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Lake Effect Diner

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner


diced tomato, fresh basil, aromatics & balsamic vinaigrette over garlic toast w/ melted provolone & grated parmesan
hummus dip
house made w/ garbanzo beans & tahini, w/ fresh oven baked father sams pita chips
provolone wedges
hand breaded & deep fried served w/ marinara
chili cheese fries
a‎ generous pile of our fresh hand cut French fried potatoes w/ our award winning chili, cheddar cheese sauce, red onion & sour cream
a generous pile of our fresh hand-cut French fried potatoes w/ cheese curds & smothered w/ beef gravy
crab cakes
seared house crab cakes w/ chipotle mayonnaise & lemon
chicken wings
1# served hot, medium, mild, bbq orhoney mustard w/ blue cheese, carrots & celery
chicken finger platter
served hot, medium, mild, bbq or honey mustard w/ blue cheese, carrots & celery & French fries
with chicken $11
caesar salad
chopped romaine, parmesan cheese, croutons & creamy dressing
hearts of romaine
with house blue cheese & bacon
house salad
romaine & leaf lettuce, cucumber, tomato, carrots, onions & croutons w/ choice of dressing
with souvlaki chicken of beef $14
falafel salad
with tzatziki, hummus, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber & carrots
with a grilled whole wheat pita & choice of dressing $8
with grilled vegetables $11
with souvlaki chicken or beef $12
souvlaki salad
romaine & leaf lettuce, red onion, tomato, black olives, cucumber, pepperoncini & imported greek feta cheese
chopped salad
diced leaf lettuce & romaine hearts, house smoked ham & turkey, crumbly blue & cheddar cheese, green pepper, tomato, red onion, carrots, celery, crouton & bacon bits all chopped & tossed in your choice of dressing
with fresh cut fries & dill pickle
cheese $+1
bacon $+2
house‎ ground, hormone free, local, fresh limousine/black angus (grass & grain fed) ground beef broiled to your liking w/ lettuce, tomato & onion
cheese $+1
bacon $+2
grilled chicken
marinated breast in olive oil, lemon & fresh herbs
cheese $+1
bacon $+2
italian sausage
grilled house ground & seasoned patty w/ caramelized onions, sautéed peppers & melted provolone
cheese $+1
bacon $+2
vegan burger
house prepared veggie burger w/ blend of navy beans, barley, oats, vegetables, herbs & accented w/ toasted sunflower seeds. served w/ fresh lettuce, cucumber & balsamic vinaigrette
cheese $+1
bacon $+2
steak sandwich
10 oz hand-cut sirloin steak on garlic toasted baguette. choice of preparations no charge
cheese $+1
bacon $+2
French dip
shaved roasted top round of beef on garlic baguette w/ au jus
give your sandwich a kick
in the grass
on garlic toasted bread w/ sautéed spinach & melted provolone
swiss family mushroom
simply sautéed mushroom & melted domestic swiss
philly style
served on a garlic butter roll w/ caramelized onions, green peppers, mushrooms, provolone & hoagie sauce
not just for beef patties anymore. w/ sautéed onion, melted cheddar cheese & thousand island dressing on grilled rye bread
western bbq
smothered‎ w/ house sauce, crisp house bacon, & aged cheddar cheese
black & blue
seasoned w/ blackening spices, sautéed onions & blue cheese crumbles
diced tomato, fresh basil, olive oil & melted provolone on garlic toasted roll
breakfast style
with a farm fresh fried egg, house peameal bacon & aged cheddar cheese
with fresh cut fries & dill pickle
beef on weck
slow roasted top round of beef, shaved & served w/ au jus & horseradish
pulled pork
slow smoked over hickory & served w/ cheddar cheese, soft fried egg & house bbq sauce w/ coleslaw on the side
tuna melt
grilled‎ tuna salad w/ melted swiss cheese & griddled tomato on house baked white, multigrain, or rye bread
cuban pressed roasted pork
house ham & swiss panini w/ honey mustard, mayonnaise & pickles
our house cured & roasted corned beef thinly sliced w/ sauerkraut, melted swiss cheese, thousand island dressing on grilled house rye bread
our house smoked turkey breast w/ sauerkraut, melted swiss cheese, thousand island dressing on grilled house rye bread
bud battered w/ coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, onion, tarter sauce & lemon
bbq meatloaf bomber
our slow cooked meatloaf topped w/ aged cheddar, caramelized onion & house bbq sauce on toasted hoagie roll. substitute vegan meatloaf for no extra charge
crabby patty
lump crab patty w/ lettuce, tomato, onion & chipotle mayo
frank lloyd wright would approve of these triple decker architectural works. on choice of toasted house baked white, multigrain or rye bread, w/ bacon, lettuce & tomato
smoked turkey club
with cranberry mayonnaise & american
roast beef club
with horseradish cream sauce & blue cheese crumbles
corned beef club
with sauerk raut, thousand island & cheddar
smoked ham club
with honey mustard & swiss
tuna club
chipotle mayonnaise & provolone
on father sam’s bakery herb flat bread
hummus wrap
house made garbanzo bean hummus w/ tzatziki cucumber, tomato, carrot, onion, lettuce & balsamic vinaigrette
vegan wrap
vegan‎ burger, garbanzo bean hummus, cucumber, tomato, carrot, onion, lettuce & balsamic vinaigrette
buffalo wrap
crispy chicken fingers w/ hot sauce, blue cheese dressing & crumbles, carrot, celery, lettuce, tomato & onion
smoked turkey
house smoked breast w/ swiss, lettuce, tomato, carrot, onion & cranberry mayonnaise
chicken or beef souvlaki wrap
shredded lettuce, green bell pepper, black olives, onion, diced tomato, crumbled feta cheese & greek dressing in a grilled herb wrap
falafel wrap
garbanzo bean falafel & hummus w/ tzatziki, carrot, cucumber, onion, tomato & lettuce
chicken caesar wrap
marinated chicken breast, creamy dressing & shredded romaine hearts
cheese sauce $+1
steamed broccoli
fresh cut fries
garlic & parmesan mashed potatoes w/ gravy
$5 5 3
classic mac & cheese
griddled mac & cheese home fried potatoes
onion rings
grilled vegetables
side greek salad
side house salad
side caesar salad
all entrees served w/ a choice of two sides & garlic toast points
breast of chicken
herb marinated & offered cajun, bbq, honey mustard or marsala
turkey w/ all the fixins
house smoked turkey, savory stuffing & cranberry sauce
“meatless” meatloaf
vegetarian loaf made w/ lentil, mushroom, carrot, celery, & onion w/ a tangy tomato brown sugar blaze
baked w/ house ground beef w/ a tangy tomato brown sugar glaze & beef gravy
roast beef
extra lean slow roasted beef round smothered w/ rosemary mushroom onion gravy
fried chicken
extra crispy or gluten free four piece dinner, stung w/ honey
pork chops
fried breaded cutlets w/ apple sauce
10 oz sirloin
offered cajun, diane or bbq
smoked ham w/ red eye gravy
house cured w/ local maple syrup & smoked over mesquite wood charcoal w/ apple wood smoke. finished w/ light flavorful pork jus
our house specialty served w/ choice of two sides, coleslaw & tartar sauce – can be prepared in one of the following techniques
pan seared & topped w/ fresh tomato, basil, romano cheese, olive oil & white wine over marinara sauce
lemon butter
panseared in white wine, lemon, parsley & garlic butter.
budweiser battered
deep fried w/ batter made from the king of beers!
lightly seasoned w/ creole spices
home style chicken soup
featuring wendell’s local hormone free, roasted chicken, a rich comsumé broth w/ carrots, celery, onions, fresh rosemary & thyme w/ house made egg noodles
This diner is a circa 1952 Mountain View Diner Vin. #446. It was saved from demolition and moved from Wayne, Pennsylvania to Buffalo in 2001. Restored and equipped with a modern state of the art kitchen and knowledgeable and passionate staff, the Lake effect continues to humbly serve wholesome and fresh locally procured ingredients prepared the way they should be.....from scratch! From field to fork, our facility makes artisanal fresh, cured and smoked meats. Eggs are delivered from the Kreher Family Farm right up the road. All bread is baked fresh in house daily.
US$6 - US$18
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, Diner
Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When I retire in June of this year I may need to consider a part time residence in Buffalo, so that I can be near this place. This is the best bread\kfast I ever experienced in restaurant!! From past experience, my daughter and I decided...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 49MarkL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had thier Beef on a Weck, so good!! Homemade bread and fresh cut French fries! They make a lot of stuff from scratch...I was admiring everything coming from the kitchen...fried chicken, Mac n cheese, creamed chip beef on toast (“stuff” on a shingle), the extra...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Valerie L
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Really enjoyed my classic stuffed potato pancakes. They were huge and cooked to perfection. Coffee was good. Service friendly. Had to wait a long time to be seated. Very small and very popular. Large parking lot. Counter and booth seating. Serve breakfast, lunch and dinner...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank kkm68
Reviewed October 16, 2018

I stopped by for breakfast, great food and a friendly staff. Hidden gem while visiting buffalo. Highly recommend

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Louis S
Reviewed October 7, 2018

The Potato Pancakes were quite burned on my husbands AND on my order. As it was the first time eating here, we hoped it was just the appearance. NO, they WERE burned. and VERY greasy. The filling of eggs and spinach was good. The filling...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank suzytToronto
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Great food, well prepared, fresh fruit, will not disappoint! Omelette, corned beef hash, great easy to drink smooth coffee.. you can’t go wrong...

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Teresa P
Reviewed September 20, 2018

I ate here Monday for brunch. We both didnt want any lunch type food so we settled on breakfast items. The portions are enormous. I had a to go box. I ordered the Blizzard breakfast. SO. Much.. Food! It was really good though. I have...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank K W
Reviewed September 17, 2018

I was in town on a Sunday night and wanted a restaurant with vegan offerings. Very surprised to find this diner which serves general diner food, but also has vegan items. The Meatless Meatloaf was wonderful and the portion size was enough that I took...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank mwilson1827
Reviewed August 29, 2018

There was literally nothing to like about this place, nothing. The service was horrible and slow, the food was completely non-edible (TONS of pepper on EVERYTHING, eggs, fries, burgers, home fries, omelets---EVERYTHING!!)...seriously, the reviews on here are all paid off shills, the locals say to...More

Date of visit: August 2018
2  Thank Michael L
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

The staff, especially the manager was extremely nice. Food was fantastic with large portions. Very impressed, can’t wait to return.

Date of visit: August 2018
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July 15, 2018|
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Response from Lake Effect D | Property representative |
No we do not take reservations, we are a small Diner and cannot take reservations
September 13, 2017|
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Response from renrenren | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Right outside the restaurant and the parking is free.
Katrina D
April 4, 2017|
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Response from Lake Effect D | Property representative |
We do NOT deliver
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