TOP DOCS
In WNY, the medical field is booming, and that’s healthy for all of us. This special section provides listings for the top 101 doctors in the area, as selected by their peers, plus profiles of several. The section also features an up-close look at HealthNow’s gorgeous downtown headquarters by Spree’s architecture critic.
By Donna Evans-Deyermond,
Terri Parsell Hilmey, Gwen Ito,
Barry A. Muskat, and Maria Scrivani.


Top Docs List

CHEAP EATS
Sometimes you just need a greasy burger and a Pabst Blue Ribbon. That’s why Spree’s writers are offering up some of their favorite food bargains, as are some of WNY’s most noteworthy folks, like WGR favorite Chris “The Bulldog” Parker. You’ll find great selections at several of the area’s most well-known spots—Schwabl’s, Papa Jake’s, La Hacienda—and also some under-the-radar locations that might surprise you: Rodney’s in Hamburg, Koreana in Tonawanda, and many more. We also take a farewell look at the recently shuttered Earl’s Drive-In, and Spree wine critic Mark Criden offers some affordable selections. So eat cheaply, and be merry.
By William C. Altreuter, Alan Bedenko, Ron Ehmke, Joe George, Jessica Keltz, Peter Koch, Elizabeth Licata, Vicki G. Marshall, Nancy J. Parisi, Kevin Purdy, Christopher Schobert, Joe Sweeney, Margaret W. Toohey, and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes.

Cheap Eats in Buffalo

Cheap wine for cheap times
By Mark Criden

The 716 / CALENDAR
We kick off our newest section.
Chris Collins: Making it work from the bottom up
By Christopher Schobert
Remembering the AFL
By Barry Wittenstein
When worlds collide
By Elizabeth Licata
The Hot 5
By Ron Ehmke
Remember the eligibles
By Elizabeth Licata
WNY Blogosphere
By Jennifer Wutz-Lopes

LIVING
Style: Solstice fever
By Catherine Berlin

Vanity Wars
By “Ambrose” and “Faith”

Gadget Planet
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin

DINING
The annual Icewine Festival, January and February’s galas, and Spree’s always expanding Dining Guide.
By Elizabeth Licata and
Terri Parsell Hilmey


ARTS
Visual Arts:
The Panza experience

By Elizabeth Licata
Essay: Critical response
By Bruce Adams
On View:
Heroes of Horticulture
By Elizabeth Licata
Music: Brian Wheat
By Christopher Schobert
Theater: Back to the classics
By Darwin McPherson
Plus, Ron Ehmke says WBFO is ready to rock.

IN EVERY ISSUE
Editor’s letter, deadlines
• Dining guide
• Shopping Spree
• Cultural listings
• Marketplace
Index of advertisers
• Who was there
• Bflo Days:
Tip of the Ice Bowl

By Christopher Schobert


ON THE COVER:
A delicious array of cheap eats, including soup from Fables Café, tabouli from Falafel Bar, microbrew from Pizza Plant, curly fries from Steve’s Pig & Ox, and the buffalo burger from Buffalo Brew Pub. Photos by kc kratt. Photomontage magic by Josh Flanigan. Cover design by Chastity Taber.