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1) Messfest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Tickets are included in admission to the museum, which runs $11 for adults and $8 for kids ages 2-17. Specific Commentary: Making a mess usually invites scorn, a trip to "timeout" or, at the very least, a reminder that cleaning up is required. The Buffalo Museum of Science…

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…

Toutant owners Connie and James Roberts are opening a second restaurant featuring American and Pacific seafood, Asian street food and ramen noodle soup. The restaurant, called Dobutsu, will be part of the 500 Seneca project. The first-floor space will offer 80 seats and 20 more at a sit-down food bar. A patio should seat 20 more. If all goes well, it should open in J…

A Mexican cook is opening a Genesee Street taqueria with the goal of bringing authentic Mexican flavors to Cheektowaga. Jorge Anguiano, who worked at Niagara Falls' La Galera restaurant for 10 years, said he wanted something more in his own place. "I want to do something really authentic, like a small hole-in-the-wall kind of place you would find in California or Mexico…

Thanks to a sustained burst of enthusiasm and investment, Buffalo is a better town to eat in today than it was a decade ago. The breadth and depth of the city's collective menu, the finesse applied to everything from french fries to foie gras, makes this a golden age of eating. But dining? Not necessarily. Dining well requires the complete package: effective service and…

Three young Buffalo culinarians will offer the fourth edition of their pop-up dinner series on April 3. Manuel Ocasio cooks at The Black Sheep, and David Roque cooks at Marble + Rye. They have been collaborating with Frederick Polone, a sommelier-in-training who works at Tommyrotter Distillery, in a project dubbed The Crucible. In the pop-up style, they have offered car…

Falley Allen, a restaurant named after Allentown namesake Lewis Falley Allen, opens tonight. The 50-seat restaurant at 204 Allen St. was built into spaces formerly occupied by La Tee Da and Rust Belt Books. The menu from veteran chef Chris Daigler mixes standard casual fare like burgers ($12-13), salads ($8-10) and flatbread pizzas ($10) with larger plates (roasted h…

Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival. 3:30 to 8 p.m. Amherst Dipson Theatre, 3500 Main St. 834-7655; $10-$50. In the mood for great film and an enriching cultural experience? The 32nd annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival continues through March 23. Here is today's schedule: 3:30 pm, "The Little Dictator" and "The Ambassador's Wife"; 6 p.m. "The Women's B…

Bliss returns to Thin Man Bliss, a double India Pale Ale, is returning to Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.) where the gold medal-winning hoppy treat will be back on tap starting March 24. The brewery also is pouring a special edition of its IPA, Burning Money, taking the standard recipe and swapping in lupulin powder, which lends an intense aroma, for the normal hops.…

It doesn’t get much more Buffalo than a Friday fish fry. And there aren't many places more old-school about it than Wiechec’s Lounge. The Clinton Street bar and restaurant fills up before quitting time on Lenten Fridays. Get there early if that’s your plan, and be prepared. We had a few brews at the bar during our hour-long wait. Most of the barroom knows what …

Within The Ruins. 6 p.m. The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $12-$14. Up for a great hardcore show? Within The Ruins brings technicality and brutality to the Waiting Room. These guys are rising stars in the hardcore world so check them out. Third Tuesday Throwdown Championship. 6 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. buffal…

Newbury Salads has reopened on Elmwood Avenue, once again offering meals focused on fresh, organic ingredients free of genetically modified crops. The restaurant, 470 Elmwood Ave., is now smaller, but carries the same lineup of salads, quinoa bowls, smoothies and more, said owner Paul Tsouflidis. The operation is takeout oriented, but there are still 15 seats for di…

The biannual Local Restaurant Week runs March 20-26, and as the celebration of local eateries grows, deciding where to go becomes more difficult. Over 215 restaurants have opted to participate, offering deals for lunch, dinner or both, all connected to the $20.17 price, reflecting the year. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau and friendly employee Ben Tsujimoto pick out f…

"Where’s the best place to eat wings?” It’s a question commonly asked by visitors to Western New York. The answer is open to a fierce debate, with answers divided fairly evenly between The Anchor Bar (you can’t beat the original), a smattering of local watering holes (neighborhood bars over chains any day) and Duff’s. When it comes to determining the tastie…