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Victor Parra Gonzalez previewed his upcoming creative Mexican menu at at Bourbon & Butter on Monday night. The Acapulco-born chef, who opened Jaguar at the Bistro in Youngstown in 2013, is working on a West Side restaurant called Las Puertas, 385 Rhode Island St. He hopes to open it this summer. In the meantime, his sister Diana Parra will be running the Youngstown op…

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I recently ate a cricket. In all fairness, the cricket was fried, covered in Mexican spices and served atop a house-made requesón, a Latin American cheese similar to ricotta, but it was a cricket nevertheless. Living in the age of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and Anthony Bourdain, I realize that unless I am gobbling down a living tarantula and flossing with its tiny…

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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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The Black Market Food Truck and Mexican chef Victor Parra Gonzalez, who runs Youngstown's Jaguar at the Bistro, will team up for a one-night menu next Monday. The menu includes lengua tacos, pork pibil tortas, braised octopus with romesco sauce and fava beans, and atole, a corn drink. Dessert will include doughnuts filled with ancho chile ganache. The one-night menu will…

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When Mike Andrzejewski invited Victor Parra Gonzalez to join talents for a seven-course Mexican extravaganza downtown at Bourbon & Butter, the dinner sold out in record time, Andrzejewski said. Gonzalez is a young chef from Acapulco who runs Jaguar at the Bistro, in Youngstown. After decades in Buffalo kitchens, Andrzejewski is one of the city’s leading chefs, with fo…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez, the chef from Acapulco offering Mexican-influenced modern fare near Old Fort Niagara, is coming downtown for dinner next week. On May 13, Gonzalez will be offering dinner in collaboration with Chef Mike Andrzejewski, at Bourbon & Butter, Andrzejewski’s fine dining restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St. [read the Bourbon & Bu…

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Fresh off a win at the March 29 edition of the Nickel City Chef live cooking contest, Youngstown’s only Acapulco-born chef will start offering a lunch menu of his Mexican-inspired cuisine. Victor Parra Gonzalez, who opened Jaguar at the Bistro, 110 Main St., Youngstown, in 2013, will start offering lunch April 14. The menu includes empanadas stuffed with Veracruz-style fi…

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When white-tablecloth chefs decide to relax and do blue-collar food, the results can be memorable. That's why you might want to stop by Ashker's Juice Bar, 1002 Elmwood Ave. Monday night. Carmelo Raimondi and David Murphy of Carmelo's Restaurant in Lewiston and Victor Parra Gonzalez of Jaguar at the Bistro in Youngstown are Niagara County fine-dining chefs combining forc…

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The biggest surprise at Jaguar at the Bistro is not that it's a Mexican restaurant in Youngstown, almost 30 minutes by car from downtown Buffalo. It's not the fine-dining cuisine, the family friendly atmosphere or the weekly live music, either. It's the cocktails. The restaurant's drink list does not look like much, at first glance. The bar is a small, U-shaped outpost in…

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The 2015 season of Nickel City Chef adds Edward Forster of Buffalo Proper as the fifth member of the "home team." Those chefs will compete against other up-and-coming culinary talents in five live hour-long cooking battles this spring. Forster's cooking helped put Buffalo Proper on my list of best new restaurants of 2014. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They usuall…

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Up in Youngstown, chef Victor Parra Gonzalez has been expanding the boundaries of Mexican food in Western New York at his restaurant just outside the entrance to Old Fort Niagara, Jaguar at the Bistro. His elegant, sparse plates are a world apart from the rice and beans plates that define Mexican food for most Buffalo area eaters. Check out his version of chilaquiles, the…