Brunch / Betty’s

An Allentown crossroads provides culinary diversity



Photos by kc kratt

 

370 Virginia Street; 362-0633 or bettysbuffalo.com

 

A former Allentown newcomer that’s mellowed into a perennial standby, Betty’s biggest strength is offering something for everyone: vegetarians, omnivores, healthy eaters, and seekers of cocktails and French toast casserole. On a recent visit, the chilaquiles (a tortilla/egg/cheese casserole served over black beans with a side of salsa verde) lived up to decade-old memories of Sunday weekend dish sessions, while an egg scramble special provided a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach with piles of beautiful roasted vegetables. The menu also features brunch favorites like steak and eggs, shrimp and grits, and several benedicts, as well as gluten-free options. Local art hangs on the walls, scones to go are sold at the counter, the coffee never disappoints, and the overall feel is one of hominess and community.

 

Signature item:

Scrambled tofu hash, one of Buffalo’s few great vegan brunch dishes. The breakfast burrito is also a classic and can now be made with seitan sausage.

 

Best drink:

No bottomless mimosa, but a selection of champagnes and sparklers from white to red to rose, and sweet to dry.

 

Ambiance/best for:

Moosewood Restaurant-esque hippie chic in the original Cottage-Street-facing space, more of a polished hotel lounge feel in the back expansion with a full bar and bar seating. Cozy and familiar. Best for catching up with a friend or two, or small, intimate groups of people you love spending time with. Only drawback is the wait! Betty’s doesn’t take reservations for brunch, and it fills up fast. If you hate waiting for a table, get there by 10 a.m. Parking is also on street only, said streets being a meandering maze of one-ways.

 

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