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Citizens of Cheektowaga gathered together at the town park on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, to help determine the town's best pizza. From DeNiro's to Raymondo's to Sugo, nearby pizzerias competed for the best slice. The event was part of the National Night Out, celebrated across America to support community.

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Wine Spectator's 2018 slate of notable wine lists includes nine repeat selections within 75 miles of Buffalo, and first-time mentions for places in LeRoy, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Buffalo. Area restaurants making their first appearances in the wine magazine's list include Farmer's Creekside Tavern & Inn, which opened last year in a restored 1820s building in LeRoy. M…

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Horses, cows, rides and food – lots of food. Those are some of the things we normally associate with a fair. And though the 179th edition of the Erie County Fair will have all of that and more when it returns from Aug. 8 to 19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, fairgoers can expect the unexpected, too. You'll be able to scuba dive, meet Molly the Ketchup Robot and even get alert…

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Over the past two summers, Larkin Square’s weekly Food Truck Tuesday affair has gone from a deviation away from traditional dining to full-blown culinary carnival, with fleets of vehicles selling everything from kettle corn to Korean barbecue. The event has grown so gargantuan that even the most-seasoned sampler might seek shelter from the sometimes-sweltering chaos of the…

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Three quality shows - Band of Horses, the Spill Canvas and Rise Against - have already sold out for this week in Buffalo, especially impressive because all three concerts are indoors. Thankfully, there's still a wealth of event options to choose from Monday through Thursday. Beatles Rooftop Tribute 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 outside Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), in Larkin Squ…

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A restaurant that started as one of New York City's most popular food carts is headed to Amherst. Halal Guys, founded by Egyptian immigrants in the 1990s, started feeding cab drivers at the corner of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. Now there are 50 franchise locations open from Boston to Indonesia, and 200 on the way. The reason is rice platters, sandwiches and salads…

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The round-shaped building that overlooks the Niagara River in Lewiston has held its ground there since the days of the Great Gorge Railway in the 1930s when it stored the coal used to run the steamers keeping the bustling waterfront going. It didn't become the restaurant called The Silo until April of 1998, but has since made a name for itself and won awards for its del…

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We are spending the entire month of August in our bathing suits (even under our fussy work clothes) because summer is fleeting. You don’t have to watch "Game of Thrones" to know winter is coming. If you’re like us and you plan several lazy-hazy-crazy beach days, we’ve rounded up what we’re calling the “shacks of summer.” Joints you can pretty much walk into wearing your…

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In six years as the restaurant specialist at The Buffalo News, I have learned volumes about the eating opportunities of Western New York. Today I am adding another way to make myself useful, with a column answering reader questions that will appear occasionally in this space. For years, I have answered questions from readers via email and social media, about cuisines…

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Wings Flights of Hope, a mostly volunteer-run organization that provides free air transportation for emergency medical and humanitarian reasons, hosted its annual fundraising barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at the Meeting Place in Orchard Park.

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Sights from the 55th Annual Eden Corn Festival on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at the American Legion Post 880 grounds on Legion Drive in Eden.

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If you say the words "dive bar" to a Buffalonian, more often than not you'll soon hear about a weird, late-night experience at the Old Pink. In its #SavetheDiveBar initiative this summer, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the Old Pink, at 223 Allen St., as one of seven bars that best depict a historic American dive. (It's technically called the A…

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As Stack Burger prepared for a move from West Seneca to 1506 Abbott Road in Lackawanna, the creative burger specialists were busy collecting hardware, seizing the Best Overall Item and Best Meat Item at the 2018 Taste of Buffalo for the spicy Demon Burger. Three weeks later, Stack Burger owner Joe Maurino and executive chef/co-owner Anthony Giangrosso have officially se…

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Explore Buffalo has added a food tour beginning Aug. 7 that will run through the end of September. “We feel that food tours are a great way to showcase the city and highlight some of our rich neighborhoods and villages, which is part of our overall mission as an organization,” said Olivia McCarthy of Explore Buffalo. “We're trying something new and diving a bit more …