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Pho has arrived in the Southtowns. A Vietnamese restaurant has opened in Elma, offering 13 varieties of the classic beef noodle soup of Vietnam as part of an extensive menu. Pho Cali, 5952 Seneca St., opened last month in the space that was formerly R & R BBQ. Its lengthy menu includes soups, stir-fries, noodle bowls, grilled meat dishes and more. Bun bo hue ($9…

OpenTable, a popular website and app that facilitates restaurant reservations, included a familiar name to Buffalo eaters on its "Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017." Toutant, the Southern-inspired eatery owned and operated by James Roberts at 437 Ellicott St., was Buffalo's lone representative in a list compiled using data from over 10 million OpenTable reviews. Nin…

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…

1) St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2 p.m. March 19 along Delaware Avenue. Begins in Niagara Square. Free to attend. Commentary: If it's your first time at Buffalo's biggest St. Patrick's Day parade, just enjoy the ride. If you've been before, you know how important it is to scope out a good vantage point - I learned that the hard way last year when I was crammed chest to ches…

St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl. 5 p.m. Pizza Plant Italian Pub, 125 Main St. Suite 110. 626-5566. pizzaplant.com. $6. Key Bank Live at O'Larkin. 5 p.m. Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. Free. Local Natives. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-3900. townballroom.com. $25-$27. Donnell Rawlings. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. 853-1211. buffalo.he…

Lost between St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) is a national food day we can all rally around (at least those of us who don’t like corned beef and simultaneously fear Italy’s baccala, a dried, salted cod) — March 18, National Sloppy Joe Day. Why does it strike our fancy? Because, much like the diner cook who invented the sandwich, w…

Dr. Chad Teeters rarely talked nutrition with his patients until last year. He didn’t learn much about it in medical school and his lifestyle as a busy doctor didn’t lend itself to an exemplary discussion. “I didn’t have the comfort level,” said Teeters, 41, who at 5-feet-10 weighed 310 pounds and had high blood pressure before he turned to a plant-based diet …

There has been a late addition to the many dining options available for fans who are downtown to watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament: Lloyd Taco. One of Buffalo's favorite food trucks and restaurants will set up shop on the fifth floor of The Buffalo News from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Lloyd has periodically set up a catering operation in the News ca…

For years, Western New York's toughest tables to get have included the ones at Bar Bill, the East Aurora tavern famed for wings and beef on weck. In June, the restaurant hopes to ease the logjam by opening Bar Bill Takeout, at 191 Main St., three buildings east of Bar Bill, located at 185 Main St. Located in the rear of the building that holds Aurora Brew Works, the …

If you're considering broadening your personal restaurant menu, consider Local Restaurant Week's spring season. Next week, more than 200 independently owned restaurants will try to make new fans with deals on meals for one or two diners. The spring edition of the biannual promotion runs from March 20-26. Participating restaurants, ranging from pizzerias to white-tablecl…

Think your homebrew is worthy of widespread consumption? It could be named this year's Erie County Fair Craft Beer, and the contest starts soon. Homebrewers from around the state have until April 7 to submit their beers for judging. The winning brewer will be asked to turn over the recipe to the professional brewmaster of Flying Bison, who will ensure it is commercia…

Restaurateur Henry Gorino has put the kitchen of his newest restaurant in familiar hands. Lennon Lewandowski will be the executive chef of JT's, the restaurant Gorino and partners plan to open next month in the mixed-use building at 905 Elmwood Ave. Lewandowski was executive chef at Oliver's for years when Gorino and partners owned the Buffalo fine-dining restaurant.…

Lucy Ethiopian, the city's first Ethiopian restaurant, has reopened in its new home in Riverside. The address is 916 Tonawanda St., but the restaurant's unmarked entrance is around the corner on Crowley Avenue, facing Riverside Park. Inside, the larger dining room will hold twice as many customers as the former spot at Grant and Amherst streets. It's a soft opening f…

In these salad days of ambitious brewers and craft beer bars blooming across Buffalo, it’s easy to take a comparatively elder statesman like Pearl Street Grill and Brewery for granted. [PHOTO GALLERY: Pearl Street Grill and Brewery] The brick- and timber-lined locale has been a stable watering hole for Sabres fans since taking over the former Garcia’s Irish Pub s…