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Andrew Z. Galarneau

Food editor for The Buffalo News.


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Injuries stopped Michael Sendlbeck's landscaping career, but he didn’t want to just sit around, he said. That's why he and his wife Robin decided to buy a shed, and turn it into a popcorn stand, which opened in late May. Papa's Popcorn, 6610 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center, offers bags of freshly popped kernels in flavors like Buffalo wing and Handmade Caramel. Des…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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Potato pancakes are personal. In a recent restaurant review, I described my childhood potato pancakes, lacy-edged patties of shredded spuds gone golden in hot oil. My point was that my standards, indelibly set in my mother’s kitchen, heightened my distaste for the restaurant’s version. When readers asked what I was talking about, I made some potato pancakes for my mo…

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After finding an audience for its housemade Americana, This Little Pig is bursting at the seams. The Clarence restaurant is taking over the plaza space next door to its 4401 Transit Road location. The move will allow Mandy Cooke and Jeff Cooke Jr. to add 50 seats, practically doubling the restaurant's interior capacity. A family restroom is also in the offing. The…

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Beef-on-weck star Charlie the Butcher will be opening a restaurant in the city of its birth. The carvery, in the first floor of 770 Elmwood Ave., will occupy a space that was previously Jimmy John's. In the city, Charlie the Butcher sandwiches are available from stands in the Ellicott Square Building and at Coca-Cola Field during Bisons games. Besides sandwiches, the…

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Anthony Bourdain was a lot of things to the millions his life and works influenced. He was an ambassador to foreign lands and under-appreciated America, spending so many years with his viewers that he felt almost like family, that uncle who travels for work. He backed authors for a line of books, and wrote his own, starting with the memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” a culi…

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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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Before summer fades, Imperial Pizza fans should be able to sit down and enjoy a frosty beer with their slices in the expanded South Buffalo pizza destination. Work on the takeout pizzeria's 4,800-square-foot addition is underway, and should be done by the end of August, said David Powers, who has owned Imperial with Jim Bouris since 1992. Imperial is adding table ser…

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For a restaurant name, 773 North doesn't offer passersby a clue about what they'll find inside the plain brick building on Grand Island Boulevard. The site of Jason and Christy Zippier's first restaurant is decorated with Grand Island's telephone exchange, and little else. I stepped inside on a Saturday night to find the place packed, filled to the brim with customers, …

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Garlock's Restaurant, overlooking the Erie Canal in Lockport, has closed, ending 72 years of service. "It is with a very heavy heart that effective today June 5, 2018 we will be closed," its Facebook page said. "We would like to thank all of our customers both near and far that we will truly miss. "Thank you for all of the support throughout the years. The love and a…

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A former auto service center next to the Erie Canal is becoming an ambitious restaurant centered around wood-fired cooking. Prescott's Provisions is nearing completion at 40 E. Niagara St., City of Tonawanda. The building, which dates to the 1920s, was most recently an automobile service center. Owner Don Benoit is a Grand Island businessman who owns Cross Controls &…

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The bone-deep fatigue of 60-hour weeks affords chefs precious few chances to enjoy a recuperative night off, visit other restaurants and let someone else cook for a change. Given a shot, they don't want to miss. Here's a few places some of Buffalo's hardworking chefs and restaurateurs spend their "me time." Eric Nessa, executive chef, Tempo "Hutch’s is always a sol…

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The Daniels age of Hamburg dining is ending, as the fine-dining restaurant's owners recast it as a humbler restaurant called Craft and Cork Gastropub. The name and menu change will come at the end of June, giving customers a last chance to sink their forks into the lobster and veal medallions in lobster cream. "Four years ago we were privileged enough to take over a …

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Beer will be flowing again in the Yelling Goat’s bar this week, as owners Laurie Kutas and John Rooney bounce back after a devastating February fire. The restaurant, 206 Central Ave., Lancaster, will officially reopen at 11 a.m. June 6. The day before, patrons will be welcomed for a “sneak preview” with wine and beer tastings, and complimentary pizza. “We are look…

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The new Nick Charlap's Ice Cream stand on Elmwood Avenue starts serving ice cream tomorrow, June 1. It will be ice cream only the first day, owner Nick Charlap said, with the food menu starting Saturday, June 2. "We're going to do ice cream only, 3 to 9 p.m., on Friday," he said, "and go full bore Saturday with food and ice cream." The restaurant, 2800 Elmwood Ave…