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While the Taste of Orchard Park was a sterling night for several curious eaters on Wednesday, Chef's on the Go food truck had a far less fortunate evening. According to Chef's Restaurant's Facebook page and press release, the red mobile eatery was set ablaze by a "significant fire," causing damage and forcing the truck out of action. The Orchard Park Fire District respo…

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Don't make an immediate beeline for the wine slushies. Well, you can - who am I to tell you not to? - but through experience, they're most refreshing after a few hours of sampling food from among the 200 individual options at the Taste of Buffalo, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 at Niagara Square and up Delaware Avenue. Maybe it'…

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After two weeks of big crowds and great weather, here are nine things to know about the Canalside Live concerts. 1. Mother Nature the MVP. Last summer, Thursdays were plagued with rain (seven of 10 shows in 2017). After a lousy spring for Western New York this year, summer-like weather has blessed the first two shows. Bright sunshine and temperatures in the 70s lasted w…

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Heads up, hot-dog lovers. Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs owners Frank and Paul Tripi will open their first brick-and-mortar restaurant on June 11 at 707 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda, at the intersection of Starin Avenue, with hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The project of the food truck connoisseurs was announced in November, updated last month with news that Frank's EXPO Market ve…

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WYRK's Taste of Country Gates at 4 p.m., show begins at 6. Tickets cost $35 and may be purchased here. Does it get any better for country music fans than WYRK’s Taste of Country? When it comes to this evening of established names and rising talents in the genre, the answer is no. Here's this year’s lineup: Thomas Rhett, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Danielle Bradbery …

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The food truck scene in Buffalo has grown exponentially since its birth in 2011. More than 55 mobile eateries — ranging from barbecue to tacos to french fries to a plethora of desserts — stop regularly throughout the area, many in rotation at Larkin Square's Food Truck Tuesdays, Food Truck Thursdays in Niagara Square, Food Truck Fridays at the Marriott and the monthly F…

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Danielle Sass is the sass and the baker behind the food truck Sassi Cakes. She founded her baking business in 2011 and added a food truck, of which she speaks very fondly, a few years later. Her original idea was to travel around Buffalo streets with a cake and ice cream truck, but when food trucks became popular she took that route and focused on cupcakes. Now you’ll f…

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Niagara Café Pastelillos and More Cuisine: Puerto Rican fare. Owner: Raul Hernandez Price range: $2-$12 Established: 2017 Dishes to try: Beef and cheese pastelillos (savory, stuffed turnovers made with flaky dough), $3; roast pork (served with rice and beans), $10. Brick and mortar location: 525 Niagara St. Social media: Facebook, Twitter

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Chef's Restaurant on the Go Cuisine: Old-fashioned Italian-American menu built on a foundation of slightly sweet red sauce. A Buffalo classic. Owner: Lou Billittier and Mary Beth Billittier-Darling Price range: $3.50-$9 Established: 2015 Dishes to try: Spaghetti Parmesan (lightly sauced pasta served under a thick layer of browned melted mozzarella), $9; meatba…

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Chilly Billy's Cuisine: Nostalgia-inducing, prepackaged ice cream novelties—just like the ones you loved as a kid. Owner: Bill Pavone Price range: $1-$3.50 Established: 2006 Dishes to try: Perry's Chocolate Sundae Crunch Bar (vanilla ice cream with chocolate center and cake crunch coating, on a stick), $1.50; Choco Taco (sugar cone "taco shell" filled with fud…

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Get Fried Cuisine: Loaded French fries, dipping sauces and fried finger food favorites. Owner: Chris Covelli Price range: $4-$11 Established: 2017 Dishes to try: The 716 (fries topped with shredded chicken, Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing), $6.50; Truffle Love (fries topped with truffle oil, Parmesan and cilantro), $6.50. Brick-and-mortar locati…

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Order Here by Pi Craft Pizza Cuisine: Hand-crafted pizzas with traditional and gourmet toppings. Owner: Pi Craft Pizza Price range: $3.75-$6 Established: 2018 Dishes to try: Rotating selection of specialty pizzas; side of meatballs; dessert pizza (cinnamon, sugar and Nutella); prices vary according to event. Brick and mortar location: 1750 Niagara Falls Blv…

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit Cuisine: Authentic hickory-smoked, Texas-style pit barbecue. Owner: Abban Westby Price range: $10-$15 Established: 2016 Dishes to try: Frito pie (corn chips smothered in pulled beef brisket, pinto beans, cheese and onions, sprinkled with rib rub), $9.75; brisket mac stack (pulled beef brisket over creamy macaroni and cheese), $9.75. Br…

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Falafel Bar Cuisine: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean choices made daily in-house from fresh ingredients. Owner: Oded Rauvenpoor Established: 2018 Price range: $3-$9 Dishes to try: Shawarma wrap (seasoned shaved chicken with hummus, lettuce, tomato and tahini), $9; falafel wrap (fried chickpea fritters with tahini, hummus, lettuce and tomato), $9; three sister…

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Cruisin' Crêpes Cuisine: Sweet and savory French-inspired crêpes made with organic ingredients. Owner: Edward Gath Price range: $6-$9 Established: 2013 Dishes to try: Lemon berry crêpe (tart lemon curd folded in a light, sweetened crêpe, topped with berries and whipped cream), $6.50; breakfast crêpe (eggs, cheese and bacon or Black Forest ham folded in a savor…