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Mile 303, a restaurant with decor inspired by the nearby Erie Canal, is offering Orleans County creative cuisine and cocktails to match. The restaurant, at 416 Main St., Medina, is on the first floor of a building constructed in 1867, wears its age with pride. Inside the front door, a section of wall bares its lath to the world. Battered wooden floors serve as a fitt…

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Tucked next to the caffeinated community hub Sweet_ness 7 Cafe at Grant and Lafayette, The Tabernacle is a former religious house revived as a one-of-a-kind neighborhood bar.  The place greets visitors with a bright blue front door and black and white stripes on the stately columns outside. Inside, it sports a new Technicolor coat thanks to owner Prish Moran’s former co…

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Dragon Babies Diner and Grill reminds me of what you would get if a marauding band of renegade chefs tore the doors off an abandoned building and fired up a couple of grills. In other words, it’s awesome. Chef partners Shawn Edin and Jeremy Hardy started with a Dragon Babies food truck a year ago, then opened the brick-and-mortar location at 452 Oliver St. in North T…

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A Dominican restaurant called La Casa de Sabores opened near Buffalo State College in late April. The restaurant, at 1 Letchworth St., is the first place in Buffalo specializing in the flavors of the Dominican Republic. Owner Carlos Cabrera was born in the United States to Dominican parents. He's tried Buffalo's versions of Caribbean dishes, such as the Puerto Rican …

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Since opening Toutant in 2015, James Roberts has built quite a meaty reputation. People have been flocking to the Ellicott Street restaurant since, drawn by some of the best fried chicken, sausage and barbecue in Buffalo. What's more, specials like the housemade smoked bologna sandwich and Toutant's version of a Nashville hot chicken sandwich have added to Toutant's …

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Eggsperience Vasilis, sister to the Eggsperience in Kenmore, is a Greek family restaurant posing as a friendly neighborhood bistro. Drop in at the corner of Main Street and West Ferry, and you’ll find a reason to smile in a part of midtown Buffalo that could use something cheerful among the empty storefronts and corrugated pavement. The 80-seat restaurant delivers t…

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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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“WARNING: Ice cream may melt,” warns the takeout menu at Sweet Life Dessert Experience, a new dessert and coffee bar in Tonawanda. Takeout orders should be done in person, it continues, lest you call ahead only to find your waiting sundae in a puddle. You needn’t worry. These desserts don’t linger for long. A sit-down restaurant, Sweet Life is no Friendly’s—it loo…

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Tucked away down a sheltered offshoot of Route 5 near Woodlawn Beach, Dos Amigos on The Lake has recently renovated and re-opened its doors with upscale menu offerings more akin to that of its popular sister restaurant Lucia’s on the Lake. With plans for a big summer on the shores of Lake Erie, the former Mexican-American restaurant has all but abandoned its Mexican dis…

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Expanding a small but growing category in the greater Buffalo area, Boone’s Hillside BBQ is throwing its hat in the ring as a new smokehouse contender in Cambria. Operating out of a quaint white-washed building on a rural northern hillside, it’s an inviting and rustic environment that says “BBQ," though the smell alone should put you in the mood. There’s a variety of…

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Louie's Original Footlong Hot Dogs, an Elmwood Avenue standard for 25 years, is back on the West Side. A day after opening at 1893 Niagara St., a visit found the flavors true, the fries still addictive and new offerings like the Big Luigi, a sausage sandwich that pretty much requires the use of both hands. Owner Angelo Turco was staffing the counter, and greeting old…

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Real-deal Asian food is an easy score in Amherst, thanks to the University at Buffalo’s large community of international students. But that hasn’t included the flavors of Vietnam and Thailand, until now. At first glance, Pho 54, a 50-seat restaurant off Sweet Home across from UB’s North Campus, seems to cater to typical American tastes: spring rolls, hot-and-sour soup, …

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When Israeli restaurateur Oded Rauvenpoor laid out his plans for OR by Falafel Bar, his new restaurant, he spoke passionately about offering customers a broader slice of the Middle East's flavors. But what I was really looking forward to was the bread. Fresh pita bread elevates everything it touches, from hummus to kabobs. On March 2, Rauvenpoor and his fiancee Keri …

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Recently reopened after minor renovations, Street Café is back to work selling an advertised assortment of “International & Mediterranean food” that truly delivers on the parameters of the definition. From Bangladeshi favorites to rib-sticking soul food, the menu at Street Café is a crossroads of flavors where East meets West at a price that’s easy on your wallet. …

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The Griffon House in Lewiston is a new extension of the Griffon Gastropub empire, which now includes locations in East Aurora, Clarence and Niagara Falls. Adventurous culinary parings in hearty fare, an extensive craft beer selection and a cozy yet classy atmosphere has thus far been their recipe for success. Although straying ever so slightly from their tried and true …