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By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, July 26, 2016

After one visit to Hamburg’s year-old Public House on the Lake, drinkers and diners alike could list a variety of reasons why you, your family or any area craft tap detective should pay a visit to the former Root Five. Its lunchtime lobster roll. Its encyclopedic list of bottled or draft beers, friendly service or live... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

When a bar or restaurant tries to be all things to all people, the results can be calamitous. But in the case of Hamburg favorite J.P. Fitzgerald’s, such elusive balance has made the Celtic-accented locale a village institution. Named after owner Bob Brunner’s Irish grandfather John Patrick Fitzgerald, the place... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Like the mythical Greek phoenix that rose from the ashes, The Phoenix in Black Rock did indeed rise from a fire that could have destroyed the original 1940s neighborhood tavern. The space was restored and opened in 2013 by Mary Logue. (Try to spot the somewhat charred beam in the corner of the bar area.) The space... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, July 5, 2016

It’s easy for a small neighborhood bar to add live music. Find electrical outlets, construct a stage and solicit any local guitarist who can play semi-competent covers of Tom Petty favorites. But for reference on how to do it right — complete with rich sound, sight lines and confines comfortable to diners and drinkers... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We love it when we can raise a glass and toast Buffalo’s history – especially when we can literally raise a glass as we stand in a piece of it. Such is the case at The Mahony, a new pub located in the historic Fairmont Creamery building. A quick check will tell you that the Fairmont Creamery was a Nebraska company... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Every Buffalo resident has had a visiting friend or family member ask for council on the region’s popularized wing debate between Anchor Bar and Duff’s. And time and time again, informed locals have inserted overlooked candidates in this debate — like South Buffalo’s Nine-Eleven Tavern. Experts in serving its... Read More

By Reuben Wolf » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The success of a business is often quoted as being contingent on location. Shenannigan’s Bar and Grill’s location is definitely a head-scratcher, then, considering it is in the middle of car-repair-city on Niagara Falls Boulevard. A well hoisted sign doesn’t seem to attract the attention it should since it’s... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Thursday, June 2, 2016

Buffalo’s ongoing ascent has been aided by legions of urban-centric devotees, ones intent on reestablishing the city as the region’s rightful epicenter and, in the process, relegating its suburbs to supportive status. But even the most bleeding-heart Buffalovers can find common ground with suburbanites on one area... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

If memory serves, the WaterStone Grill occupies what was once a Bob Evans (or was it a Cracker Barrel?) along with a couple other things before finally settling down to become a local restaurant that serves Hamburg residents along with folks staying at the multiple hotels off the I-90 at Exit 57. The combination gives... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

When you assign a direct name like “Local” to a kitchen and beer bar, you better commit to the moniker’s connotations and be thorough in doing so. Thankfully, West Chippewa’s rustic craft beer and sandwich haven Local Kitchen does just that. Stashed inside the old Noir and boasting walls full of new and old... Read More

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