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By Andrew Z. Galarneau » 12:01 AM

For years, I’ve wondered when Lockport would get its own Mexican restaurant. Medina has one, and even Albion, perhaps related to the seasonal influx of Mexican workers in the fruit groves along Lake... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, December 11, 2014

Judging from the number of new Italian restaurants opening every year, Western New York has an insatiable hunger for pasta and pizza. The Rizzo restaurant family added its fifth Italian place this ... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Before it opened as a restaurant in May, Black Iron Bystro was last a print shop. The space still has an industrial feel, albeit a factory cobbled together by avid recyclers. The lighting fixtures inc... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Among the charms of Oshun, the new downtown restaurant, is hearing guests perk up when you give directions, naming the landmarks that signal its location. Tell people you’ll meet them between the El... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mr. Bill’s used to make fun of Cheektowaga stereotypes, selling a T-shirt emblazoned with pink flamingos. They don’t sell the shirt anymore, but not much else has changed at the corner of Clevelan... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The bars of Chippewa Street come and go, but for the last decade, Bacchus has remained a beacon of fine dining amid a sea of Long Island iced teas. Two years ago, chef Brian Mietus bought out restaura... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A generation ago, Buffalonians seeking the exotic sensation of pad Thai had to cross international borders. In 1990, the closest Thai restaurant was in Welland, Ont. Since then, Thai restaurants have ... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A generation ago, Buffalonians seeking the exotic sensation of pad Thai had to cross international borders. In 1990, the closest Thai restaurant was in Welland, Ont. Since then, Thai restaurants have ... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Trying to surprise restaurant customers is a mission fraught with peril. Two, three or more experiments might soar, only to have customers remember most vividly the one that blew up on the launch pad.... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before Ulrich’s Tavern closed in 2012, I had mainly enjoyed the shabby charms of Buffalo’s oldest operating tavern for lunchtime potato pancakes and German draft beer before Sabres games... Read More
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