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Five Places to Check Out During Local Restaurant Week

Local Restaurant Week starts today, Monday, March 9 and runs to Sunday, March 15. As usual, there are many participating restaurants. You can find the entire list on the Local Restaurant Week website. I’ve run through the options for you and put together a list of five of the most interesting choices, including values, quality, and variety. […]

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Griffon Pub Elevates Bar Food in Niagara Falls

Much the way it reinvigorated the pub culture and British dining in the early 1990s, the gastropub has changed the way Western New Yorkers think about traditional bar food. Places like Blue Monk and Winfield’s Pub have elevated the cuisine served in local pubs and made patrons crave these spots for more than just a […]

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The Best Burger in Buffalo

When I was younger, I used to lift weights. Now I lift cheeseburgers. I went from lifting fifty-pound dumbbells to lifting Quarter Pounders. I put down the barbells and picked up the barbeque sauce. I quit the treadmill and became a regular at my local gin mill. Shoot, I just realized the last one doesn’t […]

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Podcast #10 – Getting Cultured w/ Colin Dabkowski, & Michael Chelus, City Stadium?, Food! Food! Food! Burger/BBQ/Weck/Wings

– Episode 10 – We talked arts and culture with Buffalo News Arts & Theatre critic Colin Dabkowski, where will the city stadium go, and foooood with Colin and Michael Chelus also known as the “Nittany Epicurean”. Best food from burgers, bbq, weck, and wings. This is one great episode, enjoy Buffalo! 

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Holy Roast Suckling Pig!!!! Thanks to The Lodge Bar & Grill

West Chippewa Street has not typically been known as a bastion of fine dining in the City of Buffalo. Other than its fine dining staple – Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant – the street is mostly known for its night clubs and bars. That changed in 2013 when The Lodge Bar & Grill opened its […]

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Nittany Epicurean’s Top 5 Meals of 2014

2014 was a great year for food and dining in Western New York. In looking back over the year, I truly enjoyed some of the best food I’ve had in the area in quite some time. I’ve reviewed all the pieces I’ve written in 2014 for my blog (The Nittany Epicurean) and put together a […]

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