Exploring Rochester One Meal at a Time

The following blog post was written by Adrian Finch, MBA 2015; MS Marketing 2012

Rochester is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the area. As someone who has grown up in the area and has watched the city grow, I love to share my recommendations to those who aren’t afraid to get out and explore. For our newest Simon students – and all the foodies out there – I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite new and old restaurants. Check them out!

If you want to find the best burger in Rochester, look no further than Good Luck. Served on a massive wooden platter, you’ll receive a one-pound, grass-fed beef burger on brioche with fresh cheddar and vegetable slaw. Their burger receives only the best treatment, taking a dip in a butter bath before it hits the grill, locking in its amazing flavor. Accompanied with a massive pile of the most delicious, crisp, and well-seasoned fries you’ll ever taste, this duo is one for the books. Not only is their burger amazing, but their menu also boasts items like fried chicken, pizzas, and unique bites like duck toasts and braised oxtail.

Adrian Finch, MBA 2015; MS Marketing 2012

Adrian Finch, MBA 2015; MS Marketing 2012

Who wants a cocktail? You won’t have to travel far to find uniquely crafted drinks in a cool atmosphere. I couldn’t pick a favorite because they’re both great places to check out, so head to one on a Friday, and the other on a Saturday. Or, if you’re feeling crazy, try both in one night. The Revelry offers both amazing food and cocktails in a welcoming, trendy environment. Ask your server about the story of the pineapple in their logo while you sip on a Lion’s Tail or a Mr. Mule. Cure is tucked away in the Public Market, but is a place you don’t want to pass up. Take a seat at their bar and request a Beer and a Shot of Jack and Genny or a Booze Your Own Adventure where the bartender will make you a specialty cocktail. Pair your cocktail with one of their tapas-style small plates of charcuterie.

As the weekend approaches, you’ll want to plan to meet your friends for breakfast at a local secret. Check out Atlas Eats for an intimate, Mom-and-Pop dining experience. Nestled in a tree-lined neighborhood, Atlas Eats offers only 24 seats, which allows them to keep their restaurant so clean you could practically eat off of the floor. Their menu might be small, but it changes often to provide guests with an incredibly unique experience inspired from countries around the globe (hence, Atlas Eats). After eating a pile of their hot, buttery, whole-wheat pancakes, be sure to check out their case of baked goods and take something to go. Their blueberry scones are something to marvel at.

Now, get out there and eat!

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