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Don't make an immediate beeline for the wine slushies. Well, you can - who am I to tell you not to? - but through experience, they're most refreshing after a few hours of sampling food from among the 200 individual options at the Taste of Buffalo, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 at Niagara Square and up Delaware Avenue. Maybe it'…

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When Bill Storr and his wife Marla purchased the former Adventures in Heat in Clarence three years ago, they thought they were stepping out of the manufacturing and financial sectors to get into the retail business. Little did they know they would be devoting most of their free time to a venture that is part retail, part restaurant, and a whole lot of delicious. They…

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1) Taste of Buffalo, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 in Niagara Square and north up Delaware Avenue. Free to attend, while food tickets (50 cents apiece, sold in sheets) may be purchased at several locations on site. Commentary: Roughly 500,000 people will take in the Taste of Buffalo this weekend, as Niagara Square and Delaware Avenue – now as far no…

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The Taste of Buffalo is just the start. We’ve set the table for the rest of your summerlong eating adventure. Galbani Italian Heritage Festival July 12-15, Outer Harbor; buffaloitalianfestival.com Hot on the heels of the Taste of Buffalo, you know the drill.  Scandinavian Folk Festival July 20 to 22, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown; scandinavianjamestown.or…

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When it comes to deciding what to eat at the Taste of Buffalo this weekend, there are too many choices. That's the point of the event, of course. Hungry people show up and get hungrier as they window-shop the possibilities. Stuffed pepper or pulled pork? Mac and cheese or chicken wing soup? Hard decisions have to be made, because you're not going to get a second chan…

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Climb the stairs to Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant and you emerge in a soaring three-story space. Brick walls, stone floor, the perfume of woodsmoke from a massive tile-lined oven, tables of people enjoying their coffee evoke a street café in an old city. Before I stepped inside 483 Delaware Ave., I thought I had already seen the most impressive restaurant spaces in B…

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The concept of the Irish pub is not always compatible with the idea of summertime drinking. On one hand is the classic pub, lined with warm polished wood throughout and equipped with frothy stouts on tap and warming whiskeys on shelves. In most cases, there's just enough natural light through the windows so you know whether it’s day or night. Summertime drinking eschews…

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Brickyard releases gelato-inspired beer Brickyard Brewing Company (436 Center St., Lewiston) will release Millions of Strawberries, the latest in its “Millions of” line of beers, on July 6. The series is inspired by gelato and has featured beers such as Millions of Mangoes and Millions of Peaches in the past. The latest version includes more than 120 pounds of Singer…

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One of the best things about South Buffalo is the hidden gems you find in its storied neighborhoods. Such is the case with the newly opened Can You Digg It, located on Hopkins Road near Tifft Street in the bones of what used to be the Hop Inn. Some friends met me out for one of Buffalo’s best traditions: drinks and wings, and some time on the patio. The original room wh…

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Bills fans will be able to pick Lloyd Taco as their game-time meal this season at New Era Field. The Buffalo-born Mexican-inspired eats operation will be feeding fans this season, from about 10 stadium sites. In addition to preseason and regular season home games, Lloyd will be served at a concert and a special event of some sort, said Lloyd co-founder Peter Cimino. …

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Stack Burger, West Seneca's maker of outlandish burgers, is moving to a larger restaurant in Lackawanna. The West Seneca restaurant, a takeout operation, will close. The new place, at 1506 Abbott Road, will introduce table service, owner Joe Maurino said. About 40 customers will be able to enjoy dishes like the Demon Burger – spiced beef, garlic-pepper cheese spread …

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Hoak's Lakeshore, the tavern serving Hamburg since 1949, is expanding along Lake Erie to accommodate more customers. The bar room at 4100 Lake Shore Road will be expanded by 400 square feet, in plans submitted to the Hamburg Planning Board on June 20. "The bar area right now is a little small," said owner Kevin Hoak. The addition would extend southwest of the curr…

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Twenty-seven years. Think about the changes that have taken place along Main Street in Buffalo’s Theater District in that time. The Militello family has witnessed and survived the ups and downs of business that accompany the ebb and flow of city development. Through it all, The Bijou Grille, with its neon lights, has proven resilient through the city's history. Now the …

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What do you really know about your favorite wing flavor? What if there were no limits to your sauce potential? How far would you go if you knew you couldn’t fail? Well, you can fail because Sriracha Nutella doesn’t jibe, but the rest is all at (or on) your fingertips at 716 Wing Kings’ new location at 484 Elmwood Ave. Opening in early June next to Thin Man Brewery, W…

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One thing you may not know about Silo City owner Rick Smith is his love for soccer. The Buffalo businessman, whose dedication to smartly "regenerating" a section of the city's grain elevators has drawn the attention of the New York Times and a few international outlets, visited Tottenham years ago and took in a Spurs match; he's been a supporter ever since. A short d…