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Niagara Street restaurant Ru's Pierogi has announced it will close to focus on its surging retail business. The final day of business will be Oct. 18 at 295 Niagara St. Although progress was slow at the flagship brick-and-mortar – which served housemade pierogi, featured a small bar and a refined interior – Ru's distribution to retailers such as Wegmans, Tops, the Lexin…

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Buffalo has always been a city of strong ethnic identities, cherished by generations whose ancestors first arrived at this waterfront territory, settled and, ultimately, set us all up to be united as Americans. We’re also all really good at celebrating where we come from – and initially, our ancestor-generated festivals were much more insular affairs. They were family a…

Food and Drink

Babcia's is already proud of its pierogi, touting 23 flavors already at two spots in the Broadway Market, where the local business serves year-round. With Easter approaching, Babcia's Pierogi owners Linda and George Lund are close to opening a third presence at 999 Broadway: a deli-style grab-and-go counter with authentic Polish fare, available cold by the pound, rangin…

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When the lights went out in the North Star Tavern in 2013, people wondered if another family would step up to bring it back to life. The building, built in 1831, is older than the Town of Elma, whose people it has fed and watered for generations. According to the historical marker on the property, it was built next to an Indian trail that eventually became Seneca Street…

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Ru's Pierogi and Community Beer Works will be featured on the Cooking Channel at 9 p.m. Jan. 1, during the third episode of the fifth season of “Burgers Brews & Que with Michael Symon.” The highlighted dishes are Ru's chicken wing pierogi, and apple pierogi, paired with CBW's The Whale, a brown ale. Filming occurred earlier this year. The episode description f…

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This ain't your babcia's pierogi. A tacolike Fiesta pierogi. Beef on weck pierogi. Stuffed banana pepper pierogi. There were plenty of traditional pierogi entries at this year's Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival; made with cheese, potato and sauerkraut fillings. But pierogi varieties entered into the the non-traditional category are always the ones that get everyone ta…

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No, they're not as crazy as the deep-fried butter and deep-fried Kool-Aid from years past, but the new food offerings slated for Erie County Fair 2018 bring a bit of a "wow" factor. Fair organizers rounded up the media for a preview of new foods for the festival that runs Aug. 8-19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg). The cost to attend the Fa…

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Tucked next to the caffeinated community hub Sweet_ness 7 Cafe at Grant and Lafayette, The Tabernacle is a former religious house revived as a one-of-a-kind neighborhood bar.  The place greets visitors with a bright blue front door and black and white stripes on the stately columns outside. Inside, it sports a new Technicolor coat thanks to owner Prish Moran’s former co…

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Polish Villa II Cuisine: Polish-Buffalonian favorites. Owner: Edward Kutas Price range: $2-$12 Established: 2016 Dishes to try: Hand-formed, homemade pierogi (cheese, potato or sauerkraut), $3; fresh cucumber salad with sour cream, onion and fresh dill, $5; kielbasa sandwich, fresh or smoked, with sauerkraut on rye or a roll, $6. Brick-and-mortar location: …

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Ru's Pierogi Cuisine: Polish-inspired dumplings stuffed with creative, American flavors. Owner: Zack Schneider Price range: $5-$11 Established: 2016 Dishes to try: Rustic parm sandwich (fried banana pepper and cheese-filled pierogi on a garlic-toasted roll with marinara and mozzarella), $9; goat cheese pierogi (served over arugula with balsamic glaze), large $…

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In the game of stadium concessions, bigger and weirder is usually better. The Buffalo Bisons and the Consumer's Pub at the Park have worked together to develop a few new gargantuan food choices for the Triple-A team's home slate, which begins at 2 p.m. April 12 at Coca-Cola Field. At a media event Thursday, the Buster Burger – two half-pound Angus beef patties, red o…

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For those who like to take things right down to the wire, we just learned about Ru's Pierogi Easter Feaster package that can be ordered online until 11:59 p.m. April 12 (Wednesday). Pick up is April 14 and April 15 (Friday and Saturday). For $85, the Easter Feaster includes 24 of each pierogi: cheddar potato, farmer's cheese and sauerkraut; two and a half pounds of fres…

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Because we have made pierogi, we have license to advise: If you can find good pierogi, buy them. Trust us. Unless you can convince at least two willing victims to spend the day toiling away in the kitchen, purchasing pierogi is not a sin. It’s money well spent. (Watch the fruits of your labor disappear at the dinner table at an alarming rate and you’ll understand our pl…

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When you think of foods tied to Buffalo's identity, chicken wings and beef on weck are trumpeted relentlessly. But after that illustrious duo comes non-native foods like pierogi, the small pockets immersed in the diets of Buffalonians thanks to generations of proud Polish immigrants and their families. Today, Oct. 8, is National Pierogi Day, a perfect time to remember why…

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It doesn’t take much to get Joey “Coco” Diaz going. During a recent phone interview, the R-rated comedic storyteller fondly recalled his Buffalo connections, from prison to pierogi. “I always thought Buffalo was a very cool city,” he said. “It’s my type of comedy town because it’s a blue collar town.” Diaz hosts “The Church of What’s Happening Now” podcast, often appears…