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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Andrew Galarneau is food editor for The Buffalo News.


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There’s a legal storm brewing in Buffalo over the words "lake effect." In a Feb. 21 filing, Lake Effect Diner’s owner sued Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream in federal court, claiming trademark infringement. Among other allegations, the suit accuses the ice cream company of intentionally using a name similar to Lake Effect Diner to “deceive consumers in the marketplace a…

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The best-known flavors of Buffalo have been ladled from its deep melting pot of immigrant contributions. Buffalo got it wings from Italians, and beef on kummelweck has German roots. Texas hots and open-faced chicken souvlaki are credited to Greek restaurateurs. One day, perhaps, owno koksware will join them. The chicken noodle soup with the odd name is the most succe…

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Nearing zero degrees, the snow squeaked under our feet as we trudged to the restaurant’s door, only to find it closed. Despite our reservation, we hadn’t gotten a call, and I felt disgruntlement start to rise. On a night the wind made my face hurt, I wasn’t rolling the dice on a restaurant newcomer on my list. I thought about Shango Bistro, which I have experienced b…

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On Valentine's Day, the Indian cuisine fans of the Northtowns got a present: a purveyor of new Indian delights. New to the area, anyway. Diners in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu know all about Chettinad cuisine, powered by a diverse array of spices, and emphasizing specialties not previously available in Western New York. Nellai Banana Leaf, 4303 Transit Road, Claren…

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It started with families eating together. Carmelo Raimondi’s father, also named Carmelo, ran the Carmelo’s Coat of Arms restaurant in Lewiston, where Alessandro Renzi’s father, Ernesto, brought his family for supper. Both Italian immigrants living in Niagara County, the men became friends. Their families got to know each other. Their sons grew into fathers themselves, r…

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When the lights went out in the North Star Tavern in 2013, people wondered if another family would step up to bring it back to life. The building, built in 1831, is older than the Town of Elma, whose people it has fed and watered for generations. According to the historical marker on the property, it was built next to an Indian trail that eventually became Seneca Street…

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The American craft beer industry was already having a conversation about sexism. Then Bill Metzger, an early supporter of craft beer and one of the people behind one of Buffalo's best-known purveyors, published an article in Great Lakes Brewing News. Now the conversation has gotten heated and Metzger has found himself on the wrong end, apologizing for offending readers …

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Longtime Elmwood Avenue Indian restaurant India Gate has been closed for repairs after a Feb. 11 fire. The 11 a.m. blaze was confined to the kitchen of the restaurant at 1116 Elmwood Ave., said owner Jaspal Bath. “The hood system worked properly,” he said. Repairs will begin shortly, with the goal or reopening the restaurant on Feb. 18 or 19, Bath said. “Hopefully we…

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Longtime Elmwood Avenue Indian restaurant India Gate has been closed for repairs after a Feb. 11 fire. The 11 a.m. blaze was confined to the kitchen of the restaurant at 1116 Elmwood Ave., said owner Jaspal Bath. “The hood system worked properly,” he said. Repairs will begin shortly, with the goal of reopening the restaurant on Feb. 18 or 19, Bath said. “Hopefully we…

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Amherst German standout Black Forest Adler has announced it will close before the end of February. Gerhard and Laura Brown opened their authentic German restaurant at 2447 Niagara Falls Blvd. at the beginning of 2012. Its last day will be Feb. 24, its Facebook page said. “Owning a restaurant is hard work. Long hours, employee turnover, equipment failures, wage hik…

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University Heights is getting an all-day fried chicken and waffles specialist when Mumbles Chicken & Waffles opens. Owner Jamarr Moody plans to open by the end of March in the former Nette’s space, 3118 Main St. The restaurant was open in the Galleria food court last year, leaving when the lease ended, Moody said. “That area would probably have the best crowd for…

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Thought you were caught up on all the pizza styles in Buffalo? Meet the pinsa Romana, courtesy of Daniela, the new restaurant from longtime caterer Daniela Antonella Cosmano Kayser. Eight years ago, Kayser bought 387 Forest Ave. and overhauled the building for her catering business. More recent work turned the front into an airy café space with a bar at the side. …

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Imperial Pizza has opened its new South Buffalo dining room, adding table service and alcohol to its bid to be crowned Buffalo’s ruling pizza. “We think our pizza is the best in the city, and we want everyone to come try it,” said owner David Powers. “Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked.” After 26 years at 1035 Abbott Road, on Jan. 26 the restaurant started offering yo…

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As the hour mark approached without food arriving, guests engaged in cheerful conversation around the empty table. The beeps of a battery-hungry smoke alarm punctuated our vigil, drilling my ears like sonic Chinese water torture. I had gotten a tip from a Pakistani grocer that Appletree Halal, a block south of Martin Luther King Jr. Park, drew Pakistani families seeking…

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Shortly after midnight on January 29, a pipe on the third floor of Toutant burst, releasing a torrent of water that soaked everything down to the basement. The restaurant, at 437 Ellicott St., has been closed since, for drying out and for repairs. Chef-owner James Roberts hopes to reopen by Valentine’s Day. Toutant is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but Roberts idly …