B'ville: Slices with spices, wings with zing

"There are four generations of us at Tabatha's," Personius said proudly.

The family-style restaurant at 3160 Cold Springs Road is open daily from mid-afternoon to 8 p.m. weeknights and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

People's choices

Rounding out the people's choice award-winners were the best wings served by Lake Effect sports bar, 7 Syracuse St. The tavern's garlic-parmesan wings boasted a crunchy skin and a savory taste worthy of winning. Lake Effect owners hope to be serving their prized wings at a new outdoor patio and bar whenever spring rolls around.

Manzene's Greenside Restaurant gambled on a spicy Louisiana dish in the best bowl category and won over the people's hearts . . . or at least their stomachs. While the lady judges may have found Manzene's jambalaya a touch too tingly for their tastes, the people couldn't get enough of the cayenne-fueled blend of rice, sausage, chicken and shrimp. Maybe the award will prompt proprietors Jeffrey and Elizabeth Manzene to add jambalaya to the menu at the restaurant at 3451 State Route 31.

The full-bodied Mexican coffee poured by Shamballa Caf (c) took people's choice honors for house specialty. Coffeehouse owners Jean and Emmet Simpson also handed out free samples of store-roasted Brazilian, Kenyan and Javanese coffees. The caf (c) at 34 Oswego St. is a wi-fi hotspot.

More terrific tastes

While not everyone won an award, every one of the 17 servers spiced the Taste of Baldwinsville with variety.

Some other terrific tastes included chicken wraps prepared by Ramona Waldecker of Ramona's Dressings and spiced with one of her three scrumptious sauces, Country Italian, Vinaigrette and her most unique, Chipolte.

Wegmans' whole wheat penne pasta with roasted vegetable and garlic oil was good despite being good for you.

Make & Take Gourmet, from 15 E. Genesee St., served a creamy Cajun chicken pasta as well as with an equally toothsome chicken cordon blue.

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