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By Rebecca Bratek Trying to decide which truck to chase? Here’s the Buffalo News Food Truck Guide. (Send truck news, changes and additions to agalarneau@buffnews.com.) Click on the truck to see more details. Lloyd Taco Truck | Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs | R&R BBQ | ThaiMeUp | Knight Slider | House of Munch | Hot Off The Press | The Sweet Hearth | Pizza Amore | Rollin…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Serious Taste of Buffalo freaks are already planning their strategy. Days ago they downloaded the 2013 Taste of Buffalo guide, or picked one up at Tops, and have annotated its pages with Post-Its and several shades of highlighter. What's the most efficient route among the booths, factoring in the assistance of friends and loved ones to bring bac…

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Red Top, with its char-grilled hot dogs and a great view of the lake across from its outdoor tables, has become a Southtowns tradition for generations of families.In fact, Red Top is celebrating its 67th season this year, so the great-grandparents of youngsters who are chowing down on its perfectly grilled Wardynski’s dogs could have had that same experience back in 1946.Y…

Alex’s Place (July 4) 8322 Park Road, Batavia (585-344-2999, www.alexsribs.com). Smoky, sticky ribs, cream pies, old-school charm; plenty of reasons for hungry to exit Thruway. 8 platesDuke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (June 27) 253 Allen St. (240-9359, www.dukesbohemiangrovebar.com). Fresh seafood, smoked wings, truffled fries alongside live music raise the bar in Allentown. 7 pl…

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August Bistro & Bar officially opened on May 21, promising an emphasis on local meat and produce, fresh seafood and French technique. ¶ So expectations have been high for this new space on Main Street in Hamburg, formerly occupied by O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Meats & Smokehouse. There’s not much more than old French food posters for decorations right now, but the range of the…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Pumpernick N’ Pastry, one of Buffalo’s last great traditional bakeries, is closing its Kaisertown store on July 20. The Kaisertown bakery, famed for its bread, cakes, cookies, paczki and more, will end its 40-year history with New York State taxes as one culprit. Another cause was the big supermarkets and warehouse chains shouldering their way into t…

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Grilling fish and seafood can be intimidating. Many of us either overcook the fish or undercook the fish or can’t pry the fish off the grill in one piece. We try special seafood grill baskets and every spatula in our kitchens with little improvement. We end up sacrificing more fillets and shellfish to the flames than we have eaten for dinner.So we reached out to a handful …

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While doing research recently, I came across a recipe for Ice Cream Bread on the Taste of Home’s website. It had a four-out-of-five star rating.I glanced at it and remembered I had flagged an email about this recipe from the Taste of Home’s public relations folks. It caught my eye then because, besides sounding interesting, the recipe makes a mini-loaf. Readers are always …

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Intrepid Buffalo News intern Rebecca Bratek tracked down the characters behind Buffalo's growing fleet of food trucks. She shares the most up-to-date information on how to find them, what they offer, and most importantly, a good old-fashioned phone number.  Bratek lists all their Twitter handles, Facebook pages and websites. She also got wo…

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A stretch of Delaware Avenue from Chippewa Street to Niagara Square will be turned into a food lover’s paradise this weekend from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The 30th annual Taste of Buffalo will cast a spotlight on the region’s culinary talents. Joseph M. Lane, a financial consultant with AXA Advisors, is the event’s volunteer chairman. Lane…

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Ann Boyle had never heard of Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. Or even food trucks, for that matter.The 65-year-old former teacher from Grand Island heard about the mobile restaurant craze from the staff at South Park High School. She was amazed by the massive crowd gathered July 2, as she waited in a line that snaked around the square’s patio.“It’s just that you don’t…

On Thursday, the Fourth of July, we celebrated the 237th anniversary of the day the Founding Fathers declared America’s independence from Great Britain. Historians say they toasted their life-risking audacity with a heady wine called Madeira.It was a natural choice. Benjamin Franklin’s favorite. George Washington’s daily tipple at dinner.It was powerful stuff, fermented fr…

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Lou’s Restaurant, next to the Riviera Theatre, is set up exactly like many other restaurants in buildings of that era, so that you will feel comfortable there even if it’s your first time inside.You enter what was once a long, narrow storefront and find a few tables clustered around front window, a row of comfortable booths along the side and a counter across the room. A d…

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It takes a lot of chutzpah to open a bar in Buffalo and call it “The Aud.” There is, after all, no “Fenway Park” pub in Boston (yet) or “Maple Leaf Gardens” in Toronto. (If that existed, drinkers would order their beer with great hope, and then watch as it was spilled, repeatedly, for 40-plus years.)Some things, I guess, are sacred. But apparently Memorial Auditorium was n…

Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (June 27) 253 Allen St. (240-9359, www.dukesbohemiangrovebar.com). Fresh seafood, smoked wings, truffled fries alongside live music raise the bar in Allentown. 7 platesBrick Oven Bistro (June 20) 904 Abbott Road (844-8496, www.brickovendeli.com). Graceful touches, house-made offerings surprise in South Buffalo tavern setting. 8 platesGianni Mazia’…