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Several ingredients in the banh mi, a staple Vietnamese sandwich, might cause the unfamiliar turn up their noses. Cilantro and jalapenos are not too startling, but patê – pork liver? Pickled daikon? But for eaters acquainted with the banh mi, the affordable sandwich – typically around $5 – is a treat for many reasons. It's the texture of the bread, which boasts a slight…

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June is a drinking month. National Cognac and Moonshine Days were June 4 and 5 respectively,  National Bourbon Day is June 14, National Martini Day is June 19 and National Mai Tai Day is June 30. World Gin Day was June 8 and that sent me on a quest to find five of the best gin cocktails in town. Normally I'm a craft beer/IPA guy, but exploring Buffalo's gin scene ope…

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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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Some of Buffalo's best bang-for-your-buck restaurants are getting national television exposure. Lloyd Taco, Doc Sullivan's, Fairy Cakes Cupcakery and Campfire Grill will appear on national TV, this time on the Cooking Channel's "#CheapEats." At 10 p.m. Nov. 7, episode 12 of season five features host Ali Khan exploring Lloyd Taco Factory's Williamsville location, tast…

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I am happy to introduce “Christa’s Picks,” a week-by-week introduction to remarkable food and drinks at Western New York restaurants and other retail operations. Author Christa Glennie Seychew’s decade of work in the Western New York restaurant community, organizing coverage and events, has given her a keen sense of edible discoveries worth sharing. - Andrew Z. Galarneau, …

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The bar: Lloyd Taco Factory The breakdown: It takes a certain amount of style, talent and popularity to earn notoriety by one name. Banksy. Beyonce. Coolio. They’ve all done it — albeit without any of the tacos and tequila that has boosted Buffalo’s mononymously named Lloyd. Once solely attached to the city’s most popular fleet of food trucks, the Peter Cimino and Chris D…

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Reality television it wasn’t.Months after Lloyd Taco Factory’s owners accepted a deal for 25 percent of their company with television cameras watching, they changed their minds and exercised their right to turn it down, Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo said.The Lloyd owners decided to get a bank loan instead. That decision, construction delays and the decision to start a to…

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Reality television it wasn’t. Months after Lloyd Taco Factory’s owners accepted a deal for 25 percent of their company with television cameras watching, they changed their minds and exercised their right to turn it down, Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo said. The Lloyd owners decided to get a bank loan instead. That decision, construction delays and the decision to start …

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As Lloyd Taco Trucks surpasses five years of slinging tacos, burritos and more from lime-green trucks, mystery still surrounds Buffalo's first new-wave mobile-food vendor. When will the brand's brick-and-mortar restaurant on Hertel Avenue open? Which of Lloyd's specials will make the cut onto the restaurant's menu? Why has owner Pete Cimino sprouted such an aggressive bea…

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Looks like Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo were right way back in 2010, when they declared that food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants were not mortal enemies. The Buffalo entrepreneur-chef duo are apparently opening their first wheel-less restaurant at 1503 Hertel Ave. They declined to comment. In November, a corporation called Lloyd Taco Factory LLC declared itsel…