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Four Marco’s Italian Delis across Buffalo and its Northtowns serve fresh, flavorful Sangwiches. It only made sense, though, to stop by the Hertel Avenue location – in our city’s Italian heart – to try a couple. A friend and I were pleasantly greeted by the voice of Frank Sinatra and the smell of fresh, warm sesame-seed bread. The place is warm, clean, cozy and in-your-f…

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Near the corner of West Tupper and Franklin streets downtown is a treasured hole-in-the-wall that you might never hear about or even know is there. And that’s unfortunate. Because with dirt-cheap drinks, frequent live music, open-mic nights for music and comedy, and storied decades of service, Tudor Lounge lands squarely at a delightful, dying-breed destination: dive ba…

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Grammy-nominated pop-rap-rock star Post Malone crooned, pontificated and partied with Buffalo on Sunday night at KeyBank Center. Strutting about a runway stage in a picture-collage suit, the 24-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper-singer delivered a bombastic and entertaining performance. Posty, profusely thankful for the crowd’s fandom and presence, invited us to ride wit…

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When the inaugural Buffalo Beer Week was celebrated in 2010, there were just three breweries in the Buffalo area: Flying Bison Brewing Company, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery and Buffalo Brewpub.  Now, with 38 breweries throughout Western New York – and with more on the way – the 10th annual Buffalo Beer Week has grown to feature more than 100 events between Sept. 13 …

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In downtown Buffalo, craft cocktail bar Angelica Tea Room has metamorphosed into the exotic, cocktail-focused Angelica Tiki Room.  The summer-spanning pop-up has one of Buffalo’s premier posh drinking destinations donning big, wooden tiki masks and luaus and slinging fruity, boozy Mai Tais and Puka-Puka Punch.  If you’re looking to turn your next happy hour or date n…

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In a nondescript plaza on Niagara Falls Boulevard is a standout deli serving all the staples in a slightly eccentric, time-tested atmosphere. Mayback’s Deli is a one-stop shop for takeout or eat-in pizza and wings, deli meats, hot and cold sandwiches, fish fries (available seven days a week), soups, salads, tacos, fried appetizers and more. Everything is delicious, rea…

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Kerfuffle, the annual daylong music event held at Canalside, no longer feels like a buzzy, new event. Now six solid years in, Kerfuffle has become a reliable early-summer staple promising big-name artists, sweet sounds and rocking rhythms to Buffalo’s alt-rock fans. On the first official day of summer, “the music event of the summer” (as dubbed by presenting radio stati…

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Indie synth-rock heartthrobs The 1975 had a wooing Darien Lake crowd all up in their feels on Wednesday evening. Sensual but disconnected, confident but anxious, hot and cold or perhaps somewhere between—much like this show's 60-ish degree late-May night—the Manchester-bred six-piece makes synthed-out, angst-accented pop music for an eternally conflicted and disaffecte…

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On a brisk Friday late afternoon, three friends and I searched downtown for a spot to grab food and drink before the Mumford and Sons concert at KeyBank Center. Big Ditch Brewing Company was packed to the gills, Deep South Taco was overflowing, and Tappo projected a 90-minute wait. So we gave up our search and began hiking toward the venue. Tight on time, we had forfei…

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In the heart of Allentown is a chameleonic, quirky, anything-goes watering hole called The Alley Cat. On weekend nights, packed crowds clamoring for its signature $7 beer-and-shot combo jostle for position at the long, wooden bar. During weekday afternoons, The Alley Cat serves as a community hangout where friends toss darts, sip $4 bottles of Labatt Blue or $3 cans of …

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At a major downtown intersection up a flight of maroon cement stairs is a bar of character, true-form classic cocktails, and inventive house-made sausages. In major cities across the United States, it’s a common, buzzy bar-restaurant concept: one core food offering served in a variety of creative ways plus drinks with a twist. But here in Buffalo — with few other conce…

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In the First Ward, an out-of-the-way coffee-and-sandwiches oasis rises above the rest. At Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery, the enticing, invigorating scents of house-roasted grinds and hearty, creative sandwiches dance to the imaginary tune of an undead mariachi band depicted on a bright back-wall mural. An eclectic choir consisting of departed icons like David …

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Cafe 59 is a cool spot perfect for any-occasion lunch, dinner or drinks, and without the “this place isn’t for everyone” attitude and atmosphere of many other bar-restaurants which could be described as "cool.” A true Allentown community hub, it strikes me somehow as nearby long-standing staple Towne Restaurant’s trendy younger cousin. On a recent Wednesday night visit…

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As its one-year anniversary approaches, JP’s Checkers is settling in as the clean-cut, modern reincarnation of a Hertel Avenue classic. When the lights went out at Checkers, which was long celebrated as a North Buffalo community staple, the home of the go-to Turkey Trot afterparty, and the quintessential dive bar, former Del Denby Tavern bartender Jamison Phillips swoo…

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Every great city neighborhood needs a gastropub. And as Hertel Avenue moves steadily toward that designation with each new business and facelift of an existing one, Sterling Ave Tap & Wurst checks the box.   Technically, a gastropub is “a pub specializing in high-quality food.” To me, though, a gastropub is a safe bet offering all the night-out-necessities. In m…