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With the Irish tricolor as prevalent in South Buffalo as the stars and stripes that adorn the lightposts and houses, it is clear the neighborhood firmly identifies with its historical heritage. It is some surprise, then, that some of Buffalo's best pizza is found densely packed into this region of the city. Among these is Brick Oven Bistro, located on Abbott Road and su…

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One of the best things about South Buffalo is the hidden gems you find in its storied neighborhoods. Such is the case with the newly opened Can You Digg It, located on Hopkins Road near Tifft Street in the bones of what used to be the Hop Inn. Some friends met me out for one of Buffalo’s best traditions: drinks and wings, and some time on the patio. The original room wh…

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It wouldn’t be hard to spend a morning that turns into an afternoon and even spills into an evening at the Clarence Center Coffee Co. & Cafe. There is so much to try - and do - at this Clarence mainstay. Welcoming tiki torches and fresh flowers greet you on the way into the brick cafe where two chalkboard signs advertise hours and events in bubbly letters. Open M…

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The charming Swan Street Diner is a restoration of the Sterling Company diner cars originally made by the J.B. Judkins Company. When the company started to make the cars, they numbered them based on when they were finished from the time they started in 1936 until 1942. The soft yellow and maroon car that has made its home in Larkin Square is number 397. From the musi…

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A bright, sunny afternoon is the kind that begs for something cool and fresh, like a fruit smoothie at Squeeze Juicery. While glancing around for a place to sit at the Elmwood Avenue location (there also is a spot in Williamsville) and, wanting to bask in the sun with a healthy lunch, I zero in on one of the two coveted green sets of outside tables. On a busier day l…

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Hot dogs. Burgers. Ice cream. The trifecta of summer. Memorial Day always seems to click our questionable eating green light to the “on” position. To that end, we drove to Sonic Drive-In and immediately wondered, what took us so long? Open since 2015 in Cheektowaga, Sonic is a hoot. From the drive-in stanchion and carhops on roller skates, to classic music, we loved …

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On a brick street edging the Erie Canal in Lockport, the whiff of freshly roasted coffee beans infiltrates the air as you walk into Steamworks Coffee. The cafe is brimming with quirky details -- a chalkboard wall filled with scrawled signatures and doodles in funky colors, a shelf maxed out with board games, gear patterns stained into the handmade wooden tabletops, whic…

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Elie Harfouche, owner of The Pita Place, likes to serve food “exactly the way we eat it at home.” Home, to him, means Lebanon. Although he’s been in this country for 30 years, the food closest to his heart, and that he enjoys sharing with others, is the food he grew up eating. He and his wife and business partner, Frances, opened The Pita Place in 2014. Since then, t…

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Malak Mazeh had spent enough time managing chain restaurants. Born in East Los Angeles, he wanted a restaurant that reflected his roots and his Muslim faith, but also a new city that had slowly won him over. After his older brother married a Buffalonian, Mazeh spent three years in Buffalo before moving back to Los Angeles in 2015. Knowing he'd have the financial support…

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When people are looking for suggestions of the best burger in town, Grover's is one name that always makes the list. Thank the famous giant Grover Burger for that: 12 ounces of fresh 90 percent lean Angus beef that comes in a variety of choices from classic cheeseburger to Tex Mex. The dining area isn’t huge, so just write your name on the chalkboard and order a drink a…

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Bruno Italian Grill has moved in to the space formerly occupied by Rachel’s Mediterranean on the corner of Chippewa and Delaware. Trusting a similar business model to Rachel’s but a different cuisine, Bruno is hoping its fast-casual, build-your-own Italian concept will hit the ground running in stride with the time-crunched business crowd it’s hoping to entice. Bruno…

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Bruno Italian Grill, which opened in the former Rachel's Mediterranean at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street in March, has jumped on the quick-serve trend.

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Louie Yannello serves all the food he grew up eating in his Italian household: stuffed peppers, artichokes, salads, pastas and breads. “I have my own style of cooking, but it all comes from my mother, mainly,” said Yannello, owner of Louie’s Deli & Imports. “She would tell me, ‘If you like to eat, you’re going to have to learn how to cook.’ ” His parents started …

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With nearly 30 different flavors of hand-stretch, brick-oven New York style pizza, visitors to Zetti’s will have difficulty picking just one. A popular spot for take-out, Zetti's also has a small dining area. Options range from a classic cheese slice ($2.80) to a variety of specialty slices available daily ($3.92) like the Hawaiian Pizza loaded with melted cheese, salty…

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If you’ve been around Buffalo for a few years, chances are you’ve been to, or at least seen, a Joe’s Deli. With four locations now around Buffalo, Joe’s Deli offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy its sandwiches, wraps and salads. On a recent weekday, we checked out its Maple Road establishment, which opened last May, for lunch. Located in the plaza at the corner of…