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Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Back in the 1960s, my mom shopped at the locally owned grocery store at the end of our street. The store owner knew her by name. The drugstore was just next door. The butcher shop was up the block, and the green grocer was about a mile-and-a-half in the other direction. By the end of the decade, the grocery store closed and Mom’ s allegiance switched to Acme (they gave S&a…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

A day of shopping can take its toll (mainly on your stomach), and exploring Hertel Avenue’s gift shops, clothing stores, antique emporiums and boutiques is no exception. Hertel has many eclectic places to eat, but we only have room for a few: Morning glory Grab an early breakfast before hitting the shops: Bertha’s Diner 1430 Hertel Ave.; Facebook This retro diner …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

For a recent event, I was looking for a totally different place for an Italian wine tasting. Linguine’s, an unassuming restaurant tucked behind a gas station in Bowmansville, fit the bill. Linguine’s is a frequent stop for my best friend and me during the warmer months – our reward after 25-mile bike ride. (Somehow we justify having lunch and good wine after our exercise.)…

Buffalo Magazine: Feature

As Western New Yorkers shift toward making shopping choices based on more than cost alone, retailers are working harder to appeal to consumers’ hearts and minds. "This one is the cheapest.” “Ah, but this one is produced locally. This one is organic. Cruelty-free. Made in America. Fair trade. GMO-free. Produced by a company that shares my political, social, or religio…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Forget the cheeseburger and fries — fast food is getting a makeover. These relatively new spots are serving up quick, gourmet takeout that won’t leave you feeling (as) guilty. La Divina Mexican Store 2896 Delaware Ave., Kenmore No need to head south of the border; now you only need to go as far as Kenmore for authentic Mexican cuisine. La Divina, a Mexican grocery s…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Chef Brad Rowell got his start in the restaurant industry as a teenager, working as a server and bar-back at Dock of the Bay and Coyote Café, near where he grew up in Hamburg. It wasn’t until he moved to Boulder, Colorado, at 21 that the idea of a culinary career came to him — but after that, he never looked back. Rowell’s vast and varied international experience has fo…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

At over six feet tall, Len Mattie towers over his wife, Nancy Abramo, but stature is the only inequity between this entrepreneurial pair. Last fall they gave an old building new life, opening the Parkside Meadow in their North Buffalo ‘hood. To say the duo is not easily deterred is an understatement. After being approached by their neighbor, Bob Barends, to help reno…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

If you live in Buffalo, and you like food and good beer, by now you’ve heard the name Mike Shatzel. He is the co-owner of many of Buffalo’s hottest eateries including Allen Burger Venture, Liberty Hound, Moor Pat, Colter Bay, and two anticipated new openings: Thin Man and The Terrace (in the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park). He was also co-owner of craft beer pioneer Blue Mo…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Once upon a time, “Would you like a seat at the bar?” meant your table wasn’t ready. But times change. Instead of a stopping point, the bar has now become a dining destination. The trend seems due to a combination of things: a more casual approach to dining, an overall desire to be more social and the cocktail culture. Buffalo Magazine talked to three local places about…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Books, movies and TV shows starring Linda Hamilton have warned us against judging things solely by their looks. Homeliness can be hiding hotness. A reserved demeanor can be hiding unforeseen depth. And thanks to the sewer-set drama of “Beauty and the Beast,” we know that, yes, beastly can be beautiful. The same can be said about many of Buffalo’s finest ethnic eateries,…

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

Changing times, women’s palates and eagerness to try new things lead to a boom Despite the reputation that drinking whiskey [or bourbon, rye or scotch] is a man’s domain, women have been deeply involved in the act of drinking and promoting the stuff for hundreds of years. See Fred Minnick’s 2013 book, “Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, …

Buffalo Magazine

On a busy morning at Five Points Bakery in Buffalo, customers delight over menu items like apple cider toast with triple cream brie, cinnamon raisin bread with peanut butter and a spiral-sliced apple, and multigrain toast with pickled peppers and farmhouse cheese. What they might not realize, however, is that each loaf of whole grain bread at Five Points takes two days to …

Buffalo Magazine: Food & Drink

As you stand at the counter of a Buffalo café and tell the volunteer your order, the line stretches behind you. A well-dressed businesswoman, on her way to and from meetings, converses with a single father who’s out running errands with his two boys in tow. Behind them, a millennial holding her college textbooks scans the menu and gives her recommendation to an immigrant c…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Everyone has an opinion about food (organic vs. conventional, local vs. imported, Paleo vs. plant-based, and the list goes on). No matter your school of thought, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) succeeds in getting people more connected with their meals. As magazine subscriptions are to publishers, CSA is to farmers — allowing farmers to sell portions of their prod…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Food gifts are big business, and you can place your order with countless national food catalogs and websites. But what if you want to shop local — or give the gift of Buffalo? From gourmet popcorn to chocolate delicacies and fruit bouquets to pasta sauce, the following local companies are here to satisfy your desire to shop local…and satisfy your recipients’ cravings for B…