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You don't have to be a new, trendy restaurant to prepare a quality meatball. At Meatball Street Brawl IV, two new champions - 31 Club and Finnerty's Tap Room - were awarded shiny title belts for winning the people's choice categories at the Sunday festival outside Osteria 166, on the West Mohawk Street side. After sorting the votes of hundreds of attendees, upscale d…

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Nothing is exact anymore. The Buffalo-area's Oktoberfests begin in the middle of September and Buffalo Beer Week is actually 10 days long. It reminds us of the time when Positively Main Street was on Elmwood Avenue. As amusingly misleading as these titles may be, a bounty of quality events lies ahead for the weekend of Sept. 13-15. The Meatball Street Brawl, one of the …

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If all those chicken wings have you looking for a change of pace, here’s a chance at all the meatballs you can handle. The fourth edition of Meatball Street Brawl shuts down West Mohawk Street in front of Osteria 166 on Sept. 15. At least 20 restaurants will be competing for the favors of eaters, who can try all the meatballs – in regular menu and creative versions –…

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Jeff Cooke will smoke just about anything. Barbecue is a specialty at This Little Pig (4401 Transit Road, Clarence), the restaurant he opened in 2017 with his wife, Mandy. But the entire menu is one big smoking section. Peanuts were smoked for dessert, specifically peanut brittle to accompany the former edition of refrigerator cake. Now there's smoked peanuts on the …

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Three Chippewa Street restaurants claimed meatball supremacy at the third annual Meatball Street Brawl, held Sunday outside Osteria 166 on West Mohawk Street. Frankie Primo's +39, newcomer D-Tour and Bada Bing were among the winners in four categories determined by judges and participants. Deep South Taco, in its first year competing at the festival, and Amici Ristorant…

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1) Niagara County Peach Festival, 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6, 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 in Academy Park in Lewiston. Free to attend. Commentary: With apologies to pineapples, bananas, currants and figs - four fruits slighted in their quests for a Buffalo-area festival - peaches take center stage for four days in Lewiston. From a performance by …

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Meatballs will rule West Mohawk Street on Sept. 9, as restaurants vie for the title of Buffalo’s best meatball. Meatball Street Brawl III gives attendees a chance to taste traditional and creative meatball stylings from 19 restaurants, and vote for the people’s choice award. A panel of judges decides the top traditional and creative offerings. “It’s part street party…