You may have passed by Georgie's Bakery and Cafe on 857 South Clinton Avenue many times and not noticed this place from its modest exterior.
But step inside and be prepared to enliven your tastebuds with the goodness of home cooking from Puerto Rican recipes, freshly made breads, and Spanish pastries galore. All made fresh for Georgie's loyal, almost cult-like following.
Not to mention that Georgie's has the distinction of the Best Cuban Sandwich in Rochester on its report card, but to many of its loyal patrons, this accolade is also being too modest. Some will tell you that this sandwich is the best in the state and there has been a story or two of foodies traveling in from as far as Connecticut - simply for a Cubano!
This is a family business and you will always find someone from la familia around here at Georgie's. Whether that is Georgie himself, Elizabeth, his wife, or his granddaughter - you are always made to feel like family here. The walls of this small, intimate place are adorned with pictures and stories of the generations welcoming you in to share your time and stories with them as well.
And you can be sure that someone is watching over you when you go into Georgie's. No, we aren't talking about the police, although there is a City neighborhood service center right across the street.
We are referring to Gracie, the fashionable mannequin seen standing in front of the emergency exit door in the dining area. You have to come in and ask Georgie about Gracie, and he'll be glad to tell you the story of Dwayne, the previous mannequin at the store and how Gracie has taken over. It all goes to show that Georgie and his family love what they are doing and they have quite the personality to show for it.
So if you've never been into Georgie's Bakery, give it a shot. You'll definitely want to try out the Cuban, but while you're at it, give the flaky, delicious quesitos a try - filled with guava and cheese - you won't be disappointed.
And the pork, rice and beans - a mess you won't regret eating.