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A restaurant specializing in Cajun-spiced boil-in-a-bag seafood is underway in the former Rue Franklin building. Its owners hope to open the Crabman before the end of July, adding plastic bibs to the white tablecloth history at 341 Franklin St. Once one of Buffalo's finest tables, the French-inspired fine dining restaurant had been dark since closing in 2017. The bui…

Food and Drink

A restaurant must be a cut above the rest for News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau to award 10 out of 10 plates in a dining review. The food does not necessarily have to be perfect, but the entire experience -- from decor to efficiency to noise level -- must meet the lofty standards of a food writer who's eaten at hundreds of local restaurants. In light of his 10-plate revi…

Food and Drink

A restaurant must be a cut above the rest for News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau to award 10 out of 10 plates in a dining review. The food does not necessarily have to be perfect, but the entire experience -- from decor to efficiency to noise level -- must meet the lofty standards of a food writer who's eaten at hundreds of local restaurants. In light of his 10-plate revi…

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A small group will gather at midnight Saturday to eat brains. Veal brains, done in classic French style - tete de veau - will be one of seven courses in Rue Franklin Chef Corey Kley's turn at Midnight Mass. It's not a religious ceremony, but a culinary event, the latest in a series of pop-ups hosted by Ellen and Steven Gedra at The Black Sheep, 367 Connecticut St. At Mid…

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During my year as The Buffalo News’ designated eater, I got to enjoy the work of some of the region’s most talented cooks. Here are 10 dishes that punctuated some of my year’s most memorable meals. They’re not necessarily the biggest plates, using the rarest ingredients, or the specialty of the house. They are dishes I was eating when something clicked for me, helping me …

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On National Dessert Day, here’s a baker’s dozen of excellent reasons to celebrate. A few of these might be off the menu by now, but chances are there’s something else to fall in love with. Red Raspberry Rhapsody sundae at Antoinette’s, 5981 Transit Road, Depew. Because housemade raspberry sauce, ice cream and whipped cream has its own gravitational pull. -------------…

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The seasonal produce of Western New York is our reward for surviving winter. I eat my first lush tomato still warm from the sun, and somewhere the last pile of dirty parking lot snow melts away. Mowing down a cob of festival corn, the flavor makes it easy to remember it was grown in Eden. When I stand over the sink with my second Niagara County peach of the day, Western Ne…

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In three years and change, I’ve reviewed 173 restaurants in Western New York. (There are excellent places I haven’t reviewed yet, for which you have my apologies.) Of those, here are 20 places I recommend first. I rate restaurants on a scale of plates, with 10 being my top rating. Plates are an indicator of overall happiness, with quality of food, service, room and pric…

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In the ever-changing world of Buffalo fine dining, few places have stood the test of time like Rue Franklin. And on the menu of the French-inspired restaurant, nothing has pleased customers longer than the ile de flottante.The puff of meringue, floating on a sea of crème anglaise with a lacework of crunchy caramel and toasted almonds, has been on the menu since it became a…

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Like all writers, Buffalo News Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau knows that his words can have an impact. But he is especially mindful of the effect his restaurant reviews can have. So he agonizes over what to say, how to say it and how restaurants should be rated on a 10-plate scale. In the nearly three years he has been on the beat, he has given only three 10-plate review…

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Restaurant years are like dog years. Five years can be a memorable place’s lifetime, 10 years a “great run.” Yet longevity is no guarantee of excellence by itself. Some of the longest-lived places are fueled by diners’ fond memories more than fine food. Which brings us to Rue Franklin, one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Buffalo since…