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By Andrew Z. Galarneau Restaurant group owner Tucker Curtin, whose places include The Steer, Lake Effect Diner and Woody's Beach Club, kept his waterfront place off Fuhrmann Boulevard, Dug's Dive, open last winter. Not this one, though. We asked him why. "Last winter was OK, we made people happy," he wrote. "Our labor and food costs were in line, b…

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In Chicago, where Beth Gross used to work, the Italian beef sandwich is one of the best-known hometown treats. “It’s in the top five of what Chicago’s known for: deep-dish pizza, then hot dogs and beef,” she said.In the Buffalo area, nobody knows its name. Gross, chef-owner of Gertie’s (6010 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center) recently set out to change that.Now the menu at he…

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I am a sucker for a decent Indian buffet. As a fan of Indian cuisine generally, I’ve long gravitated toward the chance to taste seven or eight dishes, then go back for seconds of my favorites.Practically every Indian and Pakistani restaurant in Western New York offers a lunch or dinner buffet, and I have tried most of them. When I first heard of Spice Kitchen, which opened…

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I am a sucker for a decent Indian buffet. As a fan of Indian cuisine generally, I’ve long gravitated toward the chance to taste seven or eight dishes, then go back for seconds of my favorites.Practically every Indian and Pakistani restaurant in Western New York offers a lunch or dinner buffet, and I have tried most of them. When I first heard of Spice Kitchen, which opened…

Erie County

In Chicago, where Beth Gross used to work, the Italian beef sandwich is one of the best-known hometown treats. “It’s in the top five of what Chicago’s known for: deep-dish pizza, then hot dogs and beef,” she said.In the Buffalo area, nobody knows its name. Gross, chef-owner of Gertie’s (6010 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center) recently set out to change that.Now the menu at he…

Erie County

I couldn’t find a menu online for the Nickel Creek Cafe in West Seneca, so I called the place during a non-busy time and told the friendly woman who answered the phone that we were thinking of stopping by for dinner.“The food here is really good,” she said.I deducted 10 percent from her enthusiasm on the grounds that she works there. But she might have been right after all…

Erie County

I couldn’t find a menu online for the Nickel Creek Cafe in West Seneca, so I called the place during a non-busy time and told the friendly woman who answered the phone that we were thinking of stopping by for dinner.“The food here is really good,” she said.I deducted 10 percent from her enthusiasm on the grounds that she works there. But she might have been right after all…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Frog Hair Grille, which combined a golf simulator center and family restaurant, closed today, according to its website. The restaurant closed late last year and reopened after nearly $500,000 in renovations, the News reported in December 2012: "Frog Hair Grille and Golf on Transit Road in Amherst has reopened, following a three-week shutdown and…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau Here's a relatively simple recipe from Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird, featured in today's Buffalo News. Rib eye, Pineapple, Blue Cheese  Every year Gabriel and Andy do a dinner at the Steamboat Inn on the Umpqua River in Southern Oregon. On the drive down, the two families always stop at Red Robin in Roseburg for a Banzai Burger…

Last week at Food Truck Tuesdays, Larkin Square’s open-air dinnertime food court, you could have ordered a salad of warm fried chicken, watermelon radishes, kale, radicchio, pickled brown and black mustard seeds and creamy dill ranch dressing. For $8, or $4 a half order. From a truck. From Rochester.Good news for the hungry: Food Truck Tuesdays has been extended through Oc…

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Portland, Ore., has won the title – for the moment – of “hottest restaurant town in America.” Le Pigeon is widely considered its best restaurant. “Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird” is the book that shows and tells how that came to be.As such, “Le Pigeon” is meant to be read, savored slowly page by page. Its photographs are gorgeous and you may be mesmerized into flippi…

A New York City restaurant has the food world talking about its silent dinners.Eat, located in the trendy Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, has begun hosting silent dinners, where everyone – from the chefs to the wait staff to the diners – remain absolutely quiet while inside the restaurant’s four walls.And so far, the recently launched service has been a hit with custo…

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Ever since Buffalo has been called the City of Good Neighbors, the people who came here to make their lives in the steel mills, grain elevators and automobile plants introduced themselves with food.That’s why most modern Buffalonians have their favorite plate of chicken Parmesan, or spaghetti and meatballs, whether they’re Italian-American or not. Fish fries aren’t just fo…

By Andrew Z. Galarneau A story published Monday in Busness First says that Shango, the popular Cajun bistro on Main Street, is close to signing a deal to open a restaurant on East Huron St. The site would be the former Howard Shoes storefront, the story said. The building, at 5 East Huron St., is owned by Iskalo Development. No lease has been signed yet, the story said, so…

There are plenty of good reasons to drink green tea. Studies suggest it can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers, even diabetes. It can help you lose weight and keep you from gaining it, too.So whether it’s brewed, bottled or taken as a supplement, green tea apparently is good for your health. Trouble is, at least according to recent headlin…