Thanks for commenting everyone and I appreciate the feedback.
For Kwai and madarin, my review was based on 2 visits so I can't claim to have had everything on the menu and I know plenty of people do enjoy going there on a regular basis including a fair amount of my friends who live in the area.
Paden --> Point well taken. I tend to focus more on the food than the atmosphere and service because I think that is the better measure of a restaurant. My intent was to review Havana's dining experience more than their capabilities as a bar. On the other hand, I absolutely see your point and as I mentioned above I know a bunch of people that frequent Havana and enjoy the bar scene there. Perhaps that would have been a good addition to the review.
The Ginger Giant --> Thanks for the props!
Praise, polish, praise. Not all reviews are nice- but you did a great job of pointing out what needs work and what they did well. Last I checked I read restaurant reviews to find out about the food first (the staff and ambiance come much later) and shouldn't overshadow the main focus- which is food!
Keep up the great stuff...
Yikes! That was an unnecessarily harsh review. You overly focused on the food and only mentioned the environment and people in a single sentence at the end of the review. I go to Havana often and it is a great place; one of my more favorite places in the East/Alexander area. I agree the food isn't great (it is pretty good, though) but bars in the East/Alexander area aren't only known for food. The environment the bar creates is a huge factor. This aspect was almost entirely ignored.
my thoughts exactly too.....OUCH!!!
OUCH!!! Won't be going here and I was dead set on trying it....oh well.
Also, don't forget to visit Lettuce B. Frank at the Brighton Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings - great vegetarian options as well as some seriously delicious Irish bacon sandwiches! :)
Hey everyone....thanks for the comments!
A few responses:
Tom: I definitely enjoy VM's bagel sandwiches with goat cheese but didn't want to make the article too Market heavy. Wouldn't mind doing a market only piece at some point though!
Justin: Good info. For whatever reason I've never stopped into Zimmerman's. Have to put that on my list!
HeyBuddy/Colin: Hard to write an article about I site I hadn't seen before, but I like your site a lot and will be following it in the future. Impossible for me to cover everything in a short article and your site seems to hit a lot of interesting places!
Kate: Union Street makes a solid sandwich as well but it fell into the same area as Scott's so I didn't want to double up on that style.
This is disappointing on many levels. I thought it was an article about breakfastallthetime.blogspot.com
It is not.
breakfastallthetime.blogspot.com is original.
This article is not.
HeyBuddy, great blog! And great article, CITY!
HOWEVER, I am a devotee to the Union St Bakery at the Public Market. Best breakfast sandwich. Best no-frills Rochester atmosphere. Best coffee -- dark roast, $1, free refills!
Open every day!
Did someone say breakfast sandwich?! A couple more to try: breakfastallthetime.blogspot.com
Flour City Bread - don't ask for your egg on bread - you'll have to buy a loaf - and put up with major attitude.
Zimmerman's Bologna Supreme is a top breakfast sammich. Also, South Wedge Diner's breakfast sandwich with the sausage patty is great as it's seasoned with rosemary.
Zimmerman's at the Public Market has a sandwich called the "Bologna Supreme", which includes a fried slice of baloney and some meatsauce along with the egg/cheese/bacon. It's very good.
Balsam Bagels also does bagels as breakfast sandwiches, including an option with vegetarian sausage.
I grew up in Brooklyn with bagel places on several corners. Bagel land's bagels are one of the few bagel that meet the standards of Brooklyn bagels and that says a lot.
There are a slew of breakfast sandwiches to be had in the area, but I think your discussion of the Public Market offerings should include VM Giordano Imports European Cheese Shop, located a few doors down from Flour City Bread.
They have a few varieties of breakfast sandwiches, and are absolutely delicious.
YES! You got the best on there. Village Bakery is undoubtedly my favorite breakfast sandwich in Rochester.
Thanks for the comment PixelHustler and, speaking only for my own review style, I make it a point to be as objective as possible and provide a balanced look at a restaurant without glossing over the negatives. I'm glad that came through in this piece!
It should be mentioned that Dogtown is the only place in the city that I've found to serve a vegan garbage plate! A neat meatless take on the original, it leaves you wanting a bit for grease, but it's a great alternative.
Hi George and Rochester Musician,
Technically, Chow Hound is City's dining (restaurant) news column, and is usually more news style in coverage and focuses on newer businesses in Rochester. George, you bring up an important point - and we are currently looking at how we can better differentiate our reviews from our newsy Chow Hound. In the case of Marshall Street, writer Katie Libby wanted to revisit the restaurant since she recently saw a considerable uptick in talk around the bar's food. But, like I said, we're re-evaluating if Chow Hound was the proper column for that. Thank you for your comments.
It doesn't, Rochester Musician. And that's my point. This is the Chow Hound column, which is traditionally for dining news, not reviews. That's why it says "restaurant news" at the top of this page.
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