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Niagara Falls is kicking off its holiday season with a celebration of pizza. More than a dozen area pizzerias will put their pies on the line for bragging rights and a shot at pizza fame. Festival of Slice is set for Nov. 30, in the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St. It’s set for the first night of Jingle Falls USA, a collaborative holiday celebrat…

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For Connie and Jack Thayer, construction paper with the letters P-I-E changed their lives. The Thayers own Portage Pie, a carry-out pie shop in Westfield that cranks out 18 flavors of scrumptious, homemade pies one by one. But a few short years ago, the Thayers found themselves "dirt poor" after Jack lost his job at a woodworking shop in 2003. After a series of odd jobs…

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Nothing can repay veterans for the sacrifices they make for us and our country. But that doesn’t keep local businesses from wanting to thank them in any small way they can. Here’s how some will show their gratitude on Veterans Day Sunday. • Thunder Falls Buffet in the Seneca Niagara Casino, 310 Fourth St. in Niagara Falls. The extensive buffet is free to all active m…

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For Chick-fil-A fans, the wait is nearly over. The chain has declared Nov. 29 the opening date for its restaurant at 1753 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga. This will be Chick-fil-A's first location in the Buffalo Niagara region. Seemingly everything about its local debut – from exactly where the restaurant would be built, to when it would open for business – has been close…

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1) Holiday Valley Wine & Beer Festival, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $65 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher for food. Commentary: For most people, Ellicottville is a destination, and in the gap between Fall Fest and the start of ski and snowboard season, you might th…

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At the jet-black hooded Mr. Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue, my wallet admired the day's specials, which included buy-one-get-one appetizers and even-cheaper-than-normal, cheap beers. "Goodbar's got a distinct smell to it," my friend said. And it does. Not a bad one, just a mixture of the fried mozzarella sticks I ordered and decades of spilled beers. He once left his jacket …

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Once again for Veterans Day, many area restaurants and bars will honor veterans with a variety of specials and discounts. Some will honor veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, while other deals are for Nov. 12. Be sure to bring valid Military ID and call ahead to make sure the establishment is participating. In most cases beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. If possi…

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Transit Road has a restaurant type now, soaring new-build boxes rigged out with agricultural implements, rustic wooden tables and festooned with barnyard-inspired modern art. Set into multi-use plazas or on the lip of vast strip malls, they strive to offer an updated version of the chain restaurant experience, an oasis of country charm embedded in suburbia. They are our…

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Buffalo’s greatest culinary invention has done more than provide a satisfying riposte to anyone denigrating our fair city. The chicken wing has changed the English language. “To Buffalo” isn’t just a destination anymore – it’s a journey. It’s a verb meaning the act of transforming food with the wing power trio: cayenne hot sauce, blue cheese and chicken. Around th…

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Summer's roundup of drool-inducing food photos from Buffalo restaurants proved one thing: an easy way to halt absent-minded feed-scrolling is an image of a delicious dish. It's why the Tasty instructional videos are popular, it's why restaurants invest in professional-level photography to showcase their dishes, and it's one reason why The Garage Cafe can barely keep up …

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Flip Burger, the seasonal burgers-and-shakes outlet near the Niagara Falls State Park, is opening a year-round location in Amherst. The restaurant is under way at 704 Maple Road, in the plaza at Maple and North Forest roads, said Dan Vecchies, father of owner Daniel P. Vecchies. The space, a former Subway location, will seat about 28 customers, he said. The Niagar…

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See the crowd that turned out to see the Buffalo-based burlesque troupe on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Misuta Chow's, the arcade-restaurant-bar on Main Street.

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Back on Oct. 30, Big Ditch Brewing Company — the Buffalo-based brewhouse with a popular tap room on Ellicott Street — announced that it would sell $1 beers to anyone who presented their "voter ID card." Little hitch, Big Ditch: Turns out that's illegal. After realizing the snafu, Big Ditch didn't back off of the deal. Instead, they've extended the offer to everyone w…

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The Botanist, a medical marijuana dispensary, will open Monday at 192 Seneca St., across from the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum, the company said in a release. The dispensary will sell vape cartridges, tinctures and capsules. Products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and cannabidiol, or CBD, will be available, according to the company. THC is the ps…