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We are Francophiles, and why not? The French love food. In fact, they love the entire eating experience. We've nailed the first part but need to work on the second. We found an opportunity at Mon Ami Café & Bakery. Opened in March, Mon Ami occupies the former Globe Market space on Main Street. Fresh off our short NFTA Metro Rail ride we entered the bright, bea…

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Sometimes when you want a single chicken wing to go with that slice, you literally mean one wing – not a single order of 10. So we were intrigued when a co-worker tipped us to the fact that he often visits Carbone’s Pizza & Subs in the Old First Ward and grabs a slice and a few wings. Here's the deal: Walk in, choose a slice from a variety of pizzas waiting pipin…

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Some of the best sandwiches in Western New York can be found on the Lower West Side of Buffalo. Established in 2014, BreadHive Bakery & Cafe has become a staple on Connecticut Street. Its freshly made bread and quaint atmosphere keep BreadHive busy, and this worker-owned co-op is fairly affordable. On a recent Sunday morning, customers waited in a line that began…

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“Cold Coffee Lousy Food.” No, that’s not a Yelp review. It’s the slogan at Fast Teddy’s Restaurant. It takes guts to put that on your window, and I had to investigate. Apparently I’m not the only one intrigued by the slogan. “It draws a lot of people in,” said Dave Dewols, who co-owns the establishment with his wife, Gina. “They want to see what’s going on.” We…

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Confession: I’m a suburbanite, but when my downtown-working brother tipped me off to a hot little spot that wasn’t getting much press, but was killing it with cheap prices and superb food, I knew I had to visit.  I’m glad I did. Pete’s Place Food Shop, which opened in March 2018, is buried within the first floor of the Swan Tower downtown. To find it, follow your nos…

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In my mind, there are three ingredients to a good, old-fashioned diner. Good food, cheap prices, and coffee … lots of coffee. Teddy’s Family Restaurant ticks all three boxes—and lucky me, it’s just minutes away from my house, right on the Lackawanna/South Buffalo border. Teddy’s has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it storefront facing Abbott Road, and a large parking lot to …

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Julia Child said, “With enough butter, anything is good.” I see cheese the same way. Which is why I had high expectations walking into the Cheesy Chick Cafe. How could a place built around that most glorious of foods — cheese — be anything but excellent? The Cheesy Chick built a following since 2013 as a food truck, bringing cheesy goodness to locations around the area.…

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We heard boats whirring through the river, water lapping the shoreline and American flags rustling in the breeze during a recent lunch at Lumberjack's Patio Grill. The seasonal North Tonawanda restaurant boasts a spacious deck overlooking the Niagara River. There, with oldies and reggae music playing in the background, we basked in the sunshine, enjoying that most glori…

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If Rob Ray were a hot dog he would look like the caricature used for Rayzor’s Dawg House in Eden. Picture a black eye, missing tooth, shirtless Ray with the body of a hot dog, wrapped in a bun with gloves up. Stripes of ketchup and mustard run down his hot dog chest. While the restaurant bears his name, Ray isn’t involved anymore except to stop in and say hello to fr…

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A few years ago I went on a quest with my sister, who eats dairy-free, to find the best nondairy custard. We landed at a tiny, unassuming place on Grand Island called Adrian’s Custard & Beef. To our surprise, not only did it serve the best nondairy custard we had ever tasted — totally devoid of that weird chemical aftertaste common to dairy-free custard — but also s…

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In a nondescript plaza on Niagara Falls Boulevard is a standout deli serving all the staples in a slightly eccentric, time-tested atmosphere. Mayback’s Deli is a one-stop shop for takeout or eat-in pizza and wings, deli meats, hot and cold sandwiches, fish fries (available seven days a week), soups, salads, tacos, fried appetizers and more. Everything is delicious, rea…

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Honey lavender and rose pistachio are just a couple of the fragrant latte flavors offered at one of the Buffalo-area's cutest cafes. Lancaster Coffee Co. & Cafe is a gem of an eatery sparkling in the heart of the Village of Lancaster. We made our trip on a recent weekday, and easily found street parking along Central Avenue. People — and one lounging dog — were e…

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At Joan & Sue’s Family Restaurant, it feels like stepping into grandma’s house, complete with the wood paneling, tchotchkes and feeling of relaxation. It’s the kind of place where you’re served, but there’s also a measure of comfort afforded everyone to simply help themselves. A sign says “Help Thyself” underneath a table outfitted with cups and pitchers full of ice…

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Londa’s Diner, tucked into a plaza at 576 Dick Road in Depew, is a pleasant little place to enjoy a sit-down breakfast or lunch in a casual, down-home environment. The restaurant serves all the classic breakfast foods, plus a lunch menu featuring subs and wraps, fried fare, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads and homemade pies. Everything is under $10, with many optio…

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Sitting down to an oversized plateful of spaghetti smothered in red sauce, and blanketed with bubbling cheese, satisfies like little else. Parmed anything is the epitome of comfort food — not fancy or new but familiar and filling. Red-sauce joints, serving platefuls of parmed, sauced-up entrees, are something you’ll find across America. One of the lesser-known, and more…