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Sweet news for legions of the region’s Butter Block fans: the beloved bakery has found its home in Buffalo. The shop will be at 426 Rhode Island St., in the Five Points neighborhood on the West Side. It will be across the street from Remedy House coffee shop, down the block from Las Puertas restaurant, and across the intersection from Five Points Bakery, which started a…

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A humid summer with plenty of 90-degree days can leave you craving frozen treats. There’s a new trend, for adults, allowing you to mix the nostalgia of your childhood with an adult beverage. Here are just a few spots where you can find some of these boozy summer treats: Thin Man Brewery/Tappo Pizza 166 Chandler St. The relatively new development on Chandler Street has…

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The Erie County Fair is known for teasing exotic foods to build a buzz for the 12-day festival, which runs from Aug. 7-18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Years ago, the mammoth deep-fried turkey legs – roughly the size of bowling pins – were the stunner, but more recently it's been concoctions such as deep-fried butter, a doughnut grilled cheese, a deep-fried pizza cone and…

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One of Buffalo’s star desserts has inspired an alcoholic homage that’s due to arrive in time to brighten winter. Ellen Gedra’s sticky toffee pudding at the Black Sheep, rich whipped-cream-topped date cake in a cauldron of caramel, has been turning heads for years. One fan, Ethan Cox, is an owner of a beer company. Which is why Gedra joined Cox at Community Beer Works…

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For years, uniting ice cream and chicken wing flavor was easy fodder for April Fools Day in Buffalo, or one-offs in Fredonia. Now, the flavor might be here to stay. Beginning Saturday, Lake Effect Ice Cream is serving a flavor called Medium, Extra Creamy at both 1900 Hertel Ave. and 79 Canal St., Lockport, and there's a chance it could stick on the regular menu. Whil…

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Ko-Ed Candies has been a South Buffalo staple since 1947. Even after longtime owners Gary and Sandy Whitt retired and fellow chocolatier Platter's took over the business four years ago, Ko-Ed's sponge candy and other sweets have remained rabidly popular. Chocolate lovers will now have greater opportunity to take advantage of Ko-Ed Candies, at 285 Abbott Road, which will…

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For workers and residents by Canalside and KeyBank Center, the Harborcenter Tim Hortons has been the primary option for baked goods and coffee. Thanks to Monday's grand opening of Bakery 55, situated in the rear of Labatt House, which also contains Labatt Brew House and the Draft Room, there's now a compelling alternative, replete with fresh bread, giant cookies, a hard…

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The Southgate Plaza location of Paula's Donuts was mobbed Wednesday morning for the debut of the local shop's chocolate chip cannoli-filled doughnut, available also in the business' Tonawanda and Clarence locations. The special variety of doughnut was released for Hospice Week; 50 percent of the proceeds from the ricotta-filled dessert, available for $3 apiece or $2.50 …

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A sure sign spring approaches is the opening of seasonal ice cream shops and stands. Even on the chilly days of March, Buffalonians leave the house to grab a cone, bowl or sundae. Whether these businesses serve house-churned ice cream or purvey Akron-based Perry's Ice Cream or another brand, the seasonal ice cream shops and stands whet palates for the arrival of warm we…

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Since the day it opened in 2011, the multi-ethnic food court on Grant Street called West Side Bazaar has given me heartburn. Not from indigestion, but the fear of making poor decisions about what to eat. It offers more than 100 dishes that channel a dozen cuisines from around the world. So the chance of picking a dud – then watching an eye-popping dish carried by your t…

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Fans of the chocolate-vanilla twist custard and roast beef on weck at Adrian's Custard & Beef won't need Google Maps to find the seasonal restaurant's new home on Grand Island. After 30 years on Grand Island Boulevard, the popular summertime destination is moving into expanded digs – directly across the street from the old location. The owner of Adrian's on Frida…

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After abruptly closing its doors in October last year, Fry Baby Donuts is abruptly reopening. Fry Baby, Buffalo's first vegan doughnut shop, held its "grand re-opening" Thursday morning, serving its first fresh doughnuts in three months. In October, owner Ann Hogan said she was not sure she would reopen, at that address or elsewhere. But an Instagram post appeared su…

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For Connie and Jack Thayer, construction paper with the letters P-I-E changed their lives. The Thayers own Portage Pie, a carry-out pie shop in Westfield that cranks out 18 flavors of scrumptious, homemade pies one by one. But a few short years ago, the Thayers found themselves "dirt poor" after Jack lost his job at a woodworking shop in 2003. After a series of odd jobs…

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Chocolate and wine take center stage at the Theater District’s newest spot for pre- and post-show socializing. Former Chow Chocolat chocolatier Jaclyn Krajewski has opened Jaclyn A Artisan Chocolate and Wine Lounge at 41 W. Tupper St. Located in the Henry Building, it serves up a variety of custom-made sweets that usually involve chocolate, but go beyond candy into a…

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Imagine what would happen if Buddy the Elf worked at Perry's Ice Cream, and you'll get an idea of what the Akron company's latest limited-edition holiday ice cream flavor entails. Elf Trash is a white chocolate ice cream with red and green fudge candies, fudge-covered pretzels, fudge-covered peanuts and praline peanuts. But if chilling by the fire is more your holida…