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Best Pancake Spots According to Western New Yorkers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on March 17, 2021
Swan Street Diner Pancakes / Photo courtesy of Swan Street Diner
Swan Street Diner Pancakes / Photo courtesy of Swan Street Diner

When you’re in need of some breakfast comfort food, look no further than fluffy, customizable, fill you up on a dime pancakes. Whether you like them subtle or super sweet, decked out or the less exciting but equally satisfying plain Jane version, this breakfast staple is available on and around every corner. But not everyone deserves a pancake gold star.

To help you find your way towards pancake nirvana, we polled our social media followers to bring you a list of the best pancakes restaurants around town – from boozy brunch spots to down and dirty diners killing the game, this hit list is a must-save.

Let’s get into the guide – in order to pull the following list together, we asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best pancakes in Buffalo and WNY. They answered with their top picks and we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations below. If it was mentioned, it’s listed.

Because we received hundreds of comments resulting in tons of recommendations, there are options all across WNY including all kinds of service-types, all worth recommending according to Western New Yorkers.

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While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again. It’s safe to say these are our readers’ top picks for pancakes restaurants in Buffalo & WNY. Keep scrolling for the full list of mentions!

  1. Campfire Grill (Cheektowaga & Clarence)
  2. Original Pancake House (Various locations, chain restaurant, normally we wouldn’t cover a chain, but the people are passionate about this one)
  3. Olympic Family Restaurant (Tonawanda & Buffalo)
  4. Swan Street Diner (Larkinville in Buffalo)
  5. Lake Effect Diner (University Heights in Buffalo)

Check out the comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for menu item recommendations and specific info you can’t get anywhere else, out of the mouths of customers! Plus explore more guides with recommendations according to Western New Yorkers.

Photo courtesy of Campfire Grill
Campfire Grill Pancakes / Photo courtesy of Campfire Grill

Guide to Best Pancakes in Buffalo & WNY According to Western New Yorkers

Alton’s Restaurant – Elma

2221 Transit Road
Elma New York 14059 • $$

Greek

South Towns

Experience the finest in casual dining in a clean, warm and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the best home cooked meals at the most reasonable prices around. Since

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Alton’s Restaurant – Walden

2250 Walden Ave
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $$

Greek

Cheektowaga and East

Experience the finest in casual dining in a clean, warm and friendly atmosphere and enjoy the best home cooked meals at the most reasonable prices around. Since

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Amy’s Place

3234 Main St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

North Buffalo

Closed Indefinitely   SOB Says About Amy's Place: Even though their cuisine is a bit exotic this place is a diner through-and-through and everything

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Apollo Family Restaurant

3387 Park Ave
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

American (New), American (Traditional), Diners and Greek and Mediterranean Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Athens Family Restaurant

2801 Harlem Rd.
Cheektowaga New York 14225 • $

American

Buffalo

2801 Harlem Rd. Cheektowaga NY 892-5019.   Open: breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Bertha’s Diner

1430 Hertel Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

Diner

North Buffalo

Bertha s is a 50s style diner with a menu that reads like a little piece of Buffalo. You can have classics like an omelet or a good old tuna melt, but

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Betty’s

370 Virginia St
Buffalo New York 14201 • $$

American

Buffalo

SOB Says: I had a hard time finding the words to describe the type of menu Betty's offers. It's a bit of a mish mosh, in a good way. You'll find casual

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Big Mood

423 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo New York 14032 • $$

Vegan

Buffalo

Buffalo's first all plant based eatery - formerly Root $ Bloom Cafe.

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Break N Eggs Creperie – Sweethome

1280 Sweethome Rd.
Amherst NY 14228 • $$

American

Buffalo

Break’N Eggs Creperie is a unique and beautiful local family restaurant where an abundance of breakfast and lunch items are being prepared in front of

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Break’n Eggs Creperie – Main Street

5235 Main St.
Williamsville New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Facebook says: Sweet, sinful or savory, our crepes have personality! you can savour them in a warm and friendly restaurant where the cheerful ambiance

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Campfire Grill – Clarence

9980 Main St
Clarence New York 14031 • $

American

North Towns

The Campfire Grill is a camping inspired restaurant! We hope that you will enjoy the rustic ambiance and the camping inspired menu!

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Campfire Grill – Depew

3003, Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga Town
Depew New York 14043 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

The Campfire Grill is a camping inspired restaurant! We hope that you will enjoy the rustic ambiance and the camping inspired menu!

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Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn

4321 County Road
15A Angelica NY 14709 • $

Buffalo

Cartwrights Maple Tree Inn - Serving All-You-Can-Eat Buckwheat Pancakes and Pure Maple Products

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daniela.

387, Forest Avenue, Elmwood Village
Buffalo New York 14213 • $$

Italian

Buffalo

Walking into daniela., you have two options: full service at the bar or counter service. If you choose counter service, you place your order and get a

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Eggsperience Vasilis

1526 Main Street
Buffalo NY 14209 • $

Buffalo

Open Daily 8am-3pm

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Family Tree

4346 Bailey Ave
Buffalo New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Buffalo's original souvlaki and gyro'

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Forestview Restaurant

4781 Transit Rd.
Buffalo New York 14043 • $

American

Buffalo

OPEN 24/7 Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or catering.

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Granny’s Family Restaurant

2865 Sheridan Dr
Tonawanda NY 14150 • $$

American

Buffalo

Family Restaurant serving you delicious American, Greek and Mediterranean food!

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Helen’s Kitchen

4279 Transit Rd
Clarence NY 14221 • $

American

Buffalo

BEST BREAKFAST IN TOWN!!!!

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Kalamata Family Restaurant

5690 S. Transit Rd.
Buffalo New York 14094 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

Niagara County

Kalamata Family Restaurant offers a large selection of Greek and American dishes, served up in a friendly family atmosphere. We serve Breakfast, Lunch

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Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

North Buffalo

SOB Says: The sign on the clock above the door reads, 'A cool place to eat 24/7'. While the clock no longer keeps time, they aren't open 24/7, and there

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Buffalo

2811 Bailey Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

Burgers

South Towns

Louie's Texas Red Hots has Six locations in WNY, serving Sahlen's Hotdogs. Open 24/7

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Louie’s Texas Red Hots – Seneca

777 Harlem Rd
Buffalo New York 14224 • $

Burgers

South Towns

Louie's Texas Red Hots has Six locations in WNY, serving Sahlen's Hotdogs.

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Moore’s Maple Shack and Pancake House

10444 Galen Hill Rd
Freedom NY 14065 • $$

Buffalo

1967 was the year we started our maple syrup business. The original sugar-house was located in the woods approximately ½ mile from the roadway. Sap was

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Mythos

510 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

Buffalo Food

Buffalo

The regular clientele can all agree that Mythos is a restaurant that makes you want to come back for more every time!

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Nick’s Place

504 Amherst St
Buffalo New York 14207 • $$

American

North Buffalo

A Word from Nick's Place: Nick's Place offers a variety of Greek/American cuisine including favorites like the Country Breakfast, the Skillet, and our

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Olive Tree

5240 Broadway St
Buffalo New York 14086 • $

American

Buffalo

Located in Lancaster, Olive Tree Family Restaurant is renowned for serving breakfast all day, everyday, its mouthwatering meals and its true family atmosphere.

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Olympic Family Restaurant – Buffalo

4611 Genesee St
Buffalo New York 14225 • $

American

Buffalo

The Bechakas Family invites every person in Western New York to come enjoy the best and most well rounded menu in the area. Experience the finest in casual

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Olympic Family Restaurant – Tonawanda

1601 Military Rd
Buffalo New York 14217 • $$

American

North Towns

The Bechakas Family invites every person in Western New York to come enjoy the best and most well rounded menu in the area. Experience the finest in casual

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Poked Yolk – West Seneca

3100 Transit Rd
West Seneca New York 14224 • $

American

South Towns

Breakfast and lunch restaurant specializing in unique omelets and amazing burgers.

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Rooster’s Cafe

93 Ridge Rd
Lackawanna NY 14218 • $

Diner

Buffalo

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Savory’s Family Restaurant

5564 Camp Rd.
Hamburg New York 14075 • $

American

South Towns

SAVORY'S is a family run restaurant in Hamburg. Everything is made from love! Say hi to the whole family. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Smokin’ Little Diner

4870 Broadway
Depew New York 14043 • $$

American

Cheektowaga and East

One of the cutest little spots in town they serve up some 'smokin' big flavors, this diner meets BBQ joint brings the best of two worlds with breakfast/everything

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Sophias

749 Military Rd
Buffalo New York 14216 • $

North Towns

Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Loyalists say this is the the best breakfast in the city. They will start serving dinner April 1.

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Sprague’s Maple Farms

1048 Portville Obi Rd
Portville NY 14770 • $

American

Buffalo

New York's Maple Wonderland. Full Service, Year 'Round Restaurant with Gift & Nature Center, Maple Syrup Production, Seasonal Activities for year round

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Swan Street Diner

694 Swan St
Buffalo New York 14210 • $$

American

Buffalo

A Word from Swan Street Diner Rehabbed 1937 Sterling Diner, originally located in Newark NY. This darling is now serving breakfast and lunch in the

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The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar

367 Connecticut Street, Buffalo, NY, United States
Buffalo New York 14213 • $$$

New American

Buffalo

The Black Sheep Restaurant $ Bar is truly a WNY stand out, not only in their uniquely fine cuisine, but their 'unrelenting commitment to locally sourced

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The Poked Yolk – Hamburg

3804, Abbott Road, Big Tree
Erie County New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Our goal is to provide great, wholesome, hearty food at affordable prices to busy people as well as leisure eaters who want to kick back and enjoy a good

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Unbridled Cafe

9380 Transit Rd
East Amherst New York 14051 • $$

American

North Towns

Now Open! Offering homemade breakfast and lunch dishes. Fish Fry on Fridays. Curbside Take-out.

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Uncle Joe’s Diner

4869 Southwestern Blvd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $

American

South Towns

Some unique features of Uncle Joe's that keep our regulars coming back, and turn visitors into regulars after just one visit are: Fresh-cut french fries,

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Wayside Family Restaurant

2301 S Park Ave
Buffalo NY 14220 • $

American

Buffalo

If You're Looking For A Good Home Cooked Meal, Wayside Family Restaurant Is The Place To Visit.   Our Wide Variety Of Menu Items Includes Breakfast Plates,

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Wonder Coffeehouse

323 Ganson St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $

Cafe-Coffee

South Buffalo

We are Buffalonians! Born and raised! We are gritty, we don't give up and we live up to our 'City of Good Neighbors' name! Wonder Coffeehouse is located

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Shoutout to SOB intern Alexis for her help with editorial research on this guide!

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