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To say breakfast is a specialty at the Olympic restaurant is an understatement. The Town of Tonawanda restaurant's massive menu has so many breakfast choices, they are broken up under headings such as Breakfast Anytime, Breakfast Specials, Omelettes (at least 15 choices from $7.99 to $11.99), Additional Items and Sides. That's a lot of breakfast, so order a cup of co…

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In the heart of the Elmwood Village, consumers can get overwhelmed with the flurry of shops and restaurants lining Elmwood Avenue. But on the blocks between Lexington Avenue and Bryant Street, one location sticks out from the rest. Street Asian Food shines brightly, with an exterior to match. Maybe it is the neon green walls, or maybe it’s the flavors of Thailand, Burma…

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Quietly tucked away on the corner of Kenmore and Lyndale avenues is an amalgamation of American and Indian cuisine disguised by a worn-out storefront that looks like it hasn't changed since the spot opened in 1983. In fact, it probably hasn't. But that's part of the appeal of eating at JJ's Cafe. Walking into JJ's makes you feel like you're about to eat a family meal. O…

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Steve’s Pig & Ox Roast has not been owned and operated by Steve Prahovic for almost a generation, but many of its customers would never know it. His nephew, Marvin “Steve” Barberich, has owned and operated the Lackawanna restaurant for the past 17 years, doing things the same way his uncle did when he founded it 42 years ago. With a wall sign proudly honoring the…

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Ilio DiPaolo's offers a lunchtime special that is so good and inexpensive that it could be called the best-kept secret of the Blasdell restaurant and banquet facility. The Veloce Buffet features two casseroles, three soups, a salad bar and assorted baked goods. It’s a lot of food for a bargain of $10.99 and choices change daily. I discovered the delicious and varied …

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When seeking out Buffalo’s hidden food gems, it’s important to remember that first impressions can be deceiving. The entrance to Shawarma City isn’t exactly one that inspires hope. It’s tucked between a convenience store and a Chinese takeout that make up the three-business building at the corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Longmeadow Road. Walking in, the clean but …

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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…