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My significant other's Mother is our research department. When she sees a Cheap Eats target, she reports it. (Maybe the FBI and CIA could take lessons from her?) Such was the case with Matka & Papa’s. As the name suggests, Polish food is on the menu, with specialties by none other than Carol Misnik, a local Polish celebrity chef of sorts with a following. Acco…

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Looking to celebrate the Chinese year of the rooster? Maybe you are a fan of Foghorn Leghorn? (“Go away boy, you bother me.”) Or perhaps, you simply like really good diner food? All are excellent reasons to check out Rooster’s Café. Located just off Route 5 in Lackawanna on Ridge Road, the darling diner features bright red and white colors, including an old…

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With The Parents away, Teens will play, or at least feel free to violate mom’s “healthy eating” edict. Auntie Em capped off a week of questionable eating by feeding the niece and nephew at Steveo's Tacos & Subs. I had spotted Steve'os late last summer driving home from the beach. With beach weather on the horizon, a little investigation was in order. [Gall…

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With coupons burning a hole in our pockets, we hit Christe's Restaurant in the Southgate Plaza for breakfast before shopping. Our last visit was years ago, but we timed it right because the restaurant has recently reopened following two weeks of extensive renovations. The decor is beautiful, but we've heard the new entrance can be jammed during busy times and the nois…

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Look close and you'll see signs of spring everywhere. Hot dog and ice cream stands are opening, our turtlenecks are getting bothersome and our itchy dry skin is going away. We are ready for summer. To that end, mark your calendar. Larkinville's first Food Truck Tuesday kicks off on April 11 and continues through Oct. 3 (with the exception of July 4), 5 to 8 p.m. …

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Southtowners of a certain age may remember the original Uncle Joe’s Diner, opened by a real guy named Joe Gargano in 1974, along Route 20 in Hamburg. In 1991, the diner moved down the road to its present location. The interior is fun, with traditional pinkish-turquoise diner hues. Quirky windsocks outline a partially enclosed dining area. [PHOTO GALLERY: Uncle Joe'…

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When the Significant Other’s Mother recommends a good cheap eats we listen (for many reasons). The French View Family Restaurant, not to be confused with the nearby French Pub, is easy to miss in the small plaza. Yet the restaurant is just the right size, and clean. SigO Mom was right about the friendly staff. Our lovely waitress Shannon couldn’t have been nicer.…

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Lost between St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) is a national food day we can all rally around (at least those of us who don’t like corned beef and simultaneously fear Italy’s baccala, a dried, salted cod) — March 18, National Sloppy Joe Day. Why does it strike our fancy? Because, much like the diner cook who invented the sandwich, w…

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March is a saintly month, and Buffalo celebrates two big ones — St. Patrick and St. Joseph. (This year, we are adding St. Sebastian, the patron saint of sports in honor of the NCAA basketball tournament that’s also in town for the saint-ish weekend). Again this year, local Italian restaurants continue the celebration of St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), with a traditi…

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Welcome to Buffalo. If there’s one thing we love here it’s eating, so we promise you won’t go hungry during the NCAA Tournament. We’ve compiled a list of 25 restaurants and bars within a 15-minute walk of KeyBank Center where you can have a drink, grab a quick sandwich or even enjoy a high-end steak dinner. (716) Food & Sport (7 Scott St., HarborCenter)…

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If you ever needed a reason to party (your job, relationship, politics, general winter malaise), Mardi Gras gives you a good reason to do it. Fat Tuesday (Feb. 28) officially marks the end of Mardi Gras in New Orleans — a day to eat and drink to excess before Lent begins. If you can't make it to the Big Easy, here are some local places to you can, "Laissez les bons…

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The heck with Groundhog Day. We are hungry and would rather celebrate the refined and delicate crepe on Feb. 2 rather than the dirty groundhog (sorry, Phil). Like many food traditions, National Crepe Day in France (La Chandeleur) has its roots in religion. La Chandeleur celebrates the end of Christmas (40 days after) — also known as Candlemas. (The tradition also say…

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When it comes to tavern-style appetizers, though, nothing pleases like cheeses. Here’s a selection of favorites sold in Western New York restaurants, most with foreign accents: Welsh, Greek, Italian, Mexican, and Buffalonian cuisine are all represented. - Food Editor Andrew Galarneau

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Although it’s easy to call some establishments more “summer” than “winter,” we can say that Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill carefree summer vibe simply moves indoors when the cold wind blows, transforming the place into a cozy winter lodge. Warm wood floors and Edison lights remind one of a Gilded Age Adirondack great house, complete with a stone fireplace…

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Like a beacon, Hot Dog Heaven’s sign flashes messages to drivers at the corner of Harlem and William streets — “Senior specials include rice pudding,” and during the recent cold snap, “Come in for hot chocolate.” Ironically (and regrettably) despite HDH’s close proximity to our Sloan Abode, we made our first stop just recently. In true diner fashion, th…