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Taste of Buffalo announces 2019 food & wine awardees

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Sat, Jul 13th 2019 06:00 pm
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The 36th annual Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops announced its 2019 restaurant and winery award winners on Saturday. Representatives from the local media, political and business sectors served as judges.

This year’s festival includes the new Favorite Fermentation award, which was given to A Gust of Sun Winery (Ransomville) for its wine, Sweet Westies.

Additional Taste of Buffalo winners include:

•Chair’s Choice (chosen by Matthew Testa, 2019 Taste of Buffalo chairman): Hilltop Restaurant & Bar (Lockport), Buffalo Lager braised short ribs

•Children’s Choice (chosen by Jacob Testa): Mineo & Sapio Street Eats food truck, chorizo po’boy

•Lou Billittier Memorial “Rookie of the Year” Award: The Chocolate Bar (Buffalo), chocolate mousse brûlée

•Veteran Restaurant Award: Danny’s Restaurant (Orchard Park), peanut butter pie

•Best of Buffalo Award: Taste of Siam (Buffalo), fried ice cream

•Best Overall Item: Caribbean Experience (Buffalo), jerked chicken with rice

•Best Meat Item: Caribbean Experience (Buffalo), jerked chicken with rice

•Best Seafood Item: Flaming Fish food truck, shrimp po’boy

•Best Dessert: Water Lily Café (Cheektowaga), Thai tea smoothie

•Best Sandwich: Souped Up food truck, bacon jam cheddar melt

•Best Red Wine: Three Brothers Wineries & Estates (Geneva), Red Jazz Infusion

•Best White Wine: Victorianbourg Wine Estate (Wilson), Pechette

•Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options:

  • First Place: Alex’s Place (Batavia), grilled garlic shrimp skewers
  • Second Place: Local Kitchen and Beer Bar (Buffalo), brussels sprout slaw
  • Third Place: Cali Eats (Buffalo), fiesta black bean bowl

•Best Healthy Dessert: Chrusciki Bakery (Lancaster), apple cinnamon pierogi

•Yelp’s Choice Award: T.C. Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria (Tonawanda), stuffed hot banana pepper pizza

•Buffalo News Gusto Critic’s Choice Award: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Buffalo), Dinosaur barbecue ribs

The Taste of Buffalo is the nation's largest two-day food festival, attracting more than 450,000 visitors each year. It is run by a not-for-profit organization with more than 1,000 volunteers helping to put on the annual event. To date, more than $500,000 has been raised at the festival for local charities in addition to five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to local high school seniors pursuing a culinary or hospitality-related degree.

For more information, visit tasteofbuffalo.com.

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