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Dining Out

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, May 26, 2016

Before I was appointed designated eater, “dinner theater” brought to mind a place for eating baked chicken while actors murder Hamlet. Lately, I’ve started to consider the ways all dinners are theater. It’s why a waitress calls a stranger “hon” and smiles, even though her feet hurt. It’s how a fine dining... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, May 19, 2016

New restaurants in out-of-the-way places usually fret over getting customers in the door. William K’s has that licked, because a generation of Buffalonians know the path by heart. The restaurant on the downtown waterfront was built next to the Hatch, to command one of the best views in Buffalo, starting at the Buffalo... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, May 12, 2016

In the Buffalo area, no restaurant sector is more competitive than Italian-American cuisine. Thank the shiploads of Italian immigrants who passed through Ellis Island to take up work in the factories, fields and streets of their new home. And the restaurants, always the restaurants, weaving spaghetti and tomato sauce... Read More

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

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