Groundhog Day: stuck in a rut?



Many of you know this story: according to folklore, this February 2nd - groundhogs around the world - will emerge from their burrows in the ground and supposedly determine if there will be 6 more weeks of winter or if we will have an early spring. If it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat for 6 more weeks of winter; if it is cloudy, then spring will supposedly come early.

There are some of you that might of heard of Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day from the 1993 film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day. This movie seemed to hit a chord amongst the American public as it depicts a man stuck reliving the same day, over and over.

Every year, February comes along and many of us here in Rochester feel that winter is never going to end, or, worse yet, feel that we are living the same thing over and over every single day just like Bill Murray's character in the film. Now is the time to step out and do something new, something different, something completely out of your norm. Start living your life here in our city like it is your last. What better way to do this than with the comfort of food? Here are 4 very different ideas for you to try that you might not have heard about, or tried in the last 6 months.

1. dogTown

DogTown This Monroe Avenue favorite serves up the best hots from our very own Zweigle's of Rochester, including veggie dogs, burgers, garbage plates and much more. Best of all, you don't need to wait until baseball season comes around to get one.

Address: 691 Monroe Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 585.271.6620

Hours: Mon - Thurs 11a -11p Fri & Sat 11a - 12mid


2. Jimmy John's

JJ Another Monroe Avenue eatery, this newcomer to the scene offers gourmet sandwiches and subs, and as the sign says to outsiders, it offers "FREE SMELLS" as well. Note that Thursday through Saturdays this place is open until 3am!

Address: 330 Monroe Avenue Suite 110 Rochester, NY 14607 585.262.4446

Hours: Sun - Wed 11a -10p Thurs - Sat 11a - 3a


3. Bunga Burger Bar

BungaBurger Opened recently in the dynamic Mt. Hope neighborhood across from what will be College Town, this neighborhood bar/restaurant offers a wide-variety menu, an extensive bar, and an atmosphere that is bright and fresh, with a side of friendly service.

Address: 1370 Mount Hope Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 585.360.4949

Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:30a -12mid Fri - Sat 11:30a - 2a


4. Unkl Moe's BBQ


UnkleMoes2 If you're looking to escape to the south in this cold but cannot reasonably do so without time or funds, why not do the second best thing and get into Moe's for some Deep South soul and cajun food. Offering everything from barbecue ribs to collard greens and mac-n-cheese, this comfort food will certainly warm you up to make it through these next few months weeks of cold here in Rochester. While you're at it, say hi to Uncle Moe - he is sure to be there running the show.

Address: 493 West Avenue Rochester, NY 14611 585.464.8240

Hours: Closed Tues.  Mon 8a - 3p Wed 8a - 3p Thurs 8a - 6p Fri 8a - 9a Sat 8a - 8p Sun 8a - 6p