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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like corn dogs, and those who pretend not to like corn dogs. Both can get a price break today at Sonic Drive-In, 3601 Union Road, Cheektowaga. The chain is offering the cornmeal-battered, tubesteak on a stick for just 50 cents all day long. Corn dogs regularly cost $1.39. The deal goes for as long as supplies …

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Steampunk Cider, as a hard cider beverage, has been produced since 2011, finding its way into bars and restaurants across the area shortly thereafter. A festival bearing the Steampunk name - with a science-fiction, cyber-punk bent - has graced the grounds of the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, in Medina, since 2013. But Steampunk will truly have its own moment in the sun o…

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A couple from Kazakhstan is taking their crêpes operation from a food truck to an Allen Street store. Irina Dyuzheva and her husband Igor Dyuzhev started selling crêpes from their Totally Edible truck in September 2017. Now they’ve taken over the food counter inside Holley Farms Market, 233 Allen St. To start, they’re offering the sweet and savory stuffed crêpe choic…

Festivals

A few decades ago, thick red and green sweaters adorned with jingle bells (that actually jingle), tinsel and cats were considered... ugly. Or endearing, if it was your doting grandma who was wearing them. But within the past decade or so, ugly sweaters fly off of the shelves. You can find them in just about any store, instead of exclusively within thrift store racks. An…

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Somewhere in the temperate, seaside country of Scotland, Geoff Boulden's own barrel of young Scotch Whiskey is aging. The barrel, which holds 280 bottles of whiskey, won't be ready for 10 years. But his friends at the Dwyer's Pub Scotch Club bought a share of it to drink when it's ready - in a decade. "So we all have a reason to live," Boulden said. That's a good …

Buffalo

The historic former location of Scharf's Schiller Park Restaurant is about to get a whole new Vue. A mother-father-daughter trio is reopening the Lovejoy-area eatery at 34 S. Crossman St. as the Park Vue Restaurant, offering three meals a day except Mondays and Tuesdays – when it will be reserved for special events. The family is targeting a professional clientele, a…

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It's a strong week for concertgoers in Buffalo, as both Kiss 98.5 FM and Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM host concerts with deep bills, while the City of Buffalo Artists Market, in the seasonally spectacular Ellicott Square Building, is a chance to feel both festive and productive. Find out what is on tap for Monday through Thursday. 1. Kissmas Bash, 6 p.m. Thursday, De…

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Drive around Buffalo, and you’ll find plenty shops, bars and buildings that, side by side or block by block, are emblematic of the city’s developing past-vs.-present dichotomy. There are 1800s-era homes next door to inventive craft breweries. Loft apartments inside converted Catholic elementary schools. And an indoor hockey palace across from lines of grain elevators. T…

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Friday night in Niagara Falls was bedlam, covered in a healthy dose of sauce and cheese. At the Festival of Slice, three Falls pizzerias claimed awards among stiff competition: Joey's Pizzeria, at 8707 Buffalo Ave., won Best Cheese Slice; Grandma D's, 2500 Niagara Falls Blvd., earned Best Specialty Slice with its Stinger Ringer; and Leon's Italian Bistro, 8890 Porter Ro…

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Seven former Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant employees have sued its owners over alleged violations of state and federal labor laws. Rowhouse owners forced them to clock out before finishing shifts, charged service fees for events but did not pay them to workers and violated other wage laws, the federal lawsuit claims. It was filed in U.S. District Court for the Wester…

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It's full-steam ahead into the holiday season. The Buffalo area will light up this weekend through a wealth of tree lightings, holiday fundraisers and artisan markets. Here are some of the top events for this weekend. 1. Canalside holiday celebration and tree lighting, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at 44 Prime St. Free to attend, while ice skaters can receive $1 off by donating e…

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Starting Friday, Breton buckwheat crêpes, croissants and more will be offered on the Washington Street side of the Market Arcade. French pastry chef Camille Le Caer is opening his second Maison Le Caer location in the historic building, an ornate, three-story space that runs from 617 Main St. through to Washington Street. The cafe has entrances from the street and the b…

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Chick-fil-A is here. More than 100 Western New Yorkers got their day started at the area's first Chick-fil-A Thursday morning, as the Walden Avenue fast-food restaurant was greeted with a line out the door as well as a lengthy stream of cars at the drive-thru. "The people who invented the chicken sandwich, finally came to the city that invented the chicken wing," sai…

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You know that scene in the 1989 romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally" (no, not that one) when the two title characters playfully pronounce words such as paprikash and pepper at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Well, if you've ever wanted to re-enact that scene without traveling across the state to the Met, our Albright-Knox Art Gallery more than suffices as a stand-in. …

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Indian food has a reputation for being painfully hot, which it came by honestly, since it includes dishes so fraught with chiles they earn me a stern rebuke from my digestive system. Yet it would be wrong to lump the culinary inventions of a billion cooks under the flamethrower tag, since its diverse cuisines include many dishes that have oodles of flavor, but no discernib…