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Dawn Reed


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Driving down Main Street in Williamsville, you pass a plethora of food options. Tucked back a bit in one of the street-front “plazas” is the quaint Apple Wood Café & Catering. My friend and I met for a late lunch on a recent Friday. Even though it was almost 2 p.m. and well past the typical lunch hour, there were still a couple of occupied tables and more guests arriv…

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Clarence Hollow is not my usual stomping grounds, but a reader recommended I check out McDuffies Bakery, and so I ventured east on Main Street one recent Friday afternoon for lunch with the girls. Located in a wood-shingled building, there is parking in front and a couple of tables in the sun if you wish to dine outside. Inside, there is quaint seating for approximately 12…

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The Grill @ The Dome is a year-round destination for those looking for a flavorful and filling meal in a laid-back, sports-themed ambience. Located inside the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome in Tonawanda, the Grill’s spacious indoor restaurant and bar has been complimented with an outdoor patio overlooking the batting cages that can seat about 20 people comfortably. The Grill…

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The City of Buffalo is blessed with an abundance of high-quality, locally owned eating and drinking establishments. Because of this, many Buffalonians were proponents for “shop/eat local” before it was a chic marketing campaign. There’s something about the authentic attention to details and customer experience that come with having an owner who has a homegrown passion for …

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Heading to Sophia’s Restaurant near the Kenmore/Buffalo border on a weekday morning, I wasn’t expecting the weekend crowds I had heard about. I would soon learn that Sophia’s isn’t just a weekend phenomenon. With the small parking lot jammed, I found a spot on the street and waited a quick 15 minutes for our party of five to be seated. The quain…

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Heading to Sophia’s Restaurant near the Kenmore/Buffalo border on a weekday morning, I wasn’t expecting the weekend crowds I had heard about. I would soon learn that Sophia’s isn’t just a weekend phenomenon. With the small parking lot jammed, I found a spot on the street and waited a quick 15 minutes for our party of five to be seated. The quaint space appears to have some…

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Amy’s Place has been a mainstay on Main Street across from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus since the early 1980s. It’s within walking distance to my house, yet I don’t get there as much as I would like, so I was overjoyed when a couple of friends were in town recently. Out-of-town friends mean Amy’s Place; two visits in three day…

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Amy’s Place has been a mainstay on Main Street across from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus since the early 1980s. It’s within walking distance to my house, yet I don’t get there as much as I would like, so I was overjoyed when a couple of friends were in town recently. Out-of-town friends mean Amy’s Place; two visits in three days gave us an opportunity to sample …

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The Lone Star Fajita Grill in North Buffalo serves up Tex-Mex fare in a bare-bones environment.It definitely is a no-frills, no-lingering restaurant. With plastic chairs, random decor and what felt like a noticeably absent heating system, this is an eat-and-leave establishment. There is seating for about 20 in the front room and a few booths in the back, which you access t…

Food and Drink

The Lone Star Fajita Grill in North Buffalo serves up Tex-Mex fare in a bare-bones environment.It definitely is a no-frills, no-lingering restaurant. With plastic chairs, random decor and what felt like a noticeably absent heating system, this is an eat-and-leave establishment. There is seating for about 20 in the front room and a few booths in the back, which you access t…