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Driving past the Savers plaza in Tonawanda, you could almost miss the small Taichi Bubble Tea sign in the strip mall. What doesn’t look like much from the outside has a surprisingly cozy interior, specializing in an unusual take on your average sushi roll. The ambiance is bright and modern, with light wooden booths giving you privacy for you and your friends to talk. Th…

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When the temperature drops, Buffalonians turn to that which we know and love: pot roasts, casseroles, soups, and, let’s be honest, fried anything. Ah, comfort food. It may not be the healthiest, but it’s what sustains us through winter. Taylor’s Tap & Grille offers diners praise-worthy, cooked-from-scratch comfort food. The establishment, which opened four yea…

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Whizzing along the New York State Thruway we’ve often seen the faded Lunetta’s Restaurant sign around the Cleveland Drive area. Finally, we decided to try it. Lunetta’s reminded us of an Italian diner/pizzeria. Not unlike a Greek version, Lunetta’s hits all the Italian notes, but also offers items like turkey bacon club ($8.10), roast beef on kaiser roll ($6.95) and hot…

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It started with chicken salad. Owner Willy Suleiman put one sample after another into my hands after he discovered it was my first time at the Depew Deli & Grocery. “We sell 40 pounds [of the chicken salad] per day,” he told me proudly, adding, “You must also try the marinated chicken.” He was not about to take no for an answer, and I didn’t want to refuse, anywa…

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When Jim and Sam Carlo moved back to Buffalo and bought waterfront property roughly 20 years ago, the couple's decision was considered crazy. There were few hints the city would take a turn for the better. Two decades later, during Buffalo's development boom, the Carlos call themselves retired: Jim, after years working for Sodexo as an executive chef at M&T Bank and…

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There’s a game we play during frequent visits to the Olive Branch family restaurant. You could call it “spot the biggest platter of food” or “there’s the next dish we should try.” It’s difficult not to ogle the food as tempting platters piled with meat, pasta and pancakes are taken past your table. But big portions alone wouldn’t be enough to keep people returning – whi…

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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…