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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Andrew Galarneau is food editor for The Buffalo News.


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Je Ne Sais Quoi, a 2-year-old soul food restaurant, is moving to Hertel Avenue. Gwen Ingram has been operating her restaurant at 893 Jefferson Ave., offering fried chicken, ribs, fried catfish and more. "We've been in business for a little more than two years now," she said. Now Ingram is working on getting a much larger restaurant space ready at 1673 Hertel Ave. …

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In 1993, Buffalo was introduced to Beanie Babies and Niagara Café. A quarter-century later, one of those is more popular than ever. The parking lot of Niagara Café, the city's oldest Puerto Rican restaurant, is usually full. Its concrete parking stops each carry the name of a Puerto Rican locale, so when members of the diaspora pull in, it's a little bit like coming hom…

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Greystone, the fine-dining restaurant that succeeded Snooty Fox on Delaware Avenue, has closed. The nightspot, at 445 Delaware Ave., opened in September. As it opened, Chef Kevin O'Connell Jr., son of retiring WGRZ chief weathercaster Kevin O'Connell, described the restaurant as his "last hurrah" in a restaurant career spanning decades. While the restaurant starte…

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Jocelyn Ingram's first cookbook was a doozy. "A Treasury of Great Recipes," published in 1965 by horror film legend Vincent Price and his then-wife Mary, caught her eye. The book described how to make grand Continental splurges like Scampi Auroroa from Harry's Bar, in Venice, Italy, and metropolitan show-stoppers like steak Diane and soufflé au Grande Marnier, from …

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Prescott's Provisions, the new canalside restaurant in the City of Tonawanda, serves food that is something to behold. Located at 40 E. Niagara St., it's open for dinner. In clement weather, its garage-door walls open to the Erie Canal aquascape a few yards away. Inside, the room soars to ceiling fans and soaks up evening light through broad expanses of windows. Cust…

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My kids have wondered if there's a curse on 3171 Main St. The University Heights space caught their fancy when it was Eddie's Chophouse, Buffalo's only Chinese barbecue specialist, with red-lacquered pork hanging in a glass case ready for the chopping. Eddie's caught fire and closed. Then came Sandwich Envy, purveyor of eye-popping Iowa-style pork tenderloin sandwiches …

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Misuta Chow's, a Japanese-inflected arcade-restaurant, opens downtown July 14. The two-story space at 521 Main St. will offer carefully curated eating, drinking and gaming experiences. It's owned by Christi Allen and Johny Chow, the bassist for alt-metal band Stone Sour. "He’ll transport guests to the alleyways of Tokyo City for an authentic tour of Japan’s food and …

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More than a century of family ownership will end when DiTondo's proprietors find a buyer. The restaurant, at 370 Seneca St., has been listed for sale. The entire operation, from real estate to kitchen equipment, can be yours for $825,000. Its fans, hungry for sausage sandwiches, stuffed peppers and spaghetti parm, will say a prayer for continuity. Three generation…

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DeFlippo's restaurant has closed in Lockport, ending a 71-year Italian-American legacy. The restaurant, located at 326 West Ave., announced its closure on its Facebook page on July 9. "We are looking to relocate out of the city of Lockport," it said. "Thank you for all the wonderful years in the west end!" The restaurant was operated by Dominick DeFlippo, a third-gen…

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After more than a year of planning and construction, the restaurant at 7170 Transit Road in Amherst is close to debuting its new look and name. Novel Restaurant was formerly known as Amaretto Italian Bistro. Chef Richard Semonian and General Manager David Petruzzi, who own the place, closed their restaurant in April to expand. They hope to welcome customers again by the…

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Arthur Bovino came to Buffalo with a plan to write a 60,000-word book on Buffalo cuisine. The New York City resident spent about a month eating in Buffalo, and more time delving into the history behind the food he found. He ate at more than 120 places, and packed on 20 pounds. When Bovino started writing, he wrote 60,000 words and kept going. "I couldn't stop," he sa…

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Templeton Landing, the waterfront restaurant on the approach to the Erie Basin Marina, has rewritten its menu to focus on seafood. The vast restaurant at 2 Templeton Terrace can hold about 245 people, including indoor tables and outdoor seating areas that offer views of the Erie Basin and Buffalo River. Customers can come by land or sea, as the restaurant has boat pa…

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Creating a restaurant in the street is a minor miracle of modern refrigeration and can-do attitude. At 2018's Taste of Buffalo, a daring bunch of restaurateurs braved the challenges to take their flavors to the masses thronging Delaware Avenue. There's more than 200 tastes on offer. After getting my chance to graze, here's what stood out.   Best in sho…

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When it comes to deciding what to eat at the Taste of Buffalo this weekend, there are too many choices. That's the point of the event, of course. Hungry people show up and get hungrier as they window-shop the possibilities. Stuffed pepper or pulled pork? Mac and cheese or chicken wing soup? Hard decisions have to be made, because you're not going to get a second chan…

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Climb the stairs to Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant and you emerge in a soaring three-story space. Brick walls, stone floor, the perfume of woodsmoke from a massive tile-lined oven, tables of people enjoying their coffee evoke a street café in an old city. Before I stepped inside 483 Delaware Ave., I thought I had already seen the most impressive restaurant spaces in B…