Author Archives: Donnie Burtless

Introducing Dobutsu, a New Restaurant from the Toutant Folks

We’ve got some exciting news to share. Connie and James Roberts, the owners of the popular Downtown Southern Restaurant Toutant, are opening a second restaurant in the city this summer. Located on the first floor of the recently renovated 500 Seneca Building, Dobutsu will be a seafood centric restaurant. The restaurant will take advantage of their…

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Hey guys, it’s been really fun but…

We’ve said this on the record a few times, but at the end of every year, Alli and I sit down and talk about the future of Buffalo Eats. Last year was one of our best ever. We traveled, added some excellent bloggers to the team, broke some really cool restaurant news, made our own…

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Lloyd is opening… a boat?

Is Lloyd really opening a taco boat? Over the last six years Lloyd has basically taken over Western New York. With four trucks on the road, an incredibly popular catering company, a brick-n-mortar restaurant (with a second coming!) and an appearance on national TV, it seems like they really can do anything they want. Hell,…

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Tommyrotter Distillery wins Silver

Even though Tommyrotter Distillery has been open less than a year, it has made its mark prominently on the Buffalo drink scene. What most Western New York spirits drinkers may not know however, is that this little hometown distillery with roots from East Aurora has made an even bigger mark on the global spirits industry…

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Recap: Snout to Tail Dinner 2016

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the 2016 Snout to Tail Dinner at Black Sheep. We previewed the event the week prior and I wrote about my love of T-Meadow Farms and the Chefs who were participating in the event. Even with those lofty expectations, I still found myself in awe on Monday…

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Quick Bite: Marco’s Italian Deli (Downtown)

Quick Info: Marco’s Italian Deli is located on Genesee St and opened in December 2014. Owned and operated by Chef Marco Sciortino, this deli is his sixth location in Western New York. On our visit, the menu featured over a dozen different sandwiches and subs ranging in price from $8-10. They also offer some soup, salads and even sliced…

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First Bite: Aro Bar de Tapas

Quick Info: Aro Bar de Tapas is a Spanish Tapas restaurant in Williamsville (5415 Sheridan Drive) that opens to the public on March 1st. The kitchen is lead by Executive Chef Scott Kollig and Pastry Chef Monica Kollig. The food menu is set up like a traditional tapas restaurant, split up into small bites, shareable plates and larger entrees…

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Big Changes Coming to The Washington Market

In September of last year, it was revealed that the owners of The Washington Market, Victor and Mona Khoury, were ready to sell. After running the market for over eight years, they were looking forward to retirement. They reached out to the public to gauge interest in their business, now located in one of the busiest and…

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