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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 …

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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…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Around 15 years ago, my wife Karen and I were invited to our friends’ beautiful home for a pre-dinner glass of wine. It was going very well until I saw the food we’d be “enjoying” with our wine: raw oysters on the half shell. Growing up in a family with 12 children, my love of fish extended about as far as the tuna noodle casserole we were regularly served. I didn’t want t…

Buffalo Magazine: Photo Galleries

More than 75 whiskeys were poured at the first annual Buffalo Whiskey Fest on Sunday Jan. 28, 2018 — hosted by Step Out Buffalo Tommyrotter Distillery at the Hotel @ The Lafayette.

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

July 2016 was the first-ever Meatball Street Brawl in Buffalo. The brainchild of Nick Pitillo, owner of Osteria 166 in Buffalo and Villaggio in Ellicottville, the event is essentially a “battle of the meatballs,” with many of Buffalo’s best restaurants competing for the title. Last year we paired our meatballs with a wine tasting, and it went so well we decided to do it ag…