Alex’s Place (July 4) 8322 Park Road, Batavia (585-344-2999, Smoky, sticky ribs, cream pies, old-school charm; plenty of reasons for hungry to exit Thruway. 8 plates

Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (June 27) 253 Allen St. (240-9359, Fresh seafood, smoked wings, truffled fries alongside live music raise the bar in Allentown. 7 plates

Brick Oven Bistro (June 20) 904 Abbott Road (844-8496, Graceful touches, house-made offerings surprise in South Buffalo tavern setting. 8 plates

Gianni Mazia’s (June 13) 10325 Main St., Clarence (759-2803, Satisfy your family’s need for homey Italian with pizzas and traditional red-sauce classics. 7 plates

Webster’s Bistro and Bar (June 6) 102 Webster St., North Tonawanda (264-4314, Remodeled space brings fine dining, bow-tied service to North Tonawanda. 7 plates

99 Fast Food (May 30) 3396 Bailey Ave. (836-6058). Vietnamese standard-setter weathers change in owners with excellence intact. 8 plates

The Roycroft Inn (May 23) 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora (652-5552, Revamped menu gives historic building more than its architecture to lure visitors. 7 plates

The Phoenix (May 16) 269 Amherst St. (447-1100). Transformed neighborhood bar’s menu is another bright spot in Black Rock. 8 plates

Savoy (May 9) 149 Elmwood Ave. (768-3100, Stylish new Elmwood nightspot offers cocktails, salads, sandwiches and lighter plates. 6 plates

Pizza Amore (May 2) 2024 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island (775-5975, In the Sunoco and Dunkin’ Donuts plaza, a bridge between wood-fired and Buffalo pizzas. 7 plates

Jewel of India (April 25) 1264 Hertel Ave. (877-1264, Crowd-pleasing favorites fill Hertel Avenue Indian outpost. 6 plates

Savor (April 18) 28 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls, NY (210-2580, Culinary institute’s fine dining place stands out in downtown Niagara Falls. 7 plates

Perfetto (April 11) 617 Main St. (768-3728, Fine dining Italian newcomer to Theater District could use more rehearsals. 6 plates

Manakeesh and More (April 4) 1150 Hertel Ave. (348-7184). Outstanding values in Middle Eastern favorites from Palestinian family’s small bakery. 7 plates

Rizotto Ristorante (March 28) 930 Maple Road, Amherst (204-4455, Surprises and satisfaction abound at Rizzo family’s upscale establishment. 8 plates

Longhorn Steakhouse (March 21) 3494 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park (825-1378, Western-themed chain restaurant offers generous servings, value-priced meals. 6 plates

The Hollow Bistro and Brew (March 14) 10641 Main St., Clarence (759-7351, International flavors spice up menu of familiar dishes at former sweets shop. 8 plates

Polish Villa II (March 7) 1085 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga (822-4908, Family restaurant hits grand slam of appealing food, decor, service and value. 9 plates

Desperados (March 1) 29 Commerical St., Angola (549-5413, Tender pork and hearty side dishes headline at Angola’s barbecue outpost. 7 plates

Wok & Roll (Feb. 22) 5467 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (631-8880, Explore the Cantonese delights at plaza Chinese place. 7 plates

Yolo (Feb. 15) 5841 Transit Road, East Amherst (688-4479, Bistro draws crowd with promising, diverse menu. 7 plates

Serene Gardens (Feb. 8) 2800 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island (773-5323, Japanese cuisine has taken root with broad menu in garden center. 7 plates

The Lenox Grill (Feb. 1) 140 North St. (884-1700, Revamped hotel restaurant offers pub food and more until the wee hours. 6 plates

Madonna’s (Jan. 25) 62 Allen St. (768-1401). New Italian restaurant offers hearty dishes, many sized for two. 7 plates

Gertie’s (Jan. 18) 6010 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center (741-1311, Clarence Center lunch spot offers three nights of satisfying, comforting dinner options. 8 plates

Break’n Eggs Creperie (Jan. 11) 5235 Main St., Williamsville (634-3447). Focus is on quality, not quantity at detail-oriented breakfast specialist. 7 plates

Taisho Bistro (Jan. 4, 2013) 3332 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (835-8088). Expand your Japanese vocabulary with fun-sized dishes at snazzy eatery. 8 plates

Lucy Ethiopian (Dec. 28, 2012) 388 Amherst St. (877-5829, Tiny, family-run place offers tasty Ethiopian dishes in humble setting. 6 plates

Blue Lantern Lounge (Dec. 21) 6120 Seneca St., Elma (652-2583, Comfort food with careful touches brings crowds to Elma lounge. 8 plates

– Ratings based on 10 plates. Reviews by Andrew Z. Galarneau