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Mezza is no more, as Nine29 moves its textbook continental menu into the former Middle Eastern restaurant at its namesake location of 929 Elmwood Avenue. Open seven days a week, the late-night kitchen has left the ethnic fare behind in favor of done-up but affordable bar staples with surprising housemade touches. Like its sister restaurant Hearth & Press, Nine29 …

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Visit Buffalo Niagara chose a "Delicious Dozen" wing places, but I think the Buffalo Wing Trail could use a few more stops. How about a Saucy Seventeen? First off, I'd add Nine-Eleven Tavern, 9-11 Bloomfield Ave. The cash-only tavern has a distinctive spin on its wings, with a cheesy, faintly sweet sauce that still packs plenty of kick. One distinctive, cel…

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Deep-fried chicken wings tossed in cayenne hot sauce have long been Buffalo's culinary ambassador to the world, and the number one eating mission of visitors to the Queen City. Now the region's marketing bureau is offering wing pilgrims guidance: the Buffalo Wing Trail. Including 12 stops selected by Visit Buffalo Niagara, the trail leads from Elmo's in Getzville to …

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When life gives you ranch dressing, make blue cheese. That's how "Wing King" Drew Cerza reacted to the tweet from Frank's RedHot that turned Buffalonians blue. Cerza on Monday decided to set up National Blue Cheese Dressing Day after seeing Buffalo Twitter light up over Frank's RedHot's praise for ranch dressing as the ideal dipping sauce for "Buffalo wings." "Thi…

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Frank's RedHot has issued its mea Gorgonzola. The hot-sauce maker on Monday tried to clean up the double culinary gaffe it committed on Saturday, when it sent a tweet that makes sense only if you've never set foot in Western New York: https://twitter.com/FranksRedHot/status/972528778516742144 For Buffalonians, that went over like the Sabres' "Buffaslug" logo. F…

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If you want to feel like you’re on vacation this spring break without ever leaving Western New York, head to Scallywags Grub & Spirits in Derby. The nautical/pirate theme will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto a Caribbean island that pirates have invaded – or at least make you feel like you’re in a restaurant that you’d find on vacation. Every inch of the place…

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If you feel a sense of accomplishment shredding all that junk mail you get, imagine how great it would be to shred your romantic frustration - and get free wings as a bonus. Well, imagine no more. The Anchor Bar in East Amherst is hosting its third annual "Shred Your Ex Party" to help raise your spirits. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) at the Anc…

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It doesn’t take much to get Joey “Coco” Diaz going. During a recent phone interview, the R-rated comedic storyteller fondly recalled his Buffalo connections, from prison to pierogi. “I always thought Buffalo was a very cool city,” he said. “It’s my type of comedy town because it’s a blue collar town.” Diaz hosts “The Church of What’s Happening Now” podcast, often appears…

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An Anchor Bar franchise is planned for the former Fuddruckers building at the corner of Maple and Sweet Home roads in Amherst. The 250-seat restaurant will be the largest Anchor Bar restaurant so far, said Mark Dempsey, Anchor Bar vice president. The franchisees “hope to open by mid-June to July, something in that range,” if all goes as planned, Dempsey said. It would be…

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If you ever wondered what Hutch's would serve as an old-school Buffalo bar, your answer is at Nye Park Tavern. At 1672 Elmwood Ave., the former Papa Jake’s has been scrubbed and polished, with respect. The wooden floors have been refinished, and rediscovered windows now give the rear room more light. Owners Mark Hutchinson and Mike Haefner were aiming for a new place tha…

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Honey’s restaurant in Niagara Falls will be reopening as Buffalo Wing Joint and Public Urban Bar (P.U.B.). Buffalo Wing Joint owner Candice Creamer was general manager for the former Honey’s, located at 6560 Niagara Falls Blvd. Former owner Larry Pacifico’s exit from the business gave her the chance she’s been waiting for, she said. “I’ve always had the goal of running my …

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Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant has carved its name into Buffalo wing history since it opened in 1985. Besides its role as a haunt for a past generation of wing-loving Buffalo Sabres, Elmo’s deserves notice for the mastery of a particularly popular twist on Buffalo wings: the Cajun wing.Adam Blake, now a manager at Elmo’s, said that he helped develop one of the first Cajun sauces …

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It will be hard to miss the pungent scent of frying chicken wings this weekend in downtown Buffalo. Heck, 30 tons of wings -- that's 60,000 pounds! -- have been delivered by truck to Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field for Wing Fest, which runs Saturday and Sunday. If you're a local TV watcher, you've probably already seen "Wing King" Drew Cerza, the festival's founder, gallivantin…

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Doc Sullivan’s, the South Buffalo tavern known for its “Smitty's style” wings, is getting freshened up under new owners – but the Smitty's wings will stay the same. “The wings are going to stay exactly the same, and we’ll expand the menu a bit and add some wings for people who don’t like Smitty’s,” said Thomas Cowan, who bought the place with a partner. “We’re going to put…

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Rochester is getting another one of Buffalo's most famous restaurants. Duff's Famous Wings, which is always in the conversation about the best chicken wings in Buffalo, is opening a location in suburban Brighton, WHEC TV reported. The restaurant will be in the former Friendly's restaurant at 2425 West Henrietta Road. The chain's website says simply: "Coming 2015: Duff's …