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Since June 7 is National Donut Day, we asked our readers for their nominees for best doughnut in Western New York.  The answer should be no surprise: Out of dozens of submissions, Paula's Donuts dominated. "I’d say Paula’s, but they don’t serve donuts," wrote Chuck Chucklahoma Kelly. "They serve three-course meals disguised as donuts!" But which Paula's doughnut w…

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Now that National Day celebrations are part of Buffalo's lexicon, local businesses are better prepared for big food dates, like Friday's National Donut Day. (Even though our style spells it "doughnut," we'll sacrifice for this occasion). National Donut Day is more than just discounted desserts, although those are plentiful. Chrusciki Bakery, Public Espresso and Tim Horton…

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The scenes at the Tonawanda, West Seneca and Clarence Paula's Donuts late last week were pure bedlam. Lines out the door, employees frantically assembling giant orders and a limited inventory that left many a late-arriving sweet-tooth empty handed. The specialty doughnuts vanished at all three locations before noon on three of the five days. The debut of Paula's cannoli…

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Known as a popular family destination in the fall - when apples flourish - Mayer Bros. Cider Mill has delivered a surprising announcement: It will open in the spring, too, with the official date scheduled for March 20, president Garrett Mayer confirmed. The mill at 1540 Seneca Creek Road in West Seneca is beloved for fresh-and-hot apple cider doughnuts, refreshing cider…

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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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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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Remember how Dr. Seuss' The Grinch witnessed his heart grow three sizes in one day? Tim Hortons is doing something similar with its Timbits, just without the green fur and innate pessimism. The international coffee chain has picked three United States locations - including the Tim Hortons at 5945 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park - for a giveaway of Snowbits, or Timbits thr…

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Fry Baby Donuts, Buffalo’s first vegan doughnut shop, has closed. Located at 336 S. Elmwood Ave., the tiny spot drew doughnut aficionados and the animal-product-avoidant with its colorful, offbeat flavors. Its assortment posted to social media Sept. 20 included caramel apple, cranberry granola crunch, mocha latte, and a London Fog version, with Earl Grey tea and vani…

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If you like your Tim Hortons doughnuts by the box, you are now paying a little bit more. Prices went up slightly on a handful of items at Western New York Tim Hortons shops Wednesday. The most notable menu item to have its price change from Tuesday to Wednesday was a dozen doughnuts, which are up 40 cents from $8.99 to $9.39, a rise of 4.5 percent. The cost of a h…

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Unlike its Buffalo location, the Donut Kraze in the Town of Tonawanda doesn't have a drive-thru. But one customer tried to make his own. On Friday, for the second time in six years, someone smashed through the storefront of one of the chain's two locations. "You don't think this would ever happen to you twice in your life," owner John Gruber said Wednesday morning as…

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It has come to my attention that lots of people have spent this month “eating clean” to “take care of themselves” in an attempt to “live longer.” Whatever. For all you strivers, on this final day of January, I give you a baker’s dozen of defiant deliciousness. Because nothing says “sod off nature, I’m gonna live forever” like a fistful of deep-fried sugar grenade. St…

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When news came out that Paula's Donuts planned to open a location in the Southgate Plaza in West Seneca at a time when Tim Hortons seemed on the verge of building one of its shops on every corner in Western New York, it was natural to wonder what effect that might have on the nearby venerable Eileen's Centerview Bakery. Robert Frick, whose mother started the bakery, sai…

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CinCity Donuts, a mini-doughnut franchise, is behind Chester's Gators and Taters. S'mores doughnuts * Maple and bacon doughnuts Cincity Donuts is located in I8 on the Erie County Fair map. S'mores Gourmet Donuts S'mores doughnuts: The freshly fried doughnut cake is not too sweet, and the chocolate melts right in. Yum! Return to main #ECFare list Back to Desserts …

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Elmwood Village favorite Nektar will be expanding under new owners, with a new menu and a new name.The restaurant’s patio will be enclosed for seating, adding about 800 square feet to its dining space, said Thomas Cowan, one of the new owners. If all goes well, the restaurant, at 451 Elmwood Ave., could be open by the end of October, he said.It’s not clear yet what sort of…