Compane brick over bistro!!!
Esan is one of Rochester's little pearls. The food is wonderful, the environment is simple, and the owners treat you like you're a member of their family. There are many choices in this area, but only one Esan.
Wow. I am shocked by this review. First of all Esan is thai vietnamese so where rochester, Bangkok and New York meets comes from baffles me. Maybe doing a little homework before your visit may help! Esan is the best Thai restaurant in Rochester run by the most kind and precious family who work so hard and employ the best staff in town. It completely dissapoints me that somebody culturaly inept is doing these reviews. Next time stick to burger and fries!
I appreciate the background info but more than half the article has nothing to do with the review. Very dull.
Esan was certainly not the first. Off the top of my head, the Bangkok and Mamasan's predate Esan and I think there might be one or two more.
"Named in honor of Schram's farmer parents, Harvest Café also serves lunch, with the midday meal receiving the same attention to detail as the morning one." Their name was Harvest?
I think this is a completely fair review. I have enjoyed the beautiful location and ambiance and of course the beer selections and service are top notch, but I haven't had one outing (of around 5 total) that wasn't punctuated by a misfire on one or more cocktails or food pairings for myself or one of my companions. I love Joe's passion for his work and adore the Tap and Mallet. I believe Tap and Table will do just fine (it certainly seems to be already) but I think it has some way to go to reach its full promise.
Great article good suggestions Common mistake Rohrbach's was Ogdens
gain not Gates
Almost can't beat Sabor de la Isla on Norton Street with their generous plates of chicken, beef, pork, or fish stews plus rice and beans. Under $6 for a small (and it's actually good-sized). A medium plate is about $7 and also includes another side, then the large is about $8 - so much food, and so very good!
Flower City Grill located on 2500 East Ave falls in cheap dinner eats and it is known for good Sunday brunch.
Samba Café on State street downtown serves up fresh authentic Brazilian food. You can get their classic Brazilian platter for $9.99. The dish comes with a hearty portion of perfectly seasoned chicken, pork or steak along with rice, black beans, lettuce and salsa. Try it with their homemade hot sauce and be transported south of the equator. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!
Some new suggestions here, thanks, but so many glaring omissions. Here are the first couple dozen that come to mind, in alphabetical order. If you have trouble locating any of them, please let me know.
-Bombay Chaat House
-Brooks Landing Diner
-The Gate House
-Grill and Greens
-The Lunch Box
-Mise en Place
-The Old Toad
-Voula's Greek Sweets
Nice article, thanks! Id love to see comprehensive lists updated often. Great places for Monday Night Football, great places for mimosas and bloody marys, great places for brunch, great places to eat in Webster, Victor, Pittsford, Greece, Penfield, etc. I know you do these lists often, but the restaurant scene changes fast in Rochester.
Murph's Irondequoit Pub has delicious chicken wings with $0.50 night twice a week! They also have cheap beers and delicious, reasonably priced burgers! You could get 10 wings and a PBR for $6.50!
"But having been diagnosed with allergies to both dairy and wheat several years ago"
This isn't a criticism, I was just wondering: when did all of these food allergies appear?
I remember one kid when I was younger being lactose intolerant, and that was it. At the summer camp I went to in the 1990s, we had a huge thing of peanut butter on every lunch table, but when I worked at a camp a few summers ago, you couldn't even have nuts on campus because a few kids were allergic. Are we just now diagnosing these allergies or has a change in diet created them?
I went to Tap & Table a few weeks ago and was a little underwhelmed as well. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't this mind-blowing beer/food pairing experience. People had talked it up so much that maybe it just fell short of the hype.
Personally, I think this review is pretty fair and also hope that as the restaurant goes forward it grows into the accolades that have already been set upon it.
Not-inexpensive... double negative. "Expensive" I believe is the term you were looking for.
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.
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