Summerville Travel Guide

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Summerville Restaurants

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    right at the end of St. Paul Blvd

    by davecallahan Updated Jan 28, 2009

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    This bar and grill had some of the best rock and roll entertainment back in the day.
    We haven't been there on a weekend in years so I am not sure what night life is there on Friday and Saturday evenings.

    The weekday dinners are good though. It is extremely casual (shorts and tee-shirt are not uncommon.) The back of the restaurant is a large covered patio area right on the Genesee River. The indoor area can be quite loud and warm during the summer so eating out on the deck is usually preferred.
    The service is very friendly (local girls do the serving, so they know many of the regular customers). A lot of the clientel are neighborhood people who frequent the restaurant and will start up a conversation with you. (This is not a place for a romantic meal). The prime rib is great and you can woosh it down with a couple of local ales and finish off with a cup of coffee for the road. It'll cost about $20 per person with tax and tip.
    So you get a river breeze, some friendly conversation, good food and service; what more could you ask for!

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    by davecallahan Updated May 6, 2007

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    This is a typical Rochester bar and grill. Very casual.
    Since it is on the lake/river front, it has a nautical theme to the decor.

    The place was busy on a Friday evening (more so in the bar area than the dining area). The service was a little slow (it looked like they might be short one waitress) but the staff was friendly and made us feel comfortable while we waited to be served (drink your drink slowly!)
    The food was cooked to order (steak burger and fries, side order of green salad). It tasted good but the place was a bit to loud for my personal comfort level.

    I would go there again, but I would probably choose a day in the week rather than the weekend, hoping that it would be less crowded and quieter.
    The price was very reasonable; under $20 per person with meal and a drink. They often run coupons and specials in the local papers.

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Summerville Warnings and Dangers

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    drive cautiously in the evening here

    by davecallahan Updated May 6, 2007

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    Summerville has two children's nurseries, an assisted living home, a yacht club, a coast guard station and some older residential homes. There is not much there to be concerned with, in regards to criminal risk. About the only issue that you might have is from the local bars that are frequented on the weekends and draw large crowds. Drunken walkers and drivers could be of some concern in the wee hours of the morning.

    Other than that, Summerville is quite safe to visit. The neighborhood is very quiet and is normally "lights out" in the residential area by midnight. I could find no major violent or non-violent crime data for the area. We have been there numerous times in the day and evening and never experienced any incidents.

    Use the same safety procedures you would use at home and your Summerville visit will be fine.

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Summerville Off The Beaten Path

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    past the north end of St. Paul Blvd

    by davecallahan Updated Jan 28, 2009

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    (This property is right in Summerville but is addressed as Irondequoit so it is listed there also where it is more likely to be seen).

    The Coast Guard is now part of the Department of Homeland Defense and they have made changes to staffing to take advantage of that. Irondequoit now houses two Border Guards.

    (With tongue in cheek) The work of these two is very important in stopping aliens from crossing the border from Canada into Rochester. Nearest Canada border is 60miles away in Buffalo. The local paper had an article about how the Coast Guard boats are being rearmed with heavy-duty, stanchion-mounted machine guns and there will be live firing practice 5 miles north of Irondequoit Bay. I feel so much safer now.

    But the Coast Guard station is a nice place to visit (all kidding aside). And the view of the lake is pretty.

    to get there:
    5500 St. Paul Boulevard
    take Lake Avenue north or Lake Ontario Parkway east to Patton Wood Drive (Bridge) to St. Paul Boulevard, go north to the station (behind OLoughlins)

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