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Birthday dinner SE of Wrigley? No car . . .

And you rock, too. What a lovely disagreement to have! ;-)

Jun 21, 2014
alsojanet in Chicago Area

Birthday dinner SE of Wrigley? No car . . .

Thanks, you rock.

Jun 21, 2014
alsojanet in Chicago Area

Birthday dinner SE of Wrigley? No car . . .

Hi,
Lots of similar questions have been asked but I haven't found anything exactly the same. If I'm duplicating, please forgive me.

Both my husband and I loved Chicago -- several decades ago. We are native East Coasters and will be flying in for the Wrigley 100th anniversary, and my husband's birthday, in late July.

We will be staying at the Willows (about a mile SE of Wrigley). We're arriving at Thursday about noon and leaving on Saturday morning; we're seeing Cubs and Cards at 3 pm on Friday.

So, Thursday looks good for a b'day dinner, although Friday after the game is possible. My husband is a true Hound -- the price can be neither too low nor too high (within reason!) as long as the food is exceptional.

Personally, I wouldn't mind a little atmosphere, and am willing to take public transportation, but then, it's his b'day, so he rules, and he'd rather have walking distance, with or without atmosphere.

Thanks all you Hounds, you guys are the best.

Jun 21, 2014
alsojanet in Chicago Area

Suggestions for Webster or Rochester, NY?

As promised, here is a brief report on Lento. Had the swordfish, served with mussels and a caper sauce. Very flavorful; the swordfish was very well prepared but not the best piece of fish I've ever had. (Above average, though.) Had a kind of pizzetta as an appetizer; the dish was average but the home-made lamb sausage it was topped with was unbelievable. My husband had head cheese for an appetizer -- LOVED IT. He also had a very good rabbit pot pie. Our friends had a grilled wild mushroom salad (fabulous) and lamb chops (pretty good); and lobster bisque (pretty good) and zucchini latkes (pretty good). The dessert was average. The wine and beer list very interesting and mostly local. The atmosphere pleasant; the prices about what I expected. The service was terrific but don't know if we just got lucky in our server. The menu was very ambitious. Our friends (who live in Rochester) say that the menu is always changing and that some of the entrees are usually superb, though it's not always clear which ones those will be.

Rochester Best for Dinner?

Just went to Lento last night. Enjoyed it very much, though it was a tad uneven. I didn't think it was particularly pretentious. Very ambitious menu; some things executed better than others, but all plates made sense. Locals say Good Luck is even better but it is definitely quirky. BTW I am told it serves family style entrees in addition to small plates. Don't know; wasn't there; check the menu on-line.

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Good Luck
50 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Finger Lakes, NY - Wines and Vineyards

p.s. re Taste of New York. The chef who taught one of our cooking classes at the Culinary Center trained at Bouley and Taillevent in Paris so we ain't talkin' chopped liver here. (Well, maybe fois gras!)

Finger Lakes, NY - Wines and Vineyards

We loved, loved, loved Stonecat Cafe in Hector. Best smoked BBQ anywhere, great salads, sandwiches and entrees, and the desserts are to die for, made on the premises. The people are great but don't go when it's crowded. The Bully Hill Cafe was yummy too, also good BBQ and lots of other stuff, and they can handle a crowd. We ate at Suzanne's and were disappointed; it's fine (especially the local vegetables) and friendly but overambitious and overpriced. (And we hated the music, mostly Andy Williams, but that's just us.) Muar House Cafe has homemade ice cream -- my husband has been back three times in one week. His favorite was the green apple ice cream. Yes, really. El Rincon in Canandaigua is now Rio Tomatlan and we enjoyed it quite a bit. It's authentic Mexican (owned by a Mexican family, I understand) in that the beef, chicken and pork are all stewed and pulled, and have lovely flavors, though the chili peppers are dumbed down for the local taste and the tortillas are merely adequate. The mole sauce was sophisticated, though. The music was great! (That's just us, again.) Taste of New York restaurant in the non-profit Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua is trying to be the CIA and failing, but if you consult the friendly waiters and choose carefully, you can get an outrageous meal for a reasonable price. Some of the best lamb chops I've ever had (local, of course). We loved a local pub called Two Goats in Hector. They make two fine ales (cream and IPA) and have a good selection of others. We loved the music. (Are you sensing a theme here?)

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Stonecat Cafe
Hector, NY, Hector, NY

Rio Tomatlan
5 Beeman St, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Muar House Cafe
169 Lakeshore Dr, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Suggestions for Webster or Rochester, NY?

Thanks to everybody for suggestions. We have reservations for Lento for tomorrow night although our cooking teacher at the Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua prefers Good Luck. The menu at Lento is a little broader, however, and we are going with four other people with different tastes. I'll report back! Will try one of the other suggestions for lunch. You guys are the best. Thanks again.

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Good Luck
50 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Suggestions for Webster or Rochester, NY?

Hi, all,
This seems to be the most recent Rochester thread. We are going to be there for ONE DAY in about three weeks. Anybody have a top suggestion? High brow or low brow, exotic or straightforward, matters not. We love everything from food carts to fine dining. Thanks in advance!

Looking For The Following Restaurants In NJ

For Portuguese food try any of a number of restaurants in Newark. We like Spanish Manor (it's Portuguese, despite the name).

Gencarelli's Cucina, Montclair, NJ

I've heard good things about this place. Has anybody eaten there? How does it compare in terms of quality/atmosphere to Fascino or any of the other higher end places in Montclair? Thanks!
Janet

Oct 16, 2008
alsojanet in Mid-Atlantic

Gencarelli's Cucina, Montclair, NJ

I've heard good things about this place. Has anybody eaten there? How does it compare in terms of quality/atmosphere to Fascino or any of the other higher end places in Montclair? Thanks!
Janet

Oct 16, 2008
alsojanet in New Jersey