I’ve got a couple of pieces of heavier lifting I was going to remark on, but I’ll leave them until at least later today. In the meantime, local readers might be interested in the re-launch of a great blog on WNY food and restaurants, Buffalo Chow. The authors are almost stereotypically foodies, but it does have a lot of good information for people who are looking for better dining than the pizza/wings/red sauce/steak/chain options. They took about a year off, so pay attention to the dates on the articles. As of today, there are only 3 new ones, one of which is a complete takedown of their favorite whipping boy, the Buffalo News, and the Cheap Eats column, in particular. They promise a treatment of Janice Okun soon, which, if this is any indication, should peel the paint off the wall (a sentiment that many of us would agree to in principle, if not in tone.)
And, for the record, I learned about the relaunch during one of my regular stops to check out what’s new at Bill Rapaport’s site. I assume everybody knows about it, but just in case: what started out as a guide for people in and around UB has become the definitive source for WNY restaurant information. It is crowd-sourced and some of the reviews are way, way old, but Bill does a great job posting new reviews almost instantaneously and noting closings as soon as he learns about them. It’s also reliable (usually) on the restaurants’ links and also cross references other reviews such as the News and Buffalo Spree.