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Buffalo is known for three things: snow, sports teams that are 0-for-eternity championship-wise, and chicken wings. Could Buffalo pizza make it four? The Wall Street Journal recently published a front-page article on the spreading popularity of cup-and-char pepperoni, a sign that another one of Buffalo’s culinary specialties has started to get the attention it deserves.…

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The best-known flavors of Buffalo have been ladled from its deep melting pot of immigrant contributions. Buffalo got it wings from Italians, and beef on kummelweck has German roots. Texas hots and open-faced chicken souvlaki are credited to Greek restaurateurs. One day, perhaps, owno koksware will join them. The chicken noodle soup with the odd name is the most succe…

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A few generations ago, a preponderance of the families immigrating to Buffalo arrived from Italy, Germany and Greece. As they settled in and opened business to support their families and feed their new community, the city’s restaurant landscape evolved. In the last decade, Burmese immigrants, more than any other nationality, have added new flavors to the Queen City’s me…

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Denizens of the Elmwood Village, meet your newest takeout spot: Street Asian Food opened Oct. 1 in the former digs of Peking Chinese Restaurant. Owned by Burma native Than Oo, a veteran of Sun Restaurant, the Thai-Burmese hybrid offers all the curries and noodles you’ve come to expect from Buffalo’s burgeoning Burmese food scene, with an additional emphasis on “healthy”…

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Street Asian Food, Buffalo’s latest Thai-Burmese hybrid restaurant, plans to open Oct. 1. The restaurant, at 516 Elmwood Ave., was last Peking Chinese Restaurant. The small space has about 20 seats for dining in, and will not offer alcohol. Street Asian Food’s owner, Than Oo, is from Burma. He worked at Sun Restaurant, Buffalo’s original Thai-Burmese restaurant, for …

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An East Side religious congregation founded by Burmese refugees won city approval this week to construct an assembly hall to accommodate weddings, fellowship events and other programs for its growing membership. The Karen Baptist Church plans to erect a 2,800-square-foot brick-faced wood building on part of its 1.08-acre property at 3012 Bailey Ave., at the corner of Ha…

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Just three years after opening, an East Side church whose members come from Buffalo's Burmese refugee community wants to build a new structure on its Bailey Avenue property to accommodate weddings, fellowship events and other programs for its membership. The Buffalo Karen Baptist Church, located at 3021 Bailey, is seeking Buffalo Planning Board approval on Monday for a …

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Eight years after Kevin and Stephanie Lin introduced the first Burmese cuisine to the local menu, there are a dozen places within 30 minutes of Buffalo's City Hall where you can taste a little bit of Burma. The menus at those restaurants echo the one blazed by the former Wegmans sushi rollers. There's usually sushi, both standards and tricked-out rolls, core Thai dishes an…

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The first thing you’ll notice at Lime House, a Burmese-Japanese lunch and dinner outpost in Williamsville, are the splashes of color throughout the former Blu Bar and Grill space on Evans Street. The curved bar area is washed top to bottom with LED lighting, while rainbow-hued parasol fans hang from the walls and ceiling. Two walls behind the main dining room, blank dur…

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Before photojournalist Law Eh Soe fled Burma in 2008, he captured some of the most iconic moments of the Saffron Revolution. Like many journalists who put themselves in harm's way, Law was driven by a sense of duty to his fellow citizens, to the cause of freedom in his native country and the desire to preserve an important moment in Burmese history. Now, almost 10 ye…

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On the east side of the WASH Project, the popular Massachusetts Street cultural center and laundry that has become a haven for Buffalo's burgeoning Burmese community, a graphic new mural has appeared. The piece, by new-to-Buffalo artist Nicholas Conrad Miller, depicts an important symbol in reflective gold paint against a striking red backdrop: The fighting peacock of Bur…

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If you've been eating a lot of fried fish, for reasons celestial or mundane, here's a way to end Lent with a bang. I stopped by Lin Restaurant, 937 Tonawanda St., last night for dinner. It's a Riverside Burmese and Thai restaurant that opened in December. The crispy fried bass with Burmese chile-garlic-lime sauce grabbed my attention. It's mostly deboned, so you can gobb…

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Buffalo doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a hot spot for Burmese culture. But maybe it should.The city’s growing Burmese population, which now stands at some 10,000, has made significant cultural contributions to region. These range from new restaurants serving Burmese cuisine to visual art and photography by Burmese Buffalonians beginning to trickle into …

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Lin Restaurant, located across the street from Riverside Park, will introduce its menu of Burmese and Thai cuisine with a free buffet at noon Saturday. Owner Khin Maung Soe said he would offer guests a welcome buffet from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday as a way of introducing the restaurant to the neighborhood. The restaurant, at 927 Tonawanda St., will also serve items from …