SOUTH BUFFALO, N.Y. - Whether you're looking to dive into a good book or a plate of stuffed french toast, the Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe is one of those hidden gems you have to check out.
Nestled in South Buffalo on Abbott Road near Cazenovia Park, the cafe is a recent addition to the bookstore that's been there a few years now. The non-profit running the bookstore took over the space in January after a previous cafe closed in hopes of becoming self-sustaining.
Besides offering the latest reads, the bookstore has literacy programs focusing on every age group from small children to adults- aimed at fostering a lifelong love of reading. You can check out the programs on the events calendar here.
"The school system can't do it all," says chief cook Bridget English. "So we really need people to step up and help where we can and do what we can to raise those literacy rates."
The bookstore follows schools' summer reading lists, so it's a good place for parents to check as the school year comes to an end.
And the cafe's hardly an afterthought, offering tasty design-your-own-sandwiches, all-day breakfast (with the highlight being a maple-walnut-cream cheese stuffed french toast), and a variety of cookies and deserts. The owners say they buy local ingredients to support the community that supports them.
The cafe is open 7am-7pm on weekdays, 8am-7pm on Saturdays, and 10am-3pm on Sundays.
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