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Aug 31, 2006 08:17 PM

Suggestions for Webster or Rochester, NY?

My husband and I have to travel to Webster, near Rochester, NY almost every Friday in the next year or so. Since we are going to be there so often, I was wondering if I could get some suggestions for good restaurants and places to eat in the area. Anything in or near the Rochester area is fine. We don't mind going out of the way a little for good food.

In general, we like excellent food of any type and cuisine. Since we have many Friday evenings to spend there, a variety of recommendations would be great. Maybe some nice places, and some other cheaper options. We also like restaurants that are unique and authentic (if ethnic). Healthy is also a plus, though we don't mind the calories if it's for good food, just not some greasy, cheap, fast-food like places. A nice atmosphere is preferred, but the quality of the food is more important.

Any suggestions would be extremely helpful. Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Well, it's greasy, and certainly not healthy, but something you will find only in Rochester is
    Sal's Birdland. ( ). They are a Rochester institution. The thing to get is a "bird": It's half a chicken, dredged in flower and fried in a kettle. Then it's dipped in their wonderful "Sassy Sauce"... a sweet & very hot and very addictive formula (thankfully, it's available at Wegman's near me so I can get my fix when necessary). The bird is served on 2 pieces of white bread (to sop up the sauce... true addicts will eat the bread), and a side of Macaroni salad, which does a great job of cooling you off.

    There is a simlar place called Country Sweet, but I don't think it's nearly as good.

    PS: I should mention that Jim Leff, the guy that runs this site, is a University of Rochester Alumni... If I remember correctly, he enjoyed Sal's as much as I did.

    Dang, now you made me hungry.

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    1. re: cranrob

      Sal's Birdland is in Syracuse also. On S. Salina St.

    2. Well, since I live in Webster, I'll try to give you some advice (starting with -- try to go somewhere else!!!).

      We have very bad restaurants in Webster - unless you like chains like Red Robin and Pizzaria Una.

      There is only one restaurant I would highly recommend in Webster - Proiettis. Real food, excellent. Make reservations.

      There are a couple of restaurants along the lake - avoid them unless you like overpriced food or blue-hair early bird specials. There is also a Mexican place (Maria's) in the village which I think is nasty but other people like it...

      These are some of our favorite area restaurants (sorry, I couldn't find web sites for some of them) --

      Bar B Que:
      Sticky Lips (my fave - but barbque's a personal thing

      Dinosaur BarBQue (downtown Rochester - most people's fave


      Edibles (excellent - downtown - be sure to stop into the little store across the street called Craft Compnay #6

      Veneto (downtown - our favorite casual date place - lively, bar infested neighborhood
      )Veneto Woodfired Pizza & Pasta (google it)

      Fairfield's Grill 2600 Baird Road, Penfield (not too far, suburban - google it - sort of a family run place, can get mobbed on Friday for fish fry)

      Park Ave Grill (fun neighborhood - elegant meal, small place)

      Jine's (diner in same fun neighborhood - great breakfasts - see you there Saturday mornings

      2 Vine (everybody's favorite - except mine - pretty pricey

      Remingtons (close - in city - spotty service

      As you can see, we travel a little to find good restaurants. We nearly always have to head into the city because we hate chain restaurants. So, if you don't mind running around a bit you can sample some of Rochester's best.

      Write back if you need any other help. Enjoy!

      2 Replies
      1. re: CindyK

        Well if you like sticky lips over dino you do not know GOOD food. Sticky lips is frozen smoked crap

        1. re: CindyK

          I know this is an old thread, but I was researching Rochester restaurants and your review made me laugh out loud more than once - starting with "(starting with -- try to go somewhere else!!!)."
          Thanks for lift!

        2. I see I screwed up and listed the wrong link for Park Ave Grill -- which I see I also listed with the wrong name (!) -- it is Park Avenue Pub. Senility.

          1. Thanks so much for the recommendations. We will try these places! Also, we enjoy trying different cuisines. Any good ethnic restaurants in the area?

            Thanks again for the replies. They help a lot!

            1. Our favorite Thai:
              The King & I, 1475 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY
              (note: Do not eat at the Thai place in Webster called Puket Thai)

              Our favorite Indian:
              India House,

              Our favorite Mexican:
              El Rincon, 6974 Old Ridge Road, Sodus NY 315-483-4199 (a bit of a haul - check mapquest


              Soul Food:
              Featuring Harley's

              none recommended

              And our favorite place for grazing:
              The Rochester Public Market (Saturday Mornings) All foodies must go there. 280 Public Market, Rochester 14609
              Richport Bakery for unbelievable Puerto Rican pastries
              Juan & Maria's Empanada Stop

              Here is a listing of other ethnic places, many of which I have never been to -- but this is the newspaper that would know if they are good or not: