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A tiny, easy-to-miss restaurant on Rhode Island Street in Buffalo's West Side, Las Puertas has once again earned national recognition despite its humble surroundings. After a 2018 feature in the New York Times, Victor Parra Gonzalez's Mexican restaurant will appear on the Cooking Channel's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," featuring Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, at 9 p.m. Jul…

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For the second year in a row, Acapulco-born Victor Parra Gonzalez has been honored with a James Beard Award nomination. The chef-owner of Las Puertas, 385 Rhode Island St., is a semifinalist for Best Chef Northeast, one of 20 named from an area that includes New York State outside New York City, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont. Gonzalez’s …

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Mexican chef Victor Parra Gonzalez has been invited to join other Mexican-inspired culinarians to present a Day of the Dead dinner at Manhattan’s James Beard House. The Acapulco-born chef, who runs Las Puertas on Rhode Island Street, has won high praise for his modern Mexican dishes with Italian and French technique. He’s been nominated for a James Beard award and Las P…

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It's rare that the New York Times draws attention to a single Buffalo restaurant. In the past, travel journalists from the influential international media outlet have written about Buffalo-specific foods beyond the chicken wing, and also taken notice of the Queen City's rise as a travel destination. But Saturday, NYT contributor Michael Kaminer delved in-depth into the …

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Victor Parra Gonzalez, the chef-owner of Las Puertas, has been nominated for a James Beard award. The honor puts the Buffalo chef in rare company, and give diners another reason to look at the small, stylish restaurant at 385 Rhode Island St. The Beard awards, akin to the Emmys of the American hospitality industry, are administered by the James Beard Foundation. Gonz…

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Cinco de Mayo is the St. Patrick’s Day of Mexican culture, a fauxliday not particularly celebrated in the place it purports to honor. But that can’t kill the buzz of the greatest tequila-fueled day of the American restaurant calendar. Here’s what some Buffalo places have cooking next week. On May 2, Cantina Loco, 191 Allen St., offers a five-course dinner for $55, plus …

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Victor Parra Gonzalez previewed his upcoming creative Mexican menu at at Bourbon & Butter on Monday night. The Acapulco-born chef, who opened Jaguar at the Bistro in Youngstown in 2013, is working on a West Side restaurant called Las Puertas, 385 Rhode Island St. He hopes to open it this summer. In the meantime, his sister Diana Parra will be running the Youngstown op…

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Five years after opening, Sweet_ness 7 on Parkside Avenue is becoming an English-inspired neighborhood restaurant.Owner Prish Moran is turning her crepes-and-coffee spot at 301 Parkside Ave. into a casual place centered around English-style pies and sharing plates.Sweet_ness 7 Parkside closed Monday. It will reopen, hopefully before Valentine’s Day weekend, as P. Moran’s, …

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Tickets for the eighth season of Buffalo’s live cooking competition, featuring local chefs exploiting local ingredients in an Iron-Chef-style format, went on sale Jan. 1. The lineup of Nickel City Chefs, the “home team” in the contests, now includes Victor Parra Gonzalez, whose Mexican-inflected fine dining has drawn customers to his Youngstown restaurant, Jaguar at the B…

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I recently ate a cricket. In all fairness, the cricket was fried, covered in Mexican spices and served atop a house-made requesón, a Latin American cheese similar to ricotta, but it was a cricket nevertheless. Living in the age of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and Anthony Bourdain, I realize that unless I am gobbling down a living tarantula and flossing with its tiny…

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The Black Market Food Truck and Mexican chef Victor Parra Gonzalez, who runs Youngstown's Jaguar at the Bistro, will team up for a one-night menu next Monday. The menu includes lengua tacos, pork pibil tortas, braised octopus with romesco sauce and fava beans, and atole, a corn drink. Dessert will include doughnuts filled with ancho chile ganache. The one-night menu will…

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When Mike Andrzejewski invited Victor Parra Gonzalez to join talents for a seven-course Mexican extravaganza downtown at Bourbon & Butter, the dinner sold out in record time, Andrzejewski said. Gonzalez is a young chef from Acapulco who runs Jaguar at the Bistro, in Youngstown. After decades in Buffalo kitchens, Andrzejewski is one of the city’s leading chefs, with fo…

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Victor Parra Gonzalez, the chef from Acapulco offering Mexican-influenced modern fare near Old Fort Niagara, is coming downtown for dinner next week. On May 13, Gonzalez will be offering dinner in collaboration with Chef Mike Andrzejewski, at Bourbon & Butter, Andrzejewski’s fine dining restaurant in Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St. [read the Bourbon & Bu…

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Fresh off a win at the March 29 edition of the Nickel City Chef live cooking contest, Youngstown’s only Acapulco-born chef will start offering a lunch menu of his Mexican-inspired cuisine. Victor Parra Gonzalez, who opened Jaguar at the Bistro, 110 Main St., Youngstown, in 2013, will start offering lunch April 14. The menu includes empanadas stuffed with Veracruz-style fi…

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When white-tablecloth chefs decide to relax and do blue-collar food, the results can be memorable. That's why you might want to stop by Ashker's Juice Bar, 1002 Elmwood Ave. Monday night. Carmelo Raimondi and David Murphy of Carmelo's Restaurant in Lewiston and Victor Parra Gonzalez of Jaguar at the Bistro in Youngstown are Niagara County fine-dining chefs combining forc…