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By Michael Farrell » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It’s nice to have bars and restaurants you can smell from blocks away (in a good way). And Fat Bob’s — with its barbecue-filled menu of brisket, pulled pork and buttermilk fried chicken — is certainly one of these Buffalo-based locales. Tucked inside Allentown on Virginia Place, the bar provides roadhouse... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Newfangled cocktails, craft beer and hipster crowds have a place in this world, but today we pay homage to old-school joints that keep the classic traditions going — like The Protocol Restaurant. Opened in 1971 and still owned by the Pelczynski family, The Protocol has 45 years of staying power because of a focus on... Read More

By Michael Farrell » Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Despite the past few years of dramatic changes in certain sections of Buffalo, it would be wrong to assume that every neighborhood is full of residents eager for wholesale transformations of the street blocks, businesses and barrooms that color their way of life. Count South Buffalo as one city section full of residents... Read More

By Reuben Wolf » Thursday, April 7, 2016

In an age where bars seek to compete against one another with high-concept gimmicks, fascinating drink choices and modern dance hits to attract younger crowds, Loughran’s remains the stubborn, old-fashioned grandfather – and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it could be said that Loughran’s lack of gimmicks is... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Thursday, March 31, 2016

Silly us, we mistook Fíero to mean “fire.” Our high school Spanish teacher is no doubt turning in his grave. Loosely translated as “fierce or wild,” we offer a compromise. When the “fierce and wild” winds begin to blow, we recommend heading to Fíero to pretend that Buffalo is a balmy Mediterranean country... Read More

By Reuben Wolf » Thursday, March 17, 2016

Do not judge this book by its cover. On the surface, MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room’s 23 (count ’em: 23) televisions make it so you’ll never miss a Sabres play, and the arcade games in the back of the room may suck quarters from your pockets. But MacGregor’s offers so much more than its generic décor of beer... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bars and restaurants may come and go, but neighborhood watering holes like Caputi’s Sheridan Pub soldier on through thick and thin. How do we know in the case of Caputi’s? A worn sign advertising a fish fry with a “new smoke-free room” is an indication of just how long Caputi’s has been around. The inside is... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Google Map the corner of Canal and Mott streets in New York City and it certainly doesn’t look like the place where you would find Irish ruffians hanging out, circa late 1800s, as depicted on Brennan’s Bowery Bar placemats. The Transit Road version features a great wooden bar that looks old, but in a good way, like... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sometimes a satisfactory happy hour turns up at an unexpected place – like the Cyclone Bar at Hamburg Gaming. To begin with, the bar doesn’t charge an arm and leg for drinks if one isn’t parked at a slot machine. Add happy hour pricing and drinks are a relative bargain. A short walk through the gaming floor leads... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Thursday, January 7, 2016

To find out just how interesting the Williamsville’s Eagle House is, grab a copy of “A Taste of History” on a table near the back parking lot entrance. The place has been serving folks since 1827. Among other things, the Eagle House was a stop on the Conestoga Wagon Line. Back then, travelers could get a meal for... Read More

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