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Tappo (Oct. 24) 338 Ellicott St. (259-8130, Menu of updated red sauce classics raise the bar on family Italian dining. 9 plates

Spice Kitchen (Oct. 17) 438 Evans St., Willamsville (633-4800, Explore diversity of Indian regional cuisines for $13 at outstanding buffet/grocery. 8 plates

Tabree (Oct. 10) 4610 Main St., Williamsville (844-8477, Fine local ingredients, attention to details helps make restaurant one of WNY’s best. 10 plates

American Grille (Oct. 3) 7901 Seneca St., East Aurora (655-9757, Neighborhood hot spot packs customers in for menu of upgraded family favorites. 7 plates

Martin Cooks (Sept. 26) 346 Connecticut St. (259-9306, Interesting dishes, new-to-city concept of chef’s counter dining gives foodies plenty to talk about. 7 plates

Coco Bar & Bistro (Sept. 19) 888 Main St. (332-1885, Menu of bistro classics satisfies with fresh twists on old faves. 7 plates

Miss Hot Cafe (Sept. 12) 3311 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (832-3188, Vast authentic

Chinese menu delivers delights of Shanghaiese, Sichuan cuisines. 8 plates

Gatur’s Ethiopian Cuisine (Sept. 5) 69 Allen St.(881-1832, Ethiopian family restaurant offers delights for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. 7 plates

Osteria 166 (Aug. 29) 166 Franklin St. (858-3118, Casual Italian place has potential to become a downtown fixture. 7 plates.

The Woodshed (Aug. 22) 5445 Transit Road, Amherst (276-8360, New Amherst barbecue outpost satisfies the family, not just the smokehound. 6 plates.

Butterwood Sweet & Savory (Aug. 15) 391 Washington St. (652-0131, Inventive menu choices often hit the spot at Hotel @ the Lafayette restaurant. 7 plates.

GiGi’s Cucina Povera (Aug. 8) 981 Kenmore Ave. 877-8788, Cardoons and more Sicilian specialties lead the way in ode to peasant cooking. 6 plates

Craving (Aug. 1) 1472 Hertel Ave. (883-1675, Sample chef’s switch to Hertel Avenue comes with a bigger place and bigger menu. 8 plates

Bloom (July 25) Athenaeum Hotel, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua (800-821-1881). Young chef aims for world-class cuisine from the best Chautauqua has to offer. 8 plates

Shalimar Garden (July 18) 3192 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (835-0700, Indian restaurant offers Chinese-Indian and Kashmiri dishes, not just lunch buffet. 7 plates

August Bistro (July 11) 32 Main St., Hamburg (649-3200, Veteran chef, ambitious menu deliver fine dining, fresh seafood. 7 plates

Alex’s Place (July 4) 8322 Park Road, Batavia (585-344-2999, Smoky, sticky ribs, cream pies, old-school charm; plenty of reasons for hungry to exit Thruway. 8 plates

Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (June 27) 253 Allen St. (240-9359, Fresh seafood, smoked wings, truffled fries alongside live music raise the bar in Allentown. 7 plates

Brick Oven Bistro (June 20) 904 Abbott Road (844-8496, Graceful touches, house-made offerings surprise in South Buffalo tavern setting. 8 plates

Gianni Mazia’s (June 13) 10325 Main St., Clarence (759-2803, Homey Italian with pizzas and traditional red-sauce classics for the family. 7 plates

Webster’s Bistro and Bar (June 6) 102 Webster St., North Tonawanda (264-4314, Remodeled space brings fine dining, bow-tied service to North Tonawanda. 7 plates

99 Fast Food (May 30) 3396 Bailey Ave. (836-6058). Vietnamese standard-setter weathers change in owners with excellence intact. 8 plates

The Roycroft Inn (May 23) 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora (652-5552, Revamped menu gives historic building more than its architecture to lure visitors. 7 plates

The Phoenix (May 16) 269 Amherst St. (447-1100). Transformed neighborhood bar’s menu is another bright spot in Black Rock. 8 plates

Savoy (May 9) 149 Elmwood Ave. (768-3100, Stylish new Elmwood nightspot offers cocktails, salads, sandwiches and lighter plates. 6 plates

Pizza Amore (May 2) 2024 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island (775-5975, In the Sunoco and Dunkin’ Donuts plaza, a bridge between wood-fired and Buffalo pizzas. 7 plates

Jewel of India (April 25) 1264 Hertel Ave. (877-1264, Crowd-pleasing favorites fill Hertel Avenue Indian outpost. 6 plates

Savor (April 18) 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls, NY (210-2580, Culinary institute’s fine dining place stands out in downtown Niagara Falls. 7 plates

Perfetto (April 11) 617 Main St. (768-3728, Fine dining Italian newcomer to Theater District could use more rehearsals. 6 plates

Manakeesh and More (April 4) 1150 Hertel Ave. (348-7184). Outstanding values in Middle Eastern favorites from Palestinian family’s small bakery. 7 plates

Rizotto Ristorante (March 28) 930 Maple Road, Amherst (204-4455, Surprises and satisfaction abound at Rizzo family’s upscale establishment. 8 plates

Longhorn Steakhouse (March 21) 3494 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park (825-1378, Western-themed chain restaurant offers generous servings, value-priced meals. 6 plates

The Hollow Bistro and Brew (March 14) 10641 Main St., Clarence (759-7351, International flavors spice up menu of familiar dishes at former sweets shop. 8 plates

– Ratings based on 10 plates. Reviews by Andrew Z. Galarneau

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