Photo by Shannon Richardson

Buenos Dias

There’s a lot to love about a place that specializes in breakfast, and definitely a lot to love about a locally owned, small-town diner. All those ingredients are part of the secret sauce at Buenos Dias in Canyon, an adorable counter-service cafe on 23rd Street, right in the middle of town. This home-cooking gem may be lurking under the radar—especially among the Amarillo breakfast crowd—but the secret’s out in Canyon.

“People in this town want eggs and bacon,” says Xavier Villalobos, who owns Buenos Dias with his wife, Brenda Lopez. They also want chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, breakfast quesadillas and the small joy of drinking fresh coffee out of a random mug. (Choose your own from a fun, colorful wall of mismatched mugs.)

The café was born in 2018, a collaboration between the couple and Villalobos’ mother, Teresa, who was a veteran of the restaurant at Canyon Country Club. After Teresa’s unexpected passing a year later, Xavier and Brenda dug their heels in and determined to honor her dream and figure it out.

Canyon regulars have embraced them and Buenos Dias has proven popular among WT students and faculty. Meanwhile, a steady stream of Amarillo patrons make the drive for breakfast and brunch every Wednesday through Sunday. Buenos Dias opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 7:30 on weekends, serving up joy, coffee and—trust us on this—the best breakfast burritos smothered in gravy.

1202 23rd St., Canyon