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Hidden in University Plaza is Venus, a Greek restaurant serving all of the classics. Although there are bar stools for customers to sit at while dining in, most people grab their food and go after ordering at the counter. The decor is a little quirky, with Egyptian black and gold statues placed around the room accent pieces and bright colorful walls. The Mediterranean r…

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Though the national conversation about Buffalo food revolves around pizza and wings (and there's no question that Buffalo is the place for these delights), one of the area's best-kept secrets is that it has some very good barbecue joints. There are a growing number of very good barbecue restaurants popping up around the area to join smokehouses like Smokin’ Little Dine…

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Here in the Cheap Eats department we are pragmatic. We rejoice at a place like Prima Oliva in Hamburg, as it serves many purposes. Want to eat healthy? Check. Need to stock up on olive oils and balsamic vinegar? Check. Originally, Prima Oliva sold only gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegar in its village shop. In February, it moved to expand and add a café. (It too…

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The first time I had tasted one of Viola’s famous subs was at the summer's Galbani Italian Heritage Festival. Since then, I have already visited its brick-and-mortar location in Niagara Falls for more of Viola's delicious sandwiches loaded with tangy dressing, mild cheese and thinly sliced steak. The atmosphere of the restaurant is extremely casual. Bold red walls are l…

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For years we have yearned for a way to work off Cheap Eats calories simultaneously as we eat. We think we found an experience that comes pretty close. The Clarence Pizza Company sits just off the Clarence bike path where it crosses Goodrich Road, for an easy pedaling stop. (Of course you can drive there, too.) The menu includes standard pizzeria fare and more. Regula…

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In the warmer weather, the Delaware Park loop feels more like a slice of urban life than some of the city’s more popular streets. The park bustles with strolling families and couples, exercising friends, club teams, little league and everyone between. Ashker’s in the Park captures everyone’s attention as a stand that has -- brace for it -- free water. Yes, Ashker’s free…

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The full name of the establishment located at 1771 Love Road in Grand Island is Say Cheese Pizza Co./The Comic Book Cafe, but it’s the latter moniker that’s remembered. Ask local superhero aficionados about Say Cheese Pizza Co., and you’ll get a shoulder shrug. Ask about the Comic Book Cafe, and you’ll get a high-five. That is not because of the food, although the food …

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The round-shaped building that overlooks the Niagara River in Lewiston has held its ground there since the days of the Great Gorge Railway in the 1930s when it stored the coal used to run the steamers keeping the bustling waterfront going. It didn't become the restaurant called The Silo until April of 1998, but has since made a name for itself and won awards for its del…

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Summer’s fleeting, so we feel obligated to chow down as much charcoal-grilled food as we can. Louie’s Original Foot Long took over the space at 1893 Niagara St. that was previously the site of George’s American Diner, and opened in March. The new location replaces the long-time one on Elmwood Avenue that was destroyed by a fire in 2013. Old photos on the walls pay ho…

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“This is a staple, like a Buffalo staple,” a passing young woman told her friend while pointing at Chris’ NY Sandwich Co., where I sat under an awning barely providing refuge from the mid-summer heat. One would never guess this business lost everything in an electrical fire a little over a year ago. Since Chris’ opened back up in June in stride, it’s continued to fulfil…

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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…