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It's said you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, or in this case a sandwich by its name, but let's be honest, sometimes it's more fun that way. The number of times I've looked at a menu, not picked something by my turn to order, panicked and ended up choosing something with a fun name is too many to count. But I've learned that more often than not, a fun name equals a…

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Hot chocolate is something you grow up loving. As a child, you have it at home, pouring crystallized powder with mini marshmallows out of brown, paper packets, into a mug. You order it at diners and fancy restaurants, as a warm stand-in for Coke or Shirley Temples, and can immediately tell if they used one of those packets with water or real chocolate syrup and hot milk…

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The Coffee Culture chain may have closed up shop and left town last year, but the culture of coffee is flourishing in Western New York. While corporate caffeine delivery systems like Tim Hortons and Dunkin’ Donuts still dominate local market share and the curated allure of Starbucks is fading like the foam on your flat white, a handful of small and independently owned new…

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Open now for about three months at the corner of Allen St. and Park St., Grindhaus Café has brought a vegetarian dining option to a part of the city that has long needed one—even with Café 59’s legacy, Merge up the street, and Amy’s farther north. As the city’s demographics change, so do its tastes, and Megan Stewart’s corner café, modest but cozy, is making the tentative…

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Allen Burger Venture opened its doors in time for St. Patrick’s Day festivities Saturday, with 24 draft beers and an arsenal of canned beers. At 175 Allen St., it offers beer collection that’s heavy on craft brews, but there is also Blue Light.Another heavy aspect is the handles on the beer tower, a collection of black wrought iron implements like pitchfork a…

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Grindhaus Cafe is moving forward. After a slow winter, progress is resuming on Buffalo’s only all-vegetarian restaurant, at 160 Allen St., corner of Park, the old New York Pizzeria. “We were at a construction standstill for the past several months, but we’re finally getting back on track and resuming work this week,” said owner Megan Stewart. “I’ll have running water, isn’…

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Hydraulic Hearth, the Larkin Square restaurant masterminded by Harry Zemsky, opened Tuesday for dinner. “It’s definitely nervous excitement,” said Zemsky, who has worked in restaurants, but never opened one before. “It’s great to see it finally come together, and we’re really happy with it.” Hours will be 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday a…

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A former Starbucks barista is working on opening Buffalo’s only all-vegetarian restaurant on Allen Street. Megan Stewart plans to establish Grindhaus Café at 160 Allen St., corner of Park, the old New York Pizzeria. She’s currently working on construction to meet building code requirements. “I’d like to be open in November,” she said. She’s aiming for “a neighborhood caf…