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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 you're about to eat a family meal. O…

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There's now one less alluring happy hour and cheap-burger option at the Walden Galleria. Bar Louie, a bar-restaurant chain open at the mall since 2008, announced its last day was Jan. 25, via its Facebook page. The Bar Louie corporation announced Monday that it had filed for bankruptcy and was beginning the process of putting itself up for sale. Before the filing, the c…

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I am officially decreeing that February be renamed FeBREWary thanks to the multiple can’t-miss local beer events over the next few weeks. Most exciting: Four of these festivals are new. For those who enjoy variety in their craft beer, these events are tailor-made for you with everything from barleywine and hoppy beers to barrel-aged and cask beers, and even an entire…

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Nearly all restaurant workers do not get health care benefits from their employers. Many have limited access to doctors, treatment and medicine, which combined with their strenuous and stressful jobs, can lead to unhappy endings, said former restaurant manager Hank Williams III. “Over the years, I think it's up to 13 or 14 people that I've known that I've worked with…

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There's simply no better weekend in January for Buffalo events. You could even argue it's the best weekend of winter altogether. Choosing specific highlights is a Herculean task – most of them appeal for different reasons, from decadent food to goofy alpacas to an annually stunning plants-and-light exhibition. Good luck picking what to do, but know that it will be ha…

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Buffalo's frosty winters lend themselves to soups as a form of comfort; they're like salty blankets that shield from the elements and warm the stomach. While hearty chicken noodle soup, a bowl of long-simmering pho or a cup of French onion lurking beneath bubbly cheese might be your personal favorite, Buffalo Soup-Fest is the annual opportunity to try something less tra…

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In Raul Parker's career as a Niagara Falls police officer, a sense of duty is critical. That personal responsibility carries over to his role as owner of the Dirty Bird Chicken N' Waffles Food Truck, which just announced its first brick-and-mortar location at 6004 Buffalo Ave. in Niagara Falls. It's expected to open in the beginning of February. "Even though we do 90…

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On the list of Polish population in the United States, Cheektowaga comes right after Los Angeles. Then comes Buffalo. Polish culture is an essential part of Buffalo’s self-image in food and drink, evinced by the Dyngus Day Dionysian krupnik-fueled conga line of a parade, and the twice-a-year kielbasa appreciation gatherings at the Broadway Market. So when I asked an …

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There was a time when beer cans were emblazoned simply with the brewery and beer name, looking more like a label than anything resembling "art." Today, beer can art is the most direct way for a craft brewery to make an immediate impact on the beer drinker. It’s quite often the first impression a brewery has with consumers as they hold your product in their hands. And yo…

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Though Indian Church Road sounds like the location of a postal office in an 1870s prospecting town in West Seneca, it’s home to a pizzeria laying a hefty claim as the shop to represent the entirety of the Great Lakes region. Having visited most of that region myself, I can comfortably say that 99% of the competition for that title is in their backyard (shout-out to the …

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Is there something about Buffalo that makes people feel left out? More than most places, I mean? There is a term, FOMO, which stands for "fear of missing out." It’s the name for the dread you experience when flipping though your phone and finding evidence you might not be doing the hot new thing. Here’s why I ask: Every night, on my way home from the office, I pas…

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Entertainment is a personal, subjective experience that varies to an unbelievable extent. The "Gladiator" quote, "Are you not entertained?" is actually far deeper than what Russell Crowe likely intended. As the week warms up, so does the range of events, with a short run of Disney On Ice and a rare stained glass event leading the way into the busiest weekend of the year…

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Steve’s Pig & Ox Roast has not been owned and operated by Steve Prahovic for almost a generation, but many of its customers would never know it. His nephew, Marvin “Steve” Barberich, has owned and operated the Lackawanna restaurant for the past 17 years, doing things the same way his uncle did when he founded it 42 years ago. With a wall sign proudly honoring the…