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By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, September 22, 2016

Of all the American customs I view with suspicion, waiting until the end of the meal to order dessert ranks high. Why risk filling up before you get to what you really want? Sure, I go along with it, trying to do what I can to blend in with the civilians. But there are times when the risk is too high. “Please tell me... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, September 15, 2016

A modern restaurant opening for service, ready to meet its customers’ demands, impresses me as much as a jetliner lifting off the runway. So much planning and engineering, diligence and skill has gone into the moment when it tucks landing gear into fuselage and climbs for cruising altitude. A recent dinner at The... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, September 8, 2016

A restaurateur returns from Italy with dreams of reproducing the trip’s most memorable meals. It’s a restaurant cliché old as candle-corked Chianti bottles. Yet Frankie Primo’s +39, inspired by Jay Manno’s tour of Rome and the Amalfi Coast, does more than avoid cliché. It provides a zone of respite and... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, September 1, 2016

At some restaurants, the lure is 100 percent edible. Outstanding dishes can help me shrug off sticky tables, wobbly chairs, and servers whose blithe indifference to my needs leave me wondering if my scowls are being captured by hidden cameras in a “bad restaurant” reality show. At Little Lamb, the reverse is true:... Read More

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

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