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Lloyd Taco has apologized for apologizing. The Buffalo-based operator of a food truck empire and two brick-and-mortar restaurants has found itself caught in the middle of a political firestorm since serving lunch to employees of the federal detention center in Batavia last Wednesday. The company held a news conference Monday morning at its Hertel Avenue headquarters …

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Thursday morning, the owners of Lloyd Taco issued an apology for serving lunch to employees of the federal detention center in Batavia, which has held undocumented immigrants. Late Thursday, the owner of Deep South Taco took to Facebook to remind the public that members of law enforcement, active-duty military, homeland security and first responders "always" get 35% off…

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Sara Finnerty's fears were wrapped into one question she would ask herself: "Why in the world would you sell lobster in Western New York, and why would people buy it?" Finnerty, owner of the Maine Bite, a new food trailer operating out of East Aurora, has been pleasantly surprised with the village's response to her $18 lobster rolls and $6 New England clam chowder. "…

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Julia Child said, “With enough butter, anything is good.” I see cheese the same way. Which is why I had high expectations walking into the Cheesy Chick Cafe. How could a place built around that most glorious of foods — cheese — be anything but excellent? The Cheesy Chick built a following since 2013 as a food truck, bringing cheesy goodness to locations around the area.…

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As soccer fans gathered around the new blue food truck, one question buzzed repeatedly in conversation: "Just what exactly is a torta?" The Casa Azul Torta Truck made one of its first appearances last Friday, serving during FC Buffalo's home game against the Erie Commodores. The mobile extension of Casa Azul, the Mexican brick-and-mortar restaurant at 128 Genesee St., i…

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Larkin Square and Hydraulic Hearth will close Seneca Street between them from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday for a public block party all are welcome to attend. More than 40 vendors – including artisans and food trucks – will participate in the gathering. Free lawn games will be part of the fun along with acrobats from The Bird’s Nest, Mapleview Alpacas and puppies from Queen …

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Williamsville will soon be cheesier. The family owners of The Cheesy Chick food truck have announced they will take over the former Apple Wood Cafe, at 5385 Main St., to open the Cheesy Chick Cafe. Simone Fancher, her son Jonathan Rowan and daughter Stephanie Rowan unveiled more details after teasing the news on the truck's Facebook page Wednesday. The trio of owners…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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After a booming five years, Buffalo's food truck growth has pumped its brakes. Larkin Square's Food Truck Tuesday, which began in 2013 with roughly 15 trucks, originally shined the spotlight on mobile food vendors. The series' popularity, as well as the success of Lloyd Taco, the city's first truck, pushed the industry into overdrive. The number of food trucks more than…

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Food trucks are omnipresent today, showing up near your office for lunch during the week, parked outside your favorite stores on the weekend or showing up en masse at daylong festivals. There are at least six regular events focusing on food trucks. Here's a look. Tuesdays Food Truck Tuesdays, Larkin Square Details: 5 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 1. At least 10 new food tr…

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Get ready for an early taste of summer: the first Food Truck Tuesday is here. The seventh annual season for the weekly Larkin Square event opens at 5 p.m. April 23. For the first week, at least three trucks will make their Food Truck Tuesday debut: Falafel Bar, Fat Lady's Cakes & Pies, and Rollin' Deep. Music is by Funktional Flow. Other trucks scheduled to appea…

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"Food Truck Thursdays" will return to Niagara Falls in about a month. The weekly events, which feature food trucks and occasional musical performances at the Niagara Falls Train Station, will return May 9, it was announced Monday by Mayor Paul A. Dyster and the city's Office of Planning and Economic Development. Events run from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and take place …

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Fresh from New York, I absorbed everything about New Orleans: the music, magic tricks, waterways, but mostly, and forever in my mind, the food. Flavors danced like the jazz pouring from saxophones on Bourbon Street. The powdered beignets at Cafe Du Monde, Po’ Boys, jambalaya and — best of all, the seafood — seared into memory, reminding me to someday return for more. …

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A couple from Kazakhstan is taking their crêpes operation from a food truck to an Allen Street store. Irina Dyuzheva and her husband Igor Dyuzhev started selling crêpes from their Totally Edible truck in September 2017. Now they’ve taken over the food counter inside Holley Farms Market, 233 Allen St. To start, they’re offering the sweet and savory stuffed crêpe choic…

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Some of Buffalo's best bang-for-your-buck restaurants are getting national television exposure. Lloyd Taco, Doc Sullivan's, Fairy Cakes Cupcakery and Campfire Grill will appear on national TV, this time on the Cooking Channel's "#CheapEats." At 10 p.m. Nov. 7, episode 12 of season five features host Ali Khan exploring Lloyd Taco Factory's Williamsville location, tast…