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Several ingredients in the banh mi, a staple Vietnamese sandwich, might cause the unfamiliar turn up their noses. Cilantro and jalapenos are not too startling, but patê – pork liver? Pickled daikon? But for eaters acquainted with the banh mi, the affordable sandwich – typically around $5 – is a treat for many reasons. It's the texture of the bread, which boasts a slight…

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The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus at Grange Community Kitchen, the all-day restaurant built into Hamburg's former Grange Hall, offer lots of reasons to visit. The judiciously blistered Neapolitan-style pizzas, the marinated scallops with fresh grapefruit supremes, the kouign amann and other delicate pastries, are enough reason to go. But when I'm trying to convi…

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When Jim and Sam Carlo moved back to Buffalo and bought waterfront property roughly 20 years ago, the couple's decision was considered crazy. There were few hints the city would take a turn for the better. Two decades later, during Buffalo's development boom, the Carlos call themselves retired: Jim, after years working for Sodexo as an executive chef at M&T Bank and…

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Wings, pizza and subs on Costanzo's rolls. When looking at the takeout landscape around Orchard Park Road in West Seneca, that's all Mike Zak saw. "It's my neighborhood, and it needed something different," Zak said from his new eatery, Alleyway Bistro (174 Orchard Park Road), a week after opening in September. "Everybody is trying to do the same thing. It's kind of hard…

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Menu items often come and go at restaurants as owners try to keep things new and exciting. But every now and then a new creation becomes a standout – a dish that somehow stands the test of time and keeps customers coming back for more. A dish like that earns a permanent place on the menu. When Mike Hoak, former owner of Hoak’s Lakeshore Restaurant, and Mike Buntich, for…

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“This is a staple, like a Buffalo staple,” a passing young woman told her friend while pointing at Chris’ NY Sandwich Co., where I sat under an awning barely providing refuge from the mid-summer heat. One would never guess this business lost everything in an electrical fire a little over a year ago. Since Chris’ opened back up in June in stride, it’s continued to fulfil…

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Downtown grocery and food emporium Washington Market is getting a makeover from the son of its previous owners. Michael Khoury said he’s been changing the market at 461 Ellicott St. to better serve a new wave of downtown dwellers. “We’re giving the place a facelift, painting it and changing the lighting,” he said. Sandwiches and salad bar offerings will continue. Changes…

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Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley and the rest of the Bills' front office should expect a delicious late-lunch delivery today as a result of some Steel City gratitude. The Pittsburgh Steelers did not control their own playoff destiny heading into Week 17; Mike Tomlin and company needed the Bills to beat the Jets in addition to Pittsburgh's own win over Cleveland. When exactly th…

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My boss told me that there is a question raging on the Internet. Is a hot dog a sandwich? The Internet is stupid, I said. Of course a hot dog is not a sandwich. Also, you can’t drop 50 pounds in a week with this one simple trick. Why not? Because the human body doesn’t work that way. No, the hot dog. Because a sandwich is a miracle that happens when stuff between …

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As Joe’s Deli has cemented its reputation as a go-to spot for interesting sandwiches, the place has built a sizable clientele of regulars. In 2006 it opened at 1322 Hertel Ave., in space that was formerly Mastman’s Deli. A catering company followed, then a second location at 534 Elmwood Ave. Along the way, a noticeable number of people started using Joe’s Deli as an exte…

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Potbelly Sandwich Shop, a fast-casual restaurant chain, wants to open in the Buffalo region.The restaurant is known for its toasted sandwiches and handmade milkshakes. The restaurant’s decor has a rustic, 1940s feel and often hosts live music. Its menu contains mostly sandwiches and salads that range in price from $4 to about $7.The Chicago-headquartered company said it is…

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Joe Kennedy started working at Spar’s European Sausage Shop as a sausage-making apprentice, learning his craft from Eric Spar, the shop’s owner. Kennedy and his wife, Beth, took over in 2005. Their shop offers a United Nations of fresh and smoked sausages: German, Polish, Italian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Greek are just some of the possibilities. Bacon and smoked pork chop…

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The green awning tucked into Elmwood Avenue is a hidden gem full of reasonably priced fresh juices and light lunch options that will leave you feeling energetic and ready to take on the day. Ashker’s Juice Bar, conjoined with a gallery, has its own personal style with an artsy bistro, coffee shop vibe.In addition to juices and smoothies, Ashker’s serves a var…

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Hold the sandwich presses. A soup-and-sandwich restaurant called Roux will open in what was The Buffalo News’ fifth floor cafeteria space. The restaurant, at 1 News Plaza, or Washington at Scott streets, opens Jan. 5. Operator Jason Davidson is an owner of Liberty Hound, and was an original owner of Fables Café in the downtown library. He said the menu will feature hous…

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One of the advantages to running a barbecue restaurant in Western New York, which has no homegrown barbecue tradition, is that you can put whatever you like on the menu without having to take a bunch of guff from barbecue purists. Try to make beef brisket a mainstay on the menu at your place in South Carolina, or even worse, pull your pork into shreds instead of chopping i…