A Taste of Rochester, NY | She's Wanderlust: A Taste of Rochester, NY

A Taste of Rochester, NY

June 14, 2015

We left Rochester just over a month ago and now we are almost ready to pack up our bags in DC - where has the time gone?

I feel like we hardly made our mark on Rochester, or maybe Rochester didn’t get a fair chance to make an impression on us. The first few weekends were a blur, they were full of wonderful visitors and then most weekends following we ended up heading home to visit family and friends. I also squeezed in a vacation between there. So really… maybe we didn’t give Rochester a fair chance. We did however enjoy our time there and discovered an awesome pizza joint, which is successful in my husband's eyes.

We loved the neighborhood we lived in, it was a very friendly, safe and pretty town. Since it was an older neighborhood, every house was different which added a unique and colorful flare to our walks with Maggie.


Half of our time there was also bundled up in winter jackets so our list of available activities was cut short. When Spring finally arrived, there was a beautiful park we enjoyed walking to, Cobbs Hill Park. The park is build around a beautiful reservoir that has a large fountain in the middle. You would never know it was there unless you climbed to the top. The top of the park also has a beautiful view of the whole city. While we were in Rochester, I also attended a workshop at Aerial Arts of Rochester. The workshop incorporated different aspects of the classes they offer - Aerial Silks, Yoga Hammocks and Aerial Hoop. It was a lot of fun! Aerial and suspension yoga classes are offered in quite a few places now - I would definitely recommend attending a class!

Since eating is one of our favorite things, we did manage to fit in a few restaurants. First and foremost, Tony D’s Coal Fired Pizza - I would have to agree with my husband, it was amazing. On our first visit, my husband ordered the special, a spicy breaded eggplant pizza. Not his typical choice for pizza toppings but I was I glad he ordered it - it was delicious! I got the fish special that evening and we shared a crab cake to start. Overall, we were thoroughly impressed. We also ventured back when my mom was in town and we shared the meatballs and Lucia pizza. Everything was great once again! 


Another delicious meal we enjoyed was at Lento. Spring had almost turned the corner and the sun was shining all day so we choose to sit on the patio. I was desperate to enjoy our dinner on the patio as Lento is located at the Village Gate Square, which is a cute little strip of restaurants and shops. A band was playing that evening so the patio was fun! Lento is also a farm to table restaurant - a style that we love. Everything is so fresh and I love that it gives back to the community. We started with a few oysters and a unique gnocchi appetizer that was prepared with grilled vegetables and mushrooms. For our mains, I had a lobster salad and my husband had this delicious steak - he could hardly wait to dive in (hence the knife & fork...).


We also enjoyed a more casual dinner at The Gate House one evening. The Gate House is located in the Village Gate Square as well. I had a salad with buffalo chicken and my husband had a burger - both were very fresh and tasted great.


When one of my girlfriends came to visit, we went to Dinosaur BBQ. It was definitely finger licking good! We all got the Combo, which included two different types of their most popular options. We shared the St. Louis Ribs, BBQ chicken, Pulled Pork and BBQ Brisket. I am a fan of BBQ so to me, it was heavenly. We also shared one of their famous apps - Fried Green Tomatoes. As big tomato fans, we really enjoyed these as well. The mains also came with two sides and corn bread so we with full bellies.



One of our last dinners out was at The Revelry. It was on my radar for a while so I am glad we got to try it! It is a funky restaurant with great food and drinks. We enjoyed the beautiful patio but inside looked very rustic and cozy. Apparently, we were in need of high protein meals or caveman style dishes. My husband enjoyed the veal dish while I tackled the lamb shank - both were incredibly tender!



We enjoyed some wine at Flight Wine Bar while waiting for a table one evening. They offer flights of wine, charcuterie boards and a few other tapas. All of which looked great, we just didn't want to spoil our dinner!


Besides the great food and beautiful walks around town, I can’t say we really dove into Rochester. I got to know the local coffee shops, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Cafe Sasso and of course Starbucks. I also spent a lot of time at Trader Joe's and Wegmans! How could I forget Wegmans - it is a family-owned grocery store that started in Rochester and has now branched out to New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The flagship store is HUGE and really has anything and everything you could imagine. I was very overwhelmed at first but loved the variety they carried.

Overall, we enjoyed Rochester although we didn't get a chance to dive into more of the city. We wouldn't have traded that for the visits we squeezed in home though!

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