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Breakfast in Niagara Falls

Heading to Niagara falls this weekend. Where is a good place to go for breakfast. Good quality greasy spoon or interesting breakfast. Nothing expensive unless its really worth it like a buffet.
Canadian side or US side. Any recommendations welcome.

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  1. For a cheap fun basic breakfast I would go to Flying Saucer. Haven't eaten there in a few years but remember the food being decent. It is located on Lundy's Lane.
    Besides that I don't really know where to go. I would avoid places like Denny's, have heard stories from co-workers that basic breakfast for 2 there cost $35.
    Best bet is to find a place that the locals go to. Might be a little out of the tourist area but Niagara Falls isn't that big anyway.

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    1. re: camp1980

      I wouldn't go to Denny's unless starving, but are you sure about $35 for a breakfast for 2? I thought Denny's selling proposition was big, big, big --- cheap, cheap cheap.

      1. re: embee

        I confirm. Went there a couple of years ago. Waited more than an hour to get our breakfast while people around who had been seated after us had already been served and were leaving. All we got was a complimentary glass of OJ and the $35 bill.

      2. re: camp1980

        I balked at the $18 pancakes at the IHOP built into the lobby of our hotel, and instead took the advice from this thread and drove up to The Flying Saucer. For $8.99 we had eggs, sausage, ham, pancakes, toast and terrific homefries. After a night of drinking it was the perfect greasy breakfast, and waitress was a gracious lady who heated up the baby's food.

      3. Denny's in Niagara Falls is NOT cheap avoid it as well as starbucks.

        1. Most chains in Niagara Falls have one point of view and that is to get as much money out of the tourist as possible. I worked at the TGIF on Victoria Ave for about a month when it first opened. A basic hamburger cost $14. Managements view was that they are not looking for repeat customers. Do not expect normal prices at most of the chains.

          I will add though that some chains do not increase their prices, I know that the Kelsey's (sp?) at the top of Cliffton Hill has the same prices as their other restaurants. I think the applebees does too.

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          1. re: camp1980

            Thanks and I do and will avoid all these big chains. It doesn't have to be on Clifton Hill in fact a little out of the way its better. I would like a place that locals go to for breakfast. If anyone has recommendations please pass them on.

            1. re: camp1980

              Ah TGIF! The one at the Embassy served the worst meal I have eaten in my entire life. And that pricy hamburger was too tough to chew. Honestly...

            2. If you have time, I would drive to Niagara on the Lake, which is about 10 km from Niagara Falls on a nice drive along Niagara Parkway, which goes along the water. There are many restaurants in NOTL, but one in particular which I remember for breakfast is the Mozie on in Diner, on Mary Street. They have very nice breakfasts, lots of variety and very friendly service. There are also many other resaurants, from take out to very upmarket, and the town is really sweet too (touristy in a different way that Niagara Falls).

              1. Without ANY doubt go to Simon's Restaurant (4116 Bridge Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario) - the best greasy spoon in Niagara Falls. It's off the beaten track, and definitely different from the awful Clifton Hill fare. The interior looks like an antique's shop, really messy, with memorabilia from the Falls dating back over the last 100 years. The breakfasts are totally greasy spoon, cooked by a lady who has been there as long as the restaurant I'm sure! But its yummy! It's usually full of locals, who might look at you as if "what are you doing in here", but as soon as the guy behind the cash register realises you are a tourist, he will come over with the visitors book and ask you to write something. The visitors book is worth the visit alone, as its usually signed by people from all areas of the world.

                I've taken my parents and sister there before, and they love it as much as I do! In fact, next time my mother is over from England, she wants to bring the resturant something from England to put on their overflowing shelves of memories!

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                1. re: Tboy

                  thanks for this rec. my friends and i went there this weekend and the experience was almost exactly as you described. the guy behind the cash was awesome - we got free pins. and the guestbook was definitely entertaining!

                2. I take the kids annually to Niagara and Marineland. We usually stay at the Brock Hotel. I wouldn't recommend any of the big chain restaurants or the hotel restaurants. The last time we went to a restaurant place around the corner from the Brock hotel, we felt really ripped off. What do you expect from a tourist trap. I would recommend going to Tim Horton's and having breakfast there. The prices are consistent throughout the chains and you can get bagels/yohourt and sandwiches.

                  1. Born and raised in NIagara Falls - and even though I've had my share of late night post bar visits to the Flying Saucer (ah, Saucer fries), I wouldn't venture there without a coating of alcohol to protect the stomach.

                    A great breakfast spot that isn't a chain is Falls Manor on Lundy's Lane. Easy to get to, good homecooked meals. http://www.fallsmanor.com/fallsmanor_...

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                    1. re: CravinMaven

                      I second The Falls Manor for their breakfast offerings... it is near by the Canada One Factory Outlet's on Lundy's Lane... also good for Broasted Chicken and their Fish and Chips!

                    2. The buffet at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel is amazing.
                      You may have a hard time getting a reservation if you are not a guest of the hotel. It is well worth the money and you will be more than satisfied.

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                      1. Went to Simon's last weekend. Adequate food, terrible ambiance. Some of the worst coffee I've ever had. The place smells musty and is filled with junk. Literally, boxes and boxes of junk. It's like eating in somebody's basement. Would NOT recommend!

                        1. Basells on Victoria Street is a place not to be missed. Big inexpensive greasy, greasy breakfasts in a place that looks like a set from a Scorsese film.

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                          1. re: cdburton

                            Sadly, I have to disagree, I went there in aug. 09, thinking perhaps I had discoverd a super cool vintage breakfast place. ordered waffle with blue berries. It was at least 10 bucks and the glop that they called blue berries was disgusting. Not fresh blue berries but some gelatinous cornsyrupy blue mystery sauce with lumps in it. hated it. really wanted to like bassells decor is super vintage, and I liked that. but otherwise, I couldn't get away from the food fast enough.

                            1. re: jpjuggler

                              was there last weekend, and too pooped to walk across the street tot he Fallsview Casino Buffet (only $12.00) and superb and plentiful. Mistakenly hit the IHOP in our hotel, definitely the WORST and most expensive in my life. Thrity dollars for a crap breakfast for ONE!

                            2. re: cdburton

                              Thanks for the recommendation for Basell's. Went this morning, and we had tremendous service and good food.

                              With three adults and four children, our waitress went out of her way to make sure that we didn't order too much for the kids, and helped us combine orders.

                              The steak and eggs were great, and the side of homefries was perfect.

                            3. I can tell you where not to go, and where I am going to try on our next visit. We were in NF last month. There are several breakfast buffets if you go up the hill behind Fallsview Casino. Advertising $6.99 breakfast buffets. They appear to be clean and newer, obviously built around the same time as Fallsview. Free parking, We however went to the "Continental" which my husband thought would be more "local". IMHO do not bother. They advertise a $6.99 breakfast ayce but it only applies to scrambled eggs and pancakes. For $2.99 you can get 1 egg and toast. My son ordered peameal bacon. 3 smallish slices of meat for $9. But here's a place we thought we'd try the next time. It's called Euro Plates. It's out of the way (not so for us because we stayed right near Chippewa at the QEW. Euro Plates is on Sodom Rd. about a 1/2 mile from the exit on the QEW. They serve breakfast (but not until 8?, not open Tues). We ended up there at lunch
                              and enjoyed delicious homemade Polish food. I saw the breakfast menu. Pretty standard fare but if I remember you could get Polish sausage, Plus the owner was so nice and happily prepared us Polish specialties off the dinner menu at lunch time. Prices are very reasonable. They have a buffet on Sundays? but not sure what time or if its Sat. too. It's an odd location but only about 10 minutes from the falls. About 5 minutes from Marineland. Very handy if you're roadtripping south ie Fort Erie. We plan to check out the buffet next time. If I remember it was $13 or $14? Hope this helps.

                              1. You could always go to The Original Pancake house(in Niagara Falls, NY). Huge amounts of food, reasonable prices. Better than IHOP. There is a great sub shop there too called Dibella's.

                                1. Wondering where to eat breakfast or brunch this Sunday morning in the Falls...preferably near Sterling Hotel but will have a car and a toddler and two coffee lovers. How's Simon's on Bridge these days? Or should we opt for breakfast in bed at Sterling?

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                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                    Simon's was closed last time we where there but have not been in a couple of years. Not closed down closed just was mysteriously not open. Our go-to is Flying Saucer which has decent food and feels like being in a Tarantino film.

                                    Also whatever is offered by the hotel or casino is always decent. Never had an amazing breakfast in the falls, but have had some horrible, expensive ones. Avoid anything that resembles an American chain or advertises the buffet price on a big sign out front and you'll be ok. I'm sure breakfast in bed at Sterling would be excellent.

                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                      Simon's was closed when we went in December, 2012, but Dad's Diner, located right next door, was a great find.

                                      Huge omelette with lots of veggies, and a family of two adults and three kids ate for less than $35.

                                    2. 7940 Lundy's lane, 905-371-3930
                                      We found this restaurant by accident. We had a bad breakfast experience in the hotel we stayed in (Lincoln Motor Inn Fallsview). So we set out to look for a Tim Hortons. We had just given up and turned in to the parking of this restaurant to turn the car around. We saw that it served breakfast - checked it out and looked clean with reasonable prices. I am so glad we did. Breakfast is freshly cooked. Place is super clean. Staff (owner) is friendly and helpful. Prices are great (family of 5 cost us $35!!!). The food is tasty and not at all greasy - and you get plenty of it.
                                      They also seem to have lunch and dinner fish speciality - but we didn't try that, as we were going back home after breakfast.

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                                      1. re: lmcpcun

                                        ^ I went to breakfast at a place named Basell's (sp?) on Lundy Lane in Niagara Falls, ONT last Fri. They had great Canadian bacon which I had never had before. Had to cut it with a steak knife - also had scrambled eggs and brown toast (whole wheat toast). Very nice atmosphere and I paid around $ 10. Would recommend. Don't know if this is the same place that Imcpcun is referencing.

                                        1. re: steveindurham3

                                          lmcpcun is referring to the Carriage House Restaurant (I googled the address and found his/her review on expedia to cross-reference) However, I can't verify that the name or address is actually correct (and I don't want to phone long-distance).

                                          I, too, love Canadian (peameal) bacon but if you have to cut it with a steak knife, it's overcooked! Should be tender and juicy!

                                        2. re: lmcpcun

                                          Hi, i googled the address you posted and the carriage House Restaurant came up. Its weird though because the reviews says the price range for two is $61-100.
                                          I'm going to NF soon, is there ANYWAY you could verify if this is the place at which you dinned?

                                        3. If anyone is still looking for breakfast in the Falls, The Regal Diner is serving up some great diner food. Organic meats, home made breads and jams, etc.

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                                          1. re: TorontoJo

                                            HUGE +1 for the Regal Diner. Reasonably priced, good portions, house made, excellent quality, and delicious. Their smoky bacon is c-c-crazy good. Clean but a little run down (in a cool sort of way). This place deserves a lot of love.

                                            Not just for breakfast, great for lunch too.

                                          2. The Blue Line Diner and The Regal Diner are both worth the effort to get to. The Blue Line is more traditional-diner while the Regal is more vintage-hip. If you are staying downtown having a car is essential to reach them- but your tastebuds will thank you. These are both locally owned and run restaurants.

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                                            1. re: Theniagaralocal

                                              Thanks TorontoJo and NiagaraLocal,

                                              We're planning our annual Martin Luther King Day trip to Niagara Falls and I was hoping for a good breakfast/brunch suggestion. The Regal Diner sounds perfect!

                                              1. re: Cliocooks

                                                Just a note that The Regal Diner is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hope you enjoy! I highly recommend the sausage butty sandwich. Probably my favourite breakfast food right now.

                                                Oh, and if you go when they are busy, please be patient -- it's just the one couple working. He's in back, she's in front and they do it all themselves.

                                                1. re: Cliocooks

                                                  Oy, don't know if you will see this in time, but The Regal tweeted that they are closed today (MLK day) because one of the owners is sick.

                                              2. I would highly recommend Regal Diner. We were in the Falls this weekend and unfortunately, we could not find much decent food - and it was all ridiculously expensive for poor quality food.

                                                Went to the Regal Diner on the way out on a friend's recommendation. We had the Sausage Butty (amazing sausage, on a comforting fresh bun) and a Classic Breakfast, two OJs and two sides - $21 after taxes. Hashbrowns were super crispy. Everything was homemade and the prices were so reasonable. The cost of our breakfast for two at the Regal Diner was the cost of a mediocre breakfast plate for one person at one of the other chain restaurants.

                                                Highly recommended!

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                                                1. re: freelancer

                                                  Great to hear they are still rocking it out !! And if it isn't too busy, there is lots of good Foodie conversation (like jam making, local suppliers, smoking foods,...).