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With summer vacation season peeking around the corner of the calendar, Buffalo-bound travelers are getting their itineraries in shape. For many, eating leads the list of attractions. Those returning to the Queen City often have a list of new places they want to try. As The News’ food editor and restaurant critic, I get lots of questions about the new places. Then the…

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Yeah, yeah, New York City. We see your Chrysler Building and raise you Buffalo City Hall. There are few finer examples of Art Deco architecture in the world than this sandstone sentry, an astonishing piece of 20th century design filled with the pride and promise of a city on the rise. Standing tall on the western side of Niagara Square, the 1931 building anchors a view …

Food and Drink

For eaters who calibrated their Mexican cuisine meters in Mexico, Los Angeles and Austin, Buffalo was a vale of sorrow for most of my life. That's changed. There's still plenty of room for improvements, but at least there's places to get tacos that don't automatically come with lettuce and shredded cheese. Legitimate Mexican tacos on fresh corn tortillas, the sandwic…

Food and Drink

Burger flippers have a long history of trying to outdo one another, and their customers reap the results. The one-upsmanship has produced a wave of better burgers, ones that show advanced architectural skills, and turn heads as they pass by on the way to a lucky diner. Here's seven burgers a machine would never make. No. 6 ($16) from Allen Burger Venture 175 Allen S…

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Nietzsche's is the longest-serving original music-friendly venue in Buffalo, and the only club that has offered live music seven nights a week from its opening in 1984 to today. The club has been a major hub for the local music scene for decades, but here are a few things you might not know about the venerable Allentown institution. It wasn't love at first sight When…

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In the beginning, nachos were a simple satisfaction: fried corn tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, sliced jalapeno chiles. They've come a long way since Ignacio Anaya invented them in 1943 to feed the wives of American servicemen in Piedras Negras, Mexico on a shopping trip. Today, nachos have spanned the globe, incorporating elements of myriad cuisines. Chips and chees…

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In light of Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau's french fry post with the best of local gourmet fries, we got to thinking: Where are the best places for humble fries? You know, the kind of french fries you eat if you're out at a bar with friends, bowling or looking for a late-night snack. Plus, just because some fries may come pre-cut and frozen doesn't automatically mean …

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A good margarita isn't simple to pull off. The preferred mix of tequila, triple sec and lime juice varies by the drinker; some want top-shelf tequila at the front (and the back), others are fine with a sugary beverage to mask the taste of well tequila, while still others demand a delicate balance. Calling upon pre-made margarita mix might be considered cutting corners f…

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There might not be a more common American foodstuff than the french fry — which is why uncommon fries are a draw of their own. Frozen fries shaken out of a bag into a deep-fryer can be good. But the greatest fries of all are made from fresh potatoes, carefully crafted for the perfect crisp-tender bite. These are destination fries, worth the trip by themselves. Fri…

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If you take pride on visiting new local restaurants before anyone else, here's a handy resource, an eater's checklist of sorts. Especially as the warmer weather nears, the activity in Buffalo's restaurant scene speeds up. Plans for ambitious projects are announced, new food trucks hit the pavement and bold new eateries - sometimes with concepts foreign to Buffalo - open…

Art

The public art explosion that has consumed Buffalo over the past half-decade has been transformative. It's breathed new life into developing neighborhoods. It's given underexposed local artists new routes to recognition. It's helped downtown escape its stubborn reputation as a desolate snowscape devoid of people and color. But for young lovers and -- perhaps even mor…

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It's one of the oldest complaints about the Oscars: "What are these movies? I never heard of them.I certainly never saw them." It's gotten worse in the last couple of decades when so much of Hollywood's biggest and most expensive hoo-ha has been supplanted on Oscar night by smaller, less-expensive independent films. A serious answer to the complaint is here beginning th…