Agree with PixelHustler. Best breakfast sandwich, and a chicken-salad sandwich for lunch was outstanding as well.
Best breakfast sandwiches I've ever had. By far.
Don't blame the writer, Sam. Blame the editor. The spelling of macaron has been corrected.
Yes, clearly. And one missing letter does, of course, invalidate the entire review.
Hard to trust your judgment on desserts when you clearly misspell "Macrons".....
So THAT'S where the gastronomic magician from Brick N Motor ended up. That was my favorite food truck by FAR, so it's good to know that Paul is still cooking in Rochester.
We've eaten at Aunt Rosie's tens of times , and, as Chris Lindstrom, have only superlative comments. Rochester has a disproportionately large group of fine chefs. Your choice can be of the moment or of your pallet. Either way, Paul Vroman has to make the list of Rochester's very best. We loved Paul's cooking when he was in his partner's kitchen, Tony Gullace, Max of Eastman Place. In his own digs Paul steps even higher.
Linda Q. & Ned Corman
I miss this place since moving out of the neighborhood four years ago! I should make it a point to visit Balsam Bagels again.
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.
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.
I don't know if there was an editorial change, or if it's just a function of me having read a larger number of City's reviews, but things seem much more honest and less "always glowing no matter what" lately. I dig that. Reading restaurant reviews that actually mention the ups and downs of a place are much more useful.
@RocCityFoodLame - Being the same as the meat version is not what Red Fern is going for. It is an alternative for those who choose not the eat the cruelty and heart disease promoting original.
As usual, it is always depressing to read the restaurant review. It's usually completely off the mark of the dour, behind-the-times "restaurant" scene that is provincial Rochester.
The vegan hot sauce mentioned by the "reviewer," as all people in Rochester when comes to anything, are clueless. The hot sauce that is indigenous to Rochester does not contain any tomato or tomato sauce whatsoever. In fact, it is or should be suet based. Therefore, this vegan crap, is not the Rochester sauce they are attempting to pass off to it's gullible gluten free, lactose free Rochester. It's hip to be gluten/lactose free, especially in Rochester. Next year, some study will show Twinkies are good for you. Someone in Rochester will open a Twinkie-based shop.
their ginger carrots are the best!
After 10 fantastic years in the South Wedge we've decided to entertain the idea of passing the torch. Open Face is open and has no intentions of closing its doors! We could never deny you Mashed Pea and Moxie! Thank you City Newspaper for the wonderful words and recognizing our hard work. We've got a lot of fun, new things in the works. Here's to many more years of amazing sandwiches! - Open Face
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