The Basin Pub's menu accompanies upscale twists on corner-pub favorites with a breadth of draft brews and wines. Warm up gullet muscles with an order of crispy wedge fries smothered in melted blue cheese and drizzled with wing sauce ($8), then experience the layered lushness of a deli-style sandwich stuffed with roast beef, turkey, or corned beef roasted for up to 12 hours, with a choice of cheese and bread ($11 for 10 oz.). Lobster mac 'n' cheese arrives with the lowbrow elegance of Clark Gable at a tire fire, crafted from cavatelli pasta sautéed with lobster in a four-cheese house sauce and crested with crispy breadcrumbs and a drizzle of truffle oil ($13). A broad selection of draft beers, wines, and house cocktails provides a match for any meal and gives patrons an excuse to check out the bartender's solid resumé.
Since 1945, Don's Original has been stifling stomach rumblings with varied menus consisting of famous original sandwiches, not-yet-famous sandwiches, plates, and sandwich-complementing sides. Don's Original maintains a come-as-you-are atmosphere, allowing customers to order comfort eats free from the chaos of family-member-attended singles' masquerade balls. Savor your selection while watching sandwich engineers manufacture mouthwatering masterpieces at the inside counter, or take your order to the patio and dine at one of Don's outdoor picnic tables during warmer months (not available at the Brighton location).
Chakara Bistro & Bar's chefs prep a constantly evolving menu of original recipes influenced by Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Indian cuisines. Said chefs ditch MSG and food coloring when concocting their dishes, many of which feature noodles made in-house with a Taiwanese noodle press. Vegetables are always fresh, and vegetarians can order almost any menu item with tofu in place of a meatier protein. Takeout and catering services allow enjoyment of Chakara Bistro & Bar's one-of-a-kind flavor blends at home or upon a Sea-Doo.
Rookies Sports Bar & Grill rouses scores of sports fans with a menu of classic American pub fare, weekly trivia events, and 23 big-screen TVs. Nab a booth with a team of friends and throw in on a 24-count plate of Rookies jumbo wings ($16.95), tossed in one of 10 savory sauces and repeatedly told about bad airline food to prevent them from flying away. Eight-ounce, certified Angus beef burgers ($6.95+) heckle Zweigles quarter-pound hot dogs ($4.95 each) in a heated, home-grill rivalry, and serious scarfers or retired paleontologists dig into full racks of baby-back ribs ($18.95) slathered with house-recipe sauce and fall-off-the-bone attitude. Clamp jaws around slices of philly steak pizza ($8.95) topped with shaved prime rib, peppers, onions, and mozzarella.
A mainstay for Best Irish Pub on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's annual Rochester's Choice list, Johnny's Irish Pub welcomes the neighborhood in for appetizing eats and enticing alcoholic drinks. Mouth-mow your way through the menu, starting with a dozen jumbo buffalo-chicken wings ($8), served with blue cheese and celery sticks, or the nacho supreme ($7), which heaps melted cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and Johnny's hot meat sauce onto a tower of tortilla chips. Bread-and-bun-bookended offerings include a turkey or corned-beef Reuben ($7), a chicken Caesar wrap ($7), and a jumbo hot dog with sauerkraut ($4.50), as well as paninis ($7.50)—all are served with a side of chips, macaroni salad, or potato salad. Slide up to the bar and order a perfectly poured pint of Guinness before subsequently pouring it into your mouth chalice.