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Do It: Our Year Of Inspiration, Summarized In Photos

Following last year's not-quite-sabbatical, we spent this year quietly studying and planning for an upcoming project. Rather than going into the details, we wanted to share just a handful of inspirational photos with you - images we snapped during our...

On Revolution, Or, Yes, We All Want To Change The World

A sabbatical is defined as a rest from work - an extended absence for the purpose of fulfilling a goal, such as conducting research, with the expectation that one will return wiser and more capable of performing the old job....

Our Kiss Goodbye: Lessons Learned From Chef José Andrés

As we hit the "publish" button on the final article that will appear on Buffalo Chow, we think back one last time to why this site began, and what we hoped that it would achieve. Our hope was to share...

Absinthe, Or, What WNY Could Stand To Learn About Drinking

While part of Buffalo Chow's mission is to share Western New York's best dining traditions with the world, another part is to bring the world's best innovations back here. That's why today's article is internationally themed, inspired by an experience...

On Top Chef José Andrés's Las Vegas Jaleo + China Poblano

We've eaten at seven of Chef José Andrés's restaurants over the years, so it wasn't a huge surprise to learn that he won the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef of the Year Award last night. If you've been following this...

Lloyd: Buffalo's First Taco Truck Is Inspirational, Conventional

In recent reviews and articles, we've noted that there were only three truly important restaurant openings that took place when we were on hiatus last year: Bingo's Dim Sum House, Blue Monk, and Lloyd. Some might argue that Lloyd -...

New England Chow: Buffalo's Lessons From Portland + Boston

New England was our first destination after pausing Buffalo Chow last year, and thanks to the magic of Facebook photo galleries, readers were able to follow some of our culinary adventures in Boston, Massachusetts back then. This week, we rekindled...

Toronto's Cheese Boutique: What WNY Needs, Part 1

Our photos of the suburban Toronto gourmet food shop Cheese Boutique speak mostly for themselves. Buffalo Chow friend and all-around great guy Alan Bedenko tipped us off to this incredible shop he recently discovered - a place that packs more...

Barbecue: Hamburg's Big Belly BBQ + Angola's Desperados

As a thank you to our readers, we wanted to take care of one piece of unfinished business - a look at a couple of local barbecue restaurants that you asked us to check out - before we make a...

New Orleans Chow: Sandwiches, Sweets + Disappointments

Though virtually every New Orleans dining experience would be easy for a decent to good chef to replicate in Western New York, some of the biggest no-brainers are the city's famous sandwiches and desserts: though there are sometimes substantial variations...

New Orleans Chow: The Powerful Drinks + Standout Seafood

The parallels mightn't be exact, but we see bits and pieces of Buffalo in New Orleans: in Buffalo's case, years of neglect and decline led to a slow corrosion of the city with some simultaneous growth in the suburbs, while...

Restored, East Aurora's Roycroft Inn Reflects WNY's Potential

Buffalo has aged. Some of its buildings - particularly homes - have rotted and need to be removed. And there are good reasons to oppose efforts to preserve old structures merely for the sake of preservation. But there are some...

A Brief Look At Macarons: The Next Cupcake, Or Just A Fad?

Sweet? Definitely. Addictive? Absolutely. But is the Macaron really about to become the next cupcake? Maybe, maybe not. Dating back a century, the macaron is an almond-based French confection that inspired a high-profile Parisian culinary rivalry back in 2002, began...

SoCal Chow: California Pizza Kitchen And Claim Jumper

As we mentioned in the first of our unexpected SoCal Chow articles from this weekend, our trip back from San Francisco to test Apple's new iPad was stalled by a mid-week snowstorm in Buffalo, so we shuffled off to Southern...

Las Vegas Chow: Lotus of Siam + Thomas Keller's Bouchon

During the week we spent in Las Vegas, we had so many memorable meals - good and bad - that we could easily have filled the entire Buffalo Chow page with articles, but out of respect for readers who mightn't...

Las Vegas Chow: French Luxury Redefined At Joël Robuchon

Half of Buffalo Chow's mission is to spotlight the best foods and restaurants around Buffalo, but the other half is more challenging: we want to help Western New Yorkers - diners and restaurant professionals alike - to learn about what's...

Top 100 Buffalo/WNY Foods + Restaurants Guide 2010 (Part 5)

The Editors of Buffalo Chow are proud to present the 2010 edition of the Top 100 Buffalo / WNY Foods and Restaurants Guide, an unparalleled independent look at the best culinary destinations in and around Western New York. Our Top...

Top 100 Buffalo/WNY Foods + Restaurants Guide 2010 (Part 4)

The Editors of Buffalo Chow are proud to present the 2010 edition of the Top 100 Buffalo / WNY Foods and Restaurants Guide, an unparalleled independent look at the best culinary destinations in and around Western New York. Our Top...

Top 100 Buffalo/WNY Foods + Restaurants Guide 2010 (Part 3)

The Editors of Buffalo Chow are proud to present the 2010 edition of the Top 100 Buffalo / WNY Foods and Restaurants Guide, an unparalleled independent look at the best culinary destinations in and around Western New York. Our Top...

Top 100 Buffalo/WNY Foods + Restaurants Guide 2010 (Part 2)

The Editors of Buffalo Chow are proud to present the 2010 edition of the Top 100 Buffalo / WNY Foods and Restaurants Guide, an unparalleled independent look at the best culinary destinations in and around Western New York. Our Top...

Top 100 Buffalo/WNY Foods + Restaurants Guide 2010 (Part 1)

The Editors of Buffalo Chow are proud to present the 2010 edition of the Top 100 Buffalo / WNY Foods and Restaurants Guide, an unparalleled independent look at the best culinary destinations in and around Western New York. Our Top...

Update: Five Guys In 2010 + Replies From Other Top Chains

We were thrilled by the response to this week's list of Ten Great Chain Restaurants Buffalo Should Pursue: readers added many great suggestions, including Yard House, Mongolian BBQ, Legal Seafood, California Pizza Kitchen, and Joe's Crab Shack, amongst others, but...

Top 10 Great Chain Restaurants Buffalo Should Have

Locally owned and operated restaurants are great - except when they leave big gaps in local food expectations. How many years has Buffalo gone without a truly awesome Mexican restaurant? Considered Burger King or Wendy's to be the pinnacle of...

Gabriel's Gate: Big Ribs + Great Wings With A Unique Recipe

If you've been reading Buffalo Chow for any length of time, you probably know that we're serious chicken wing fans: from local bars and take-outs to famous wing places in foreign countries, we're always looking for the next great wing....

Leftovers: Final Thoughts On 2 Weeks of Real Japanese Food

Though our time in Japan has come to an end, and we used the opportunity to explore the wide range of outstanding foods available there, we had many more stories and pictures left to share. So we've created this Leftovers...

Japan's Awesome Snack Foods: A Little Ahead Of Our Time

As we write these words, we're in your future: Japan is 14 hours ahead on the clock, such that its today is your tomorrow, so when we leave here, we will actually arrive back home two hours before we departed...

Katsu Curry: Big In Japan, New To America, Missing In Buffalo

Convincing you to read past a single word in the next sentence is the most daunting challenge we face in telling you about one of the very best foods served in Japan today. The word is half of its name...

On Sushi, Or, Japanese Art In Raw, Diverse, Bite-Sized Fish

Tokyo is surely a city that never sleeps, but four in the morning is probably as close to rest as it comes. As we exit our hotel onto the streets of hyper-kinetic Shibuya, the two-story video screens are off or...

Ramen, Or, Noodles In Cups That Come From Superior Stock

Imagine living somewhere where the word "car" meant only a cheap subcompact vehicle, because no one sold or drove anything better. What would people think when they saw a Mercedes? A Porsche? Or an SUV? Believe it or not, there's...

Kyoto Chow: On Kaiseki, Japan's Gentle, Colorful High Cuisine

Though the phrases "high cuisine" and "low cuisine" suggest classism - meals for the wealthy and discerning as opposed to items that are cheap and simple - the reality is more complex: regardless of the patron's income level, there are...

Kobe Chow: On Great Steak, Making Sake + Lessons Learned

Once in a while, a meal completely changes the way you'll look at the same food in the future, and yesterday in Kobe, Japan, we had one of those meals. We weren't expecting it - in fact, we thought it...

Osaka Chow: Japanese Chicken Wings + More at Tori No Mai

Picture this: Buffalo, New York as the literal world capital of chicken wings. Easy to imagine, right? It would be a huge draw for tourists, and a natural fit given our history. But wouldn't it be boring if every restaurant...

Editors' Notes: We're in Japan, And Here's Why You'll Love It

The Japan we are going to present to you, dear reader, may not be the one you think you know. It is not, in fact, the one we knew the first time we visited, or even the third, but rather...

Rue Franklin: Buffalo's High-Water Mark For French Cuisine

Strictly speaking, the word sublime means "awe-inspiring excellence," but we often say it to denote the sort of greatness that sneaks up on you - delicacy that increases in impressiveness as you consider it further. In that sense of the...

Loganberry Syrup Taste-Off: Cronfelt's, Aunt Rosie's + PJ's

Is it the nectar of the gods? For Western New Yorkers who grew up with loganberry drink - a truly local beverage we've discussed at length elsewhere - it's something close, a slightly bitter but largely sweet and fruity beverage...

On Peppermint Stick Ice Cream: Perry's Versus Nestle/Edy's

When the leaves turn red, we develop pumpkin cravings, and when the air chills just a little bit more, egg nog, gingerbread, and candy canes are high on our seasonal snack lists. For years, one of our favorite holiday season...

Depew's Duff's Brings Buffalo's Best Wings To A Nicer Venue

The highest praise we could offer to a new location of Duff's - the best overall place to get chicken wings in Buffalo - would be to say that the food and service is as great as the original location's,...

SoCal Chow Leftovers: Meals + Snacks Worth Brief Mentions

In one week's time, Buffalo Chow's editors ate our way through so many of Southern California's restaurants that friends and family e-mailed to ask how we'd digested everything - the answer: we're not sure, but it worked. Most of the...

SoCal Chow: Izakaya, Ramen & Markets, Or, Asian Done Better

Buffalo Chow's editors are serious fans of Asian cuisine: Japanese is a common favorite, but whether we're at home or abroad, our reference points for what's great, good, or bad often come from meals we've enjoyed in Singapore, Thailand, China,...

SoCal Chow: What Can Buffalo Learn From A Burger Paradise?

Are hamburgers worthy of attention - even obsession? Why would anyone care too deeply about something that can sells for as little as $1 here, and can be found anywhere in the world from chains such as McDonald's and Burger...

O.C. Chow: How Mexican Food Is Supposed To Look & Taste

"Why is authentic Mexican food so hard to find in Buffalo?" Readers ask us this question at least once a month, demonstrating that they know the difference between real Mexican cuisine and the stuff that's most commonly served in Western...

O.C. Chow: Trader Joe's Is Coming + A Look At Whole Foods

When people from outside of Western New York visit Buffalo, they're almost always blown away by Wegmans, yet surprised that such a food-obsessed area doesn't have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods Market - two of the country's other supermarket...

O.C. Chow: The Changing Face of Chicken, Korean + American

Buffalonians take for granted their status as originators and purveyors of a globally-recognized chicken dish - the "Buffalo Wing," as it's now commonly called - and though there are surely thousands of other ways to eat chicken in Western New...

Editors' Notes: Going Back to Cali - Orange County and L.A.

We haven't been back to Orange County, California since leaving two years ago, the sort of temporal distance that tends to create "perspective" - that special, rare ability to separate yourself from your previous conceptions and biases, helping you to...

Verbena Grille: On The Upswing, Standing Out In Williamsville

Though we could say as much about many other restaurants, we really weren't sure what to expect as we headed to visit Williamsville's Verbena Grille. Located on the former site of Daffodil's on Maple Road, this place had apparently undergone...

National Buffalo Wing Festival 2009: An Opinionated Roundup

Last year, we took a fairly exhaustive, four-part look at the National Buffalo Wing Festival (1, 2, 3, 4), which we noted hadn't blown us away on wing quality, but certainly impressed us in scope, as well as in branding...

National Buffalo Wing Festival: Photos, And What to Expect

Want to know what the National Buffalo Wing Festival looks like? Held at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, NY over the two-day leadup to Labor Day, this event hosted over 30 different vendors of chicken wings and wing-related foods. We've posted...

Local Chinese Secrets: Prince BBQ + T&T Asian Supermarket

"I can't believe what I just saw," said Jeremy from the passenger's seat. "That was a real Chinese barbecue shop. I'm sure of it. Where exactly are we right now?" "Kenmore," Christina responded, "on Elmwood, near Sheridan. You're excited. I'm...

Famous Dave's: Cheektowaga BBQ Worth Its Risks + Prices

Love isn't a strong enough word to describe our feelings for barbecue: more accurately, we crave it. If it wasn't for our waistlines, we'd eat ribs and brisket once a week, and as is, we still find ways to sneak...

Markets: Clinton Bailey, Bidwell Parkway & Williamsville

For decades, Western New Yorkers have debated the correct balance between supporting local businesses and patronizing national ones. Some people - many, actually - err on the side of buying as much as possible from smaller neighborhood and village shops,...

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