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The Ultimate Guide

We can’t tell you where to have a dining experience you will love, but we can tell you the places that Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau reviewed – and loved – in 2013. Read more

Alex's Place / 8322 Park Road / Batavia / 585-344-2999

Smoky, sticky ribs, cream pies, old-school charm; plenty of reasons for hungry to exit Thruway. 8 plates (July 4, 2013)

Brick Oven Bistro and Deli / 910 Abbott Road / Buffalo / 844-8496

Graceful touches, house-made offerings surprise in South Buffalo tavern setting. 8 plates (June 20, 2013)

CRaVing / 1472 Hertel Ave. / Buffalo / 883-1675

Sample chef’s switch to Hertel Avenue comes with a bigger place and bigger menu. 8 plates (Aug. 1, 2013)

99 Fast Food / 3396 Bailey Ave. / Buffalo / 836-6058

Vietnamese standard-setter weathers change in owners with excellence intact. 8 plates (May 30, 2013)

Gertie's / 6010 Goodrich Road / Clarence Center / 741-1311

Clarence Center lunch spot offers three nights of satisfying, comforting dinner options. 8 plates (Jan. 18, 2013)

The Hollow Bistro and Brew / 10641 Main St. / Clarence / 759-7351

International flavors spice up menu of familiar dishes at former sweets shop. 8 plates (March 14, 2013)

Miss Hot Cafe / 3311 Sheridan Drive / Amherst / 832-3188

Vast authentic Chinese menu delivers delights of Shanghaiese, Sichuan cuisines. 8 plates (Sept. 12, 2013)

The Phoenix / 269 Amherst St. / Buffalo / 447-1100

Transformed neighborhood bar’s menu is another bright spot in Black Rock. 8 plates (May 16, 2013)

Rizotto Ristorante / 930 Maple Road / Williamsville / 204-4455

Surprises and satisfaction abound at Rizzo family’s upscale establishment. 8 plates (March 28. 2013)

Tabree / 4610 Main St. / Snyder / 844-8477

Fine local ingredients, attention to details helps make restaurant one of WNY’s best. 10 plates (Oct. 10, 2013)

Taisho Bistro / 3332 Sheridan Drive / Amherst / 835-8088

Expand your Japanese vocabulary with fun-sized dishes at snazzy eatery. 8 plates (Jan. 4, 2013)

Polish Villa II / 1085 Harlem Road / Cheektowaga / 822-4908

Family restaurant hits grand slam of appealing food, decor, service and value. 9 plates (May 7, 2013)

Bloom at Athenaeum Hotel / Chautauqua Institution / Chautauqua / 800-821-1881

Restaurant aims for world-class cuisine from the best Chautauqua has to offer. 8 plates (July 25, 2013)

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