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Buffalo's biannual week dedicated to local restaurants is back again, as Local Restaurant Week runs April 16-22 at more than 200 eateries across the area. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau laid the framework and provided useful links here, while Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon took the health-conscious approach, for which I'm grateful - I don't feel as obligated to include…

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My biggest problem with the Mess Hall is the name. It smacks of slop-on-a-shingle and surly men slinging pallid chicken a la king from steam-table vats, when the reality is much better. That is compounded by a smaller problem, its address. For years, the place was a neighborhood restaurant where nothing was a sawbuck, and Lackawannans have long memories. The place has n…

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I have eaten a lot of wacky things on pizza. Fishsticks? Not on my repeat list. Corn kernels? Yes, please.Yet my first bite of ’nduja pizza at Lackawanna’s Mess Hall left me staggered. If this is an established dish, where has it been all my life? If it’s an invention, the world must know.’Nduja is a spreadable Italian pork salami from  Calabria that is loaded with roasted…

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When the owners of Mulberry Italian Ristorante and Brick Oven Bistro joined forces on a downtown Lackawanna spot at 717 Ridge Road, a couple blocks from Curly's, their aim was higher than hot dogs, chicken wings and fish fries. The resulting menu has burgers and pizza on offer, to be sure. But the we're talking about a chorizo burger, a Mess Hall burger with bacon-onion j…

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Today, Buffalo Chophouse will officially raise the curtain on a “top-to-bottom overhaul” aimed at freshening up the city’s veteran steakhouse. Outside, there are new signs and blacktop. Inside, new carpet, drapes, furniture workstations and more. The place has gone through a “top-to-bottom” overhaul, said owner Mark Croce. “Since we opened the Chophouse in 2002, it’s bee…

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The Mess Hall, the Lackawanna breakfast-and-lunch spot from Mulberry Italian Ristorante and Brick Oven Bistro owners, is about three weeks away from opening. “Once we got in there and started tearing things out, we completely gutted the place from floor to ceiling,” said Joe Jerge, a Mulberry owner. “That takes extra time, and extra money.” The restaurant will be at 717 …

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Joe Jerge has sold a lot of meatballs in the last 10 years, as Mulberry Italian Ristorante became a household name outside of his Lacka- wanna base. Guy Fieri praising his house-made lasagna and giant meatball on the Food Network didn’t hurt. Now Jerge is looking to expand his culinary horizons with plans for the Mess Hall, his second place, with an all-American menu off…

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Joe Jerge has sold a lot of meatballs in the last 10 years, as Mulberry Italian Ristorante became a household name outside of his Lackawanna base. Guy Fieri praising his house-made lasagna and giant meatball (see YouTube video at the bottom) on the Food Network didn’t hurt. "Here's the first clue to what you can expect as you stand at the door to enter the Mulberry Cafe,…