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Burger flippers have a long history of trying to outdo one another, and their customers reap the results. The one-upsmanship has produced a wave of better burgers, ones that show advanced architectural skills, and turn heads as they pass by on the way to a lucky diner. Here's seven burgers a machine would never make. No. 6 ($16) from Allen Burger Venture 175 Allen S…

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It has come to my attention that lots of people have spent this month “eating clean” to “take care of themselves” in an attempt to “live longer.” Whatever. For all you strivers, on this final day of January, I give you a baker’s dozen of defiant deliciousness. Because nothing says “sod off nature, I’m gonna live forever” like a fistful of deep-fried sugar grenade. St…

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Faster, cheaper bread was once hailed as a great American innovation. These days, Western New Yorkers who want loaves made the old-fashioned way have to search for their daily bread. There are places using natural starters, which harness the power of wild yeast to unlock the nutritional value of grain and improve digestibility, and places making bread free of chemicals li…

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Faster, cheaper bread was once hailed as a great American innovation. These days, Western New Yorkers who want loaves made the old-fashioned way have to search for their daily bread. There are places using natural starters, which harness the power of wild yeast to unlock the nutritional value of grain and improve digestibility, and places making bread free of chemicals li…

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With Easter and its season of Lenten obligations behind us, plenty of people have had their fill of the Western New York fish fry. Beer-battered filets and the trinity of mac, potato and slaw have their place in our hearts, maybe too much so. These days, when I stray from dependables like the Crow’s Nest and Wiechec’s, I am too often reminded that “battering” is also the …

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Fresh pasta is a daunting task for restaurants, requiring significant investments. Sometimes it requires expensive equipment, but it always demands cooks skilled in forming its shapes and cooking them in the narrow time window fresh pasta allows. Here’s to places that make housemade pasta a priority. 1) Ristorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Ave., 879-4291 Pasta dish: Tonarel…