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By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Sunday, December 13, 2015

Schnitzel, crispy fried cutlets, hail from Austria, so their presence on a Middle Eastern menu can be surprising, until you take immigration into account.When Austrian Jews emigrated to Israel, they took schnitzel with them. The classic wiener schnitzel, or Viennese schnitzel, was made from pork, which is forbidden under... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Even if Rick Pohlman never left the kitchen, he could tell when the weather turned by the orders coming into his kitchen at Rick’s on Main. When the weather gets colder, diners at the East Aurora fine-dining restaurant begin their seasonal migration from fish and salads to meat and pasta. But one salad that’s... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Monday, November 16, 2015

Panaro’s has been open for 11 years, but it still doesn’t get the attention that other Italian restaurants do. That’s partly because of the niche owners Michael and Tony Concialdi have chosen. Panaro’s is never open for dinner or on weekends. In fact, the business is probably better described as... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Monday, November 9, 2015

In recent years I have pressed numerous Greek restaurant owners on why there isn’t more authentic Greek food on Western New York menus. Their unanimous response has been that customers won’t buy it. I believe them. They are businesspeople, and no restaurant that fills its menu with money-losing dishes can stay... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Monday, November 2, 2015

One of the only meat markets in the area selling locally-raised animals by the retail cut is getting a boost from Big Fuss, the annual fundraiser supporting local food producers.Big Fuss starts at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11, in Artisan Kitchens & Baths (200 Amherst St.). It’s organized by chef-owner Steven Gedra of The... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pizza. Fries. Two time-honored food categories that go especially well with a frosty beverage, alcoholic or not. Why can’t you get them at the same time at your local bar? You can, if you live near at Amherst Pizza & Ale House. When customers order pizza fries, they get a choice between steak fries, thick... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fine dining restaurants, the most sophisticated and expensive neighborhood in the restaurant world, often use chef’s names in their advertising. I’ve never seen a cook’s name in lights in the blue-collar world of diner row until I went to the Dutch Mill in Lancaster. There it was, spelled out in the marquee’s... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Nearly 200 local independent restaurants will participate in the autumn edition of Local Restaurant Week from Oct. 19 to 25. Restaurants offer $20.15 menu choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner as part of the twice-annual restaurant promotion. It’s a relatively budget-friendly way to check out new restaurants or... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Monday, October 5, 2015

Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant has carved its name into Buffalo wing history since it opened in 1985. Besides its role as a haunt for a past generation of wing-loving Buffalo Sabres, Elmo’s deserves notice for the mastery of a particularly popular twist on Buffalo wings: the Cajun wing. Adam Blake, now a manager at... Read More

By Andrew Z. Galarneau » Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Clarence’s Griffon Gastropub has gotten a lot of attention for the drinks it offers, starting with 100 beers on tap, or close to it. The restaurant’s food menu sneaks up on you under cover of the drinks hubbub, but when you read it the list of dishes is almost as eclectic. Case in point: corn fritters, a Southern... Read More

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