Western New York is a place where one can find an amazing hot dog and an incredible filet within a few feet of each other, not to mention pasta, ice cream, Pad Thai, and falafel. So it’s not hard to choose over forty of our favorite restaurants, really—if space permitted, we would have included more. We’re not differentiating between high and low—we’re simply talking tasty. So you’ll find Sample and Ristorante Lombardo, but also Jim’s Steakout and Schwabl’s. We also talk to four local food experts—Bill Rapaport, Paula Alba, Christa Glennie Seychew, and Nelson Starr—about the dining scene in WNY. So eat, read, and be merry with us.
Alan Bedenko, Mark Criden, Rick Criden, Jana Eisenberg, Elizabeth Licata, Vicki G. Marshall, Lauren Newkirk Maynard, Phil Nyhuis, Nancy J. Parisi, Kevin Purdy, Christopher Schobert, Christa Glennie Seychew, Joe Sweeney, Margaret M. Toohey, and Jennifer Wutz-Lopes

Restaurants We Love: Excerpts
By Alan Bedenko, Kevin Purdy,
and Joe Sweeney

Cover design by Chastity Taber.

Q&A: Rocco Termini: One singular sensation
By Barry A. Muskat; photos by kc kratt
Spree Insider: Paradise by the greenhouse lights
By Chris Musial
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Cool stuff: Celebrating a summer of gardens
By Sally Cunningham
Cool stuff: March in Buffalo
By Christopher Schobert
Picture This: Our readers show off as shutterbugs
By Spree readers

Art Preview: Charles Burchfield, revealed
By Bruce Adams
Art on View: The Vogel gift and more at the Knox
By Elizabeth Licata
Theater Preview: An enriching March on the stage
By Darwin McPherson

Gardening: Starting from seeds
By Sally Cunningham
Gardening: Garden shows provide a March escape
By Elizabeth Licata
Gadget Planet
By William C. Altreuter and Catherine Berlin
Style: Chatting with Summer Baltzer
By Jana Eisenberg
Health: The importance of picking a pediatrician
By Terri Parsell Hilmey

Education: Inspiring youths to take environmental action
By Chris Musial
Books: Showing kids the power of reading
By Stephanie Berberick
Profile: An intimate look at Daniel Radcliffe
By Chris Musial
Education: Thrusting students into the business world
By Chris Musial
City Lacrosse teaches lessons on and off the field
By Jay Pawlowski

Our March dining guide features a closer look at St. Patrick’s Day beers, as well as our usual look at the month in galas and charity events.
By Terri Parsell Hilmey and Jay Pawlowski

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there

Bflo Days:

Twitter takes over the rumor mill
By Christopher Schobert