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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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April 1 is the day when we see who's gullible and who's not. And, judging by The News' post about the Giant Inflatable Duck's return to Canalside, most people are quite gullible. Typically serious Buffalo-area businesses take this day every year - April Fools' Day - to concoct a fictional announcement their followers might believe is actually true. Others are so wildly …

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This weekend is the final rush before Christmas - which is Tuesday - so flying through late holiday shopping is high on the lists of many Buffalonians. But for those looking for a little release before the family parties, here are some strong suggestions. Among the events that have sold out: Strictly Hip at Hamburg Brewing, the "Nutcracker" at Shea's and "A Christmas Ca…

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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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When it comes to deciding what to eat at the Taste of Buffalo this weekend, there are too many choices. That's the point of the event, of course. Hungry people show up and get hungrier as they window-shop the possibilities. Stuffed pepper or pulled pork? Mac and cheese or chicken wing soup? Hard decisions have to be made, because you're not going to get a second chan…

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Bills fans will be able to pick Lloyd Taco as their game-time meal this season at New Era Field. The Buffalo-born Mexican-inspired eats operation will be feeding fans this season, from about 10 stadium sites. In addition to preseason and regular season home games, Lloyd will be served at a concert and a special event of some sort, said Lloyd co-founder Peter Cimino. …

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Lloyd Taco Cuisine: New American tacos, burritos and snacks made with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, pork and chicken, and organic beans. Owner: Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo Price range: $4-$10 Established: 2010 Dishes to try: Tricked-out nachos (corn chips, queso, roja sauce, crema, jalapeños, pickled red onions, topped with your choice of protein), $7.…

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With Hertel Avenue Poutine & Cream right across Hertel Avenue, and Lake Effect down the street, Churn faced tough competition. The soft-serve ice cream place, from the Lloyd Taco Factory people next door, was already using custom ice cream base made from premium milk. That wasn't enough to keep the store, at 1501 Hertel Ave., crowded. Occasional crunchy crystals …

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Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long. Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant. Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris. Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a…

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Churn, the soft-serve ice cream shop from the Lloyd Taco Factory people, reopens April 16 with churro sundaes and cold-brew coffee to tempt customers. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to the original Lloyd Taco Factory, Churn started dishing up cones and sundaes last year, along with a coffee program developed with West Side roaster Tipico. The new season brings changes inc…

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Churn, the ice cream shop fashioned by Lloyd Taco Factory founders, opens to the public this weekend. At 1501 Hertel Ave., next to their restaurant, Pete Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo will offer soft-serve ice cream made from grass-fed milk, not commercially processed ice cream base. "We're trying to go the pure route," Dorsaneo said. Churn is made with Ithaca Milk, cane…

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As August draws to a close, it's common to feel the urge to pack a few more events into the summer schedule. Did we fit in enough time outdoors before it starts snowing sideways? Now that Canalside concerts are done, the school year approaches and the sun begins to set before 8 p.m., be discerning in how you spend your precious free time. Here's the 10: 1) Beach House, 7…

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On the fifth anniversary of Lloyd, the Buffalo taco truck sensation, let's take a moment to appreciate what Lloyd hath wrought. Five years ago, the street food of Buffalo was a tube-meat monoculture. Peter Cimino and Chris Dorsaneo wanted to start a taco truck. People told them it was impossible to make a business of it, and the City of Buffalo told them it was not legal…

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Like many visiting stars, Michael Ian Black took to Twitter to remind his nearly 2 million followers of coming performances Thursday through Saturday in Helium Comedy Club. Some comedians will click "send" and then ignore the deluge of responses/questions, which typically include "What do you think about the Bills?" or "Have you been to Niagara Falls yet?" Not Black, who…

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The first bite into a Lloyd burrito is an exhilarating moment.You’re aware of what you ordered, of course. Maybe it’s tomatillo pork with medium Rocket Sauce, crema Mexicana, pickled red onions, or braised beef with queso fresco, hot Rocket Sauce and rice and beans. Regardless, the combination of flavors in the first chomp sets the tone. Will you get a rush o…