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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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By Andrew Z. Galarneau » 12:01 AM

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

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Thursday, June 30, 2016

For 14 years, Sue Baker and her husband, Bob, have offered real slow-smoked barbecue in a little place on River Road just south of the GM plant. Walk in, and you will most likely be greeted by Sue. As you try to figure out what shape your meal will take, Sue will have the answers. She may also tell you if you’re driving,... Read More

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

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