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Allentown is changing, they say. That was the buzz as I spent a late fall afternoon and evening indulging in food, drink and music, digging what I’ve long believed to be a deep Bohemian vibe in this funky first neighborhood north of the Buffalo downtown-proper border. “It’s not like it used to be, man,” a grizzled acquaintance drawled when I ran into him after indulg…

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There might not be a more common American foodstuff than the french fry — which is why uncommon fries are a draw of their own. Frozen fries shaken out of a bag into a deep-fryer can be good. But the greatest fries of all are made from fresh potatoes, carefully crafted for the perfect crisp-tender bite. These are destination fries, worth the trip by themselves. Fri…

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One round of contestants attempted to eat as much Allen Street Poutine as possible in a span of five minutes, with the winner receiving half of the entrance fee, and the other half benefiting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Care. See shots from the competition on Allen Street.

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Lost between St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) is a national food day we can all rally around (at least those of us who don’t like corned beef and simultaneously fear Italy’s baccala, a dried, salted cod) — March 18, National Sloppy Joe Day. Why does it strike our fancy? Because, much like the diner cook who invented the sandwich, we have days…

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One wonders about the conversation between U.S. customs officers and Canadian restaurateurs Jake Fraser and Konstantine Kentros as they crossed the border to open Allen Street Poutine Company. We like to imagine border patrol granting them immediate access and the keys to the city after tasting this Quebec import of fresh-cut fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Pouti…

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Three and a half years ago, I was appointed restaurant critic of The Buffalo News. Some 200 restaurant reviews later, my view of my job has expanded a smidge. My core mission is still giving readers actionable intelligence on where to spend their dining dollars. Put another way, it’s my job to find and proclaim the best in Western New York’s eating life. “The best” is a …

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On Friday, two Canadian restaurateurs from Fort Erie are opening a restaurant specializing in authentic poutine. Why would they cross an international border to offer the Quebecois French-fry classic? “Because you don’t have poutine, that’s why,” said Jake Fraser, an owner. He ran a seasonal poutine stop called Beachside Poutine in Sherkston. The other owner, Konstantine …