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Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

No dish and drink combo says summertime like fresh tacos and ice cold margaritas, and we’re here to point out some of the best options in Buffalo. Crispy fried cod taco & cucumber cilantro serrano pepper margarita You won’t know you love crunchy cricket brittle in creamy guac if you don’t give it a try, and Casa Azul owner and chef Zina Lapi is all about getting cust…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Several months ago, Raymond Castro and Ronald Fraser wandered into the Schupper House in South Buffalo. The pair was looking for meatloaf, and though it wasn’t on the menu, the owner asked them to come back the following week. Sure enough, a week later, “Ron and Ray’s Meatloaf Special” was displayed proudly on the chalkboard, and the friends enjoyed a savory, well-cooked m…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

We’re on the brink of spring, a period of floral regrowth and faunal fecundity. And that means the humble egg will once again bear its annual symbolic weight on seder plates and in Easter baskets worldwide. Eggs and all the potential for new life they represent, you see, are the ultimate seasonal metaphor. As luck would have it, they are also delicious. So, in the spiri…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Let me first clear the air: Passover and I didn’t always get along. I used to dread its arrival—and then pout through the eight days until it ended, along with its unwelcome dietary restrictions. No bread or pasta? How was young, picky-eater me supposed to feel about this “holiday”? But then again, that’s kind of the point. Passover celebrates the story of the exodus fr…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

The Broadway Market was opened in 1888 by a group of citizens on a city-donated parcel at 999 Broadway Avenue. It served as a meeting place for immigrants who were looking to preserve their Eastern European heritage. Over 130 years later, people still flock to the Broadway Market (especially during the Easter season) for a taste of these old-world traditions. Here are t…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

If freshness were asked to select a representative host that embodies what it truly tastes and smells like, it might choose basil. Few other garden treasures capture that ephemeral state of being alive like a just-snipped sprig of glossy, bright green basil. A gentle crush releases its unmistakable sweet-spicy musk, and a piece torn and chewed just seconds after it was har…

I recently wrote about our stay in Bergerac, France. Our trip continued with a biking adventure through the French countryside. To give this ride some context: While I was thinking about French bread and butter, it seemed the rest of the bikers were preparing for the Tour de France. I hate being last, and I was last every day, but I never gave up. We biked more than 100…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Part of my mission is to recommend good, reasonably priced locally available wines. Recently, I asked my wife Karen if she’d go on a hunt for wines that fit the bill. She is the best bargain hunter I know (except, maybe, for the insanely priced clothes that magically show up in our closet, and somehow don’t fit her usual “never pay full price” mantra). That aside, she d…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Choices abound more than ever when it comes to dining out in the 716, from neighborhood joints to bistros to fine dining establishments. Whether you pay your tab with cash, credit card or Venmo, prices vary as much as the featured menus. We dug in to find some of the region’s best values ranging from casual meals to fine dining. Bargain burger It’s tough to find a go…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

There’s an image of St. Patrick’s Day that’s been packaged by advertisers, sold by beer companies, and inhaled by the masses who annually drape themselves in green. This image is now as accepted as pumpkins on Halloween, and it lures folks into impersonal, beats-pumping bars with hanging shamrocks, emerald beads, and a hustling party staff dressed as leprechauns. But as…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Planning anything is tough. Creatively devising a Buffalo-area evening that is both entertaining and expertly stitched together is even tougher—until now. The Night Out is a suggested succession of stops for those looking for an arranged game plan for a night on the town. Maybe it’s for you and your friends, ones who can never organize anything. Maybe it’s the blueprint…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

When you walk into Dark Forest Chocolate in Lancaster, you are met with an intoxicating aroma. Their bean-to-bar process means that chocolate is being made in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week—and the smell is to die for, at least for visitors. “I can’t smell it anymore,” said co-owner Joanne Sundell with a laugh. “Maybe a little bit when I first come in, but by n…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In the 1960s, Rue Franklin was far removed from the premier French restaurant it would become. Back then, it served as a coffeehouse and folk music venue, catering to students who frequented the Grosvenor Reference Library, then at the corner of Franklin and Edward. It wasn’t until 1980 that its owners, Andree and Joel Lippes, took the leap to classic French fine dining…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

In 2015 we visited France for the first time, spending a few days in Paris and Bordeaux. With so many other trips on our bucket list, we didn’t have plans to return; but that changed when our friends Karen and Joe started talking to my wife and our good friend Connie. They were going on a bike trip in an area of France I knew nothing about. I admit I was dubious about g…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Kombucha is slowly catching on around the country as one of the hip new trends in health food, and Buffalo was at the forefront of the movement thanks to Bootleg Bucha, a kombucha brewer on the city’s West Side. The husband-and-wife team who founded and run the company, Heather Lucas and Jeff Empric, were early adopters of the fermented tea—and when they launched three …