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By Michael Farrell » Tuesday, August 23, 2016

When area diners and drinkers venture along Route 5’s lakefront through the summer, most are looking for a locale along the water, one with views of Canadian shorelines, Lackawanna’s windmills or Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. But on any one of these trips, a quick drive up Lake View’s Pleasant Avenue will deliver you... Read More

By Teresa Sharp » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LEWISTON – The outdoor patio rocks at the Lewiston Stone House – a nearly 200-year-old beauty rescued and repurposed as a bar four years ago on tree-lined Center Street. Step up to the polished horseshoe-shaped bar under the airy, peaked roof and order a dazzling summer cocktail or icy cold brew, with a shot of... Read More

By Lizz Schumer » Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In this land of long, cold winters, we soak up summer with gusto. At The Shores Waterfront Restaurant and Marina in North Tonawanda, a sprawling waterfront patio invites guests to do just that. A boat storage warehouse next to The Shores suffered a large fire in spring of 2015, after which the restaurant cleaned up the... Read More

By Emeri Krawczyk » Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hanging onto this hot-hot summer by our flip-flopped, pedicured toes for as long as we can, we vowed to visit the beach more often before it reaches its foregone (and depressing) conclusion. As we are of a certain age (called maturity), things like gardening, social obligations and work have whittled our beach... Read More

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

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