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Don't make an immediate beeline for the wine slushies. Well, you can - who am I to tell you not to? - but through experience, they're most refreshing after a few hours of sampling food from among the 200 individual options at the Taste of Buffalo, which runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 at Niagara Square and up Delaware Avenue. Maybe it'…

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When The New Yorker's Elizabeth Barber highlighted the Garbage Plate in her preview of Brooklyn's Buffalo City Fair without mentioning Rochester, Twitter was set ablaze with responses that rivaled the Frank's RedHot-ranch dressing fiasco of March. The Buffalo News' Stephen T. Watson and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's Sean Lahman were quick to address the blunder…

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In the beginning, nachos were a simple satisfaction: fried corn tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, sliced jalapeno chiles. They've come a long way since Ignacio Anaya invented them in 1943 to feed the wives of American servicemen in Piedras Negras, Mexico on a shopping trip. Today, nachos have spanned the globe, incorporating elements of myriad cuisines. Chips and chees…

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When I first fell in love with real barbecue – meat transformed by wood smoke, transmitting come-hither signals to my caveman DNA – I lived in Concord, N.H. The nearest source of top-quality spare ribs, pulled pork and brisket was 75 minutes away. My friends and I would pile into a car and head down I-93 to Redbone's, in Somerville, Mass. I could do that drive in my sle…

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Riverstone Grill, an upscale Grand Island restaurant, is refocusing its menu on barbecue and more blue-collar American fare. Chef-owner Chaz Bulera said it was time for a course correction at his restaurant, which he and his wife Kristina bought in 2012. Located at 971 East River Road, it won television recognition in 2010 for its massive Bone in the Stone steak, with B…