DiBella's: old fashioned submarines
This chain of sub sandwich shops guarantees bread they bake that day, meat they purchased and shaved that day, the freshest condiments and friendly service.
They have three sizes of sandwiches depending on how hungry you are and how much you want to spend. Meat choices are: Turkey, Ham. Genoa Salami, Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Capicola or Meatballs. Non-meat choices... all Cheese, all Veggie, Tuna Salad.
They have a whole array of additives:
DiBella’s Famous Oil Dressing, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Spicy Mustard, Horseradish, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Peppers, Cheese ( Swiss Provolone American Mozzarella).
And for dessert they have chips, pretzels and chocolate chip cookies (thier house specialty).
This is a counter service shop so you pay at the register and do not need to leave a tip.
The staff is friendly and patient while you make your selections. The decor is 1950s and very neat and clean.
The prices are $4 for the small up to $7 for the large (we usualyy get one large for two people). Cokes and snacks are extra charge.
You have your choice of phone-in or counter service; eat-in or take-out. They even have delivery for large group orders.
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Pontillos: good pizza
Just northwest of the Twelve Corners intersection in Brighton are a set of shops; one of which is the Pontillos Pizzeria. They have some of the best pizza pies.
For $12, you can call-up, order a pizza and 15 minutes later go pick it up. I'm talking a large pizza, not one of those dinky pan pizzas. For just a litle more you can add a whole list of toppings or have it delivered so you don't even need to put on your shoes.
The pizza is thick crust, thick cheese, just a bit of oil and a great sauce.
Now they have added Hoagies (submarine sandwiches), calzones, garlic bread and salads.
So you can have a regular pigout if you are in the mood and got a few bucks burning a hole in your pocket.
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Aladdins: Mediterranean cuisine
This is healthy food without having the stigma of "health food".
All the meals have none of these items: sulfites, preservatives, transfats.
What the salads have are fresh greens, tomotoes, spinach, pine nuts.
What the soups have are yogurts, cream, fresh vegetables, local cheddar cheese.
The pocket sandwiches and gyros and wraps are some of the best we have had.
Chicken Pita with marinated meat and feta cheese is great. Or try the more ethnic falafel sandwich with mildly spiced chick peas ,fava bean patties, mixed greens, scallions and alfalfa sprouts.
Strawberry cream pie is a favortie dessert. And raspberry tea is a healthy beverage.
You can have all this for $15 a person.
There is an indoor dining area and in the summer the veranda is opened for fresh air dining.
The decor is modern Italian with a little Greek influence in the wall decorations. The staff was okay and the service was relatively fast considering the number of customers.
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Don's Original: hamburger joint
The first Don's that I can remember going to was down at Sea Breeze along Lake Ontario.
And now he has got one of his locally famous burger joints in the upscale neighborhood of Brighton.
from the ads:
"Rochester's favorite for ground rounds, cheeseburgers, Zweigle's hots, golden french fries, homemade onion rings, beef barbeques and a myriad of other mouth-watering menu items."
And it is all true. They make a great burger and it is just as juicy and tasty now as I remember back in the 1950s.
Their Brighton location bears no resemblance to the hot steamy shack with 10 stools that they had down by the lake years ago. This new site is a very nice comfortable restaurant with a diner atmosphere. It is counter service. Order, wait for the food (takes only a couple minutes to cook and serve) and then try to find a seat when its crowded. Sometimes the people flow out into the parking area and sit in their cars or on their tailgates.
It is a very casual, friendly place where everyone smiles (customers and workers). That hasn't changed over the years.
So if you get a chance to visit one of Don's Originals and you got $10 in your pocket, then you too can enjoy a Rochester classic.
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Jeremiah's: what is a tavern....
A tavern is a bar and grill trying to be an English pub.
The decor is subdued, low light, low key. The tables and chairs are all dark wood.
It is very restful coming in off the busy street.
Friday Fish Fries are very good here. Lately it is about all the time we have to eat out.
A humongous slab of haddock fileted and sauteed in beer batter and deep fried to a crispy crunchy finish. When you bite through the crust, all the juices have been saved inside with all the flavor your mouth can handle. Delicious.
A mug of their Rohrbach's ale to wash it all down and everyone is happy.
Friday's can get a bit hectic there, so you either want to get there before the after-work crowd or wait until later when the first shift has finished eating.
I hear that Saturday nights are a fun yuppie event there but have never indulged on the weekends. I think I may be getting a bit too long in the tooth for yuppiness anyways.
The menu is not extensive and contains a lot of finger foods but the service is long on smiles and the prices are very reasonable.
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Mario's Via Abruzzi: top of the line dining
Fried calamari that's to die for. Crab cakes crisp on top and flakey inside. My grandmother used to make minestrone for Easter like they serve at Mario's.
This is a very upscale restaurant without any pretenses or snobbery. The owners often walk around the dining area, weekend nights, just checking things out and chatting with the customers. The staff is A-one; friendly, efficient, anticipating your needs, giving prompt service with a smile.
The decor is provencial Italian with dark woods and highlighted arches, rugs on the floor and paintings on the wall. The tables are setup so that your line of sight gives you a sense of privacy even in the open area. There are plants and pillars placed to break up the sound so you don't get all the echos of a space this large.
My wife likes the Dover Sole and I go for the Filet Mignon medium-well, light-menu-portion. Salad and rolls, pre-dinner drink, soup, entree and dessert of lemon cake with a cup of coffee. Everything is done just right and served without a rush. For all this and the ambience, you get to pay about $30 per person.
Put on your coat and tie and fill up your wallet and spend a nice evening at Mario's: "when you are there, you are family" (that's their motto)
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