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.
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.
Teff flour may be gluten free, but injera usually includes barley, which is NOT gluten free. So beware.
The address for SEA is 1675 Mt Hope
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.
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