This is a follow-up post for fellow chowhounds who posted re: good food in Rochester. I am happy to report that after following Garris' advice we developed a mantra: "All hail Garris!" His recommendations and, we also discovered, his warnings were spot-on. As asserted by Garris, top honors in Rochester dining go to Daube's/Jasper's Alsatian Bistro. We ate there several times and enjoyed all the homemade soups,a savory Alsatian Baekoffe--a kind of rich, less soupy pot-au-feu made with marinated meats, a perfect traditional sauerbraten, and a top-notch butter-poached haddock served with red rice risotto and a curious combination of honeydew and tarragon. Brilliant! This is real cooking. The desserts from Daube's bakery are also delicious, as are the breakfast and lunch pastry and sandwich offerings. The atmosphere is quiet and sophisticated, the service ultra-friendly and eager to please, if a bit casual.I even ordered to go on a night when we were too tired to go out and they packeaged everything so well it was still hot when I got back to the room.
We also enjoyed the Redwood Room, where the atmosphere was warm and festive on a cold night. However, the noise level was high. While we had top-quality tuna steaks, the menu in general suffered from too-many-ingredients syndrome. Service very professional and friendly. City Cafe, owned by the same people, was similar, if not quite as interesting. We actually had a good piece of fish there, but the cider pork loin was as sweet as a dessert.
Again, many thanks to all who submitted suggestions--we will work our way down the list on our next visit.
All hail Garris!