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Andrew Z. Galarneau


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One of the best family Mexican restaurants in town is working on expanding its reach with a food truck. Taqueria los Mayas, 3525 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, has purchased a vehicle for its mobile kitchen, and it's being readied for the season, said owner Jorge Anguiano. "We're working on it now, to get it on the road in early spring, hopefully," said Anguiano. The r…

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On Feb. 15, viewers can watch SeaBar chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski take on television star and chef Bobby Flay in a cooking battle. The episode of "Beat Bobby Flay" is scheduled to appear on the Food Network at 10 p.m. Andrzejewski is inviting people to come watch at his place, 475 Ellicott St., where "special treats" and drink specials start at 9:30 p.m. The show …

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The land of Japan is 6,500 miles and an ocean away, but one common attribute its people share with Buffalonians is a love of drink, and I don’t mean tea. Here the corner tavern is a foundation of society. In Japan, the izakaya, or pub, is an everyday place for drinks. Its food helps keep drinkers drinking, and keeps them from seeking sustenance elsewhere. Thus it was ev…

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An iconic Buffalo pizza is coming back to the city of its birth. Started in Buffalo after World War II, Bocce Club hasn't sold a pie in the city since Rudy Sacco, operator of the Clinton Street location, died in 2011. That should change this year. The Bocce Club pizzeria that served the city from the corner of Clinton and Adams for half a century is being reopened…

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Buy a Bocce Club pizza on Pizza Day, Feb. 9, and help feed hungry Western New Yorkers. Bocce Club owner Jim Pacciotti said Pizza Day should also be a day to remember that that according to the Food Bank of WNY, about one in eight Western New Yorkers go hungry. Pacciotti said that to raise money and awareness, his company will give the food bank 20 percent of the day'…

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A taste of old favorites and new international flavors are planned for a "micro food hall" restaurant on Hertel Avenue. Paul Tsouflidis, of Acropolis OPA and Newbury Salads, is teaming up with Kevin Lin, of Sun restaurants, to open PK Eats at 1488 Hertel Ave. The restaurant will feature a best-hits compilation from Acropolis and Newbury Salads, and black rice sushi f…

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After years of serving customers his Thai cuisine at West Side Bazaar, Pah Du wanted a place of his own. Earlier this month, the Burmese immigrant opened his own restaurant in Riverside, Family Thai, at 863 Tonawanda St. His spot became the first restaurant launched from the immigrant business incubator at 25 Grant St. In the former site of Lucy's Kitchen, Pah Du and…

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On Feb. 7, Taste of Education offers dinner and a show while showcasing the work of Western New York’s next generation of culinary talent. It’s a buffet dinner of creative dishes combined with an Iron-Chef-style cooking competition. High school level culinary students from Angola Carrier Educational Center, Sanborn BOCES, and Medina BOCES will offer samples of a variety…

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Tel Aviv Café by Falafel Bar, the kosher restaurant inside the Jewish Community Center in Amherst, closed Feb. 5 after losing its kosher certification. Chef-owner Oded Rauvenpoor said that factional disputes in the Buffalo area's Jewish community made it infeasible to continue the restaurant's operations. "One group might want their people to eat with one person and …

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For a couple of weeks now, faithful Sophia's customers who dragged themselves out of bed early on Sunday to avoid the line at the popular Military Road breakfast spot, found it closed without notice. Turns out it's for a good reason, not a bad one: owner Sam Doherty wanted to spend more time with his children. "I decided to close Sundays, at least for the rest of the…

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After years of serving customers his Thai cuisine at West Side Bazaar, Pah Du wanted a place of his own. Earlier this month, the Burmese immigrant opened his own restaurant in Riverside, Family Thai, at 863 Tonawanda St. His spot became the first restaurant launched from the immigrant business incubator at 25 Grant St. In the former site of Lucy's Kitchen, Pah Du and…

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Before introducing a Buffalo-style-pizza-loving friend of mine to Neapolitan-style pizza, I knew he needed an information aperitif. Born into a pizza world where a small family can routinely make dinner of a large pie, there was no denying that size matters, to him and many others. Why is it so small? Because it's a pizza for one. Why is it so expensive? Because it's ma…

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It has come to my attention that lots of people have spent this month “eating clean” to “take care of themselves” in an attempt to “live longer.” Whatever. For all you strivers, on this final day of January, I give you a baker’s dozen of defiant deliciousness. Because nothing says “sod off nature, I’m gonna live forever” like a fistful of deep-fried sugar grenade. St…

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One of the Southtowns' standout restaurants is opening a fried chicken place on Route 16. Blue Lantern Lounge's Tom Pease said he'll try to open RT 16 Chicken Shack and BrewYard by April. The location, 6272 Seneca St., Elma, is a "couple blocks" east of Blue Lantern, 5120 Seneca St. It was operating in the 1880s as a country store. The menu centerpiece will be "go…

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A restaurant called TCB, which stands for "tacos, community and beer," has opened in Clarence. The restaurant, at 6449 Transit Road, has the taco part of business going, with the beer and drinks coming later. "We are waiting on our liquor license, but are serving lunch and dinner," said manager Jeff Young. A cocktail lineup, plus beer and wine, is on the way, he s…