If you ask a Buffalonian their favorite place to go to brunch, 9 times out of 10 they will tell you about their favorite diner that doesn’t serve alcohol and doesn’t technically have a brunch menu. I love this city, but we’re late bloomers, and that’s okay – because I want to be able to call Amy’s Place a brunch spot, anyway, and all my cohorts won’t say anything about it.
“Vegan lebanese food” is not necessarily the style of food that Buffalonians are running out of their houses to go get in their bellies (hence the fact that we are surrounded by pub food), yet, Amy’s Place has been drawing in the crowds forever because of one word – variety. I come to you as an Amy’s Place lover from all sides of their story – their vegan food, their breakfast food, their comfort food, their lunch food – so it only makes sense that Amy’s falls into our weekly brunch write-up.
Let’s just get one thing straight: you cannot – I repeat, CANNOT – go to Amy’s Place and fail to find something that will satisfy you. I am 100% down for someone to challenge me on this. With menu sections ranging from “tummy teasers” and “salad pitas” to “buffalo classics gone vegan” and “chicken sandwiches” – all without mention of the sweet food sections – I don’t believe that anyone could complete the challenge successfully.
To elaborate on the “sweets”, let’s talk about the L.A. cinnamon bread french toast. It’s what almost everyone that goes to Amy’s Place talks about, and for good reason. There’s a vegan and non-vegan version, and both are set to compete with any other french toast game in town. Their pancakes are also a huge hit, leading me to believe that all of their sweet items are home runs.
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Perhaps even more famous than the L.A. french toast is the lentil-berry sandwich. It says it right on the menu – “what we’re famous for!” It’s a combination of their special lentil and wheatberry recipe, mixed with lettuce, tomato, provolone, hot sauce and house dressing rolled in a flatbread and garnished with a bit of tabouli. It is SO good, I’m wishing I had it in front of me right now as I write about it. Idk what they put with the lentils and wheatberries, but between that mixture and the hot sauce, it is addicting.
The chicken sandwich section always takes it home for me. Chicken cordon bleu sandwich is my go-to (probably because it’s the most fattening one, hehe), but the chicken on all of the sandwiches, whether grilled or breaded, is always tender, the sesame seed roll is always soft, and the veggies are always fresh. And that’s just that, consistency is where it’s at in this town. Trendy brunch spots, hold your horses, cause the people of Buffalo have spoken, and they might just choose Amy’s Place over you, even sans booze.
Location: 3234 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214
Hours: Monday – Sunday 7am – 9pm
Social: Amy’s Place FB