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Everyone has their own definition of hidden gem. It's an idiom that can send you on long, country roads for an hour or through your own neighborhood to a place you never thought to check out before. When I asked bloggers about their favorite hidden gems, I expected a range of answers. Surprisingly, there seemed to be only two categories: food and attractions. Foodies…

Food and Drink

A restaurant must be a cut above the rest for News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau to award 10 out of 10 plates in a dining review. The food does not necessarily have to be perfect, but the entire experience -- from decor to efficiency to noise level -- must meet the lofty standards of a food writer who's eaten at hundreds of local restaurants. In light of his 10-plate revi…

Food and Drink

A restaurant must be a cut above the rest for News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau to award 10 out of 10 plates in a dining review. The food does not necessarily have to be perfect, but the entire experience -- from decor to efficiency to noise level -- must meet the lofty standards of a food writer who's eaten at hundreds of local restaurants. In light of his 10-plate revi…

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During my year as The Buffalo News’ designated eater, I got to enjoy the work of some of the region’s most talented cooks. Here are 10 dishes that punctuated some of my year’s most memorable meals. They’re not necessarily the biggest plates, using the rarest ingredients, or the specialty of the house. They are dishes I was eating when something clicked for me, helping me …

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On National Dessert Day, here’s a baker’s dozen of excellent reasons to celebrate. A few of these might be off the menu by now, but chances are there’s something else to fall in love with. Red Raspberry Rhapsody sundae at Antoinette’s, 5981 Transit Road, Depew. Because housemade raspberry sauce, ice cream and whipped cream has its own gravitational pull. -------------…

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Restaurateur Mark Hutchinson is buying Papa Jake’s. The deal should close this week, Hutchinson said. The yet-to-be-renamed restaurant at 1672 Elmwood Ave. will be freshened up but still feel like an old-time tavern, Hutchinson said, a place you'd go to watch a game. Fish fries, wings, burgers and other made-fresh dishes will be on the menu, along with a chalkboard listin…

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In three years and change, I’ve reviewed 173 restaurants in Western New York. (There are excellent places I haven’t reviewed yet, for which you have my apologies.) Of those, here are 20 places I recommend first. I rate restaurants on a scale of plates, with 10 being my top rating. Plates are an indicator of overall happiness, with quality of food, service, room and pric…

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For years, I’ve badgered Buffalo diners for the names of their favorite restaurants with the unflattering tenacity of a dachshund on a chicken bone. One name kept resurfacing, like that guy who pops up in your Facebook feed with bewildering frequency. Except this name was offered as a confession. “I’m sorry,” an urbane and well-traveled friend told me. “I don’t really have…