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Seabar, the Ellicott Street restaurant that helped inspire a generation of risk-taking Buffalo restaurants, will close after service Aug. 17. Chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski, who ran the restaurant at 475 Ellicott St. with his wife Sherri, said he appreciated all the people who rallied to his side after Seabar filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March. "A lot of people came …

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The question started with SZND. The restaurant Andrew Gill and his mother, Cheryl Ann, opened off Hertel Avenue last month was originally going to be called Taste. But the dishes they planned to offer were creative, and they wanted a name that was distinctive. They chose SZND, pronounced “seasoned.” The vowel-ectomy carried through its motto: “EVRY THNGS BTR SZND.” …

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Since instant ramen's introduction to the United States in 1971, the now ubiquitous soup has become a staple for American diners. I've been lucky enough to try authentic ramen while studying abroad in Japan, which led me on a mini journey to find the best bowl in the Queen City. Whether you lived off instant noodles during college and are ready to revisit the dish (at a…

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For about a decade now, it has fallen to me to chronicle the notable happenings in Buffalo’s restaurant community. In old-fashioned newspaper terms, I write birth announcements and obituaries. Along the way, I have gotten to know a number of restaurant operators to varying degrees, in person, and by reputation. Run a restaurant in Buffalo for 20 years, and there are a l…

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Downtown dining standout Seabar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but it will be business as usual at the restaurant as it works to pay off its tax bill, an owner said. “There is not going to be any changes in anything,” said chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski. Seabar, 475 Ellicott St., will have “no change in staffing, management, or menus,” he said. That means Seabar’…

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It's 11:11 p.m. on Feb. 21. Canadian rock band Arkells finished a show in the Town Ballroom, ending an album-spanning set strong with a cover of ABBA’s "Dancing Queen," showering the audience in vibrant confetti. This was the end - for most of the band members - of their first of two nights in Buffalo where the group would play two sold-out concerts and two pop-up acous…

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If you’re hungry before hitting Shea’s Buffalo Theatre for “Hamilton,” don’t waste your shot. Here are some places I would suggest you consider for reasons practical and sentimental. Inform your server of your curtain time so they can make sure your experience fits into your allotted time, so you can save your evening’s drama for the stage. Looking to raise a glass t…

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Tack on another major accomplishment to Buffalo chef Mike Andrzejewski's decorated culinary career. The chef-owner of SeaBar and Cantina Loco competed on The Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay," taking down Washington, D.C.-based rival Anthony Nelson and then conquering Iron Chef Flay in an episode calling "Going Loco." After dispatching of Nelson in the first round, An…

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SeaBar chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski offered "special treats" and drink specials at SeaBar where the television was tuned to the "Beat Bobby Flay" Food Network episode featuring Andrzejewski vs. Flay Thursday night.

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On Feb. 15, viewers can watch SeaBar chef-owner Mike Andrzejewski take on television star and chef Bobby Flay in a cooking battle. The episode of "Beat Bobby Flay" is scheduled to appear on the Food Network at 10 p.m. Andrzejewski is inviting people to come watch at his place, 475 Ellicott St., where "special treats" and drink specials start at 9:30 p.m. The show …

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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 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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At first, SeaBar’s menu reads like the chef has attention deficit disorder. There’s sushi, both Japanese style and Westernized rolls with bacon and barbecue sauce. Then dishes featuring Asian flavors. Then Mexican (pork enchiladas), Italian (meatballs) and French (duck with lentils). Yet this menu anchors one of Buffalo’s best restaurants. Mike Andrzejewski opened SeaBar …

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Buffalo chefs are raising money for the Food Bank of WNY by participating in the Taste of the NFL the night before the Super Bowl. Mike Andrzejewski of SeaBar and Frank Mercado of the M&T Executive Dining Room will be helping feed about 2,000 guests at the San Francisco soiree, along with chefs from every NFL city, and Canton, Ohio, home to the NFL Hall of Fame. The B…

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Four bartenders and four judges sized up the Buffalo cocktail scene’s progress in the fourth annual Industry Night cocktail competition last week. It started Monday night and ended in the wee hours of Tuesday, and in the end the outcome was familiar. Tony Rials, of Bourbon & Butter, won for the fourth year in a row, with his “No Talking, Just Head” cocktail, a Hornito…