[BN] Meals & Drink publication, March 15, 2023

Fried cheese and guava dip at La Vista Bella

Fried bites of salty, gentle cheese with tropical guava dip is $5.75 at La Vista Bella, 6429 Dysinger Highway, Lockport.

Andrew Galarneau

Sara and Edwin Torres opened Lockport’s solely sitdown Puerto Rican spot in November. Then the heaviest snowfall in years froze Western New York in its tracks, conserving the Torres household’s restaurant desires on ice.

The tropical flavors of Isla del Encanto, “The Island of Enchantment,” have poked via the snow on Dysinger Highway. In a roomy spot sufficiently big for eating and dancing, La Vista Bella affords hearty dishes amid brightly embellished environment full with barrel-sized congo drums, silent for the second.

The area, at 6429 Dysinger Highway, beforehand held Kith & Kin Bakeshop & Bistro, gone on to higher success as Western New York’s solely gluten-free, full-spectrum bakery-restaurant, at 5850 S. Transit Highway.

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On Dysinger Highway, the excellent news is available in inexpensive little packages at La Vista Bella.

Sara Torres will get you a plate of salty gentle cheese bites ($5.75), fried to a crisp and served with guava sauce. Or pastelillos, fried turnovers ($2.75 to $3.50) in beef, hen, pizza (cheese, tomato, pepperoni) and vegetable. There’s additionally a hardly ever seen tripleta pastelillo ($4) echoing the traditional Puerto Rican sizzling sub with hen, ham, and roast pork with cheese.

Larger plates include a facet and embrace bistec encebollado, beef braised in onions, herbs, and vinegar, pernil-style roast pork, and carne frita, chunks of pork shoulder tossed in sazon spice combination and deep-fried (all $17.95).

Location: 6429 Dysinger Highway, Lockport, 716-280-3126. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday via Saturday. Closed Sunday, Monday.


Tea leaf noodles, a Burmese-inspired Cozy Thai original

Inexperienced tea noodles at Cozy Thai in Hamburg.

Joseph Cooke

Critiques returning: Cozy Thai, Hamburg’s standout Thai restaurant sporting originals like a pasta impressed by Burmese tea leaf salad, will probably be featured in Monday’s assessment on BuffaloNews.com.


Swannie Home proprietor Debbie Wiles-Fetterman died Thursday, and the historic tavern at 170 Ohio St. is closed for now.

She was behind the bar 5 days earlier, chatting as she served people from the neighborhood. That evening, she stored the bar open late to accommodate an everyday who was assembly pals from out of city.

The common acquired detoured that evening, however in his absence, she did her factor, and made positive these strangers felt proper at residence.

“She was a fun-loving lady who at all times had time to talk with us,” stated Jim Ormond, one other common. “Even once they have been busy, she at all times had time to come back over and say hello.”

Musician Kevin Kukoda began going to Swannie Home as a toddler, introduced by his father together with a gang from the workplace for gravy fries, burgers and wings.

Later he moved in close by, and was one other frequenter of Swannie Home, together with a forged of characters and dealing people from the Basic Mills plant on the opposite facet of the Buffalo Ship Canal.

“The primary factor I’ve to say about Debbie was that she was extraordinarily good,” Kukoda stated. “She would provide the shirt off her again, you recognize, if she knew you. She was simply so very sort.”

Observe the Swannie Home web page on Fb (fb.com/TheSwannieHouse) for additional info.


Maple Weekend: Weekends, truly — the annual celebration of New York State’s maple-making prowess is Saturday and Sunday, and March 25 and 26.

Here is a useful information from Buffalo Spree to a number of the hotcakes highlights.

Savage Strykersville pop-up: An April 15 basket raffle at Strykersville Volunteer Hearth Firm, 594 Minkel Highway, Strykersville, will profit the Hometown Hero Banner Fund.

Savage Wheat Challenge will promote bitter cherry cashew honey bars and plenty of different Savage Wheat breads, pastries, and sweets to boost cash for WNY Heroes and St. Jude Kids’s Analysis Hospital. All Savage Wheat makes use of are natural, entire historical grains or oats, native maple syrup and honey, no typical wheat or white sugar.

Honey snack bars ($5) are available in bitter cherry cashew, apple berry, chocolate coconut, and raspberry coconut. Pecan bars and truffle brownies ($5), and cinnamon raisin swirl loaf ($11) are additionally obtainable.

Breads embrace sourdough rye, sourdough spelt, and delicate potato spelt ($9.50).

Web shoppers can head to savagewheat.com to order pickup from quite a few Western New York areas.


Alert reader Linda F. noticed shawarma on a spit, dropping the dime on a quick-serve operation in Riverside, through e mail. It was in response to a reader inquiry final month.

Shawarma, marinated meat cooked on a rotating spit to be shaved for sandwiches and plates, in hen and beef, is on supply every day on the ready-to-go meals counter behind Buffalo Contemporary, the brand new multi-cultural grocery retailer at 284 Ontario St. in Riverside.

On the second, bigger model of the Broadway authentic at 1018 Broadway, clients can store for contemporary herbs, greens, and fruit, get halal lamb, beef, and hen from the butcher counter, and survey a blinding assortment of baklava, different sweets, and ornamental platters in all their Turkish splendor.

Name for nominations: A reader asks: Are there any all-you-can-eat salad bars left in Western New York? Particularly one with a barbeque. Please ship nominations to [email protected].

In reminiscence of the old-school setup beneath the previous administration on the Fringe of City, the place my dream barbeque got here with all-you-can-eat soup and salad, and cut-your-own-slab megaloaves of seeded rye bread.

Q: I am on the lookout for a spot that serves hen (nation) fried steak with nice gravy. Most are frozen patties with canned sauce, yuk.

A: Finest hen fried steak? Compass Run, by a nautical mile.

At 500 Seneca St., Toutant’s sister restaurant will serve you pounded-out buttermilk-brined beefsteak fried to a jagged crunch, sluiced with Texas cream gravy, served with crispy smashed potatoes and house-pickled inexperienced beans ($28).

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