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A broad overview of the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Buffalo-area restaurants reveals a stark contrast: Some pour resources into or take painstaking care in how they represent themselves, while others take shortcuts. These promotions won't make or break a restaurant - the quality of the food and restaurant experience are still more crucial - but this is a time whe…

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It is the thick of the homegrown season, with fruits and vegetables coming in at a rapid pace. We have a fun excursion that combines two of our favorite hobbies, shopping for food and eating out: a trip to the Hamburg farmers market and brunch at one of three restaurants in the village that serve a Saturday brunch. The market is open every Saturday through November, …

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Just because you’ve been eating your whole life doesn’t mean you’re any good at being a diner. Sure, you know how to pick a place, and decide what you want to eat. But if you’ve never worked in a restaurant, and can’t see the operation from the other side, chances are you’re leaving some satisfaction on the table. Recently, I asked restaurant professionals what detai…

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Baskin-Robbins long bragged about having 31 flavors of ice cream. Roo Buckley beat that in a night. Buckley, a former Rue Franklin cook who owned the Coda and now works at Hamburg’s Carte Blanche, has been serving some of the wildest ice cream flavors anywhere for 15 years. Customers who dare can experience amazement, thought-provoking flavor encounters, or dismay…

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Hamburg native David Busch grew up listening to his grandfather, Ray Gates, tell stories about his time behind the bar at The Steakhouse, an institution where Mason’s Grille 52 now stands. As he takes over the bar program at Carte Blanche on the corner where he used to work as a dishwasher at Buffalo Street Grille, he's right at home. “I came into a family atmosphere he…

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Hamburg’s Buffalo Street Grill is turning into an upscale casual restaurant called Carte Blanche. Following extensive interior renovations at 61 Buffalo St., the restaurant will double its seating with a second-story space including a second bar, said Andrew Murtha, Hamburg Hospitality Group general manager. There’s also plans for a second-story deck above the alleyway al…

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Hamburg’s Buffalo Street Grill is turning into an upscale casual restaurant called Carte Blanche. Following extensive interior renovations at 61 Buffalo St., the restaurant will double its seating with a second-story space including a second bar, said Andrew Murtha, Hamburg Hospitality Group general manager. There’s also plans for a second-story deck above the alleyway al…