Dear Ms. Kenyon
I am the owner of the Tap and Table. I feel the need to respond to the article that was published. I am sorry that you didn’t enjoy your time at my restaurant. I do not feel that the overall article is a fair assessment of the food. There are also a couple of points that I would like to add in the hope that readers will have a better understanding of what we are all about:
We put a strong emphasis on serving world-class beer and pairing it with the dishes on our menu. We make recommendations for a beer with every dish. There is a hugely diverse range of flavors in craft beer and we feel they enhance the meal. This is a major part of what sets Tap and Table apart from other restaurant experiences. I wish you had explored this area that is obviously an important part of our identity Ms. Kenyon.
While there was no mention of the service in the article I hope that you enjoyed my staff. They provide a knowledgeable, friendly and professional experience. I receive many compliments in this area.
Our goal is not ‘reinvent and reimagine’ as you suggest. We prepare dishes with the finest ingredients that are available at the time and strive to keep the food simple and elegant. We hope that the quality and essence of the ingredients are able to shine through.
While you may believe that we do not ‘fully reflect Rochester and its surroundings' unique food bounty’ I can tell readers that they can enjoy a locally sourced food experience that is made possible through our current relationships with the following farms:
Seven Bridges Farm (Lima, NY), Bolton Farms (Hilton, NY) Cayugua Produce (Cayuga, NY), Lively Run Goat Dairy (Interlaken, NY) Oink and Gobble (Interlaken, NY) Pittsford Dairy (Pittsford, NY), Red Jacket Orchards (Geneva, NY) Mason Farms (Williamson, NY) Old Ridge Farms (Williamson NY) Grassland Farms (Ovid, NY) and Lagoner Farms (Williamson, NY)
In conclusion I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this open letter and to ask them to take the article with a pinch of salt (but not too much salt, hey Ms. Kenyon!)
Sincerely, Joe McBane.
For exceptional service an delicious food I prefer to go next door, to Ticas with a Twist. It's a gem - an unlikely fusion of Costa Rica and the Mediterranean, well executed as a proudly family owned and run small business.
Every time I have made it across the river to Tap & Table has been exceptional. The menu shows a creative side that many restaurants in our city stray from because I the fear of reviews like this one. I applaud Mr. McBane & his staff for continually being on the edge & striving to keep the interest of dedicated patrons. The service, which was never mentioned in the review, is also top notch. A knowledgeable staff answering each request as if was the most important task at hand. The space itself is beautiful & inviting wether just catching lunch or having a large group join you for dinner. I will be back as often as possible!
Best. Sauce. Ever. Made. I could eat it on anything/everything. Also, they have fantastic breakfast.
I AM CONFUSED.THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT ITALIAN KITCHEN PAUSE A QUESTION WHAT ARE YOURS CREDENTIALS?? IF I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE CONFUSED NOT ABOUT" AMOR"E BUT BECAUSE YOU IGNORANT O F THE ITALIAN KITCHEN. WHY DO I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE YOU WRITE IF THE SOUTHERN KITCHEN IS NOT PART OF ITALY BUT TO YOU THE ONLY ONE YOU KNOW.THE BEAUTY OF ITALIAN FOOD IS BECAUSE IS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD.BECAUSE EACH TOWN FROM THE ALPS TO PALERMO ARE DIFFERENT AND INNOVETIVE. GO AND WRITE ON TOILET PAPER
@Ryan Lorenz. They aren't telling you they took it off the shelf and served it to you. It is the same ingredients, but they make it fresh there. They don't just take it out of the jar/package and serve it to you.
Your review is actually exactly what I expected—good service and a huge promotion of Wegman's products. Both of which are typical of Wegmans. I was a bit surprised that the "Wegman's' press materials position Amore as a spot for a quick bite, casual date, or relaxed meal with a crowd." since all of the outdoor advertising I've seen shows what appears to be a well-to-do woman in a cocktail dress. I guess if you are in Wegman's already and wanted to get a quick bite to eat it would make sense but it never struck me as a place I would purposely go for a meal.
My biggest problem with Amore is their "focus on the Italian Classics line". When I got that spiel from the server, all I got from it was, "Your pasta has jarred sauce on it". I can do that at home. After hearing that, I ordered the pizza. I'm not going back.
We've had meals at Amore one time for lunch, one time for dinner. Both visits, the calamari was the best we've eaten. Prosecco was an out-and-out bargain. Second visit, we asked that our calamari be ready when we arrived and served as we were seated. It was. Service could not have been better. Executive chef, Russell Ferguson and his kitchen-charges, as well as floor and front staff, made our dining experience enjoyable, through-and-through. We'll return, adding Amore to our group of wonderful places to eat in Rochester.
500 Panorama Trail
Rochester, NY 14625-2848
Meat is murder.
The Gate House? How could you forget?
Gene: I just called and according to the person who answered the phone, the restaurant is indeed handicapped accessible.
It would be helpful if the information which you provide in your reviews advised your readers whether or not the establishment is handicap accessible.
I am a semi-regular at Swan's and have had the sampler platter many times. Delicious every time. Never have I; seen it listed as, heard it referred to as or thought of it as a "German garbage plate".
I've always been fond of the Beechwood neighborhood, and this looks like a great excuse to visit more often. Thank you for bringing this bright spot to our attention. Would love to see more highlights from this quadrant.
I am puzzled by your luke warm review. I have never had a meal there that was anything less than excellent. Despite being an avid carnivore , the black bean burger is one the best things that I have ever eaten.
Why would anyone even suggest that a vegetarian option would "benefit" from steak or chicken? That defeats the whole purpose. I would probably agree, taste-wise, with that suggestion, but I'm not a vegetarian and so I don't order vegetarian options. That's also why I'd make a crap food critic.
I get the cranberry chicken salad every time I go, because it's the best. Yeah, maybe sometimes chicken falls off the bread, but since when is "there's too much delicious filling in my sandwich!" a complaint anyone makes?
I have to respectfully disagree with Mr Leach on this one. The cookies are not what I go for - the sandwiches are sublime! I've literally never had one I did not find absolutely delicious, and I tell people that Orange Glory is my favorite (non-alcoholic) lunch in the City. The lamb burger, when available, is knock-your-socks-off tasty, and even the veggie offerings satisfy this omnivore's cravings. I've never bothered with a soup there, so cannot comment on that. I generally agree with Mr Leach's tasting reviews, so he is no doubt right that it's bland. I do eat my OG sandwich with a knife and fork, since, as mentioned, the generous portioned fillings otherwise escape the bread. Other vehicles for the flavors may be a good idea, actually. In terms of the staff, I've found them friendly and approachable - no eye rolls even when I procrastinate about what to choose. Go try it for yourself, it's great!
One needs to appreciate the 60's kind of "Alice's Reasturant" approach a la "soup Natsi" of this tiny jewel on East Avenue. And yes getting decent flavor into lentle soup is a challenge. It sure is not in the lentle s themselves. Several suggestions for this... As I tried making at home last week. 1) if you want flavor you must add more spice and salt than you might think 2) 2 onces of whiskey or if you preferr red Vermont goes a long way to improving bland lentle s 3) for spice there is the Mediterranean direction which Aladon's uses so well cumin and anise seed or I think true red have rain papricka works wonders and does not add unnesessary heat. Lentle s are not intended to taste like me I an so avoid the cayenne stick with other flavors. Peace
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