If you go at peak hours with a group, the wait could be long. Also, be sure to check the specials, which rotate monthly.


6. Athena’s Family Restaurant

729 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14150 / More Info

At Athena’s Family Restaurant, you’ll find a menu that is easy on the wallet, and we’re 100 percent on board with that. They have super quick service so waiting for a table is never an issue. As far as their breakfast options go, it includes options like their Greek Slam (Three eggs, peppers, onions, homefries, and Feta cheese with your choice of ham, bacon, Gyro or sausage. Served with toast & jelly). For a lighter fare, they plenty of easy options like their number 1: Two eggs, homefries, toast & jelly.

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This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.

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