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WNY Has A Lot On Its Plate: Local Restaurant Week Kicks Off October 21

Time to tune up your forks, map out a strategy, and eat local!

Hard to fathom, but it’s time for the fall version of the biannual celebration foodies fantasize about: Local Restaurant Week, running from October 21 – 27.

This all-consuming feeding fest occurs each spring and fall throughout Western New York, which promotes our regional food culture and supports locally-owned eateries of all size and menu shapes.

Food features starting at $20.13 encourage diners to skip national chain restaurants in favor of supporting local independents.  Profits from each dollar spent at our locally-owned, independent restaurants stay right here in WNY and make our community stronger. And it gives you a chance to take in the local flavor.

From all the corners of WNY, Local Restaurant Week is the ideal way to visit places you’ve always wanted to try or chow down at a place you haven’t dropped by in a long time, all for a fixed price of $20.13

Like many foodies, I’m plotting out my plan for a week’s worth of food fun. I will always patronize independent, locally-owned restaurants because I like to support people who are putting food on their table by putting food on my table.

“Western New Yorkers have embraced this celebration of our vibrant local independent restaurants making it one of the biggest of its kind in the country.  We cherish and are proud of our neighborhood restaurants here and consider them part of the culture of Western New York,” noted Christa Hobart, event coordinator.

“We estimate during each Local Restaurant Week, that about $4 million is pumped through the local economy.  By going out to eat at local independent restaurants you are supporting our community and making it stronger.  You might gain a couple pounds but it’s for a great cause,” she added.

Here’s the website, which is updated daily: www.LocalRestaurantWeek.com 
As they say at LRW:  "It’s an event of gastronomical proportions!”

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10/18/2013 9:57PM
WNY Has A Lot On Its Plate: Local Restaurant Week Kicks Off October 21
Where have you been and what would you recommend?
10/21/2013 12:10PM
Plan whole week in advance
My friends and I plan out the entire week, plotting where to go every night. The extra calories are worth it!
10/21/2013 4:17PM
Day One - Pano's
Pano's is our choice for Restaurant Week. My daughter has a gift certificate and has never been there. I am sure that she and her boyfriend will enjoy it as much as my husband and i do!!!
10/21/2013 5:09PM
Chinese & Greek
We go to as many Greek and Chinese restaurants as we can find. I love how some Greek places even offer breakfast.
10/23/2013 6:49PM
One of my fav weeks!
Black and Blue, Pairings, Campobellos are on the schedule so far. Have to throw in at least one more night - should go try a new place.
10/23/2013 9:36PM
Day 3!
I try to make it to as many restaurants as I can during Local Restaurant Week. I especially like going for lunch when many places are offering 2 for $20.13 Dining Features! So far I have tried Scotch N' Sirloin, Brodo and Rizotto's. All were very good AND I left with a to go box at each one! So many restaurants, so much food and not enough meals in the week to visit all 200 restaurants!
10/23/2013 10:28PM
restaurant week
Brenda, went to Gigi's on Kenmore Avenue, they did a very nice job. After eating there for restaurant week, I would definitely go back. One thing I don't like about restaurant week, is some places put out such weird menus. If it is a notedsteak house, then put steak on the menu. Why would they change and put everything else but steak. That is very annoying.
10/23/2013 10:30PM
Good food and wine
Hey Brenda, Try Parings in Williamsville for a choice of chicken, pork or Mac & Cheese w/ shrimp. Plus you get some nice wine too.
10/24/2013 9:42AM
Why not more breakfast spots?
Only see a couple who do breakfast. That's my favorite meal to go out and eat.
10/25/2013 11:08PM
A Semi-Annual Treat
My wife and I look forward to hitting both some of favorite restaurants as well as some that we had yet to visit. And to add to the fun, we make a point of going with friends that we haven't seen in a while. With all of the great restaurants in the area, there's never a shortage of places to go and great food to eat.
10/25/2013 11:33PM
Loved the choice of vegetarian and non- veg choices at Tandoori. Plus you get rice pudding included!
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