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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

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, June 2, 2016

The brewery-restaurant, as a species, was a rare bird in the area until the craft beer renaissance moved them off the endangered list. When the New York Beer Project opened in a new 16,500-square-foot Lockport building in January, it became the third brewery-restaurant in Niagara County, following Woodcock Brothers and... Read More

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

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