15 Places You Should Be Thinking of for Brunch

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Rochester's brunch game is strong.

There are a lot of the great diners and restaurants for breakfast, like neighbors, Jine's and The Frog Pond, but do you know about these 15 great places? If not, you should be thinking about them for brunch (p.s. we revised our post from 10 to 15, because ROC is so great).


1. Blu Wolf Bistro

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While you may think of stopping here for a burger and drink after work, don't miss out on Blu Wolf's brunch offerings like their Hangover Bowls and Chicken n'Waffles.

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2. Brown Hound Downtown

Brown Hound has been located in the Memorial Art Gallery for a year now. With the bakery and the restaurant you'll find many offerings including lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend.

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3. Cure

Cure, located at the Public Market, focuses on seasonal menus from locally sourced products. And in case you didn't know it, Sunday is brunch day. Check it out.

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4. The Frog Pond

Another longtime breakfast staple in the city is The Frog Pond. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, they offer a menu full of omelets, eggs benedict and more.

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5. Glen Edith Coffee

Glen Edith Coffee on Somerton St. off Park Ave. has been serving up waffles, breakfast sandwiches and more since the beginning. Who doesn't love breakfast all day, everyday?

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6. Lento

Lento does not offer brunch every week, so you have to keep your eyes on their social media accounts for upcoming brunch days!

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7. Locals Only

Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, cocktails… Locals Only is more than just a coffee shop. Check out their menu to see what they’re all about.

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8. Marty's on Park

From food truck, to brick and mortor, to brunch! Marty's is a new addition to our list, just launching brunch on February 18th.

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9. McCann's Local Meats

Breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and so much goodness from one of our favorite local meat establishments. And now, thanks to their new espresso machine, you can get a latte, cappuccino, cortado and more.

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10. Nosh

The newest of all of these restaurants, Nosh, has recently announced on Instagram that brunch is finally here. Need we say more?

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11. The Owl House

The Owl House has great options for not only the meat-eaters, but also vegans, vegetarians and people who are dining gluten free. Enjoy the Chicken N Waffles or even the Tofu N Waffles (and don't miss the brunch cocktails).

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12. Radio Social

With their Middle Eastern cuisine, Radio Social’s brunch runs from 11am-3pm on Sundays. Their menu changes seasonally so follow along on social media or check out their website for the latest menu.

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13. The Revelry

While The Revelry is open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner, they also feature a great Sunday brunch. Check out specialties like The Sangwich or the Short Rib Pastrami Hash.

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14. ROUX

The kitchen at Roux is putting out classic French cuisine and the brunch is top-notch from the Waffle Sammy and Smoked Salmon to the simpler Brûléed Grapefruit.

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15. TRATA

In case you didn't know, not only does TRATA have great lunch and dinner options (plus all the cocktails, beer & wine), but brunch ALL DAY on Sundays.

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This post was originally written January 2017 and was updated on 1/25/19!


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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She is a big fan of all breakfast foods from the sweet to the savory and can't pass up a great brunch. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

The New & The Moved in the City

Lucky for all of us, new businesses are starting up in the city and ones that have been around for a while have become successful enough to upgrade to larger spaces. Better yet, businesses are ditching the 'burbs for new city digs. That's the kind of movement we like to see. 

Check out the city's new businesses and those who have moved:

The New:

The Vesper

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The newest business in the Washington Square Park Neighborhood is The Vesper Kitchen + Bar. This "gastro pub and raw bar" opened in September in the former space that Restaurant Nikko previously occupied on the 1st floor of the Capron Lofts building.

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From the food (burgers and wings to oysters and chocolate dipped bacon) to the craft cocktails, wine, and beer, you'll find something to enjoy at Vesper. We'd describe it as classic American fare in a warm, rustic setting in one of the coolest areas of downtown. 

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Leaf Tea Bar

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Leaf Tea Bar is the expanded endeavor of Happy Earth Tea owners Niraj and Mary, a brick and mortar retail shop and tea bar. Located at 650 South Ave, this tea bar is not only a place to sit back and enjoy tea, but also to learn about where it comes from and perfect the art of pouring a fantastic cup every time. 

Niraj and Mary moved from their original spot in the The Hungerford.  

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Jetty at the Port

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Jetty at the Port is new restaurant at the Port of Rochester. A bigger space inside than we imagined, this restaurant can easily hold your next family celebration, corporate function, or holiday party. 

It also boasts an expansive outdoor section that includes tables for meals, a lounge-type area for relaxed conversation, and of course, a beautiful view of Lake Ontario where you'll see all the action happening at this newly re-designed section of our city. And yes, it's in the city.

Check out Port of Rochester for more info. You'll also want to check out the Harbor Town Belle at some point, as this beautiful riverboat runs in and out of the Port from May through October. 

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Cedar Mediterranean

A new Lebanese restaurant has opened up at 746 Monroe Ave, Cedar Mediterranean. We haven't been there yet ourselves, but foodies crave relatively unknown spots like this. It looks like the menu has a lot of options, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

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The Moved:

Stacy K Floral

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From a small garage type space on Park Ave to a large spacious, well-lit retail and design lab, Stacy K Floral has expanded.

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If you're looking to buy flowers, home decor, or accessories, head to 43 Russell Street in the booming Neighborhood of the Arts.

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Peppermint

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This vintage inspired boutique now has a beautiful, larger new home at the Culver Road Armory. Think where Benrus used to be, around the corner from the entrance of TRATA, facing Cobbs Hill Park. 

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Formerly on Park Ave, Peppermint sells woman's clothing, accessories, bags, bowties, tie clips, a growing home goods section with greeting cards, candles, posters and more.

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Rochester Brainery

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Not only is Rochester Brainery a place to "take a class or teach a class", it's an art gallery, event rental space, and new Friday co-work space.

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If you have a skill you'd love to share, or if you'd like to take a class, check out their new home at 176 Anderson Ave.

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Hettie's Delites Cafe

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Don't let the signage confuse you - Hetties Delites Cafe (formerly located in The Shops on West Ridge in Greece), has overtaken the former Boulder Coffee space at the Public Market.

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This cafe serves Boulder Coffee exclusively, and is serving the community an entirely vegetarian menu with a focus on vegan fare. On the weekends you'll find lots of sweets and even donuts from Pudgy Girl Bakery.

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More Fire Glass Studio

Previously in a tucked away location off East Ave, More Fire Glass Studio now has a beautiful, newly renovated, larger space at 36 Field Street. Home to Elizabeth Lyons Glass and Jennifer Schinzing Glass, More Fire is a glass blowing studio and gallery. Check out the website for more information on the artists, the hours, and upcoming events.

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BONUS: Big Announcement from Nosh

Lastly, a not so subtle announcement was recently made about what's going to be new for Nosh this coming Spring.

Stay tuned for most posts about new businesses and changes coming to the city.


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