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Some eaters travel the world to find the most unusual, extravagant or compelling foods. It's rare when one is served in your own backyard. Taka Win, the chef at Teton Kitchen on Elmwood and Dick Road in Depew, has embraced culinary adventure in his own life, eating bamboo worms and scorpion whiskey in his world travels, which have included the Dominican Republic, Puerto…

Clarence

The owner of an Attica restaurant acclaimed for its menu blending Polish and Italian specialties – and its unusual decorating motif – is moving 23 miles west to Clarence. Morluski's is set to open in early summer in the former Clarence Church of Christ building at 10678 Main St., at Sawmill Road. And, yes, owner Jeannine Morlacci confirmed it is bringing more than ju…

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Signs for CBD oils and samples are prevalent in the Buffalo-area, but few businesses can match the creativity of Bison Botanics. Leading up to Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, the Kenmore craft cannabidiol purveyor has announced a sample release of Phrank's Original Hot Sauce, a CBD-infused product intended to be slathered on chicken wings. "We've been experimenting with th…

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The 10th anniversary of Buffalo Soup-Fest satisfied at RiverWorks on Jan. 26, split into two sessions of slurping soup fans. In total, approximately 4,500 people attended the milestone soup celebration. Nearly 30 local vendors competed for a swath of awards, which event co-organizer Matt Carlucci announced Monday evening. We've included the specific varieties that won i…

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Mulberry Street, the heart of Manhattan’s Little Italy, is the epicenter of Italian American culinary imagination. Its iconic logo awnings, natty white tablecloths and seen-it-all servers set the scene. Pasta and red sauce, workingman’s dishes elevated through skill, love and respect for the old ways, made it the neighborhood that launched a 1,000 candles in wicker-clad…

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The beer tanks are filling up at BriteSmith Brewing Co., the new Williamsville brewery-restaurant that plans to open in mid-February. The buildings at 5611 Main St. that last held a medical practice have been transformed with reclaimed barn wood and engineering elements. It is now a two-story space with extensive creek views that can hold about 120 customers, with anoth…

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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…

Festivals

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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Paula's Donuts is better prepared for specialty doughnut madness this year. Last year, over a five-day span across three locations, the popular local doughnut purveyor sold 45,000 cannoli-filled doughnuts and raised more than $61,000 for Hospice Buffalo. How could Paula Huber's business top that mark? Paula's announced earlier this week the featured doughnut for 2…

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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. The soft opening is slated for Feb. 11, with the official opening party Feb.…

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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 …