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An 80-year-old restaurant is the newest resident of Larkinville. The Swan Street Diner arrived by truck this morning at its new address, 694 Swan St., next to the Hydraulic Hearth restaurant and across the road from Larkin Square. The diner is expected to open in September, serving diner classics and more for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Its first addre…

A restaurant called 546 Yakitori & Donburi has opened in the Tonawanda building that last held Ying's K Café. The new place at 546 Niagara Falls Blvd. specializes in Japanese dishes like stir-fries, noodles and skewers. Yakitori is a grilled chicken skewer, and donburi is a rice bowl, usually finished with a braised or fried topping. Appetizers range from pork o…

Heading out to Food Truck Tuesday in Larkin Square? You'll get to see the debut of the Salad Bar Food Truck serving vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items. The first 20 customers will receive a free salad. Here's the full scheduled food truck lineup for May 16. Music is by The Kensingtons. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info about the food trucks, check out …

Looking to celebrate the Chinese year of the rooster? Maybe you are a fan of Foghorn Leghorn? (“Go away boy, you bother me.”) Or perhaps, you simply like really good diner food? All are excellent reasons to check out Rooster’s Café. Located just off Route 5 in Lackawanna on Ridge Road, the darling diner features bright red and white colors, including an old…

Someday we hope to get to France, but until then, we’ll download Ella Fitzgerald's “I Love Paris,” and head to Chautauqua County’s Johnson Estate Winery for spring events with a distinctly Gallic flair. The French experience begins with a wine and cheese pairing evening on May 20 that features selections from local cheese maker Riko Chandra of Mayville's Rev…

Quick-service casual restaurant group Rachel's Mediterranean opened its fifth location earlier this month. It's at 1526 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, a mile west of the Walden Galleria. "It's been a great response to a phenomenal product," said Joseph Khoury, Rachel's Mediterranean president. "We've almost perfected the process, allowing us to grow and to feed so many mo…

Myers Family Tel Aviv Cafe by Falafel Bar, a kosher café in Amherst, has reopened under Israeli chef Oded Rauvenpoor. The counter-service restaurant is in the Jewish Community Center's Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road. Rauvenpoor owned Falafel Bar, much of whose Mediterranean menu can currently be found at Fables Café in the downtown library. He too…

Considering a drive through the country with a stop for hearty food? Three Star Family Restaurant (10770 Main St.,  North Collins), is the spot for you. Josif Popjanevski has owned the restaurant for 37 years and was partners with his brother in law until a few years ago. The restaurant serves big plates of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but off site catering accou…

Hamburg Brewing Company and Pizza Plant in Amherst each will host Farm to Pint events this weekend that feature New York State beers and related items. The Pizza Plant location at 7770 Transit Road has served beers from Southern Tier, Rusty Nickel and Four Mile Brewing companies all week. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, it also will feature wines from Eveningside Winer…

Memorial Day approaches. We are on the cusp of the unofficial start of summer (even though it doesn’t feel like it). With summer comes the rising smoke of the beloved chicken barbecue. Some folks might be interested to know that our version of a chicken barbecue is a regional phenomenon, based on a recipe created by Cornell poultry and science food professor Robert…

1) Joe Nichols, 7 p.m. May 12 in VENU (75 W. Chippewa St.). Tickets range from $27 to $30 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Veteran country star Joe Nichols has been in country music for over two decades, fine-tuning both his sound and live performances along the way. Over time, the baritone has gravitated toward "traditional country," according to Cleveland's S…

Battered fish fries dominate the local fried fish map, but in my youth I got hooked on New England seafood houses, with their crumb-coated Ipswich belly clams and sweet morsels of native shrimp.  Ever since I moved back to Buffalo, a day's drive from the ocean, eating seafood has seemed slightly riskier than other foodstuffs, justified or not. Perhaps it was the superm…

Barbara Albi and her food service staff in the Depew school district generally do their jobs without accolades. May 5 was different. Students across the district celebrated School Lunch Hero Day by drawing thank-you notes, writing poems and giving gift cards. Similar celebrations – inspired by the popular “Lunch Lady” kid’s novels by Jarrett J. Krosoczka …

The city's newest taqueria brings Mexican flavors to Black Rock from sunny California. Hali Boyz, 388 Amherst St., starts selling its chicken and beef tacos this afternoon, plus sandwiches, loaded fries and sopes, fried cornmeal discs topped with taco fixings. But don't expect pork here, because this is a halal shop. Malak Mazeh and his brother Nour, half Mexican, ha…