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Shark bite tacos, Bruce-Tini among local food, drink specials for Shark Week

We are obsessed with sharks - but don't know why because they are so terrifying.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of "Jaws 2" (as if the original "Jaws" didn’t scare us from even dipping our toes into Lake Erie for years).

We already cleared our calendar for “The Meg,” a horror movie set to be released on Aug. 10. No, it's not about Meg Ryan, but a horrific giant Megalodon prehistoric shark-like creature.

And it's time for Shark Week 2018, which begins July 22 on the Discovery Channel and celebrates its 30th year. (For information on all the shows, visit Discovery.com.)

We are also obsessed with food (just like a shark). So when the two worlds collide at eateries on dry land, we cannot resist. Here are three businesses feeding us with a special nod to Shark Week.

The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill (1504 Hertel Ave.) will celebrate Shark Week with fresh shark tacos and a shark fillet entrée to be determined. The bar also will have $2 Narragansett beers. (It’s the beer Quint, the crusty boat captain, chugs and then crushes in his hand in the original “Jaws.”)

Co-owner Seth Stromberg said there will be other “shark-related beers,” like Dogfish Head.

“Last year we served their Flesh & Blood IPA. We’re going to see what else our distributors have,” Stromberg said.

Some of the televisions will be tuned to shark week, but the highlight may be the annual race between the Buffalo (a chef) and a shark (bartender). In a restaurant battle as old as time, the two will be running a rematch of last year’s race. (The shark/bartender won the inaugural 2017 race.)

“They’ve been trash talking for a year,” said Stromberg. “The Buffalo/chef claims the mask got in the way of the race.”

Stromberg said shark week was a hit last year. “We had a following, so now we have to do it again.”

Burning Buffalo specials will be available when the joint opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Jill Connor of Brennan’s Bowery Bar (4401 Transit Road, Clarence) said the restaurant will celebrate throughout the week with specials, starting with shark bite tacos (3 for $14), filled with shark bites, salsa fresca, pickled red cabbage, shredded lettuce, guacamole, chipotle crema and queso on white corn tortilla with tortilla chips and salsa.

Special cocktails ($7-$8) will also be featured:

  • Hooper’s Punch combines Malibu rum with grapefruit, cranberry and orange juices and triple sec, frozen and served in a chalice with Swedish fish.
  • Bruce-Tini is a Deep Eddy lemon vodka concoction with grapefruit juice and soda, finished with grenadine and Swedish fish.
  • An Amity Island Rita is a frozen blue orange margarita the color of the sea served chilled with a gummy shark.
  • A Shark Bite! (yes, with an exclamation point) also uses Malibu rum and mixes it with pineapple juice, 7-Up, blue curacao, pomegranate schnapps and a gummy shark.
  • Our fave is a 12-ounce can of Narragansett beer for $2.50. Just don’t smash it on your head when you’re done.

Brennan's opens daily at 11 a.m., Sunday at noon.

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Gonna need a bigger boat?

Much like the famous line from the original "Jaws," if you are celebrating at shark week at home with friends, you’re going to need a bigger boat. We suggest a Party Banana Split from Anderson’s.

The cost is $70 and includes six quarts of hard-packed custard (usually chocolate, vanilla and strawberry), three pints of toppings (strawberry, pineapple, chocolate sauce), a small dish of chopped nuts, a small dish of sprinkles, eight bananas, a can of whipped cream and a giant tray and serving spoon.

Call your nearest location ahead of time, Anderson’s catering at 633-2302 or place the order through Anderson’s website.

Like a shark swirling in the water, we are drawn to giant ice cream boats. This beauty is available from Anderson's Catering. Stay away from the water, kids. (Photo courtesy of Anderson's.)

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