After reading a positive review on The Buffalo News, we decided to finally check out The Howling Rooster on a cold Saturday morning. Normally, we’re not on the lookout for new breakfast joints. Most people find their go-to breakfast spot and stick with it. But a combination of internet buzz, hunger and close proximity to our errands lead us to The Howling Rooster that morning.
You really have to keep an eye out for the restaurant, it’s situated right on Kenmore Ave but their sign isn’t very prominent and we actually drove right by on our first pass. It looks fairly unassuming on the outside, especially with their awnings taken down for the winter. However, the inside is actually cozy with comfy chairs and nice table settings. When we arrived on a Saturday morning, the restaurant was about half full with mostly regulars seated inside.
- Restaurant Type: Casual
- Location: Kenmore
- Cuisine: Breakfast
- Prices: Mostly dishes are under $10
Their menu is almost completely focused on breakfast foods but they have a couple lunch items (sandwiches, etc) and the restaurant is open later on Fridays (until 9pm). Since they don’t have a strong internet presence, we didn’t really know what to expect and it took a couple minutes to figure out what we wanted. Alli ordered her usual, the Eggs Benedict. I ordered one of their specials; a plate of scrambled eggs, chicken, peppers, and home fries covered in feta.
Alli thought the Eggs Benedict was pretty solid; the hollandaise had a nice creamy texture and the eggs were runny. That said, she wasn’t happy with the home fries, and the side of pancakes she ordered (not pictured) was unmemorable. I thought my specials plate was just alright. The serving size was nice and large, but I wasn’t thrilled about the texture of the homefries (a little too dense, un-cooked) and I didn’t think the chicken had enough flavor.
We only had a small sampling of their menu but the atmosphere was nice, the place wasn’t ridiculously busy and the prices were reasonable. We don’t want to write them off just yet, but considering we’ve had such good breakfasts at Nick’s, Sophia’s, Lake Effect and Bertha’s, I’m not sure that anything can replace one of those as our favorite. If you live in the Kenmore/North Buffalo area, this isn’t the worst option around, but definitely not the best.