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The most popular American meal is the hamburger, and the most popular hamburger is McDonald's. Having the least-common-denominator hockey puck as a baseline makes offering a better burger a simple proposition. The standard burger experience breaks down into four categories: Meat, bun, toppings, fries. (I will brook no dispute on fries. Anyone who would argue that French…

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Concocting the craziest concession is a constant challenge for arenas across the country, and Delaware North and the Buffalo Sabres have placed two inside USA Today's For the Win's Top 10 bizarre eats. The cotton candy waffle cone, the featured item in Nick Veronica's wrap-up of the new menu items for the 2017-18 Sabres season, came in at No. 7, nudging the apple crumbl…

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It's National Cappuccino Day! Finally an excuse to drink excessive amounts of caffeine (not that anything stops us anyway). So don't put a cap on the number of cappuccinos you get to drink today. After all, who couldn't use a pick-me-up on hump day? And here are some local spots to check out in case you want to cafe hop: Sweet_ness 7 Cafe, 220 Grant St. This c…

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A San Diego native has opened a small taqueria to give East Aurora a taste of California. Nathan Root and his wife Chelsea have opened Left Coast Taco at 630 Oakwood Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Pizza Del Aureo's, which has moved down the plaza. The counter-service restaurant offers a tidy menu based around its marinated taco meats, plus a vegan option mad…

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The Louisiana Cookery is putting their popular food truck into hibernation for the winter and focusing efforts on a new brick-and-mortar restaurant. Mark and Amy Powlenko opened Nov. 1 at 1238 Walden Ave., making a run at injecting Cajun and Creole flavors into an old Cheektowaga neighborhood just before the cold sets in. Located near the Walden Galleria, the restaur…

Food and Drink

A San Diego native has opened a small taqueria to give East Aurora a taste of California. Nathan Root and his wife Chelsea have opened Left Coast Taco at 630 Oakwood Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Pizza Del Aureo's, which has moved down the plaza. The counter-service restaurant offers a tidy menu based around its marinated taco meats, plus a vegan option mad…

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Five & 20 throws Barrel Room Jam Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing (8398 W. Main St., Westfield) will celebrate Erie Craft Beer Week with its Barrel Room Jam from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The event will feature the return of the brewery’s BRETTANYORYCES beer - a 6.5 percent (alcohol by volume) rye pale ale aged in red wine barrels with wild yeast - as well as…

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Have modern bars and taverns become too tame? Refined décor, reserved clientele and an abundance of natural light have concocted a new breed of barroom, one hospitable enough to accommodate any demographic of drinker—including craft draft-thirsty parents, toting their newborns in bjorns and City Mini carriages while sipping $7 pints. But what about the dank roadsi…

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When a new pizzeria opens in South Buffalo, word travels fast. Residents are anxious to try it and scrupulously compare it to their legendary favorites. Kenny Lombardo and Bob Garey are hoping their new pizzeria, LombarDough’s Pizza & Pasta, will be a longtime favorite. Located at 615 Hopkins St., the pizzeria is the latest addition to an area where nearby busines…

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The story of Savory’s in Hamburg begins in Eden, where owner Linda Klein once owned the Meeting Place Restaurant on Route 62. Circumstances forced her to move to Camp Road into what was once the Camp Road Diner. Klein remembers running out of food her first few days after opening. She never envisioned how busy she would be in the new location. Turns out she’s sti…

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If you’re a fan of sushi but have found yourself wishing your go-to order was a little, well, heftier, you’re in luck. Taichi Bubble Tea, the newest tenant of Sheridan Plaza in the Town of Tonawanda, is supersizing sushi for the Western New York masses in the form of girth-blessed, handheld burritos. As you may have guessed, the playful name comes from their semb…

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Doughnut-loving Western New Yorkers can score a free sweet treat on the second National Doughnut Day of the year (yes, there’s two) on Nov. 5. The fact that there are two national holidays touting doughnuts may seem excessive to some, but for those who love fried food covered in sugar, it’s reason to celebrate. Donut Kraze (406 Dingens St. and 365 Somerville Ave.…

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Missy Conroy was already working at Mothers when Matt Conroy first came through the door. They weren't the first couple to meet there, but they've been married 17 years now. Now they've opened their first restaurant together, and the former chef and server have created City Fare Café, at 483 Main St. The former Christian Science reading room now serves up breakfast …

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We are always up for helping out, especially when it means eating and drinking is part of the deal. Two new fundraisers will help victims of recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico. A hurricane relief party for Puerto Rico will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at EXPO Market (617 Main St.). EXPO is partnering with the Salvation Army for the event and 100 perc…

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In Italy, they would say it musically, something like: "GUER-chee-oh." Western New Yorkers say it, no-frills, "GURSH-ee-oh." Why stand by formalities? We're family. Guercio & Sons has presided over Grant Street for more than half a century. When weather permits, you can shop under awnings on the sidewalk in front of the store. Apples, pears, eggplant and cauli…