It was noon on Tuesday at the Mighty Taco on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda. Ken Swain was sitting down to a well-earned lunch -- a three-cheese burrito, no sour cream, and two hard-shell tacos, just beef. He is a Mighty Taco fan. But Swain, director of facilities at the Scofield Residence, can only dream of being the mightiest Mighty Taco fan. That honor goes to a …

The owners of Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub, having bought the rest of the South Buffalo block, have made a big bet on their neighborhood’s future. Patrick Lalley and brother-in-law Larry “Hugger” Adymy are nearing completion on a $350,000 project to expand the capabilities of the restaurant at 2134 Seneca St. The front of the building was removed and rebuilt…

1) EXPO Souped Up Soup Challenge, 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at EXPO Market (617 Main St.). Tickets are $12, which you can purchase here, and include the chance to taste 12 different soups. Commentary: EXPO Market houses myriad restaurants - sandwich specialists Bobby Alfman's, health-focused Newbury Street, black rice-wielding Sun Roll, versatile GBGB and Osteria 166 offshoot…

CNN's "The Oath," a mini-documentary about the presidential oath of office, takes the viewer to a handful of historic places. Wall Street, where George Washington was sworn in. The United States Capitol. And Buffalo's Founding Fathers Pub. Reporters from CNN filmed the December trivia night at the popular political watering hole, located at 75 Edward St. Starti…

We’ve entered the long slog to spring, yet there are a few bright spots along the way, like National Popcorn Day on Jan. 19. The beloved snack food has quite an intriguing history as noted here at Smithsonian.com. Particularly interesting is the little known fact that despite its “explosion” on the American food scene at fairs and circuses during the late 1800s, m…

At steakhouses or other spots atop the restaurant pyramid, expectations rise with menu prices. When diners head north of the $20 entrée, they want to know if the food is more than acceptable. That’s especially true for people who have saved, schemed and scheduled for the once- or twice-a-year permission to ignore the bean-counter in their heads. What they seek is a n…

Has your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier already fallen off the proverbial table? Do you still have the will – but not the proper insight and plan? Registered dietitian Benjamin Glurich can help. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County Eat Smart New York nutrition educator – an adjunct professor at Trocaire College – will teach three “Healt…

Firefly Cupcakes, a popular bakery at 700 Main St. in East Aurora, closed Saturday. "I have made the incredibly difficult decision to close Firefly Cupcakes," owner Wendy Egloff wrote on the company's website. "Thank you for being so supportive over 6 and a half years." The company had also expanded to a second location at 1008 Elmwood Ave. in the former Zillycakes s…

Sun, Buffalo's first Burmese restaurant, opened a Williamsville satellite several weeks ago, serving Burmese, Thai and Asian fusion dishes for lunch and dinner. The restaurant, 5759 Main St., was formerly Great Northern Pizza Kitchen. The space stretches from the Main Street side of the building through to the rear. When I arrived for lunch recently, the Main Street…

Ice cream will joining the Lloyd lineup on Hertel Avenue when Churn opens next to Lloyd Taco Factory this spring. The shop, at 1501 Hertel Ave., will aim to offer four flavors of soft-serve daily, made from grass-fed local milk. Lloyd owners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo unveiled the “secret” project in a Facebook video Monday morning. “We’re going to be ma…

Honoring Kevin Wise Kevin Wise was a teacher, beloved member of the beer community and contributing beer writer for The Buffalo News who died last year. On Jan. 21, Flying Bison Brewing Co. will honor Wise with an event, Day-Drinking with Monks, that will also raise money to help his family. At a homebrewer’s picnic last summer, Wise collaborated with Andrew Hardin…

Hamburg native David Busch grew up listening to his grandfather, Ray Gates, tell stories about his time behind the bar at The Steakhouse, an institution where Mason’s Grille 52 now stands. As he takes over the bar program at Carte Blanche on the corner where he used to work as a dishwasher at Buffalo Street Grille, he's right at home. “I came into a family atmospher…

Like a beacon, Hot Dog Heaven’s sign flashes messages to drivers at the corner of Harlem and William streets — “Senior specials include rice pudding,” and during the recent cold snap, “Come in for hot chocolate.” Ironically (and regrettably) despite HDH’s close proximity to our Sloan Abode, we made our first stop just recently. In true diner fashion, th…

Although it’s technically accurate, it seems misleading to tab Elmwood Village institution Coles as a college bar. For more than 80 years, the Shatzel family-steered locale has provided both locals and visitors with the best version of Buffalo, whether via food, camaraderie or its Queen City-centric confines. Stained glass accentuates doorways and dining room walls…

Ice cream will joining the Lloyd lineup on Hertel Avenue when Churn opens next to Lloyd Taco Factory this spring. The shop, at 1501 Hertel Ave., will aim to offer four flavors of soft-serve daily, made from grass-fed local milk. Lloyd owners Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo unveiled the "secret" project in a Facebook video Monday morning. "We’re going to be making …