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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, Ray isn’t involved anymore except to stop in and say hello to fr…

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Say what you want about midsize cities, but the perks of being simultaneously big and small show themselves in unusual ways in Buffalo. Take, for example, the city dining parking lot. As a city that has plenty of dining options and enough people to flood street parking, our spread-out, low-rise city can afford a few personal parking lots. For some, a parking lot is less…

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Chef's Restaurant was closed Monday afternoon after a broken water line put it out of commission Monday morning. "We are unfortunately closed due to a major water line break! We hope to open up for dinner today. Sorry for any inconvenience!"  the restaurant's official Twitter page said. The break cut off the restaurant's water supply but did not cause any damage to t…

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There's not one correct approach to eating at the Taste of Buffalo, but entering with at least a simple plan can make a difference when exploring the largest two-day food festival in the United States. The iconic summer event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 13 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 14 in Niagara Square and north on Delaware Avenue. There's no cost to wander the fe…

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In downtown Buffalo, craft cocktail bar Angelica Tea Room has metamorphosed into the exotic, cocktail-focused Angelica Tiki Room.  The summer-spanning pop-up has one of Buffalo’s premier posh drinking destinations donning big, wooden tiki masks and luaus and slinging fruity, boozy Mai Tais and Puka-Puka Punch.  If you’re looking to turn your next happy hour or date n…

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Dine on international fare at the West Side Bazaar with Buffalo News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau, as he shares insights about its cuisines and the people behind the food. Burmese, Thai, dim sum and Ethiopian are just the beginning of the globe-spanning journey available to you. This exclusive dining experience takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Alongside …

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State Sen. Tim Kennedy is calling for a boycott of Spot Coffee after the company fired three employees who were involved in a fledgling union organizing drive. "Spot Coffee executives need to answer for these unlawful terminations, and until they do so, I urge Western New Yorkers to boycott their locations," the Buffalo Democrat said in a statement released Thursday. Ke…

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Once upon a time I wouldn’t have considered writing a review of a restaurant that mostly exists as a takeout business. These days, I’m trying to include more restaurants that make up a larger part of families’ weekly diets. To me, they’re worth highlighting if they’re doing remarkable work. This week I’m here to detail what makes Rt. 16 Chicken Shack stand out. It does …

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A simple breakfast date or dessert date can become much more complicated when dietary restrictions are involved. For those who don't consume meat, dairy products or animal products, consider these options for your next food-centric date. We've even provided ideas of what to do after the eating. [Related: Some great Buffalo-area restaurants for vegans and vegetarians]…

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Twelve tall ships will sail into Buffalo's inner harbor from July 4-7, attracting visitors to Canalside who may not regularly frequent the downtown hot spot. (Good luck with the parking!) Long a desert in terms of food and drink options, Canalside and its surrounding neighborhood is now filled with several appetizing options within walking distance of the dozen hulls – …

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The Seneca Nation will open an organic farm market in Collins next week. It's an extension of the Seneca Nation's Gakwi:yo:h Farms, an agricultural initiative designed to bring healthier food to the community. It will feature the farm's organic bison, herbs, fruits, vegetables, maple syrup and white corn products as well as items from other organic growers, including…

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe has opened its first upstate New York restaurant in Cheektowaga. The chain with more than 740 locations nationwide is known for smoothies, sandwiches, wraps and other items prepared fresh from scratch. The restaurant opened late last month at 4900 Transit Road, just south of Losson Road, next to the Target Plaza, said Eric Recoon, vice presiden…

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Going to eat somewhere outside, like one of those patios draped in string lights with candles on the tables, is great, but likely expensive. Cooking at home, while also great, can be time-consuming, hot and requires too much cleanup. Grabbing fruit, a block of cheese, crackers and wine is neither costly nor laborious, but combines the best of both worlds. We dragg…

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There's an ample contingent that welcomes summer months as a time for laid-back ease, with days and nights best spent with no agenda, no concerns and no care for the constraints that clamp down throughout the region's less idyllic months. This may sound lazy to some. To others — such as the late English banker, scientist and scholar Sir John Lubbock — it's entirely purp…

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The best part about traveling is also the worst. Going to new places and absorbing the culture means you’re discovering new experiences. If you’re like me, that includes local flavors. In an unfamiliar town, I want to taste their pride and joy. Everything goes swimmingly until I come home. Never having been exposed to that delicacy, having developed no immunity to it…