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Bhutanese sisters have taken over Druk Cuisine Kitchen, adding to Tonawanda's culinary diversity. Gita Tiwari and Sita Bista have begun offering Himalayan cuisine at 2768 B Elmwood Ave., in a plaza that already holds an Asian grocery store and a Korean-Burmese restaurant. Himalayan cuisine includes dishes from their native country of Bhutan, and similar fare common i…

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Constrained by zoning restrictions that prohibit open flames and a building structure that won’t accommodate a formal kitchen, Matthew Krupp, the co-owner of new The Lackawanna Grove Bar with Morgan Crewson, has managed to offer a brand-new barbecue menu. The smoked meat offerings at The Grove leverage three meats in a variety of sandwiches, resulting in a respectable s…

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Prescott's Provisions, the new canalside restaurant in the City of Tonawanda, serves food that is something to behold. Located at 40 E. Niagara St., it's open for dinner. In clement weather, its garage-door walls open to the Erie Canal aquascape a few yards away. Inside, the room soars to ceiling fans and soaks up evening light through broad expanses of windows. Cust…

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What do you really know about your favorite wing flavor? What if there were no limits to your sauce potential? How far would you go if you knew you couldn’t fail? Well, you can fail because Sriracha Nutella doesn’t jibe, but the rest is all at (or on) your fingertips at 716 Wing Kings’ new location at 484 Elmwood Ave. Opening in early June next to Thin Man Brewery, W…

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Camille Le Caer and his band of bakers opened Pastry by Camille on June 21, providing Hertel Avenue with an assortment of French flavors. The bakery-cafe at 1416 Hertel Ave., the former Globe Market space, kicked off its menu of pastries, crepes, coffee and bread to a waiting coterie of customers. Baguettes ($2.90) and seasonal fruit tarts ($6.50) can be had else…

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After years of criss-crossing Western New York with its trucks, Frank Gourmet Hot Dogs opened a place to call its own on June 13. Brothers Paul and Frank Tripi have turned a former automobile repair shop at 707 Kenmore Ave. into their first restaurant. The counter-service place serves up the custom hot dogs that Frank has been known for, with several new food items -…

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The "v" word is not necessary. Owners Sarah Sendlbeck and James Ernst have said their mission with Root & Bloom Cafe is to serve a completely plant-based menu that's as local and organic as possible, without processed ingredients. They don't call the restaurant vegan, because of the preconceived notions that come with the idea of vegan food. Instead, they aim to …

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The newly branded “Original” Warehouse in Blasdell has re-opened just in time for summer. True to its name, the massive floor space includes a modest arcade wrapped around its perimeter, with a seemingly endless patio accessible via large glass garage doors in the bar, pleasantly blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space. The menu at the Original Warehouse i…

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Eckl's@Larkin is an audacious attempt at building a steakhouse into a sprawling former industrial space while infusing it with the spirit of a historic family restaurant. The result is a restaurant with wide-open spaces and plush upscale decor where you can enjoy a credible beef on weck, but also take a deep dive into the steakhouse canon. Chairman's Reserve House Pr…

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Mile 303, a restaurant with decor inspired by the nearby Erie Canal, is offering Orleans County creative cuisine and cocktails to match. The restaurant, at 416 Main St., Medina, is on the first floor of a building constructed in 1867, wears its age with pride. Inside the front door, a section of wall bares its lath to the world. Battered wooden floors serve as a fitt…

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Tucked next to the caffeinated community hub Sweet_ness 7 Cafe at Grant and Lafayette, The Tabernacle is a former religious house revived as a one-of-a-kind neighborhood bar.  The place greets visitors with a bright blue front door and black and white stripes on the stately columns outside. Inside, it sports a new Technicolor coat thanks to owner Prish Moran’s former co…

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Dragon Babies Diner and Grill reminds me of what you would get if a marauding band of renegade chefs tore the doors off an abandoned building and fired up a couple of grills. In other words, it’s awesome. Chef partners Shawn Edin and Jeremy Hardy started with a Dragon Babies food truck a year ago, then opened the brick-and-mortar location at 452 Oliver St. in North T…

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A Dominican restaurant called La Casa de Sabores opened near Buffalo State College in late April. The restaurant, at 1 Letchworth St., is the first place in Buffalo specializing in the flavors of the Dominican Republic. Owner Carlos Cabrera was born in the United States to Dominican parents. He's tried Buffalo's versions of Caribbean dishes, such as the Puerto Rican …

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Since opening Toutant in 2015, James Roberts has built quite a meaty reputation. People have been flocking to the Ellicott Street restaurant since, drawn by some of the best fried chicken, sausage and barbecue in Buffalo. What's more, specials like the housemade smoked bologna sandwich and Toutant's version of a Nashville hot chicken sandwich have added to Toutant's …

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Eggsperience Vasilis, sister to the Eggsperience in Kenmore, is a Greek family restaurant posing as a friendly neighborhood bistro. Drop in at the corner of Main Street and West Ferry, and you’ll find a reason to smile in a part of midtown Buffalo that could use something cheerful among the empty storefronts and corrugated pavement. The 80-seat restaurant delivers t…