Farm-to-table standout Craving is again

New brighter look, same farm-rooted menu at Craving

At Craving, Patrick Chmura has lightened up the room, however the menu remains to be all earth tones.

Er, how are you? Perdon. The primary time you come again from Puerto Rico, the transition may be tough, even when your jetliner made a easy touchdown. They’re not kidding about that “Island of Enchantment” enterprise.

Please forgive the choppiness, however I’m paying the gasolinas’ toll, and there’s miles to cowl. So right here’s just a few postcards spotlighting notable happenings within the Buffalo consuming world since my final e-newsletter. Tons extra on faucet for subsequent week.


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Craving returns: The farm-to-table standout at 1472 Hertel Ave., returned to service in early December, after an intensive inside makeover lightened up the bar and eating rooms.

Patrick Chmura, longtime second-in-command within the kitchen, has taken the reins. He hasn’t modified course, simply added range with curry and Thai hen wings. Craving’s menu nonetheless has its taproot within the farmlands of Western New York, as Chmura attracts on relationships with native farmers cultivated during the last decade by founding owner-chef Adam Goetz.

Which is how Buffalonians and guests alike would possibly benefit from the $28 hen entrée that’s uniquely Western New York, proper on Hertel Avenue. That’s an Erba Verde hen thigh and leg confited to velvety richness, alongside roasted Oles Farm cauliflower and cabbage with housemade guanciale, Groundworks Gardens’ turnips and oyster mushrooms.

Hen wings ($15) sourced regionally from Erba Verde Farms are fried and bedecked with a kicky Thai costume of candy fish sauce, garlic, and ginger, and served with sticky rice. Curry beef is sliced cow simmered in coconut cream and Thai spices.

Try the menu at

Lunch begins Thursday. Then it’ll be 11 a.m. to three p.m. Tuesday by way of Saturday. Dinner hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday by way of Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday. Cellphone: 716-883-1675.

D.A. Style on Abbott: Instagram-famous taco slinger D.A. Style rehomed its inventive taco lineup to 368 Abbott Highway, serving over-the-top numbers like pork stomach and brisket with queso, and steak-and-lobster to its adoring fanbase.

Hours: 1 to six p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday, Thursday. Cellphone: 716-348-8867.


Cozy Thai: restaurant review

The crispy entire fish at Cozy Thai is a pink snapper with pineapples, bell peppers, broccoli, onion, tomatoes and is topped with a candy and spicy chili sauce.

Coming quickly — Cozy Thai: Tony An and his household took the pandemic as an opportunity to hit pause and reimagine the appear and feel of their little Thai restaurant at 39 Evans St., Hamburg. Now the shoppers who hung in with them can get pleasure from their work, together with Thai delicacies fanatics throughout Western New York and the Southern Tier. Learn 2015 evaluate


Alibaba Kebab’s second location: Alibaba Kebab’s huge guess on kebabs, rice containers and made-to-order naan bread for the Kenmore and North Buffalo plenty opened Dec. 12.

Since 2017, Indian meals followers have been flocking to Alibaba’s unique East Aspect location. Now proprietor Anand Kattu has invested in Kenmore, shopping for its spacious new location at 827 Navy Highway.

Try the menu at Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday by way of Saturday. Closed Sunday. Cellphone: 716-919-1111.

All-you-can-eat on Transit: Wind Japanese & Thai, an all-you-can-eat restaurant chain, is coming to 7566 Transit Highway, Amherst, throughout from the Jap Hills Mall, Buffalo Enterprise First reported. Santora’s Pizza Pub & Grill and Frog Hair Grille beforehand served prospects there.

Locations on the market: Frank’s Sunny Italy, the longtime neighborhood Italian-American restaurant that’s been darkish for greater than a 12 months, is on the market at 2491 Delaware Ave.

La Kueva, the Puerto Rican restaurant at 1260 Hertel Ave., was provided on the market by its proprietor Jan. 9, its Fb web page says.

Two epic redwoods within the beer-soaked shadows of Allen Road, Mulligan’s Brick Bar and Nietzsche’s, are each on the market.

Globe closes: The Globe, East Aurora, closed after service Dec. 31. “An enormous thanks to those that supported us during the last 4 years,” its Fb web page mentioned.


Al Rohloff, who married right into a legendary Buffalo tavern household and have become the face of the franchise alongside his spouse, Rose Mary, died Dec. 25.

Whenever you ducked into the shadowy cool of DiTondo’s Tavern, 370 Seneca St., you by no means knew who from the Who’s Who of Buffalo you’d spot huddled within the again room over spaghetti parm and stuffed peppers.

However Al was all the time there to greet newcomers and steer visitors when wanted. When you didn’t know the drill and received in the best way of servers bearing Olympic-sized helpings of pasta and numerous saucy whatnots, he’d let you realize kindly, as soon as.

For a spaghetti tavern, DiTondo’s had a outstanding burger. Its Royal sub was a worth for the ages. Some folks most well-liked his mozzarella-blanketed butter-and-tomato-sauced broiled-to-a-golden-brown spaghetti greater than a better-known place down the road. (He requested me to not point out that once more, and I agreed. I submit it now to underscore his lowkey humility.)

He accepted reward for the work he and his crew did at DiTondo’s, however by no means requested for consideration. His consummate talent as a tavernkeeper spoke for itself. The restaurant he and Rose Mary ran will all the time be set in amber on my shelf of recollections. (Learn Dale Anderson’s full obituary right here.)

Extra subsequent week, and as ever, thanks for studying.

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