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We love the quirkiness of Partner’s. It’s a dive bar that doubles as a pizzeria with a nice covered patio added a couple summers back. Tables in the sun have umbrellas and the décor includes fake palm trees. Arrive in flip-flops and a worn tank over a bathing suit, nobody will care. We had visited last year for the summer clam stand. On Sundays raw or steamed ar…

Thinking of building a new home? The 2017 Horizons Tour of Homes continues July 20-23 in three communities. The on-site show takes place in Amherst, Clarence and Lancaster. It’s is a great way to see the craftsmanship of the area’s most-recognized builders all at one time. Hours are Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is…

One can never have too many meat suppliers for the summer grill. So when we learned about A&C Meat Co. (a name that reminds of us a "Looney Tunes" cartoon), we decided to investigate. Open since 2015, this place is no joke – it’s for the serious meat lover. Located on Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20), A&C is owned by the charming Steve Ceccarelli, who ru…

We often long for the summers of our youth. It was a time when our BFF The Franz would pick us up in her super-fast-but-beat-up pea green Chevy Nova and we’d head to the soon-to-be-gone Mickey Rats beach in Angola. Where we would have made our turn off Route 5 onto Lake Street is totally changed. Gone are the Angola drive-in, a taco joint that served the legendary “…

We rejoiced when the cocktail movement began several years ago. Today, cocktails are the highlight of our night out, which got us to thinking, how do they come up with the funny drink names? We met up with Ben Lewis, director of operations for Deep South Taco, which is revamping its food and drink menu just in time for the summer patio scene. The new menu has some di…

The Constitution of the United States may be the great equalizer, but we’d like to throw in beer tents, too. They are the place to meet up at local festivals, fairs, field days and lawn fetes, often with hilarious results. Why? Because most often, they seem to be in the town you grew up in. Haven’t we all run into someone who knows everything about us from high school,…

Shandies – beer mixed with lemonade or lemon-lime soda - may just be the ideal mid-summer drink to quench your thirsty soul. Also known as “radlers,” they’re available in a variety of incarnations, from handmade or on tap as well as cans and bottles. For a true homemade shandy, head to Larkinville’s Hydraulic Hearth and its outdoor beer garden to soak in the e…

The locale: Historic town famous for its carbonated mineral springs and home to the oldest thoroughbred horse racing track in the United States. About 4 -1/2 hours east on I-90. The scoop: Each summer, the rich and famous gather in Saratoga Springs for six weeks of thoroughbred racing (this year: July 21 — Sept. 4). It’s the oldest “meet” in the country (includi…

There are days we want to run off and join the circus. But for now, we’ll settle for hitting up some of the local festivals during the next few months (and the oh-so-bad-but-good-food we crave). We caught up with Patrick Marsillo, who runs several stands at summer’s popular events to find out what it’s like to own a food stand. He will be at the Buffalo Italian F…

With summer food comes lines. It’s life, but Adrian’s made it harder than need be. “Where do you order food?” and “Is this the ice cream line?” were questions asked by more than one person. Simple “order here” or “ice cream only” signs would suffice, as would more than a single menu posted with small type. When we finally made it near the orderin…

We are always looking out for everyone’s well-being. So when the July 4 holidays are over, here are four events to keep the summer party going. “Botanicals” is a hot new word in the world of food and drink, but in this case, the Botanicals & Brews indicates the location — the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park). The event takes …

In our book, there is no bad ice cream. (We even count those cheap, no-name super market ice cream cups with wood spoons our mother used to buy.) So imagine us leaping for joy in our office chair when a tidbit came via email: "You're invited to Yelp's Ice Cream Adventure which takes place the month of July." As if we needed another reason to eat ice cream, much less cel…

Remember the “Cheese, glorious cheese!” jingle of 1987? Well, we’re going to be singing that song from the rooftops as Galbani – the folks who sponsor the Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival – have partnered with two local food trucks for a unique event that leads up to the festival that will make a debut at its new location at the Buffalo Outer Harbor,…

Why should downtown have all the food truck fun? Starting June 30, the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel (1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst) will host its first Food Truck Friday. The weekly series continues from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 25. New catering sales manager Alison Potter (formerly of Templeton Landing) hopes her new event will provide the Northtowns wit…

The chic EXPO Market located in Buffalo’s theater district is the vision-come-to-life of developer Nick Sinatra who was inspired to build a local food hall in Buffalo as he experienced at New York City's Gotham West Market. The artisan food hall tags itself at five restaurants, one bar, all in one place – and it's true. But can you drink in this stylish place? Yes. …