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On a brick street edging the Erie Canal in Lockport, the whiff of freshly roasted coffee beans infiltrates the air as you walk into Steamworks Coffee. The cafe is brimming with quirky details -- a chalkboard wall filled with scrawled signatures and doodles in funky colors, a shelf maxed out with board games, gear patterns stained into the handmade wooden tabletops, whic…

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Elie Harfouche, owner of The Pita Place, likes to serve food “exactly the way we eat it at home.” Home, to him, means Lebanon. Although he’s been in this country for 30 years, the food closest to his heart, and that he enjoys sharing with others, is the food he grew up eating. He and his wife and business partner, Frances, opened The Pita Place in 2014. Since then, t…

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Malak Mazeh had spent enough time managing chain restaurants. Born in East Los Angeles, he wanted a restaurant that reflected his roots and his Muslim faith, but also a new city that had slowly won him over. After his older brother married a Buffalonian, Mazeh spent three years in Buffalo before moving back to Los Angeles in 2015. Knowing he'd have the financial support…

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When people are looking for suggestions of the best burger in town, Grover's is one name that always makes the list. Thank the famous giant Grover Burger for that: 12 ounces of fresh 90 percent lean Angus beef that comes in a variety of choices from classic cheeseburger to Tex Mex. The dining area isn’t huge, so just write your name on the chalkboard and order a drink a…

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Bruno Italian Grill has moved in to the space formerly occupied by Rachel’s Mediterranean on the corner of Chippewa and Delaware. Trusting a similar business model to Rachel’s but a different cuisine, Bruno is hoping its fast-casual, build-your-own Italian concept will hit the ground running in stride with the time-crunched business crowd it’s hoping to entice. Bruno…

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Bruno Italian Grill, which opened in the former Rachel's Mediterranean at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street in March, has jumped on the quick-serve trend.

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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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With nearly 30 different flavors of hand-stretch, brick-oven New York style pizza, visitors to Zetti’s will have difficulty picking just one. A popular spot for take-out, Zetti's also has a small dining area. Options range from a classic cheese slice ($2.80) to a variety of specialty slices available daily ($3.92) like the Hawaiian Pizza loaded with melted cheese, salty…

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If you’ve been around Buffalo for a few years, chances are you’ve been to, or at least seen, a Joe’s Deli. With four locations now around Buffalo, Joe’s Deli offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy its sandwiches, wraps and salads. On a recent weekday, we checked out its Maple Road establishment, which opened last May, for lunch. Located in the plaza at the corner of…

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At Sweet_ness 7 Café, you’ll be greeted by smiling faces before you walk through the doors. A beautiful portrait of a woman in black and white is on the side of the building. Just below that are brown, gold, and white swirling patterns and faces along the side of the restaurant. Coffee mugs are hanging outside off the bright blue awning and nearby tree. Inside, color…

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The Reuben was awesome. Those are four words I never thought I’d write. But here we are in 2018—an age brimming with once-inconceivabilities. And so there it is. It’s not that I harbored a vendetta against the sandwich; I just never met one I particularly liked. All my previous Reuben run-ins amounted to virtually indistinguishable configurations of salty processed m…

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Blocks away from a kaleidoscopic public mural evoking the history and traditions of Buffalo’s Hispanic community stands another newcomer to the corridor of Niagara Street venerably known as Avenida San Juan. Sabores de Mi Tierra Colombiana, which translates literally to “Flavors of My Colombian Land,” has been open just under a year, but its relative infancy is belied b…

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On a sunny Saturday, we went out with the in-laws for lunch at the historic North Star Tavern. A sign in front of the structure notes the North Star Tavern was built in 1831 by Martin Taber “to accommodate travelers to Buffalo.” Closed for several years, briefly opened then closed again, the tavern was purchased by Tim and Joyce Chrostowski, who opened in November 2015.…

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Main Street Deli in Williamsville is the long-awaited venture of husband and wife duo Greg and Christine Gerard. The former Long Island residents opened their doors in November 2017 serving breakfast and lunch with a little downstate flair. Nestled next to Ellicott Creek in the heart of downtown Williamsville, the location is on prime real estate for foot traffic once t…