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.

5 Classics to Warm You Up

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Rochester has a lot of great restaurants, it's definitely a good problem to have. Whether it's sunny or snowy, we have no lack of choices around here. In no particular order, here are just 5 of the classics in ROC to get you to forget the snow and enjoy the city, whether it's lunch, dinner, or something in between.

Han Noodle

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Han Noodle is a favorite and we know many others who share our sentiments. They've got the classic Chinese-American dishes, but so many more traditional dishes from various regions of China that it's hard not to want to try something new every time you're there.

"No fusion. No Gimmick. We cook the way we want to eat", Han Noodle.

John's Tex Mex

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Start with the house fried tortilla chips and salsa, or chips and guacamole, or get salsa and guac, or try the Mexican Mush! Point being? Their chips are delicious. Then move on to tacos, taco salads, burritos, quesodillas and everything else, because... it's all good. John's Tex Mex may be on the smaller size, but their flavors and food options are not. And don’t miss their Monday night vegan dinner specials and vegan queso!

Furoshiki

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This Pan Asian eatery is best known for its ramen, and ramen they have. With 5 different ramen bowls on the menu and one soba noodle bowl, you have choices. And even your options have options. Add veggies? You got it. Add chicken or pork belly? No problem. Want your ramen formed into buns and served as a burger? Yes, Furoshiki can even make that dream happen.

TRATA

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Upscale but casual, TRATA is known not only for not only its unique interior (exposed brick, concrete touches, industrial yet cozy feel), but also its extensive food and beverage menus. From healthy to hearty, there's definitely something for everyone - and don't skip dessert!

Salena's

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Can't decide between an enchilada or taco? Get a combo! Looking for something a bit "healthier", try the stuffed avocado. Literally want one of everything? Go a la carte, because you can have what you want. Don't forget the margaritas at Salena's either, you'll want one of those too.

Note: this post was originally written in February 2015 when Victoire was open!


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Valentine's and the City: friday night love

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Valentine's Day Stuffed Animals The situation - On the day before Valentine's Day (or the day of for those of you shameless procrastinators!) do you find yourself in a CVS or Wegmans running to score a heartfelt card, thinking - "Why does some intern at Hallmark have the ability to communicate to my significant other better than I do? Shouldn't I have thought this through a little bit better {as I pick up the pink teddy bear and KNOW she'll just love ANOTHER stuffed animal!}? Maybe next year will be different…"

Valentine's Day Stuffed Pillows The remedy - Hey YOU, yeah YOU! Put down that stuffed animal, that heart pillow, or even that box of chocolates! This year, with more than a few days left until Valentine's Day (on Friday, February 14th) - the Rochesteriat is going to show you some of our favorite picks - both for gifts and for dining - that we think would make this Valentine's Day - or any day for that matter - well let's just say, worthy of city love.

***Please NOTE: Do NOT be surprised if some of these dining establishments are fully booked or are wait-listing guests for the evening of the 14th. After all, Valentines Day comes on a Friday this year and these are some of our city's most popular eateries any time of year. Remember, this year you have the entire weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day and, most importantly, city love is an all-year round deal. Good Luck and enjoy!

Cure

Cure Restaurant, Public Market Speaking of Good Luck, Cure is the younger sibling to the extremely successful restaurant in the Neighborhood of the Arts. Run by the same owners, Cure mixes in the romance of low, candle light warmth with the urban-industrial take on its interior design. This gives the restaurant a grittier feel and allows it to blend in nicely amongst the warehouses of the Public Market where it resides. If you get your coffee here in the daytime during Public Market hours (hence the Java's sign out front), you might be inclined to know how well the Cure staff can mix up a mean cocktail as well.

Hours on Valentine's Weekend: Fri. - Sun. Dinner served 5pm- 11pm; cocktails "served into the wee hours" Website Making cocktails at Cure Video Rochester Newspaper Dining Review

Devil May Care Lingerie Co.

Devil May Care Lingerie We said to put down that box of boring chocolates and the teddy bear. Yes, we are all for chocolate and fuzzy friends, but NOT AGAIN this year! Why not take a chance and go for something that both you and him/her can enjoy - a new set of lingerie! Stop in and see owner Anastasia who will give the guys some hints of what the girls like - or girls, she can give you some ideas as to what the guys like…on you! No need to be bashful in here - heat up your romance a bit. After all, Punxsatawney Phil just said we have 6 more weeks of winter and the outside is going to stay cold for a little while longer.

Hours leading up to Valentine's: Tues - Fri 11am - 7pm Website 

EvenOdd

EvenOdd Creative Porter Bag Want to give something truly different and special to your Valentine this year? Why not give the gift of sustainability, re-use, and recycling from one of our city's own local creative shops, EvenOdd! The two founders of EvenOdd Creative, Liza and Ashley, have been creating these local pieces of practical, usable artwork for a few years now, and they now have their own shop located within The Hungerford Building community of artists. They make items such as clutches, messengers bags, totes, wallets, bracelets and much more out of old bicycle inner-tubes, and each one is as unique as your own Valentine is to the world. EvenOdd products are tough, durable, and, in their own words would, "pretty much kick Steven Seagal's a** in a fight to the death." We won't argue against that - just buy something.

Hours leading up to Valentine's: Contact Liza or Ashley for shop hours 1115 E. Main Street Suite 321, Door 2, 3rd Floor Rochester, NY 14609 585.201.8262 Website EvenOdd Video

Nikko Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Nikko Sushi Bar Heading to Geva Theatre to see their Comedy Improv this Valentine's weekend or looking for a different experience in the city? If you are, you'll want to treat your Valentine to Nikko - one of the city's best upscale sushi restaurants, located within the Washington Square Park Neighborhood and walking distance to the theatre. With a full bar and a well-rounded menu, this ultra-romantic place boasts exposed wooden beams and brick of the original 110 year-old warehouse, beautiful artwork on the walls, and even valet parking.

Hours on Valentine's Weekend: Fri. and Sat. Dinner served 5pm- 11pm; Bar open late Closed Sun. Website Sample Menu City Newspaper Review

Rocco Ristorante

Rocco Ristorante If you're a self-proclaimed foodie in this city and/or you think you know of the most romantic places to take a date, then it's obvious that you know of Rocco Ristorante. This is a tiny little Italian restaurant located on Monroe Avenue, and it the place to go to have a quiet, romantic evening. With only 13 tables, the restaurant is filled most nights, and you can bet it will be for Valentine's Day. If you're lucky enough to score a table, you will be treated to a menu that includes pizza, pasta, and desserts made from local ingredients.The full bar serves an exclusive Italian wine list that is always evolving.

Hours on Valentine's Weekend: Fri. and Sat. Dinner served 5pm- 10pm; Closed Sun. Website Reservation Info

Tapas 177

Tapas 177 Lounge Who doesn't know of Tapas 177 and its popular Thursday nights of FREE Salsa Dance lessons? Well we certainly hope you have already made your reservations to this urban-chic restaurant with a Mediterranean feel to it. They have a special Valentine's menu being offered, starting with $15 bottle wines on Thursday, just in time for dancing the night away. There is a full bar upstairs that offers a dim candle-lit romantic feel while you wait for your table, and downstairs seating offers beautiful sights of Spanish-inspired artwork alongside cozy pillows in this converted basement, a true urban experience. For those of you romantics at the top of your game, you already know of and have reservations for "Table 13" seen at the right-hand side in the picture above. This is one of the city's most romantic restaurant spots offering a semi-hidden area that makes your experience that much more amazing.

Hours on Valentine's Weekend: Thurs. 4:30pm - 2am, Dinner until 12am Fri. and Sat. 4:30pm - 2am, Dinner until 12:30am Sun. 5pm - 2am, Dinner until 12am Website D&C Dining Review Tapas 177 YouTube Video 

TRATA

TRATA, Culver Road Armory Lastly, we come to the super-sexy. We picked the photo above because it is subtle and only gives you readers a small glimpse of what you will be stepping into when you get inside. The decor is ultra-modern mixed with industrial touches like the exposed brick, concrete/wooden floors, and the iron railings that give the eye much to feast on within the 3 floors of restaurant space. The good thing is is that TRATA can seat more than 300 people, so give keep that in mind as you find completely full restaurants on your chosen night of celebration. Not only is the space large, but so is the food and drink menu to keep most everyone happy.

Hours on Valentine's Weekend: Fri. and Sat. 4:00pm - 11am, Late night menu 11pm - 12am; Bar 4pm - 12:30a Sun. 4pm - 10pm, Late night menu 10pm - 11pm; Bar 4pm -12am Website City Newspaper Review yelp