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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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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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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…

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A fledgling Allentown sandwich bistro specializing in meatballs has closed and the business is for sale. Seven months after owners Dennis Glenn and Bobby Burns opened A Street Meatball Market at 23 Allen St. -- betting on additional business from the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus -- it folded after struggling to make ends meet, Glenn confirmed Wednesday. The …

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The bargain hunters of Buffalo did not need Guy Fieri to tell them about Mulberry. The Lackawanna restaurant already had made a name for itself, dishing up coconut-sized meatballs and lasagnas that loomed over the table like the Matterhorn. When it takes a village to finish a plate of pasta, a place in Buffalo’s Red Sauce Hall of Fame is all but assured. After the spiky-h…

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Pizza is the heart of the draft menu at Hydraulic Hearth, the restaurant that Harry Zemsky is working on opening at Larkinville this summer. There's a dozen listed, topped with everything from rabbit ragu to tomatoes and lemon zest. Offered in two sizes, they run from $13-$24. There's local shout-outs, including a Buffalo chicken number, and one topped with sausage from S…