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CHOW HOUND: Angry Goat, happy patron 

The Angry Goat still has that new bar smell. Filling the air is the scent of recently painted walls and freshly cut wood, not yet spoiled by spilled beer. Located on the corner of South Goodman Street and South Clinton Avenue, the pub has a great location near both the South Wedge and Swillburg neighborhoods.

The Angry Goat is owned by Kevin Barton, Jeremy Sargent and Josh Kolstad. Barton also owns O'Callaghan's Pub on Monroe Avenue. The Angry Goat features a rotating draft line, so when one keg is drained, a completely different craft beer is put on the line. The pub's extensive cocktail menu includes drinks made with fresh herbs like basil, mint, and sage. For example, the Razz French Fizz ($9) is a heady concoction of sage leaves, raspberries, sour mix, gin, and champagne or sparkling wine. There is also an impressive selection of tequila and scotch to choose from.

click to enlarge French Onion Soup with a chèvre-grilled-cheese crouton from The Angry Goat. - PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
  • PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
  • French Onion Soup with a chèvre-grilled-cheese crouton from The Angry Goat.
click to enlarge The Angry Goat Burger with caramalized onions, goat cheese, pancetta, - arugula, and balsamic mayo. - PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
  • PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
  • The Angry Goat Burger with caramalized onions, goat cheese, pancetta,arugula, and balsamic mayo.

Barton is the kitchen manager and says The Angry Goat puts an emphasis on fresh ingredients. The menu features a solid selection of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, and notably, chocolate covered bacon ($7.99). My group and I gave it a test drive. The Angry Goat Burger ($10.50) came out medium rare, topped with goat cheese, carmelized onions, pancetta, arugula and balsamic mayo. The Roast Beef on Weck ($8.50) was served on a salty kimmelweck roll sandwiching a pile of roast beef with au jus on the side for dipping. The French onion soup ($5.99) was topped with a "goat chevre grilled cheese" crouton and melted cheese and came out in a cast iron crock with a lid to keep it nice and hot.

The Angry Goat will soon feature karaoke on Sundays and host live music a few times a month. Looking down the road, the pub may host a Bloody Mary and Mimosa brunch, but right now, the pub is focused on finding its niche. I'd say it's off to a good start.

The Angry Goat is located at 938 S. Clinton Avenue. It is open Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Parking is available in the lot next to the Valero gas station on S. Clinton Avenue. Food prices range from $3.99 to $10.50. For more information, check out The Angry Goat Pub on Facebook.

Quick Bites

Make room in the vegetable crispers, it's farmer's market season. Many local markets are opening shop for the summer, stocked with fresh ingredients to get you out of that winter slump. Here are a few to keep an eye on:

The Penfield Farmer's Market opened on May 4 at Grossman's Garden & Home (1801 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road). The market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December.

The summer Brighton Farmer's Market (1150 Winton Road S.) will open on May 25. Its hours are Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located in the Brighton High School parking lot.

The South Wedge Farmer's Market (100 Alexander Street) will open on June 12. Market hours are on Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m., in the parking lot behind Boulder Coffee. The market runs through October 16.

The Monroe Village Farmer's Market (corner of Monroe Avenue and Rutgers Street) will be open on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting on June 11th. Parking is available in the Blessed Sacrament Church parking lot. More information can be found at monroevillagefarmersmarket.org.

For those that like getting their food from mobile vehicles, the Food Truck Rodeo is back. The rodeo takes place at the Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union Street) and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. The May 28 rodeo will feature music by Dang!, a local honky-tonk group. Food Truck Rodeo aficionados know that the winning approach is to eat your last order while you stand in line to get more food. More information can be found at Cityofrochester.gov/foodtruckrodeo.

Lake Erie Wine Country will hold a Wine & Cheese Weekend event Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18. Attendees can sample wines from 23 participating wineries as well as cheese pairings from Yancey's Fancy. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by visiting Lakeeriewinecountry.org before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14.

Openings

City Grill (384 East Avenue) is now open on the corner of East Avenue and Alexander Street. In addition to the restaurant space, an event center, Ballroom 384, is available for booking. More information can be found at Citygrillrochester.com.

Another addition to Rochester's artisan coffee scene, Pour Coffee Parlor, is open at 23 Somerton Street off of Park Avenue. More information can be found at Pourcoffeeparlor.com.

T's Time Square Café (45 Exchange Boulevard) will serve breakfast and lunch for the Downtown Rochester crowd. Owner Thanasi Kasandrinos also owns the Golden Fox Restaurant. Call 481-2377 for more information.

Closings

Agave Mexican Grill (2820 West Henrietta Rd.) has closed.

Chow Hound is a food and restaurant news column. Do you have a tip? Send it to food@rochester-citynews.com.

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