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By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, May 5, 2016

A table near the water has its own gravitational pull. The murmur of waves on the shore, nature’s metronome, can rock all but the most frenetic souls into a more contemplative state of mind. In pleasant weather, those are the first tables to fill up. Public House on the Lake in Hamburg, the successor to Root Five, has... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This is a season of exuberance in the Buffalo restaurant world. Like the Gold Rush brought eager crowds with dollar signs in their eyes to stake out California claims, restaurateurs have been risking their stakes on real estate, bringing life and light to spaces long dark. A constellation of new restaurants have dawned in... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, April 20, 2016

If every museum served draft beer and a fish fry, they might be as crowded as the Parkside Meadow on Friday nights. The tavern across from the Buffalo Zoo reopened last year after being lovingly rehabilitated. Restored isn’t the right word, because in some ways it’s better than ever. Like other neighbors, Leonard... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, April 13, 2016

At first, SeaBar’s menu reads like the chef has attention deficit disorder. There’s sushi, both Japanese style and Westernized rolls with bacon and barbecue sauce. Then dishes featuring Asian flavors. Then Mexican (pork enchiladas), Italian (meatballs) and French (duck with lentils). Yet this menu anchors one of... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, April 6, 2016

In 2013, Kim Suphankomut started offering Thai food from a truck called Thai Me Up, a regular at Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays. Two years later he opened Water Lily Café, next to a Bowmansville apartment complex, where he serves best-selling dishes from the truck and an expanded Thai menu. After dinner there... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, March 30, 2016

In many American cities, an industrial building two miles from City Hall transformed into office space would be unremarkable. But this is Buffalo. The Larkin at Exchange building, and the Larkinville District it anchors, has brought the city more than Class A square footage. Larkinville is a testbed for the notion that a... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The second-to-last time I ate in Akron, I rode my bicycle there for ice cream. First, I took my passbook into the Bank of Akron to withdraw a dollar, to pay for my cone. The last time I ate there was a few weeks ago. When I parked facing the gazebo in the tidy park at the center of town, I thought that with a steady... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Taste of the Caribbean & Soul Food pretty much has its menu right there in the name. This restaurant, a half mile east of Lafayette Square, is run by Inez Daly, a cook who was born in Guyana but traveled around the world before taking over the building that was formerly Garris’ BBQ. The restaurant she opened in... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Usually I can tell a restaurant is owned by a person of Greek heritage without looking at the menu. It’s the décor, often punctuated with scenes of sun-washed Aegean seaside and ancient pillared edifices. The first time I walked into the restaurant at 2878 Delaware Ave. in Kenmore, I briefly considered whether my... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Say “The Left Bank” three times in a circle of Buffalo diners, and Yogi Berra’s ghost appears in a puff of cigar smoke. “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” And Berra never even tried to get in for Sunday brunch, as far as I know. The Left Bank is one of the few restaurants Buffalonians must plot... Read More

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