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The new crop of Buffalo restaurants - dubbed #NewBuffalo by News food editor Andrew Galarneau two years ago - rarely has time for maintaining websites. The list of internet-presence priorities has shifted considerably over the past five years: regularly updated, colorful Facebook and Instagram pages are a must, while affiliations with reservation apps such as OpenTable …

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After years of criss-crossing Western New York with its trucks, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs opened a place to call its own on June 13. Brothers Paul and Frank Tripi have turned a former automobile repair shop at 707 Kenmore Ave. into their first restaurant. The counter-service place serves up the custom hot dogs that Frank has been known for, with several new food items -…

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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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Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs Cuisine: Artisan hot dogs, grass-fed burgers and hand-cut fries. Owner: Frank Tripi Price range: $3.99-$5.99 Established: 2013 Dishes to try: Modern Chicago (hot dog with tomato jam, mustard, spicy house peppers and a pickle) $5.69; Violet Beauregard (hot dog with blueberry barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese and onion crunch), $5.69. Good…

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There might not be a more common American foodstuff than the french fry — which is why uncommon fries are a draw of their own. Frozen fries shaken out of a bag into a deep-fryer can be good. But the greatest fries of all are made from fresh potatoes, carefully crafted for the perfect crisp-tender bite. These are destination fries, worth the trip by themselves. Fri…

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Whether you call them franks, links, dogs, street meat (derogatory!), wieners or hot dogs, July 23 is National Hot Dog Day, a tribute to one of the premier summer grilling foods. Now that we're (more or less) past #WienerGate, Western New York can set aside their differences and support a wide range of hot-dog vendors for lunch, whether they're brick-and-mortar restaurant…

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If you thought famous restaurants like Ted’s and Chef’s launching food trucks meant controversy over Buffalo’s trucks was history, you haven't heard about Wienergate. One weekday lunch hour last month, Buffalo developer and restaurant owner Rocco Termini crossed Oak Street carrying a loaded tray of hot dogs. He was headed for the line at the Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs truck …

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Violet Beauregarde would be proud to know a Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs specialty frank is named in her honor.The “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” character might rightfully recoil from anything blue – she inflated from experimental blueberry pie gum – but the allure of a rich, slightly sweet blueberry glaze blanketing a housemade hot dog, with cheddar cheese and a heaping m…