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Since June 7 is National Donut Day, we asked our readers for their nominees for best doughnut in Western New York.  The answer should be no surprise: Out of dozens of submissions, Paula's Donuts dominated. "I’d say Paula’s, but they don’t serve donuts," wrote Chuck Chucklahoma Kelly. "They serve three-course meals disguised as donuts!" But which Paula's doughnut w…

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Now that National Day celebrations are part of Buffalo's lexicon, local businesses are better prepared for big food dates, like Friday's National Donut Day. (Even though our style spells it "doughnut," we'll sacrifice for this occasion). National Donut Day is more than just discounted desserts, although those are plentiful. Chrusciki Bakery, Public Espresso and Tim Horton…

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Working from home often sounds better than it is. Just when you've brewed a cup of coffee in the Keurig and you're ready to sit down and work in your pajamas, you're suddenly reminded of all the cleaning you need to do, plants you need to water and dogs you have to walk. So, you travel to your office-away-from-the-office: your favorite coffee shop. Cafes have a lot o…

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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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The new crop of Buffalo restaurants - dubbed #NewBuffalo by News food editor Andrew Galarneau two years ago - rarely has time for maintaining websites. The list of internet-presence priorities has shifted considerably over the past five years: regularly updated, colorful Facebook and Instagram pages are a must, while affiliations with reservation apps such as OpenTable …

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Public Espresso has gone from roasting coffee to opening a downtown restaurant built around its brewed offerings in Hotel @ the Lafayette. The airy space at 391 Washington St. looks out over the downtown library, and has plenty of tables and free wifi for the laptop set. Compared to Public Espresso's former lobby digs, the former florist shop offers plenty of room to…

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The ungainly, cavernous space between Washington and Main streets has eaten more than one restaurant dream. But now that EXPO has opened for lunch and dinner at 617 Main St., perhaps downtown Buffalo’s upscale food hall will prove that a group can succeed where individuals failed. Eaters can browse six shiny-new establishments, grab their choices, and retire to an assortm…

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The Coffee Culture chain may have closed up shop and left town last year, but the culture of coffee is flourishing in Western New York. While corporate caffeine delivery systems like Tim Hortons and Dunkin’ Donuts still dominate local market share and the curated allure of Starbucks is fading like the foam on your flat white, a handful of small and independently owned new…

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Buffalo loves its booze. But what if, for whatever reason, you’re going alcohol-free? Maybe you’re the designated driver. Maybe you’re under 21. Maybe you want to savor a fine coffee confection, a rich chocolate or a spicy tea without the distraction of that extra spike. You have some delicious options. Here are a few.• Romeo and Juliets (1292 Hertel Ave.; 873-5730), boast…

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Lockhouse Distillery was the first distillery to open in Buffalo since Prohibition, and the welcome it received showed Buffalo was thirsty indeed. It opened with 1,000 bottles of vodka that were expected to last months. They were gone within the hour. "That's when I knew we had already outgrown that space," business manager Thomas Jablonski said of the distillery's origin…

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Even though Public Espresso + Coffee represents the most modern turn of coffee culture in Buffalo, its retro setting makes having a cup there feel like a glimpse of the past. Nestled in the lobby of Hotel @ the Lafayette, the coffee and espresso bar is surrounded by the old-fashioned letter slots and gilded elevators of the opulent French Renaissance-style hotel. This is …

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You’re the muse behind the music, the pep inside the step, the power behind the punch; take yourself for a spin. You deserve it. To be immersed in resilient email threads and group messages is supposed to make us feel whole again, but sometimes you can lose yourself in this world of constant communication and vibrating devices. Now it’s time to find yourself. No matter you…

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Although Friday marks the opening of Lake Effect Ice Cream's scoop shop for the season, owners Jason Wulf and Erik Bernardi have announced a flurry of other plans to expand over the next several months. Wulf couldn't restrain his excitement during an interview last week, previewing everything from a one-of-a-kind ice cream truck, Lake Effect's new massive storage space an…

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A restaurant consultant and former chef is quietly lining up new restaurants in three of Buffalo’s hottest restaurant zones. Richard Hamilton has plans for properties he hopes to open by this summer, offering authentic Mexican tacos built on housemade corn and flour tortillas, Central American tapas and more. “We want to focus on heritage meat, great ingredients, meticulo…

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Learn how “third wave” coffee enthusiasts treat coffee with all the focus and care that goes into great wines at a March 30 seminar. Hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Slow Food chapter, the 6:30 p.m. presentation in Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St., will include lecture and tastings. $5 suggested donation. It'll include presentations and samples from Public Espresso…