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Emily Wood knows all about the benefits of plant-based eating. Done right, it provides vitamins and nutrients that can lower blood sugar, blood pressure and weight. It can help prevent some kinds of cancer, reduce or eliminate the need for some medications, and ease or prevent gastrointestinal distress. The Town of Tonawanda registered dietitian has helped clients see t…

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Philip and Nicole Noblett are trying to start the first vegan food truck in Buffalo. Having worked in restaurants and bars in Buffalo and Las Vegas, they’re looking to start their own operation, called Gypsy & Sons. “We are doing an all vegan comfort foods theme,” Noblett said. “Our mission is to make food that is full of flavor that vegan and non-vegans alike will e…

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Dosa Place, a South Indian restaurant that formerly operated as Palace of Dosas on Millersport Highway, reopened last week in University Plaza. With its menu of dosas, appetizers, breads, rice dishes, vegetable curries, and other vegetarian food, Dosa Place reclaims the title of the only all-vegetarian restaurant in Western New York. Another specialty is Jain cuisine, sim…

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Grindhaus Cafe is moving forward. After a slow winter, progress is resuming on Buffalo’s only all-vegetarian restaurant, at 160 Allen St., corner of Park, the old New York Pizzeria. “We were at a construction standstill for the past several months, but we’re finally getting back on track and resuming work this week,” said owner Megan Stewart. “I’ll have running water, isn’…

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When the bakers of Lexington Co-Op started work on their Valentine's Day treats, Kanye West served up some inspiration. "I love you more than Kanye loves Kanye" appears on the Co-Op's flourless chocolate cake ($7.99), suitable for chocolate fans and gluten-free sweethearts. It's also available on the cake-sized chocolate chip cookie ($7.99), available in regular and vega…

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Daily Planet Coffee Co. plans to open on Hertel Avenue on Black Friday. Carside service will be available after 5 a.m., for shoppers looking for a caffeine infusion, said owner Michael Caputi. The building, at 1862 Hertel Ave., at the corner of Parker Avenue, was known as the former Parker’s Pharmacy, but was most recently Encompass Coffee. Caputi wants his business to …

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A former Starbucks barista is working on opening Buffalo’s only all-vegetarian restaurant on Allen Street. Megan Stewart plans to establish Grindhaus Café at 160 Allen St., corner of Park, the old New York Pizzeria. She’s currently working on construction to meet building code requirements. “I’d like to be open in November,” she said. She’s aiming for “a neighborhood caf…

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The number of restaurants in Western New York focused on delivering broad selections of vegetarian food is increasing, but there are few or none with no meat at all on the menu. That could change before the end of October, as Dosa Place nears completion at 3500 Main St. “I think it will be soon, maybe a couple of weeks,” said Nick Emmanuel, who is from Sri Lanka and has s…

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What might be the year’s wildest spread of vegan food will be available at Vegfest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 3 at Marcy Casino, Delaware Park. According to organizer Albert Brown, the menu is expected to include: Ashker's: cold pressed juices and smoothies, quinoa-kidney bean wraps with veggies, hummus platters with grilled summer vegetables. Go Veggies: spinach or spicy mus…

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When James “Macky” Moberly started getting serious about the food at the Essex Street Pub (530 Rhode Island St.) in 2012, meat was the main attraction. He crafted a smoker he calls Count Smoke-U-La, and used it to turn out barbecue such as baby back ribs and a house pastrami used in the popular PLT sandwich. Essex Street Pub’s hamburger was named best in Buffalo by Buffal…