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It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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This might be a confusing week for your stomach. While Monday and Tuesday are largely dedicated to gluttony - akin to a groundhog feasting before hibernation - Ash Wednesday kicks off the 40 days of sacrifice for Catholics during Lent. Buffalo offers plenty of events for the jovial mood of Tuesday - from Polish sweets and a Chippewa Street bar crawl with fireworks - …

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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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As Chick-fil-A brings its chicken breast sandwiches to town, here's a reminder that Buffalo already does remarkable chicken sandwiches. To be sure, these are more involved – and expensive – than the fast-food versions. But you get what you pay for with these dishes. So if you’re looking for a treat, here’s some posh ways to play chicken: Buffalo chicken sandwich, from …

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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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Dog days? Lazy hazy? No, for us these are daiquiri days. Keep your margaritas and tonics, the daiquiri is the quintessential late summer cocktail. Chic or silly, it’s always refreshing. The classic cocktail origins reach back to the early 1900s, in Cuba, with a variety of versions since. The main ingredients however, remain rum, lime juice and sugar. Here are thre…

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Dobutsu, one of the year's most anticipated restaurants, has set its opening at 500 Seneca St. From James and Connie Roberts, the husband and wife behind Toutant, Dobutsu aims to become the city's premier seafood restaurant. After lengthy construction delays, Dobutsu, inspired by Pacific cuisine, should open May 1. Sure, there's lots of meat on the opening menu, i…

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Western New York IPA Day 2 to 6 p.m. May 14 Marcy Casino Buffalo, 199 Lincoln Pkwy. (886-0088) If last week’s World Beer Cup Awards are any indication, American-style India Pale Ale (IPA) is the most popular beer style on the planet. At the World Beer Cup, a category-leading 275 entries indicates that breweries worldwide are acknowledging this popular brew. Our area is n…

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A few years ago we visited Louisville (including a stop at Maker’s Mark Distillery along Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail) and can tell you the town is mad about its horses, food and of course, bourbon — which they pour like water for drinks. While the Kentucky Derby is on our bucket list, we must be content to celebrate in Buffalo this year. On that note, regardless if you're dr…

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In the glitzy oldie “Downtown,” Petula Clark sang joyously of a mythical, magical city core. “The lights are much brighter there/You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares/When you’re downtown... things will be great when you’re downtown ... everything’s waiting for you!” That’s a song worth warbling again, because Buffalo’s downtown, after years of stagnati…

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With Easter and its season of Lenten obligations behind us, plenty of people have had their fill of the Western New York fish fry. Beer-battered filets and the trinity of mac, potato and slaw have their place in our hearts, maybe too much so. These days, when I stray from dependables like the Crow’s Nest and Wiechec’s, I am too often reminded that “battering” is also the …

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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t typically known for its culinary confections, unless you think Guinness counts as a food. We’ve followed the rainbow to find some St. Patrick's-inspired fare that's not your stereotypical corned beef and cabbage. 1. Toutant 437 Ellicott St.; 342-2901 The culinary crew at Toutant is celebrating St. Paddy’s with a little southern flair, brining its …

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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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Toutant would have been a hit anywhere. But when chef-owner James Roberts chose the address for the restaurant he’s been working on his entire adult life, he decided to roll dem bones at 437 Ellicott St. City officials had chalked the building off for demolition. But Rocco Termini, Roberts’ landlord, took a hard look at his proposed tenant and spent until everything was…

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The Western New York restaurant scene is unique in that its members are not just colleagues, they're a family. Much like the Buffalo population in general, the culinary crew cares about each other, and while they may compete for reviews, customers and accolades, they have each other's backs when it counts. The Iron Event is one example of that community spirit, an event t…