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The Place reopened quietly on April 12, and when we arrived around 6 p.m., the bar was already full. We could see that because – and those who remember the cramped, dark bar room will rejoice – the new owners have opened the place up completely. The wall dividing the bar and dining area has become a half wall, letting the windows to the parking lot side illuminate the…

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For Buffalo workers, The Lunch Box’s three locations – downtown in the Lafayette Court Building, the Tri-Main Building in North Buffalo and the Seneca Building in the Larkin District – offer a wide geographical range of lunchtime options. Each one boasts fresh sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as a bakery case for the sweet tooth. Both drop-off and staged cateri…

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Raclette is to 2016 what fondue was to 1965: The latest way for diners to engage in do-it-yourself meals without actual cooking. A French and Swiss dining technique named after the melting cheese of the same name, raclette is new to the states but all over Paris. When Raclettes owner Sandra Wilkins decided to open a spot with her husband and sister, she thought back to t…

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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t typically known for its culinary confections, unless you think Guinness counts as a food. We’ve followed the rainbow to find some St. Patrick's-inspired fare that's not your stereotypical corned beef and cabbage. 1. Toutant 437 Ellicott St.; 342-2901 The culinary crew at Toutant is celebrating St. Paddy’s with a little southern flair, brin…

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Globe Market has been a fresh food standby in the Buffalo area for years, with its salads winning “best of” awards since as early as 2005. Its Elmwood location has survived the institution of a Panera across the street, and while it did close its downtown Main Street storefront earlier this year, an Amherst Street spot is in the works for this spring. For a quick wee…

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The Coffee Culture chain may have closed up shop and left town last year, but the culture of coffee is flourishing in Western New York. While corporate caffeine delivery systems like Tim Hortons and Dunkin’ Donuts still dominate local market share and the curated allure of Starbucks is fading like the foam on your flat white, a handful of small and independently owned n…

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Perks Cafe started percolating in the former Coffee Culture at Elmwood and Bryant with a soft open starting Feb. 1, after shuttering its downtown Main Street and Oak Street locations. Closing those smaller downtown storefronts allowed manager Julie Leone to focus on the new spot, which serves breakfast and lunch, highlighted by fresh, homemade food and beverages. [See …

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First, gentle readers, I have a confession to make. In this age of gluten-free, low-carb diets, I am a breadaholic. I love it in a basket, cradling sandwich fillings, acting as a platform for pizza toppings, whatever. The day I discovered Pizza Plant even puts its salads in a bread bowl, was love at first bite. Fellow carb-lovers, rejoice: The new Pizza Plant at Canalside…

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Let’s be honest: Buffalonians love their comfort food. Wings with chunky blue cheese and beer, pizza with pepperoni curled at the edges to form tiny grease cups, french fries with, well, everything. If it’s fried, greasy – or ideally, both – we’re all in.Well fried food fans, step away from the wings and put down that french fry, because there’s a new game in t…

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Photographer and Buffalo native Aaron Ingrao has always been fascinated with passion. His work explores the spirit behind artisans of all crafts: Cobblers whose boots are imbued with more care than machine-stamped leather, bicycle-makers who bend better frames than Huffy, woodworkers whose tables are functional artwork. It doesn’t matter to Ingrao whether these craftsme…

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Nothing says "holiday" like butter and booze and this season, Western New York bartenders are blending two of America’s favorite things for their own takes on a drink older than the country itself. Hot buttered rum dates back as early as the 1650s, when molasses first appeared in the colonies from Jamaica and distilleries opened in New England. Earliest iterations were …

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Cold weather calls for warm beverages. As the holidays give way to slush and stilettos yield to salt-crusted boots, Buffalo beverage aficionados seek out something to soothe the transition. The area’s best bartenders and baristas spend weeks crafting the cocktails and coffees that embody the season, many of which are twists on old favorites.At Buffalo Proper (333 Frankli…

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Mighty Taco. Lloyd. Cantina Loco. Salsarita’s. La Tolteca. Think you’ve tasted all the best Mexican in Western New York? Think again. La Divina Mexican Store opened quietly in Kenmore earlier this year, a family-run grocery store with a small lunch counter on the side. But word spread quickly about the fresh corn tortillas, authentic ingredients and speedy service and…

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Who among us does not know the wonder of Wegmans’ legendary $6 meal? Who hasn’t taken a trip through the hot food bar after buying groceries, discovering they’re too tired from braving the crowds at the store to actually cook the food? Thanks to The Pub by Wegmans, a sit-down restaurant and full bar attached to the Transit Road store in Williamsville, hungry shopper…

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The Western New York restaurant scene is unique in that its members are not just colleagues, they're a family. Much like the Buffalo population in general, the culinary crew cares about each other, and while they may compete for reviews, customers and accolades, they have each other's backs when it counts. The Iron Event is one example of that community spirit, an event t…