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Tucked away down a sheltered offshoot of Route 5 near Woodlawn Beach, Dos Amigos on The Lake has recently renovated and re-opened its doors with upscale menu offerings more akin to that of its popular sister restaurant Lucia’s on the Lake. With plans for a big summer on the shores of Lake Erie, the former Mexican-American restaurant has all but abandoned its Mexican dis…

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Buffalo fish fries are special — different from what you'd find in Cleveland, Milwaukee or some other cities.  How? It mostly comes down to carbs and sides (There are right ones and wrong ones to get, according to News food critic Andrew Galarneau's power rankings.) And they come with a long history, too. Fish fry socials "were the Facebooks of their time. That…

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Once upon a time, Catholics gave up meat on Fridays not just during Lent, but all year round. "It was brilliant," said the Rev. Martin X. Moleski, who teaches at Canisius College. "Everyone knew that all of us were making a little tiny sacrifice that was meaningful. Fridays were different from any other day of the week. Every Friday was a little Lent, and every Sunday w…

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1) Valentine's Day activities, various times in various places (but Valentine's Day is Feb. 14, if you're behind). -- Where to get local aphrodisiacs -- in food! -- Beer-focused Valentine's Day events, via Kevin Wise -- Just Pizza's heart-shaped pie celebration, via Emeri Krawczyk -- New flavors from Blue Table Chocolates, via Emeri Krawczyk -- Sound choices for Valentine…

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We had driven by Jades Restaurant many times with, “We should go there.” We finally picked a cold Tuesday night after being thwarted on a busy Friday when we couldn’t find parking in the tiny lot. The building sits on an angle on a weird bend on Broadway between Dick and Transit roads. Was the road moved or the building built that way? Jades has been around over 45 years, …

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Whenever Dyngus Day approaches -- and it arrives on Monday, legitimate extension of the weekend -- Anderson Cooper's reaction to the Polish festival in 2012 is mandatory viewing. If you're short on time, fast forward to 1:42 in the video below. [bn_youtube id="6hRG2WHFFm8"] [Also, remember, Anderson Cooper has promised to one day visit a Buffalo Dyngus Day, as some local…

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By LESA QUALE FERGUSON "My View" contributor to The Buffalo News Originally published on Sept. 28, 2001 One Friday, in the Seattle, Wash., seafood restaurant where I waited tables, a customer pushed away the menu and asked me, "Can I get a fish fry here?" I pointed to the bounty of fresh seafood on the menu, but he needed that fish fry like Dorothy needed her ruby slipper…

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Fish fry season is in full swing and Wiechec’s in Kaisertown has a good one. (Honestly, Wiechec’s is good anytime of the year.) My Dad grew up on Weiss Street in K-town. My first memory is my cousin’s Communion party circa 1975.Bar in front, tables and booths in back. Throwback vinyl tile floor, wood paneled walls with waitress buzzers of a time gone b…

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By Bill Michelmore Former Buffalo News Staff Reporter When it comes to regional culinary delights, Buffalo Niagara has a heritage dripping with chicken wing sauce and piled high with beef on weck. But when you talk to people who have spent their lives in this area, it seems we're also swimming in fish fries. "I grew up Catholic, and meat was never allowed on Fridays," s…

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It’s Friday and it’s fish fry season. Time to make some decisions.Baked, broiled or beer-battered? Coleslaw or macaroni salad? German or American potato salad? Dine-in or takeout?And finally – where to get our fish fry? We can help you with that last question through Gusto’s annual fish fry guide. Following are some of the area churches, schools…

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We love our fish fry here – especially the traditional Friday fish fry served everywhere from church basements to school cafeterias. If you are a church, school, legion hall or community center hosting a Friday fish fry, please send us your information to be included in Gusto’s community fish fry guide. It will be published in the Feb. 19 Gusto plus online at…

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The Flaming Fish, Buffalo’s first black-operated food truck, was born in a fish-fry tent. Deanna Johnson and her husband Shonell drew long lines for their cornmeal-dusted haddock and other fried delights at their food tent this summer. At jazz festivals, the Juneteenth Festival and other events, she and Shonell, who originally met working for a catering company, have offe…

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A new fried-fish emporium has come to town, and it has a decidedly foreign twist. The British Chippy, the South Park Avenue fish-and-chips shop run by English Pork Pie Company owners Vicky and Damian Parker, began serving food Friday. Although the husband-and-wife duo originally planned to debut in February, the June 6 soft opening featured a limited menu focused on Batt…