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Step inside Riverside’s Lin Asian Market and restaurant at 927 Tonawanda St., and its sensory invitation starts french-fry fragrance of vegetable samosas. The clean market with dry goods, spices and exotic produce is next door to its companion Burmese restaurant and across the street from the neighborhood’s waterfront Riverside Park. The options inside reveal something ab…

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I’m not sure what Buffalo did to deserve Burmese restaurants, or if I even believe in civic karma to begin with, but this I do believe: they are a blessing. At once familiar and exotic, Burmese cuisine’s melding of Thai and Indian – two once-scary cuisines now blended into our dining vernacular – makes it one of the safest bets in town for seekers of edible adventure, offe…

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On a cold and dreary night last month, I stopped by Riverside's new Burmese-Thai eatery, Lin Restaurant, for dinner. My table was the only one occupied for most of our time there, which is a crying shame. The dishes we tried were were full of flavor, heartwarming versions of Burmese and Thai dishes worth checking out for fans of Asian cuisine, and people just looking for …

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If Burmese cuisine sounds impossibly exotic, take a moment to consider how foreign Thai food sounded in Western New York a generation ago. Today, Burmese dishes are available in at least five restaurants in Western New York, mostly in Buffalo, where the majority of the area’s Burmese population resides. But there is one restaurant in the suburbs where diners can discover …

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Going to the West Side Bazaar for lunch plunges eaters into a United Nations of food courts. You order your food from a window and grab an unoccupied seat. Meanwhile you’re surrounded by people looking for authentic flavors the cooks are dishing out. If you have time to chat, you have a chance to get a free lesson in the cultures recently added to Buffalo’s m…

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When immigrants make homes in new lands, they bring their families, their stories and their dreams with them. They also bring food, adding flavors of their homeland cuisines to the collective menus of their adopted communities. That effect is writ large in the restaurants of Buffalo, a city built and shaped by waves of people from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and elsew…

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Sun Restaurant, Kevin and Stephanie Lin’s Burmese restaurant at 1989 Niagara St., will be closing for three weeks or so to upgrade the kitchen systems and dining room seating. “Recently I got customer complaints about timing,” Kevin Lin said. “Delays, service is slow.” So he’s investing in a more powerful kitchen and better customer amenities. The restaurant will close W…

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Last year, Soe Maung Maung, a Burmese man who worked as a restaurant cook in Thailand before coming to Buffalo, finally got to open his own restaurant.Sort of. He got to run one of the dining windows at West Side Bazaar (25 Grant St., 464-6389, www.westsidebazaar.com), where small ethnic food operations share essential facilities while serving a taste of home to other immi…