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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Andrew Galarneau is food editor for The Buffalo News.


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The newest restaurant near Buffalo State College is called Gourmet Lao Foods, but its name undersells its ambition. The place at 643 Grant St., in the Campus Walk complex, opened Oct. 5 by Vone Serixay and One Thammasithikoun, sisters from Laos. But its menu offers tastes from at least four countries: Laos, Burma, Thailand and Japan, plus dishes like curry puffs (two…

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It always raises my hopes to see a kitchen move that I’ve never witnessed in the wild. Unfortunately, in the food world, creativity is in greater supply than discernment. Just because you can dress a hot dog with chunks of Snickers bars and red hot cole slaw doesn’t mean you should. So to see a menu as nonstandard as Prescott’s Provisions’ left me torn. I wanted to beli…

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Fry Baby Donuts, Buffalo’s first vegan doughnut shop, has closed. Located at 336 S. Elmwood Ave., the tiny spot drew doughnut aficionados and the animal-product-avoidant with its colorful, offbeat flavors. Its assortment posted to social media Sept. 20 included caramel apple, cranberry granola crunch, mocha latte, and a London Fog version, with Earl Grey tea and vani…

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There may be no more passionate bond between eaters and their sense of home than baked goods that serve as part of their morning ritual. Take the phenomenon of Paula’s Donuts, tucked by the dozen into airliner overhead compartments to cushion expats’ post-holiday return to the West Coast. Or consider how inconsolable – and insufferable – people from New York City and Lo…

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A mother-and-son team who’ve run a catering company for a decade plan to open a new restaurant just off Hertel Avenue. Cheryl Ann Gill and her son Andrew have been operating Everyday Gourmet, their catering company on Cayuga Drive in Niagara Falls, for 10 years, Andrew Gill said. “That’s going really well,” he said. “So we want to branch out a little and open a resta…

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Learning that all three of their children had celiac disease was bad enough. Then came the frustration of paying top dollar for gluten-free baked goods that weren’t very good. Six years later, Lisa Jermyn and her husband, Tim, have turned that frustration into a business – the first completely gluten-free restaurant in the area. From breakfast sandwiches and panca…

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Fans of Linguine's, the Bowmansville mecca for Italian-American pastas, cutlets, and seafood, will have to wait to get that calamari salad. In December 2017, owners Vincent and Linda Desiderio closed their popular restaurant, which they ran for 20 years on a corner gas station property.  In April they cheered their following by securing a new place at 5354 Genesee St., …

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There has been talk of late that Hertel Avenue is becoming the new epicenter of Buffalo restaurant bustle. A French bakery called Pastry by Camille sprung up next to Mes Que soccer bar. There’s hip tacos at Deep South and Lloyd Taco Factory, which is next to Purrfect Cafe, Buffalo’s first food-service venue allowing customers to rent time with a cat. Which is directly a…

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Eckl’s, Orchard Park’s historic restaurant known for its beef on weck, is planning an expansion that will include wheelchair access and possibly a second-story deck. Eckl’s owner Jim Cornell said he’s been developing plans for the family restaurant, 4936 Ellicott Road, for more than a year. “We have an idea of what we want to do, and we have some approvals from the t…

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In a town where Polish cooking available outside family homes sticks to pierogi, golabki, and a half-dozen other dishes, an upcoming celebration offers a rare opportunity for Buffalonians to experience modern Polish cuisine. A Grand Gala and Ball Polonaise is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Polish independence…

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As four months of construction on Main Street in Williamsville ends, finally opening parking spots, Main Street Deli is planning to close. The restaurant, at 5546 Main St., will stay open until the end of October, owner Christine Gerard posted to Facebook on Oct. 7. “The construction on Main Street has been detrimental to our business and although I have done everyth…

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Just in time for harvest season, the owners and staff of locally-owned restaurants are inviting customers to reap the rewards of their labors. The fall 2018 edition of Local Restaurant Week – the event’s 10th anniversary – begins Monday, Oct. 15 and runs though Sunday, Oct. 21. More than 200 locally owned restaurants are participating, ranging from pizzerias to white…

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Restaurants, farms, and markets, bakers and brewers are holding a pig and lamb roast benefit for Dan Tower, the Youngstown farmer, to aid his family in a time of cancer. “Dan Tower Farm has played an integral role in supporting its surrounding communities for so long and the time has come for the community to come together to support Dan, and his wife Iris,” the event a…

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Orazio Ippolito Jr. is selling the Italian-American restaurant that bears his name. The good news for fans of his Clarence restaurant is that nothing will change, Ippolito said. The deal for Orazio's, the restaurant at 8415 Main St. won’t be final until next month, but the restaurant won’t close. The recipes and most of the staff will remain the same, and he will be …

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The other night, dining with a younger colleague and her boyfriend at a Puerto Rican place called El Encanto, I started taking stock of some particular experiences denied today’s youth. Actually dialing a phone. Waiting for their photographs to be developed. Eating Peking duck in Fort Erie without getting a passport first. The occasion for taking stock was the arrival o…