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Located in charming East Aurora on the street for which it’s named, Elm Street Bakery’s rustic wooden facade beckons patrons inside where they are met with the smell of fresh-baked bread. Customers are spoiled for choice at the bakery counter, in which that day’s selection of breads, muffins, cookies, cakes, macaroons and pies can be found. The bakery also

To say breakfast is a specialty at the Olympic restaurant is an understatement. The Town of Tonawanda restaurant’s massive menu has so many breakfast choices, they are broken up under headings such as Breakfast Anytime, Breakfast Specials, Omelettes (at least 15 choices from $7.99 to $11.99), Additional Items and Sides. That’s a lot of breakfast, so order a cup

In the heart of the Elmwood Village, consumers can get overwhelmed with the flurry of shops and restaurants lining Elmwood Avenue. But on the blocks between Lexington Avenue and Bryant Street, one location sticks out from the rest. Street Asian Food shines brightly, with an exterior to match. Maybe it is the neon green walls, or maybe it’s the

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Quietly tucked away on the corner of Kenmore and Lyndale avenues is an amalgamation of American and Indian cuisine disguised by a worn-out storefront that looks like it hasn’t changed since the spot opened in 1983. In fact, it probably hasn’t. But that’s part of the appeal of eating at JJ’s Cafe. Walking into JJ’s makes you feel like

Ilio DiPaolo’s offers a lunchtime special that is so good and inexpensive that it could be called the best-kept secret of the Blasdell restaurant and banquet facility. The Veloce Buffet features two casseroles, three soups, a salad bar and assorted baked goods. It’s a lot of food for a bargain of $10.99 and choices change daily. I discovered the

When seeking out Buffalo’s hidden food gems, it’s important to remember that first impressions can be deceiving. The entrance to Shawarma City isn’t exactly one that inspires hope. It’s tucked between a convenience store and a Chinese takeout that make up the three-business building at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Longmeadow Road. Walking in, the clean but

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We are Francophiles, and why not? The French love food. In fact, they love the entire eating experience. We’ve nailed the first part but need to work on the second. We found an opportunity at Mon Ami Café & Bakery. Opened in March, Mon Ami occupies the former Globe Market space on Main Street. Fresh off our short NFTA

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Some of the best sandwiches in Western New York can be found on the Lower West Side of Buffalo. Established in 2014, BreadHive Bakery & Cafe has become a staple on Connecticut Street. Its freshly made bread and quaint atmosphere keep BreadHive busy, and this worker-owned co-op is fairly affordable. On a recent Sunday morning, customers waited in a

“Cold Coffee Lousy Food.” No, that’s not a Yelp review. It’s the slogan at Fast Teddy’s Restaurant. It takes guts to put that on your window, and I had to investigate. Apparently I’m not the only one intrigued by the slogan. “It draws a lot of people in,” said Dave Dewols, who co-owns the establishment with his wife, Gina.

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Confession: I’m a suburbanite, but when my downtown-working brother tipped me off to a hot little spot that wasn’t getting much press, but was killing it with cheap prices and superb food, I knew I had to visit.  I’m glad I did. Pete’s Place Food Shop, which opened in March 2018, is buried within the first floor of the

In my mind, there are three ingredients to a good, old-fashioned diner. Good food, cheap prices, and coffee … lots of coffee. Teddy’s Family Restaurant ticks all three boxes—and lucky me, it’s just minutes away from my house, right on the Lackawanna/South Buffalo border. Teddy’s has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront facing Abbott Road, and a large parking lot to the

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We heard boats whirring through the river, water lapping the shoreline and American flags rustling in the breeze during a recent lunch at Lumberjack’s Patio Grill. The seasonal North Tonawanda restaurant boasts a spacious deck overlooking the Niagara River. There, with oldies and reggae music playing in the background, we basked in the sunshine, enjoying that most glorious of

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If Rob Ray were a hot dog he would look like the caricature used for Rayzor’s Dawg House in Eden. Picture a black eye, missing tooth, shirtless Ray with the body of a hot dog, wrapped in a bun with gloves up. Stripes of ketchup and mustard run down his hot dog chest. While the restaurant bears his name,

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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, reasonably

Honey lavender and rose pistachio are just a couple of the fragrant latte flavors offered at one of the Buffalo-area’s cutest cafes. Lancaster Coffee Co. & Cafe is a gem of an eatery sparkling in the heart of the Village of Lancaster. We made our trip on a recent weekday, and easily found street parking along Central Avenue. People

At Joan & Sue’s Family Restaurant, it feels like stepping into grandma’s house, complete with the wood paneling, tchotchkes and feeling of relaxation. It’s the kind of place where you’re served, but there’s also a measure of comfort afforded everyone to simply help themselves. A sign says “Help Thyself” underneath a table outfitted with cups and pitchers full of

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Londa’s Diner, tucked into a plaza at 576 Dick Road in Depew, is a pleasant little place to enjoy a sit-down breakfast or lunch in a casual, down-home environment. The restaurant serves all the classic breakfast foods, plus a lunch menu featuring subs and wraps, fried fare, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads and homemade pies. Everything is under $10,

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

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