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Tops Markets, joining the meal kit trend that has gained favor for busy families, has rolled out an offering of its own in the regional supermarket industry: Chef'd. "This is the next wave, another option, for those looking for a meal solution, to save time," said Jeffrey Culhane, senior vice president of merchandising for Tops. Tops this month launched five new Chef…

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Visit Buffalo Niagara chose a "Delicious Dozen" wing places, but I think the Buffalo Wing Trail could use a few more stops. How about a Saucy Seventeen? First off, I'd add Nine-Eleven Tavern, 9-11 Bloomfield Ave. The cash-only tavern has a distinctive spin on its wings, with a cheesy, faintly sweet sauce that still packs plenty of kick. One distinctive, cel…

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Deep-fried chicken wings tossed in cayenne hot sauce have long been Buffalo's culinary ambassador to the world, and the number one eating mission of visitors to the Queen City. Now the region's marketing bureau is offering wing pilgrims guidance: the Buffalo Wing Trail. Including 12 stops selected by Visit Buffalo Niagara, the trail leads from Elmo's in Getzville to …

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A new popcorn stand is coming to 6610 Goodrich Road in Clarence. Michael Sendlebeck told the Clarence Town Board on Wednesday that the 10-foot-by-16-foot shed will be a permanent structure, but a seasonal business, from May through October. The stand will be adjacent to Sendlebeck's home, which is in a commercial zone. The board granted him a one-year, temporary conditi…

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Making a single unusual food item the foundation of your restaurant's menu is a risky proposition. Menu writers tend to head in the other direction, offering broad catchment areas for customer dollars. Joe Blaszczak and Adrienne Seekins didn’t play it that way. In December, when they opened Stooges in Lockport's Old Town Hall, they were willing to gamble their first res…

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Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

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CBW's quartet of new beers Several new beers are being released from Community Beer Works (15 Lafayette Ave.). Rutherford B. Haze (5.1 percent ABV), a Belgian-style pale wheat ale is CBW's non-winter seasonal beer, and is already back in anticipation of warmer months (if they happen). Power Ballad (8.5 percent ABV) double IPA (India pale ale) was brewed in collabo…

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The annual Taste of Culinary fundraiser is April 15 at the Erie Community College North Campus. Organized by the American Culinary Federation’s local chapter, a portion of proceeds will aid the Child and Chef Foundation’s nutrition education mission. More than 30 restaurants, wineries and brewers will offer samples at the event, which runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tick…

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Churn, the soft-serve ice cream shop from the Lloyd Taco Factory people, reopens April 16 with churro sundaes and cold-brew coffee to tempt customers. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to the original Lloyd Taco Factory, Churn started dishing up cones and sundaes last year, along with a coffee program developed with West Side roaster Tipico. The new season brings changes inc…

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The traditional picture of the suburbs is painted with subdivisions. It’s cul-de-sacs and strip malls, grocery store parking lots and big-box retailers. It’s not colored with the walkable commercial centers or condensed streets of concentrated city neighborhoods; and it’s not accentuated with vibrant social lairs reserved for downtown bar districts. But the modern subur…

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“WARNING: Ice cream may melt,” warns the takeout menu at Sweet Life Dessert Experience, a new dessert and coffee bar in Tonawanda. Takeout orders should be done in person, it continues, lest you call ahead only to find your waiting sundae in a puddle. You needn’t worry. These desserts don’t linger for long. A sit-down restaurant, Sweet Life is no Friendly’s—it loo…

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Louie Yannello serves all the food he grew up eating in his Italian household: stuffed peppers, artichokes, salads, pastas and breads. “I have my own style of cooking, but it all comes from my mother, mainly,” said Yannello, owner of Louie’s Deli & Imports. “She would tell me, ‘If you like to eat, you’re going to have to learn how to cook.’ ” His parents started …

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Brunch doesn't take a break after Easter Sunday. Three trendy local businesses - small-batch patisserie Butter Block, West Side coffee-house newcomer Remedy House and downtown restaurant Marble + Rye - will contribute to a 12-week Sunday brunch series at the latter's home, 112 Genesee St. The first edition is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8. No reservations will be…

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Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

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Though spring is to have sprung in Buffalo, a chill remains in the air. After Buffalo Whiskey Fest celebrated whiskeys from the world over, and many barrels were spilled on St. Patrick’s Day, there is no better time to settle down with some of America’s finest spirits. There are hundreds of whiskeys to try, but five came highly recommended recommended by Pete Orfanos…