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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When Steve Ambrose decided he wanted to explore more new Buffalo eateries, he didn’t just make reservations — he started a business. In just over a year, the Buffalo Dinner Club has blossomed into a vehicle for folks to eat, drink and socialize throughout the year. “I have been a professional selling to the restaurant industry since 2012. I’ve had the pleasure of meetin…

Buffalo Magazine: Photo Galleries

Photos can (and are) taken of many plates and dining spots, but some Western New York locales make for more stunning sets than others. Whether because of their menu items or magnificent interiors, many new or enduring Buffalo-area spots are ideal for those looking to capture their culinary adventures on camera.

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

My job requires a great deal of reading about a great many topics. To relax, I read about food and wine. Recently, I read that the best oysters in Prince Edward Island, Canada – one of the world’s top oyster-producing regions – come from an outfit called Colville Bay Oysters. Despite loving oysters, and taking any opportunity to taste them, I’d never heard of these or s…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Louie Galanes’s daughter says her dad missed his calling. Twice. Galanes, 77, who emigrated to the U.S. from a small village in central Greece and came through Ellis Island at age 10, is a well-known fixture in his adopted homeland. From the city to the WNY suburbs, seven Louie’s Texas Red Hots and a cafe bear his name. Undoubtedly, Galanes will forever be associated…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

For more than 25 years, the Niagara Café has been an inimitable beacon of Buffalo’s West Side. Sitting at the corner of Niagara and Pennsylvania streets, the family-owned restaurant has become known for its mouth-watering Latino food featuring a menu of Puerto Rican dishes including Pollo Guisado (chicken stew) and Chuletas (fried pork chops). Having come to Buffalo fro…

Buffalo Magazine: Photo Galleries

It’s that time of the year. Peter Cotton Tail is hoppin’ down the bunny trail. Which got us to thinking. What kind of candy is out there besides the regular stuff? We set out to find locally crafted Easter treats especially for grown-ups so they don’t resort to stealing candy from kids’ baskets. Think of it as a public service announcement.

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Some folks look for returning birds, crocus or bathing suits as the first signs of spring. Our stomachs, however, rumble in anticipation of New York State’s Maple Weekend 2018 — March 17 & 18 and March 24 & 25. The highly popular annual event has evolved to cover two weekends now. A sweet celebration of spring Each spring, sap moves up and down the tree as the te…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Laura Klein winces when asked what her monthly budget for groceries is, admitting she doesn’t really have one. Though she tries, life has a way of making that difficult for her and her husband, Tom, who both work full-time. Raising two teenagers, with their son Jeffrey playing on two travel hockey teams and a travel baseball squad, means much of their life is spent on the …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Akron native Patrick Winney works behind a bar on Buffalo’s Hertel Avenue. He makes complicated drinks for lines of patrons, exchanges money with customers, and exhales friendly banter between orders under the jamming hum of a Phish soundtrack. One would think that tipping a busy man like Winney is a given. But it isn’t — because he serves coffee, not cocktails. Such…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Fake news, forgeries and other Internet scams are nothing new to the world, sadly. But a local businessman has developed a cutting-edge technology to help cut down on at least one bad behavior: wine fraud. Wine fraud is a global issue with local ramifications. Steve Glamuzina, owner of Georgetown Square Wine and Liquor, says it’s a growing problem as more consumers bypa…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

There’s been a lot written about Bob Wilmers’ passing. He will long be remembered and appreciated as Chairman of M&T Bank and a WNY philanthropist. Having known Bob for 29 years was an honor. His vision inspired me in many ways. One lesser-known part of Bob’s legacy was a later-in-life passion, his winery in France. My wife and I had the privilege to visit Chateau H…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Why sip on an average, everyday cup of joe when you can get your caffeine in creative new ways? Stay energized with a pick-me-up from one of these three local establishments. Coffee cocktails Double your buzz with a signature coffee cocktail from Caffe Aroma, like the Cafe Italiano (Amaretto, coffee and whipped cream), Irish Coffee (spiked with Baileys), or Gaelic Coffee…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

In many ways, Melissa Winkler’s wine boutique, Winkler & Samuels, seems like fate. Opened in August at 500 Seneca downtown, the shop is only two blocks from the former site of F. X. Winkler & Sons, the grocery business that was founded in 1857 by her great-great-great-great-grandfather and operated by her family for 111 years. Growing up, Winkler was surrounded …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Opened this summer, the Curtiss Hotel feels like a passion project. Mark Croce, the developer and restaurateur behind Statler City and Buffalo Chophouse, spared no expense in reviving the former Harlow C. Curtiss Office Building, designed by Paul F. Mann in 1912. Each of the 68 rooms — from the standard king to the presidential suite — are outfitted with touchscreens ou…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In Buffalo, the questions “Who makes the best wings in town?” and “Where’s the best beef on weck?” are met with fiercely defended proclamations by factions of fans who swear by their picks, and theirs alone. These alliances are often sworn based on family favorites and ever-so-subtle differences in flavor, texture or presentation that most out-of-towners would never notice…