Restaurants & Bars 8

New in Rochester

Abby B | Apr 27, 200802:23 PM

New in Rochester this spring:

New in the Galleria Mall downtown. Trendy decor, pretty good food, and a fun atmosphere make it a good choice for a night out or a happy hour drink near work. I had a grouper fillet that was terriffic - very good quailty fish and cooked just right. Both friends I went with had pasta dishes, both quite good. Overall, I'd say the food was good for the price and the town, but not particularly inspired. I wouldn't go out of my way to dine there if it were located in a big city, but overall a good place for a decent meal in a setting worth putting on some lipstick for. Also, they have brunch. I haven't tried it yet, but this combined with the fact that Daube's now has brunch (see below) fills a hole in the weekends of we who love to brunch.

300 First
This is a re-do of Broadstreet. The decor is trendy and the use of space much more effecient than the staid old Broadstreeet. The food presentation is less pretentious, which is a nice improvement. The menu was sort if "TGI-Friday's pretends to be Sontes," but it works, at least, there are plenty of crowd pleasers and no one is going to be unhappy with their options. Their beef sounds seriously nasty so I steered clear. It's described on the menu as "naturally raised, corn fed for more than 300 days" which is an oxymoron. Why would I go out of my way to order beef that has been confined on a feed lot for almost an entire year? With most finer restaurants moving toward sourcing local, grass-finished beef (some of the best I've ever had comes from less than 20 miles from here) why advertize that their cows stood in their own diarrhea being pumped full of antibiotics for more than twice as long as the average big agribusiness steer? Yuck. So I had the grouper, which was a bit overdone and the fillet could be of better quality, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was served in a very nice buerre blanc with capers and not in one of the cloyingly sweet cornstrach thickened sauces favored by the old Broadstreet. They seemed to really shine with the salads - the Amish blue cheese side salad was terriffic, and the best dish ordered at my table was my friend's Asian chopped rare tuna salad - that's what I'm having next time. The chocolate bread pudding dessert was wonderful and fully worth going back for. Overall - a decent place to go for a pretty good meal. Not nearly as good as Sontes, which sources excellent quality products and has an inspired chef. You just can't make as good a meal with the poor quality building blocks 300 First starts with, but they do a pretty good job for the price in a fun setting. Just don't order the beef.

Daubes now has brunch!
Daube's, already a great place to enjoy coffee, pastry, and the New York Times on a weekend morning now has full plated brunch on weekends. The corned beef hash is seriously the best I've had. Hand pulled chunks of good quality corned beef fried with lyonnaise potatoes, perfectly flipped over easy eggs on top. A perfect brunch dish with Cynthia Daube's characteristic attention to detail. Even the humble granola with fruit and yogurt is terriffic. Mrs. Daube makes her own granola for the bakery, using only the best ingredients. Brunch at Daube's is like having a lazy morning at your own mother's house, if only your mother was an amazing Alsatian chef and you were left at liberty to puruse the paper while your tuck your way through an excellent breakfast and hot mugs of coffee.

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