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Every traveling Buffalonian has encountered The Annoying Chicken Wing Discussion. It’s an exchange that includes one well-meaning stranger asking if wings in Buffalo are really that good (usually right after insulting the city’s weather, industrial economy and/or football history), and requires one Buffalo native to answer in the affirmative — and then explain why. Answ…

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As Buffalo’s beer palate matures, the idea of the dive bar appears to follow a similar curve. Such is the case with Gene’s Junkyard Bar and Grill in Tonawanda. The unassuming façade sits just off of Young Street on the beautiful twists and turns of the waterfront. A sign that looks as though it predates the millennium is the only indication that a bar resides within. …

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At the jet-black hooded Mr. Goodbar on Elmwood Avenue, my wallet admired the day's specials, which included buy-one-get-one appetizers and even-cheaper-than-normal, cheap beers. "Goodbar's got a distinct smell to it," my friend said. And it does. Not a bad one, just a mixture of the fried mozzarella sticks I ordered and decades of spilled beers. He once left his jacket …

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If you say the words "dive bar" to a Buffalonian, more often than not you'll soon hear about a weird, late-night experience at the Old Pink. In its #SavetheDiveBar initiative this summer, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the Old Pink, at 223 Allen St., as one of seven bars that best depict a historic American dive. (It's technically called the A…

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On a small peninsula at the border of Lockport and Pendleton, where the Tonawanda Creek splits from the Erie Canal, sits a time-honored and storied spot that remains one of the area's best-kept summer retreats. Ship n' Shore dates back to 1917 as a tavern, with the building’s history extending even further beyond that. Tied closely to the development of the Erie Canal, …