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For a guy who loves vegetables, I’m oddly ambivalent about vegetarian cuisine. To me, the word carries undertones of abstemiousness, of lack, of a missing ingredient. I want to blame early childhood exposure to tofu, but it’s more likely a deeper, genuinely American shame. Decades of pervasive advertising has successfully embedded the notion. Meat: it’s what’s for dinner. …

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Dosa Place, a South Indian restaurant that formerly operated as Palace of Dosas on Millersport Highway, reopened last week in University Plaza. With its menu of dosas, appetizers, breads, rice dishes, vegetable curries, and other vegetarian food, Dosa Place reclaims the title of the only all-vegetarian restaurant in Western New York. Another specialty is Jain cuisine, sim…

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On Thanksgiving Day, downtown Buffalo finally got an Indian restaurant. Chennai Express is located at 452 Pearl St., across the street from the rear of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.  The 40-seat restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. It also offers delivery to downtown Buffalo addresses. Unlike most of the Indian restaurants in Western New York, Chen…

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The number of restaurants in Western New York focused on delivering broad selections of vegetarian food is increasing, but there are few or none with no meat at all on the menu. That could change before the end of October, as Dosa Place nears completion at 3500 Main St. “I think it will be soon, maybe a couple of weeks,” said Nick Emmanuel, who is from Sri Lanka and has s…