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Andrew Z. Galarneau


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Most restaurants sell vegetables and meatless meals, even if it's just fries and a salad with Italian dressing. As more diners are cutting down or eliminating animal products from their diets, restaurants are trying to treat them right. Here's eight places in Western New York where vegetarians, vegans, and other seekers of meatless fare can feel courted, not merely a…

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Eight years after Kevin and Stephanie Lin introduced the first Burmese cuisine to the local menu, there are a dozen places within 30 minutes of Buffalo's City Hall where you can taste a little bit of Burma. The menus at those restaurants echo the one blazed by the former Wegmans sushi rollers. There's usually sushi, both standards and tricked-out rolls, core Thai dishes an…

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Dobutsu, one of the year's most anticipated restaurants, has set its opening at 500 Seneca St. From James and Connie Roberts, the husband and wife behind Toutant, Dobutsu aims to become the city's premier seafood restaurant. After lengthy construction delays, Dobutsu, inspired by Pacific cuisine, should open May 1. Sure, there's lots of meat on the opening menu, i…

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A French pastry chef is opening a café on Hertel Avenue to serve French-style baked goods and simple meals. Camille Le Caer, who has been making desserts for Giancarlo's and Ristorante Lombardo, is opening Pastry by Camille Maison Le Caer at 1416 Hertel Ave. The spot was formerly Globe Market to Go. Le Caer has also been selling his macarons, feather-light French san…

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Some of Buffalo's most creative chefs will join with a Chautauqua County chef for a summer series of unique dining experiences. Brian Kiendl, chef-owner of Mayville fine-dining restaurant The White Carrot, said he launched the effort to build ties to the Buffalo restaurant community. "There's a lot of awesome stuff going on right now in Buffalo," said Kiendl. "I feel…

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Dobutsu, one of the year's most anticipated restaurants, has set its opening at 500 Seneca St. From James and Connie Roberts, the husband and wife behind Toutant, Dobutsu aims to become the city's premier seafood restaurant. After lengthy construction delays, Dobutsu, inspired by Pacific cuisine, should open May 1. Sure, there's lots of meat on the opening menu, i…

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The beef-on-weck game just changed in Buffalo: Eckl's is coming to town. The renowned Orchard Park beef purveyor is opening a huge sibling restaurant in Larkinville that will add upscale choices to Eckl's traditional menu and sprawl over 7,000 square feet. Located in the Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St., Eckl's@Larkin will give diners a plush environment adj…

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Visit Buffalo Niagara chose a "Delicious Dozen" wing places, but I think the Buffalo Wing Trail could use a few more stops. How about a Saucy Seventeen? First off, I'd add Nine-Eleven Tavern, 9-11 Bloomfield Ave. The cash-only tavern has a distinctive spin on its wings, with a cheesy, faintly sweet sauce that still packs plenty of kick. One distinctive, cel…

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Deep-fried chicken wings tossed in cayenne hot sauce have long been Buffalo's culinary ambassador to the world, and the number one eating mission of visitors to the Queen City. Now the region's marketing bureau is offering wing pilgrims guidance: the Buffalo Wing Trail. Including 12 stops selected by Visit Buffalo Niagara, the trail leads from Elmo's in Getzville to …

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Making a single unusual food item the foundation of your restaurant's menu is a risky proposition. Menu writers tend to head in the other direction, offering broad catchment areas for customer dollars. Joe Blaszczak and Adrienne Seekins didn’t play it that way. In December, when they opened Stooges in Lockport's Old Town Hall, they were willing to gamble their first res…

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Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

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The annual Taste of Culinary fundraiser is April 15 at the Erie Community College North Campus. Organized by the American Culinary Federation’s local chapter, a portion of proceeds will aid the Child and Chef Foundation’s nutrition education mission. More than 30 restaurants, wineries and brewers will offer samples at the event, which runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tick…

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Churn, the soft-serve ice cream shop from the Lloyd Taco Factory people, reopens April 16 with churro sundaes and cold-brew coffee to tempt customers. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to the original Lloyd Taco Factory, Churn started dishing up cones and sundaes last year, along with a coffee program developed with West Side roaster Tipico. The new season brings changes inc…

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Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

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After hunkering down for the winter at your usual restaurants, isn't it time to try something new? The spring 2018 edition of Local Restaurant Week begins Monday, April 16 and runs though Sunday, April 22. More than 200 locally owned restaurants are participating, ranging from pizzerias to white-tablecloth fine-dining establishments, offering introductory specials pr…