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   Ever stood in the frozen food aisle and looked at the yummy images on the cartons of frozen dinners?     Ever wondered how the dish inside could possibly be that appetizing?     The folks at Food in Real Life have tackled that question, sacrificing their taste buds to get behind the box cover. Food in Real Life aims at the ma…

  Welcome to "Hungry for More," a Buffalo News blog dedicated to the idea that food is more than fuel.   Your narrator is Andrew Z. Galarneau, The News' food writer. I do stories for the Wednesday Taste section, and I help make Elements cooking videos  and other video pieces for buffalonews.com. (If you haven't seen Elements videos …

It's a tough job but someone has to do it. All day long, five days a week, Dan Johnson thinks about chocolate, dreams about chocolate, makes wonderful confections from chocolate. And he even eats chocolate. As the owner and chocolatier of Choco-Logo, 141 Broadway, Johnson turns out upscale, specially designed "private label" chocolates for large companies. The Big Br…

O'Connell's Hourglass is the successor to a highly regarded, long-standing restaurant on the same site but under different ownership. Open for about a month, it has been spruced up inside (but not too much) and the menu has been contemporized a bit, although there doesn't seem to be as much seafood as there used to be. Also, the wine list -- even though it does sport a …

If a steakhouse can be called elegant -- and why can't one be called elegant? -- E.B. Green's fits the description. The tables are set far apart in a two-tiered set-up. There's a magnificent chandelier in the center of the room, and flowers bedeck both sides. Customers enter to a small sophisticated lounge, where, if they are lucky, Jackie Jocko is at the piano. It's al…

Capitalize the "B" in Beef when you discuss E.B. Green's. After all, it's the real reason for the restaurant's existence. Beef as in its 24-ounce Porterhouse "Signature Steak" for instance ($31). Beef as in its 20-ounce New York Strip (the most popular item, at $30). Or the 32-ounce Prime Rib House Special ($32). The many different cuts (except the prime rib) are displa…

Dignified, handsome, impressive. E.B. Green's calls itself Buffalo's premier steakhouse. And we are talking major steak. They serve all the other steakhouse appurtenances, too -- the superb martinis in huge, beautiful glasses, the enormous steak fried potatoes, the three-pound lobsters. In case you haven't figured it out by now, this is a classic case of big, bigger,…

Once upon a time there were many restaurants like E.B. Green's Steakhouse. Huge thick slabs of beef centered the menu; the only choice a customer had to make was what cut of meat he wanted to eat at what degree of doneness. Rare, medium-rare or medium? (To order beef like this well-done may well be actionable under law.) And with the glorious, bloody hunk came these …

Paul Verciglio readily admits it's not advanced calculus: offer restaurant patrons a high-quality steak -- a big steak -- with top-notch service and you'll attract customers willing to pay premium prices. "You pay attention to the details -- not to the steak sauce," said Verciglio, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. "People will be impressed." Verciglio an…

By CAROLYN RAEKE - News Staff Reporter Freddie's Doughnuts closed permanently Tuesday, leaving a hole in the Buffalo bakery business. For more than half a century, Freddie's was a fixture on Main Street, a place where people could pick up assorted doughnuts on the way to work, after a hockey game or on the way home at night. But Tuesday, Frederick "Freddie" …