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For those who like to take things right down to the wire, we just learned about Ru's Pierogi Easter Feaster package that can be ordered online until 11:59 p.m. April 12 (Wednesday). Pick up is April 14 and April 15 (Friday and Saturday). For $85, the Easter Feaster includes 24 of each pierogi: cheddar potato, farmer's cheese and sauerkraut; two and a half pounds of fres…

While we can’t say for sure that the Woodlawn Deli is the “Best Kept Secret in Western New York” as emblazoned on its menu, it’s pretty darn close. Not to be confused with the Woodlawn Diner down the road, the Woodlawn Deli has a surprisingly huge menu with good choices. [Gallery: Woodlawn Deli] We three downtown lunch gals took a short ride to check it o…

Because we have made pierogi, we have license to advise: If you can find good pierogi, buy them. Trust us. Unless you can convince at least two willing victims to spend the day toiling away in the kitchen, purchasing pierogi is not a sin. It’s money well spent. (Watch the fruits of your labor disappear at the dinner table at an alarming rate and you’ll understand ou…

It was just over a year ago that Jeremy Horwitz and his wife, Christina, opened Aro Bar de Tapas as a way to share their love of Spain with fellow Western New Yorkers. In addition to Spain’s food, the couple also fell in love with the concept of the “gintoneria.” “The name gintoneria is simply a word for a place that specializes in gin tonics,” said Jere…

Look close and you'll see signs of spring everywhere. Hot dog and ice cream stands are opening, our turtlenecks are getting bothersome and our itchy dry skin is going away. We are ready for summer. To that end, mark your calendar. Larkinville's first Food Truck Tuesday kicks off on April 11 and continues through Oct. 3 (with the exception of July 4), 5 to 8 p.m. …

Spring makes us giddy, especially in the grocery store. Friend Jen reported the appearance of PEEPS milks at the Hamburg Tops, “in the corner cooler where they put the seasonal stuff.” And there is was with the butter lambs. Of course we had to investigate. “Prairie Farms first made PEEPS milk in 2015,” said Nicole Postin, public relations manager for Prair…

Southtowners of a certain age may remember the original Uncle Joe’s Diner, opened by a real guy named Joe Gargano in 1974, along Route 20 in Hamburg. In 1991, the diner moved down the road to its present location. The interior is fun, with traditional pinkish-turquoise diner hues. Quirky windsocks outline a partially enclosed dining area. [PHOTO GALLERY: Uncle Joe'…

Recently, as a way to break up winter, we went on New York casino run. While we didn’t hit all the casinos listed here on our outing, we have been to many of them. New for us was the del Lago Resort Casino, one of two new Vegas-like casinos that just opened in February. (You might have noticed the del Lago billboard on the I-190 heading into downtown Buffalo). …

When the Significant Other’s Mother recommends a good cheap eats we listen (for many reasons). The French View Family Restaurant, not to be confused with the nearby French Pub, is easy to miss in the small plaza. Yet the restaurant is just the right size, and clean. SigO Mom was right about the friendly staff. Our lovely waitress Shannon couldn’t have been nicer.…

Working under the guise of meeting the SigO’s Irish coworker Ann and husband Bruce over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we headed to Buffalo Distilling Co.’s newly opened tasting room in Larkinville for a wee bit o'wicked day drinking. Buffalo Distilling’s original operation began in 2012, in a barn in Bennington. At the time, the location was strictly for productio…

Like most of us, well-known WNY personalities have tried-and-true eateries that keep pulling them back. We asked them to let us know their favorite spot, but instead got back an abundance of excellent suggestions. When you don’t know where you want go to, go where they go: When he isn’t tracking the weather, Don Paul of WKBW Channel 7 may want to consider writing a …

Lost between St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) is a national food day we can all rally around (at least those of us who don’t like corned beef and simultaneously fear Italy’s baccala, a dried, salted cod) — March 18, National Sloppy Joe Day. Why does it strike our fancy? Because, much like the diner cook who invented the sandwich, w…

We are very busy. There is no time in our world to watch over a simmering pot of corned beef for hours (and we can never quite get the slow cooker thing down). Our second problem is we are Polish (and not big fans of corned beef). Yet, we wanted to get into the spirit of the holiday for our Irish friends. The solution turned out to be one we drive by every day from…

We are loath to admit we have never tried the famous McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. So when we learned that the company rolled out a new Chocolate Shamrock Shake along with a Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, a Shamrock Hot Chocolate and a Shamrock Mocha for the season, we decided it was worth our once-a-year trek to the fast-food giant. Why once a year? Because after…

March is a saintly month, and Buffalo celebrates two big ones — St. Patrick and St. Joseph. (This year, we are adding St. Sebastian, the patron saint of sports in honor of the NCAA basketball tournament that’s also in town for the saint-ish weekend). Again this year, local Italian restaurants continue the celebration of St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), with a traditi…