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Food and Drink

A fresh face on a rapidly transforming strip of Main Street, City Fare Café + Catering is dishing out a broad selection of hip breakfast and lunchtime bites. Opening in mid-October, the location and decorum are a perfect complement to the cuisine that owner-chef Matthew Conroy is preparing fresh daily. It’s a squeaky clean and inviting environment with pops of elegan…

Food and Drink

With the days of Buffalo’s massive inner-city labor force long behind her, there aren’t many restaurants specifically servicing the lunch crowd downtown. Fera’s Lunch Hour, a staple in Buffalo for nearly a century has been doing just that. Holding to the remainder of a hunger a fraction of what it once was, Fera’s has persisted with a loyal customer base and unc…

Food and Drink

The Louisiana Cookery is putting their popular food truck into hibernation for the winter and focusing efforts on a new brick-and-mortar restaurant. Mark and Amy Powlenko opened Nov. 1 at 1238 Walden Ave., making a run at injecting Cajun and Creole flavors into an old Cheektowaga neighborhood just before the cold sets in. Located near the Walden Galleria, the restaur…

Gusto

Bob and Annie Sweeney are filling a void in the ever-expanding Buffalo food scene with their two locations of the French-inspired breakfast spot: Break’n Eggs Crêperie. Annie is the “French Connection” (well, French-Canadian) behind the crêpe-slinging duo while her husband Bob maintains head chef duties. The success of their wildly popular Break’n Eggs Crêper…

Gusto

The Greystone is a new Continental restaurant with an Italian twist that’s taken over the space most recently occupied by The Snooty Fox at 445 Delaware Ave. Under the leadership of executive chef Kevin O’Connell Jr., Greystone is offering approachable and familiar dishes at heart, with pleasantly unfamiliar spins incorporated into each one. Bread service ($7) wa…