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Comment Archives: stories: Restaurants: Dining Reviews

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Tap & Table

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.

15 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Kara Austin on 09/20/2013 at 2:18 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Tap & Table

Not-inexpensive... double negative. "Expensive" I believe is the term you were looking for.

5 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by lovedtapandtable on 09/20/2013 at 2:08 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Tap & Table

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.

53 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Joe McBane on 09/19/2013 at 4:19 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Tap & Table

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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Posted by Scott Wagner on 09/19/2013 at 2:54 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Tap & Table

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!

15 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by RocNyChef on 09/19/2013 at 2:03 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Unkl Moe's BBQ & Catering

Best. Sauce. Ever. Made. I could eat it on anything/everything. Also, they have fantastic breakfast.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Deanna Varble on 09/05/2013 at 9:12 AM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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

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Posted by LUIGI on 08/09/2013 at 12:51 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

@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.

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Posted by Lex on 08/08/2013 at 6:51 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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.

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Kim Hughes Brown on 08/08/2013 at 12:41 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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.

12 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Ryan Lorenz on 08/07/2013 at 4:36 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

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.

Ned Corman
500 Panorama Trail
Rochester, NY 14625-2848
585/586-9363
ncorman@aol.com

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ned Corman on 08/07/2013 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Espada Brazilian Steak

Meat is murder.

1 like, 13 dislikes
Posted by Morrissey on 07/24/2013 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Fired up

The Gate House? How could you forget?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Charley on 07/10/2013 at 1:49 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Brown Hound Bistro

Thank you

Posted by Gene on 06/28/2013 at 11:45 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Brown Hound Bistro

Gene: I just called and according to the person who answered the phone, the restaurant is indeed handicapped accessible.

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Posted by Eric Rezsnyak on 06/28/2013 at 5:15 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Brown Hound Bistro

It would be helpful if the information which you provide in your reviews advised your readers whether or not the establishment is handicap accessible.

Posted by Gene on 06/28/2013 at 4:16 PM

Re: “RESTAURANT REVIEW: Swan Market

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".

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Posted by John on 06/12/2013 at 5:18 PM

Re: “RESTAURANT REVIEW: Swan Market

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.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 06/12/2013 at 3:59 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Orange Glory Cafe

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.

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Posted by Miker on 05/16/2013 at 10:59 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Orange Glory Cafe

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?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Anndor on 05/16/2013 at 10:49 AM

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