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By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, August 25, 2016

Build a better chicken wing, and the world will beat a path to your door. Or it would, if there was any justice. The door I’m thinking of is 4247 N. Buffalo Road, which belongs to OP Social Tap & Grille, a place in Orchard Park that was David’s Grille until last year. The reboot is less fancy, aiming at... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, August 18, 2016

As I sat down to write this story, Gladys rang with a question. She’s a subscriber (I prefer the term sustainer) with a taste for edible adventure who has devoured The Buffalo News’ restaurant coverage since the early Janice Okun era. Gladys has been lobbying her husband to shake up their vacation routine.... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, August 11, 2016

Main Street in Williamsville has been called lots of things, especially at rush hour. “Casually cool” isn’t in the Top 10. But those are the words that came to mind as I worked through the polished menu offerings at Share Kitchen. When I recalled the place’s history, decoding its DNA, it started to make sense.... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, July 28, 2016

Considering that French cuisine is almost second nature to American palates, it has long baffled me that Buffalo doesn’t have more casual French restaurants. With French onion soup, omelets, cheese boards and mussels already on half the menus in town, the naturalization of bistro classics has made them as American as... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jasmine Thai is one of the few restaurants I knew well before I was appointed designated eater. I love Thai cuisine, and it’s the oldest Thai restaurant in the area, having opened in 1993. More importantly, it’s a five-minute drive from my house. As such, it has served as emergency sustenance provider, when cooking... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, July 7, 2016

My taste for tacos was forged in Mexican-run taquerias. I want grill-smudged corn tortillas carrying well-marinated meats crisped on a griddle, backed up with fresh salsas, onions, cilantro, radishes and lime wedges. Those standards have made me one miserable taco eater for nearly 20 years. I eventually had to drive an... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, June 30, 2016

For 14 years, Sue Baker and her husband, Bob, have offered real slow-smoked barbecue in a little place on River Road just south of the GM plant. Walk in, and you will most likely be greeted by Sue. As you try to figure out what shape your meal will take, Sue will have the answers. She may also tell you if you’re driving,... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mongolian grill, also known as Mongolian barbecue, is neither Mongolian nor barbecue. Invented in Taiwan, it’s essentially build-your-own stir-fry. Diners move along a buffet of ingredients – like frozen sliced meat, chopped vegetables and noodles – bowl in hand. They select fixings, ladle in sauces and flavorings... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, June 16, 2016

Surveying the available choices in Buffalo’s collective menu channels my childhood stamp album, a binder the size of a couch cushion. I would flip through it, sighing at empty spaces. There are 20 countries in Latin America, but most of my Latin American pages are blank. Mexico’s tacos and tortas are filled in,... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, June 9, 2016

It’s a fine time to dine in Buffalo. Clusters of new restaurants have bloomed downtown, and in the suburbs, too. Young chefs are offering delicious, even daring, visions of dinner. Against the glow of opening-night spotlights, the profiles of great old places loom even larger. Nothing satisfies like ordering what your... Read More

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