29 Mar

1. Check out the 27 must-visit restaurants in WNY as decided upon by Spree writers.

2. Barry Muskat has an exquisitely written roundup of the now-deceased Elmwood / Forest hotel. Bloody BANANAs.

3. Jen14221 checks out some local blogs, and some not-so-local ones, too.

4. I have a review of the Bistro Europa on Elmwood, as well as the premiere of my car column, including a roundup of the Detroit Auto Show and a review of the Saturn Outlook.

5. What wine to drink with Buffalo food.

18 Responses to “Spree”

  1. Tsetse at 10:51 pm #

    Buffalo Spree ought to re-review some of the restaurants on their list. Was at One of the restaurants listed on Tuesday. It was pathetic.

  2. Tsetse at 10:57 pm #

    Correction, Monday not Tuesday.

  3. Mike Hudson at 10:30 am #

    Tsetse….When the primary objective of a restaurant review is to get said restaurant to advertise in said publication, these things will happen.

  4. Eliz. at 11:05 am #

    That is total horseshit, Mike. Obviously, you didn’t bother to read any of the section before you pronouced. Gin Gin? Suzy Q’s? La Hacienda? Stupid picks if you’re solely looking for advertising.

    I’d be the first to agree that one man’s meat is another man’s poison—and by no means expect all to agree with our panel’s choices (and the process was thoroughly explained)—but we do restaurant picks and “best of” picks as a service to readers.

    I’m very proud of our arts, food, and lifestyle coverage. It’s not going to cure cancer, but it gives people information on how to live better and enjoy all the options WNY has.

    Look at out index of advertisers and look at the subject matter of our articles. You won’t find too many matches. We are an award-winning magazine that abides by ASME ethical guidelines.

    This is a bogus and ignorant accusation that I won’t take from anyone, particularly another journalist, who should know better.

    Elizabeth Licata
    Buffalo Spree

  5. Tatonka at 11:24 am #

    At least he didn’t call Spree racist. 🙂

  6. jen14221 at 1:22 pm #

    I LOVE it when Elizabeth gets fired up!

  7. hank kaczmarek at 2:44 pm #

    I had 10 of them on my list last year to my car club conventioneers who stayed at the Adam’s Mark in July. Nice coverage.

    Obviously not too many WNY’ers are big Justin Wilson fans (RIP), I used to live about 5 miles from his home in Livingston Parish, LA and he used to shop at the grocery across from my house.



  8. Eliz. at 2:52 pm #

    I used to watch him. I loved the way he pronounced onion. Unyuuuun. Though I’m not sure I heard him recommend anything but beer.

    Yes, Jen, but I was aiming for just 3 drinks after work today. Now it will have to be the bottle. Ethics accusations have that effect on me.

  9. BuffaloGeek at 3:06 pm #

    Mike, I think you are confusing Buffalo Spree Magazine with another Buffalo based monthly…which shall remain nameless.

  10. cornell at 9:06 pm #

    I know that isn’t technically your post alan, but thank you for that. Scrolling through the highlighted restaurants was like a stroll through memory lane. Everytime I go to a restaurant in DC, I just think about how it reminds me of one in Buffalo-a testiment to how deceptively good the cuizine is back home. I would like to make one amendment, however, when it comes to Teds. Not that I don’t love Teds, but it is a predomiently North Towns institution. Back in Hamburg, there is a little shack open 6 months of the year right on the water overlooking the city that is my fondest memory of summer as a kid. They sear the hell of of the dogs so that they are practically pre-chewed and have the best milk shakes I have ever had, esp the loganberry shake…What is more buffalo than having a great sahlems hotdog on the edge of lake erie with a loganberry shake…that is summer bliss.

  11. BuffaloRox at 12:27 am #

    I just received a free copy of this issue in the mail. I was impressed. Loved the review of the Outlook and the Auto Show and the review of local blogs.

  12. Viking at 3:00 am #

    The Spree makes some interesting observations, and from their recommendations I’ll try some new dining experiences. While I don’t agree with all, most are just too obvious to be not mentioned and deserve the attention. My mother thought she was a great cook, and was at some things, restaurants are the same.

  13. hank kaczmarek at 9:45 am #

    Expats could go on forever about Ted’s. My pops would take me to the old one under/next to the Peace Bridge when I was a kid. Looked like a couple of those old green portable voting booths we used to use in Buffalo put together.

    2002 I’m flying into Phoenix to drive up to Flagstaff for my car club convention. Get in my rental car–never been there before but I had my map–only 2.5 miles to Ted’s in Tempe, AZ–their only outside WNY location. Gorged, drove up to flagstaff. 4 Days later I come back to fly to NC, re-gorged at Ted’s before taking rental back to airport.

    I have lots of customers in the Phx-Tempe area, and I always ask if they eat at Ted’s. Most say yes. Most of those who don’t say it’s because the place is mobbed just about every day. Even one of my old Navy friends that works about 3 blocks away says he eats there 3 times a week for lunch. That really killed me.

    I remember my wife’s reaction the first time I took her to places like Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and La Hacienda in the Falls.

    There should be a movement to change WNY from Snow Capital of the US to Comfort Food Capital of the US. It’s a hands down winner.

  14. Rifle Dude at 11:32 am #

    Eliz… when you actually have listening outside inner-ring Buffalo suburbs then you can boast that your publication “gives people information on how to live better and enjoy all the options WNY has” (to offer).

    Stick to the namesake of your magazine. Your emphasis is on Buffalo. Don’t pretend to cover “all the options WNY has” when its crystal clear that you do not. Encourage the EV yuppies to get in their foreign sedan and venture outside of Erie County. I think they would be entertained by what exists in the WNY that you claim to know.

    Or do you not believe that Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and the Southern Tier counties constitute WNY?

  15. eliz at 1:27 pm #

    Rifle Dude,
    Actually we do stuff all the time on Artpark, Lockport, the Castellani Art Museum, Old Fort Niagara, Letchworth, Chautauqua wine county, and much more outside Erie County. I grew up in Lockport, so, yes, I am aware of Niagara County.

    Not articles in every issue, perhaps but our listings and calendar–very important resources in the magazine–always cover all those areas. Plus Southern Ontario of course.

    In November we had articles on cheap and fun day trips in Niagara and Chautauqua County, and that’s just off the top of my head, without actually checking issues.

    Considering we only come out 8 times, I think we cover a lot of territory. So now the Spree reader stereotype has gone from Amherst SUV drivers to EV yuppies. Aren’t stereotypes and generalizations fantastic?

  16. eac at 9:13 pm #

    Best wine to drink with Buffalo food = beer.

    just, you know, an unbiased opinion. 🙂

  17. Viking at 9:47 am #

    Liz what about the Basket Factory, Gordie Harpers, The Pony ( MR ED’s) The Village Eatery, Garlocks, and some other Niagara County attractions. Your Lockport readers may feel neglected, in my opinion these places deserve mention, if possible also, each has a unique aspect.


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