City Newspaper

DISH 2015

Rochester food & drink

City Newspaper staff May 20, 2015 1:00 AM

Fresh foods

Food culture tends to constantly change. Restaurants open and close every day, often instantly replaced by a new concept. Trends come and go, and they're usually centered around the most unexpected food items. (Has anyone else heard about gourmet toast?) And it seems like once a restaurant introduces a new, successful menu item, other nearby businesses put their own spin on the dish.

In this year's edition of Dish, City's guide to Rochester's food and drink culture, we explore some of the more recent changes in the area's dining scene.

Dining writers Dave Budgar, Laura Rebecca Kenyon, and Chris Lindstrom took a look at five food trends that have started to become popular in Rochester — things like vegan baking, gourmet fried chicken, and pho. And Katie Libby takes a look at three new coffee shops that roast, brew, and sell their coffee all in house. To top it off, we visited Black Button Distilling, a grain-to-glass distillery near the Public Market that has seen tremendous growth in its first year.

We know there's a lot to be excited about when it comes to dining in Rochester, so we would like to hear from you. Chime in on these articles on our website at

Introduction by Jake Clapp