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Caitlin Hartney


Food and Drink

The food truck scene in Buffalo has grown exponentially since its birth in 2011. More than 55 mobile eateries — ranging from barbecue to tacos to french fries to a plethora of desserts — stop regularly throughout the area, many in rotation at Larkin Square's Food Truck Tuesdays, Food Truck Thursdays in Niagara Square, Food Truck Fridays at the Marriott and the monthly F…

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Niagara Café Pastelillos and More Cuisine: Puerto Rican fare. Owner: Raul Hernandez Price range: $2-$12 Established: 2017 Dishes to try: Beef and cheese pastelillos (savory, stuffed turnovers made with flaky dough), $3; roast pork (served with rice and beans), $10. Brick and mortar location: 525 Niagara St. Social media: Facebook, Twitter

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Get Fried Cuisine: Loaded French fries, dipping sauces and fried finger food favorites. Owner: Chris Covelli Price range: $4-$11 Established: 2017 Dishes to try: The 716 (fries topped with shredded chicken, Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing), $6.50; Truffle Love (fries topped with truffle oil, Parmesan and cilantro), $6.50. Brick-and-mortar locati…

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Chef's Restaurant on the Go Cuisine: Old-fashioned Italian-American menu built on a foundation of slightly sweet red sauce. A Buffalo classic. Owner: Lou Billittier and Mary Beth Billittier-Darling Price range: $3.50-$9 Established: 2015 Dishes to try: Spaghetti Parmesan (lightly sauced pasta served under a thick layer of browned melted mozzarella), $9; meatba…

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Chilly Billy's Cuisine: Nostalgia-inducing, prepackaged ice cream novelties—just like the ones you loved as a kid. Owner: Bill Pavone Price range: $1-$3.50 Established: 2006 Dishes to try: Perry's Chocolate Sundae Crunch Bar (vanilla ice cream with chocolate center and cake crunch coating, on a stick), $1.50; Choco Taco (sugar cone "taco shell" filled with fud…

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Order Here by Pi Craft Pizza Cuisine: Hand-crafted pizzas with traditional and gourmet toppings. Owner: Pi Craft Pizza Price range: $3.75-$6 Established: 2018 Dishes to try: Rotating selection of specialty pizzas; side of meatballs; dessert pizza (cinnamon, sugar and Nutella); prices vary according to event. Brick and mortar location: 1750 Niagara Falls Blv…

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit Cuisine: Authentic hickory-smoked, Texas-style pit barbecue. Owner: Abban Westby Price range: $10-$15 Established: 2016 Dishes to try: Frito pie (corn chips smothered in pulled beef brisket, pinto beans, cheese and onions, sprinkled with rib rub), $9.75; brisket mac stack (pulled beef brisket over creamy macaroni and cheese), $9.75. Br…

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Cruisin' Crêpes Cuisine: Sweet and savory French-inspired crêpes made with organic ingredients. Owner: Edward Gath Price range: $6-$9 Established: 2013 Dishes to try: Lemon berry crêpe (tart lemon curd folded in a light, sweetened crêpe, topped with berries and whipped cream), $6.50; breakfast crêpe (eggs, cheese and bacon or Black Forest ham folded in a savor…

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Lloyd Taco Cuisine: New American tacos, burritos and snacks made with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, pork and chicken, and organic beans. Owner: Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo Price range: $4-$10 Established: 2010 Dishes to try: Tricked-out nachos (corn chips, queso, roja sauce, crema, jalapeños, pickled red onions, topped with your choice of protein), $7.…

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Thai Me Up Cuisine: Thai fusion cuisine, curries, noodles and stir-fry. Owner: Kim Suphankomut Price range: $4-$15 Established: 2013 Dishes to try: Pad Thai chicken (rice noodles, beansprouts, green onion, stir-fried egg and crushed peanuts), $10; sesame chicken (lightly breaded chicken chunks with sweet sesame ginger sauce, jasmine rice and steamed broccoli),…

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Falafel Bar Cuisine: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean choices made daily in-house from fresh ingredients. Owner: Oded Rauvenpoor Established: 2018 Price range: $3-$9 Dishes to try: Shawarma wrap (seasoned shaved chicken with hummus, lettuce, tomato and tahini), $9; falafel wrap (fried chickpea fritters with tahini, hummus, lettuce and tomato), $9; three sister…

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House of Munch Cuisine: Timeless carnival snack favorites. Owner: Michael Albarella Price range: $2-$9 Established: 2012 Dishes to try: Fried dough (golden brown, fresh-made dough served with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar), $6; old-fashioned birch beer (dispensed from an oak barrel), $3; taco fries (topped with seasoned taco meat and gooey cheese sauce), $5…

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Sweet Lisa Cuisine: From-scratch baked goods and desserts made with fresh and premium ingredients by a retired pastry chef. Owners: Ken and Lisa Hall Price range: $2-$7 Established: 2017 Dishes to try:  Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, $7; banana cake filled with cream, $7; French macarons, $2. Social media: Facebook, Twitter

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The Louisiana Cookery Cuisine: Classic Cajun and Creole dishes like you would find in New Orleans. Owner: Amy and Mark Powlenko Price range: $6-$13 Established: 2014 Dishes to try: Shrimp jambalaya (andouille sausage, vegetables and rice simmered with Creole seasoning, served with four large shrimp), $9.95; loaded grits (with cheese, bacon and scallions), $5.9…

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The Flaming Fish Cuisine: Grilled and fried seafood served as platters, sandwiches and tacos. Owner: Deanna Johnson Price range: $1-$16 Established: 2014 Dishes to try: Shrimp po'boy (seasoned fried shrimp, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheeses, special sauce on a toasted roll), $12; fish hoagie (seasoned, cornmeal-dusted fried haddock, sautéed peppers and onion, …