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Situated on the first floor of the Cathedral Place building with access from both Main Street and Cathedral Park, newly opened Mon Ami Café & Bakery is bringing refined French flair downtown. Serving an selection of Parisian café classics along with a concise array of sandwiches and small plates, Mon Ami is catering to the city center’s workforce with delicate, flav…

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Downtown workers and dwellers can add a French-inspired café to their breakfast and lunch choices starting next week. Mon Ami Café & Bakery is getting ready to open in the Cathedral Place building, 298 Main St. The last restaurant in that spot was Globe Market Café, which closed in 2015. Its first service is set for 7 a.m. March 5. Mon Ami Café will be the fir…

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Starting Friday, Breton buckwheat crêpes, croissants and more will be offered on the Washington Street side of the Market Arcade. French pastry chef Camille Le Caer is opening his second Maison Le Caer location in the historic building, an ornate, three-story space that runs from 617 Main St. through to Washington Street. The cafe has entrances from the street and the b…

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A round-trip plane ticket from Buffalo to Paris costs about $1,000, which is an expensive way to live like a Parisian for a Queen City dweller. Whoever says one needs to travel all the way to Paris for a French experience doesn’t understand the magic of a picturesque brick wall, a croissant, a beret and a particularly lively, romantic imagination. To feel like you’re…

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Camille Le Caer and his band of bakers opened Pastry by Camille on June 21, providing Hertel Avenue with an assortment of French flavors. The bakery-cafe at 1416 Hertel Ave., the former Globe Market space, kicked off its menu of pastries, crepes, coffee and bread to a waiting coterie of customers. Baguettes ($2.90) and seasonal fruit tarts ($6.50) can be had else…

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Dressed in a white baker's uniform, with a thick French accent, Camille Le Caer fit the role perfectly this week as he sought and received support from the Buffalo Planning Board for his new North Buffalo pastry shop. Le Caer is seeking to open his French bakery, Boulanger Patisserie, in the former Globe Market space at 1416 Hertel Ave., with an existing outdoor cafe. T…

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Tabree owner Bryan Bryndle is overhauling his Snyder fine dining restaurant. Starting April 14, the menu will be refocused to French steakhouse. Bryndle is considering a new name, Entrecote, to reflect the change for his restaurant, at 4610 Main St. Entrecote is a French term for a cut of sirloin steak. “We’re going to lose the American-slash-Italian cuisine that we pick…

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Restaurant years are like dog years. Five years can be a memorable place’s lifetime, 10 years a “great run.” Yet longevity is no guarantee of excellence by itself. Some of the longest-lived places are fueled by diners’ fond memories more than fine food. Which brings us to Rue Franklin, one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Buffalo since…

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Since Western New Yorkers have shown the willingness to cross U.S.-Canada border as Swiss Chalet pilgrims, in search of the rotisserie chicken and fries of their youth, it seems worthwhile to point out that there are beaucoup culinary adventures to be had there. Whether you've crossed the Canadian border in search of theater, another view of the famed waterfall, or an aft…