Buffalo Cafe in Twin Falls is a must for the hungry

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One of the benefits of being an early riser (one of the few) is that I can get to places like the Buffalo Café before the Saturday morning rush. I had a chat with some friends about the variety of choices Magic Valley offers when it comes to cafes, restaurants, and family restaurants. All three describe casual dining. The Buffalo Café is on most locals’ favorites list. When I go there I try to be at the door before the place opens. Seating is scarce and fills up quickly. The same thing happens when it comes to lunch.

Tourists may not know about these places, and I know some of you think that’s a good thing. I would have a different opinion if I owned the business. Everyone’s money is green! When I travel, I try to stay away from chain restaurants. Other than McDonald’s (I can always count on delicious fries).

There are wonderful chain restaurants serving great family fare, but they don’t have much room for experimentation. The cooks in mom-and-pop outfits are hitting a few home runs when it comes to menu items. They have an idea, throw it on the grill and a star is born. Chicken wings were a last minute appetizer one night 58 years ago. The wings were usually tossed, then one night a hassled chef fried a few, then tossed them in hot sauce.

Buffalo Café defines breakfast, Western style. It is a local institution.

I wanted to mention that several years ago I met an old college girlfriend and offered to buy her breakfast. I took her to one of my favorite haunts, where Italian toast was toasted for breakfast, and we gulped. A few weeks later, she complained about the outside appearance of the place. So I asked her how the breakfast was. She explained that it was out of this world. I don’t care about the coating and paint color. It’s about what’s on the plate.

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