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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Andrew Galarneau is food editor for The Buffalo News.


Food and Drink

Since its arrival in downtown Buffalo in 2015, Toutant has made a strong showing with Southern specialties like fried chicken, hush puppies, and its barbecue of the week. Recently another Dixie delicacy was graduated to its regular lineup: the Nashville-style hot chicken ($15), fried chicken that's been charged with an incendiary dose of cayenne. The original starts …

Food and Drink

Gallo Coal Fire Kitchen is broadening its Lewiston presence by moving down Center Street into a two-story restaurant. There was room for four or five businesses in the mini-plaza at 402 Center St., part of which was formerly occupied by Grandpaws Pet Emporium. Gallo will take up three of the five spaces, and build an addition to hold a quick-serve pizza offshoot to b…

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It’s not hard to pin down how the Black Sheep got a reputation as a gastronomic chapel dedicated to the worship of meaty delights. Blame meals designed with a roasted pig’s head as the guest of honor, or those Midnight Mass dinner parties thrown into the wee hours, where guest chefs scratched a culinary itch they couldn’t reach in their home kitchens, like tonkotsu rame…

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Visitors to the Darwin Martin House can have lunch on campus after touring the restored architectural tourist magnet, with the opening of its new counter-service café. A former carriage house on the north side of the estate has been turned into the Statler Café. It will offer soft drinks, salads, snacks, and sandwiches in a grab-and-go format. The café will be open f…

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A restaurant under construction in the basement of the former Marine Midland Bank headquarters will be called Vault 237. It might open this year, but expect it in 2020, just to be safe. The 16-story building at 237 Main St., next to the Seneca One tower, is called The Marin now. Its upper floors are luxury apartments, two stories are offices, and The Admiral Room wed…

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Even with the abundant lineup of Italian American restaurants on the Buffalo landscape, the places keep coming. Consider it a testament to the deep and profound love we have of Italianate cuisine across the spectrum, from spaghetti and meatballs to elaborate housemade pasta and shaved truffles. When Daniela opened on Forest Avenue, and I got my first glimpse of its m…

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Leonel Rosario's family journeyed from Oaxaca, one of the southernmost Mexican states, to pick fruit in the groves of the Niagara Escarpment. The Rosarios opened a small grocery in Medina, and named it after Monte Alban, the Oaxacan city built sometime around 500 B.C. Serving migrant farm workers, the grocery led to a taco trailer, then a nearby restaurant, Mariachi …

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The building that held Vino's Italian restaurant has been purchased by the owners of Moriarty Meats. Thomas and Caitlin Moriarty, who run the local-focused custom butcher store at 25 Grant St., purchased the building at 1652 Elmwood Ave. the week of July 29, and will be using the second story as their residence, said Thomas Moriarty. Besides holding some classes ther…

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After 13 years of selling meatballs and pasta con sarde to the masses, Vino's has closed. The converted tavern at 1652 Elmwood Ave. was operated by Kathleen and Tony Cangianiello, who got into the restaurant business there after selling used cars in a lot next door. The husband-and-wife team made devoted fans during their tenure, and the photograph-lined room was oft…

Food and Drink

Laotian breakdancers and Korean barbecue are coming to Canalside on Sunday as part of the first Asian Food & Culture Festival. Art exhibitions, dance numbers, singing, and a parade of people donning costumes from Asian cultures are scheduled for the event, organized by the Western New York Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Operations selling food include Little Lamb, …

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Unless you consider chicken wings an appetizer, stuffed peppers might be the most popular made-in-Buffalo starter around. To be sure, lots of peppers have been stuffed in lots of towns, for a long time. The Buffalo version, popularized at the former Billy Ogden's restaurant, features long chile peppers, usually Hungarian yellows, stuffed with a cheese mixture, then broi…

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Seabar, the Ellicott Street restaurant that helped inspire a generation of risk-taking Buffalo restaurants, will close after service Aug. 17. Chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski, who ran the restaurant at 475 Ellicott St. with his wife Sherri, said he appreciated all the people who rallied to his side after Seabar filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March. "A lot of people came …

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Sweet news for legions of the region’s Butter Block fans: the beloved bakery has found its home in Buffalo. The shop will be at 426 Rhode Island St., in the Five Points neighborhood on the West Side. It will be across the street from Remedy House coffee shop, down the block from Las Puertas restaurant, and across the intersection from Five Points Bakery, which started a…

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Cajun seafood boil-in-a-bag places were a mystery to me. With the opening of Storming Crab in Amherst, and two more on the way, I figured it was time to dig in. The restaurant concept is a turbocharged version of a traditional Cajun crawfish boil. Those meals feature crawfish, or a combination of crustaceans and shellfish, boiled in robustly spiced water with corn on th…

Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga family restaurant Mr. Bill’s, known for its fish fry, beef on weck and prime rib, has closed. The restaurant, at 1500 Cleveland Drive, changed hands in 2014, purchased by John and Kathy Beck. Last year, their restaurant’s corporation filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and kept operating. In June, the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee moved to convert the bankruptcy to Cha…