Riverstone Grill (Dec. 12) 971 E. River Road, Grand Island (www.theriverstonegrill.com, 775-9079). Controlled richness, fine touches in dishes give diners reasons to head to Grand Island. 8 plates
Sun Restaurant Buffalo (Dec. 5) 1989 Niagara St. (www.suncuisines.com, 447-0202). Transformed grocery offers window into glories of Burmese cuisine, Thai classics. 8 plates
J&L’s Boulevard Barbecue (Nov. 27) 697 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda (695-8888, www.buffalosbestbbq.com). Humble barbecue joint serves real barbecue and fire-blessed pizzas. 7 plates
Providence Social (Nov. 21) 490 Rhode Island St. (464-3786). Longtime West Side restaurant spot renewed with stylish renovation, ambitious menu. 7 plates
The Griffon Pub (Nov. 14) 2470 Military Road, Town of Niagara (236-7474, www.thegriffonpub.com). The gastropub has arrived in Niagara Falls with a huge beer list and upscale tavern menu. 8 plates
El Ranchito (Nov. 7) 9780 Main St., Clarence (320-5830). Unexpected dishes, big plates of hearty Mexican favorites at Clarence family spot. 7 plates
Mansard Inn (Oct. 31) 3365 Abbott Road, Orchard Park (828-1115, www.mansardinn.com). Old-school favorites, classic seafood dishes bring regulars back for reliable meals. 7 plates
Tappo (Oct. 24) 338 Ellicott St. (259-8130, www.tappoitalian.com). Menu of updated red sauce classics raise the bar on family Italian dining. 9 plates
Spice Kitchen (Oct. 17) 438 Evans St., Willamsville (633-4800, www.spicesofindiawny.com). Explore diversity of Indian regional cuisines for $13 at outstanding buffet/grocery. 8 plates
Tabree (Oct. 10) 4610 Main St., Williamsville (844-8477, www.tabreeonmain.com). Fine local ingredients, attention to details helps make restaurant one of WNY’s best. 10 plates
American Grille (Oct. 3) 7901 Seneca St., East Aurora (655-9757, www.americangrille.net). Neighborhood hot spot packs customers in for menu of upgraded family favorites. 7 plates
Martin Cooks (Sept. 26) 346 Connecticut St. (259-9306, www.martincooks.com). Interesting dishes, new-to-city concept of chef’s counter dining gives foodies plenty to talk about. 7 plates
Coco Bar & Bistro (Sept. 19) 888 Main St. (332-1885, www.cocobuffalo.com). Menu of bistro classics satisfies with fresh twists on old favorites. 7 plates
Miss Hot Cafe (Sept. 12) 3311 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (832-3188, www.misshotcafe.com). Vast authentic
Chinese menu delivers delights of Shanghaiese, Sichuan cuisines. 8 plates
Gatur’s Ethiopian Cuisine (Sept. 5) 69 Allen St.(881-1832, www.gaturs.com). Ethiopian family restaurant offers delights for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. 7 plates
Osteria 166 (Aug. 29) 166 Franklin St. (858-3118, www.osteriabuffalo.com). New casual Italian place has potential to become a downtown fixture. 7 plates.
The Woodshed (Aug. 22) 5445 Transit Road, Amherst (276-8360, www.thewoodshedsmokehousebbq.com). New Amherst barbecue outpost satisfies the family, not just the smokehound. 6 plates.
Butterwood Sweet & Savory (Aug. 15) 391 Washington St. (652-0131, www.butterwoodsweetandsavory.com). Inventive menu choices often hit the spot at Hotel @ the Lafayette restaurant. 7 plates.
GiGi’s Cucina Povera (Aug. 8) 981 Kenmore Ave. 877-8788, www.gigiscucinapovera.com). Cardoons and more Sicilian specialties lead the way in ode to peasant cooking. 6 plates
Craving (Aug. 1) 1472 Hertel Ave. (883-1675, www.cravingbuffalo.com). Sample chef’s switch to Hertel Avenue comes with a bigger place and bigger menu. 8 plates
Shalimar Garden (July 18) 3192 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (835-0700, www.shalimargardenamherstny.com). Indian restaurant offers Chinese-Indian and Kashmiri dishes, not just lunch buffet. 7 plates
August Bistro (July 11) 32 Main St., Hamburg (649-3200, www.augustbistrobar.com). Veteran chef, ambitious menu deliver fine dining, fresh seafood. 7 plates
– Ratings based on 10 plates. Reviews by Andrew Z. Galarneau