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Artisan pizza washed down with a craft beer or a strip steak paired with a fine wine - take your pick at O.P. Social Tap & Grille, which opened in Orchard Park at the end of 2015. The local establishment, at the site of the former David’s Grille, is owned by David Hart of Hart Hotels and Peter Krog of Krog Corp. General manager Mark C. Strzyz says it’s his goal to p…

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A Buffalo couple flees the snow and opens a pub in paradise where the only thing freezing is their ice cold beer. That sums up the story of Kathy and Tim O’Connell, the owners of Overseas Pub & Grill in Marathon, Fla., situated right along the Overseas Highway, about halfway between Key Largo and Key West. After vacationing in the Florida Keys for decades, they even…

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You can go out to eat or you can go out to dine. There’s definitely a difference and it’s evident at Webster’s Bistro & Bar in North Tonawanda. Barb Hughes and her husband, Kevin, own the French bistro known for its bouillabaisse and seven-layer chocolate cake. But it’s Barb’s distinctive approach to dining that truly makes the restaurant stand out. As senior sal…

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Die-hard people huddled in cars eating lunch. Brave souls trying to enjoy spring sunshine despite Lake Erie wind chills in exchange for a taste of summer. These are typical scenes this time of year at Red Top in Hamburg. That’s the way it’s been since 1946 when the original founder returned from the war and opened the hot dog stand. Today, Dennis McNaney and his daughte…

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When Teddy and Hanna Robieniek came to the United States from communist Poland with just two suitcases and $100, they could not have predicted their future success. They were forced to leave behind their children, Ania Duchon and Monika Poslinksi, with family as they set out to achieve the American dream. They began working at the Broadway Market and eventually were reu…

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If you’re planning to visit the Broadway Market this Easter season, or anytime, go hungry. Margie Hawkins will be more than happy to feed you with massive portions at her year-round stand, Margie's Soul Food. While fried chicken and pork chops are tasty, you’ll also have the chance to try unusual, hard to find dishes like pigs feet or oxtail. You’ll often find four gene…

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Looking for authentic Greek food like perfectly seasoned chicken that melts in your mouth? Marwan Yacoub is the guy to see. He has owned The Village Grille in Williamsville for 23 years and lives by the motto, “We are fresh food, not fast food.” But plenty of busy people turn to Yacoub for weekday lunches and dinners by calling ahead for takeout orders. While chicken so…

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Every now and then you hear of a teenager with an entrepreneurial spirit. Kaylena Marie Eisenhauer takes that to a new level. As a high school junior, she enjoyed baking cookies and decided to share them with her co-workers at Delta Sonic. Next thing she knew Delta Sonic was carrying her cookies in their retail locations. Other big name commercial accounts came her way …

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If you want to feel like you’re on vacation this spring break without ever leaving Western New York, head to Scallywags Grub & Spirits in Derby. The nautical/pirate theme will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto a Caribbean island that pirates have invaded – or at least make you feel like you’re in a restaurant that you’d find on vacation. Every inch of the place…

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Some call it a hidden gem. Others say it deserves more recognition. And most say they would come back for more. They’re all talking about Black Iron Bystro, tucked away along South Park Avenue in Blasdell. You’ll find an eclectic décor and a small menu that’s full of flavor. Owner Bryan Mecozzi used his 20-plus years of restaurant skills from both local establishment…

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With Mardi Gras upon us, foodies have a hankering for hearty, classic-style gumbo. After all, gumbo was named the official cuisine of Louisiana in 2004. But there's no need to travel to New Orleans for a taste. You'll find it at least two nights a week (Thursday and Friday) at Wiechec's Lounge in Kaisertown. The tasty stew, loaded with sausage, bay scallops, okra and…

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If you go to This Little Pig, you’ll probably have trouble deciding what to order. While pork and pierogi is the top seller, housemade mac and cheese sounds enticing and a peek at the pizzas will make your mouth water. Owners Mandy and Jeff Cooke met while working on a riverboat in Missouri. They moved back to Jeff’s hometown about 12 years ago and continued to work in …

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Craving a hot breakfast or home-cooked comfort food topped off with a slice of homemade pie? Stop into Peg’s Place Restaurant where owner Bob Johnson is following in his mother Peg’s footsteps. While Peg still makes the pies from scratch weekly, Bob runs the diner, a magnet for regulars from the Southtowns. Good food and quick service in a friendly atmosphere keep custo…

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Comfort Zone Café in the Village of Hamburg is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Owner Cindy Barrett, who opened it Dec. 1, 1997, said she started simple and expanded over the years with a full menu and retail shopping space. Now lunch is the busiest time at the café, which features a laid-back atmosphere, but breakfast and evening cappuccinos also keep the staff busy s…

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Brian Mahony has been in a kitchen since he was 15 years old. After formal training in San Francisco, where he lived for 13 years, he ran four- and five-star restaurants and opened 25 restaurants in the gaming industry, which is his forte. Mahony returned home to open the Western Door steakhouses for Seneca Gaming and Entertainment. Almost two years ago, he took a gambl…