French Restaurants in Fairmount

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Dolce Vita enchants jet-setters and homebodies alike with a where's-where menu of global recipes, a polyglot wine list, and a fully-stocked bar that keeps its stools open late, until all thirsts are sufficiently quenched. Launch your taste tour with the thai shrimp and scallop appetizer soaking in a red curry sauce ($13). The D.V. Chicken ($16), a bone-in bird with a belly full of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and basil, descends from the heavens into a cozy bed of tomato polenta and parmesan bread crumbs with a basil cream blanket. Daredevil palates plummet chopper-first into Dolce Vita's international menu with the jamaican jerk rack of lamb ($24) hovering over yellow curry couscous and grilled asparagus. Meanwhile, wines (ranging from $21–$100 per bottle) from as far as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Chile vie good-naturedly against homegrown spirits for a spot at the table, each promising its own distinct flavor and keychain souvenir from the motherland.

907 E Genesee St
Syracuse,
NY
US

Cuisine Type: Italian, Greek, and American

Most popular offering: Chicken Riggies and Greek Salad

Reservations: Optional

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 25?50

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2014

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Try the spicy greek yogurt dip with our fresh, daily baked bread.

La Piazza's menu features a blend of Italian and Greek dishes, telling the story of the owner's childhood on Mykonos. Upon moving to America, he founded the eatery on family recipes, which appear on the menu to this day. The chef also produces American classics such as prime rib steaks and burgers, but the Mediterranean dishes remain the staff's favorites. The giaourlou, for instance, features a blend of lamb and beef spiced and roasted on a kebob with a topping of greek yogurt. Mia, the restaurant's manager "personally would recommend it." She also endorses pairing it with one of the 24 draft beers awaiting at the bar.

402 South Franklin Street
Syracuse,
NY
US

Nestled among the relaxing, scenic Finger Lakes and Canandaigua Wine Trail, Brown Hound Bistro and its imaginative chefs cull flavorful ingredients from the tasty bounty of local sources. Park your stomach vessel in the intimate interior of the bistro's enchanting, century-old dining domicile, or take in panoramic views of the countryside from its spacious patio as you rub your eyeballs along the dinner menu. Various edibles tantalize the tongue in the tapas plate, including warm goat cheese, homemade hummus, and kalamata-artichoke tapenade ($9). The bistro duck adorns its succulent maple-leaf skin-on duck breast with a balsamic orange-blossom-honey pan sauce ($19 petite, $23 full), and The Incredible Wellington flouts modesty by stuffing its kingly beef filet and royal blue-cheese-and-mushroom duxelle inside a golden puff pastry ($23 petite, $28 full).

6459 State Route 64
Naples,
NY
US

The staff at Colie's Cafe seeks to embody the affability and good nature of Albert Coleman "Colie" Linehan, a Canandaigua native born in 1917 and known for his joviality. According to Metromix, owner Michael Linehan, Colie's grandson, crafts hearty sandwiches, wraps, and pizzas to cement his station in the family lineage. In addition to its specialty sandwiches served on white, wheat, rye, or a roll, the eatery offers wraps, quesadillas, and sandwiches served in gluten-free tortillas as well as menu items with fewer than 600 calories for diners with a fear of large numbers.

3349 Monroe Ave
Rochester,
NY
US

Chef Anthony Dapice exercises three decades of culinary experience to pay homage to the tastes of France, Italy, Asia, Greece, and the United States’ many culinary regions. The menu spins a kaleidoscope of garden salads, including a French country salad ($7). A turkey-mango quesadilla allows the Thanksgiving favorite to take a tropical vacation on a ciabatta-panini raft ($7), and articulate dinner pangs speak their longing for the homemade lasagna ($15) or the roasted, gingered Atlantic salmon ($17). Marbleized walls, gleaming wood floors, and framed artwork are grounded by a warm but stern fireplace.

1778 Penfield Rd
Penfield,
NY
US

Twenty years as a traveling salesman was more than enough for James Brown. So when he finally decided it was time to set down his roots, he turned to something that sang of home: his passion for cooking. And that passion shines throughout his menu. In the hearty breakfast selections, guests can see it in the signature stuffed french toast?made from bread that's baked in-house?as well as more imaginative items, such as the Greek-inspired diner breakfast with gyro meat. Then there are the half-pound burgers, po-boy sandwiches with Cajun-spiced chicken, and James Brown's legendary Friday-night barbecue. Such a range hints at two things: that James's passion isn't picky, and that his inspiration comes from everywhere. And indeed, if a diner gives James a recipe that matches the standards of his menu, not only will he put it there, he'll even name it after the guest who gave it to him.

This inclusionary style echoes throughout the diner itself. Checkered tiles run across the floor from the front door to the back wall, passing a scattered assortment of tables and booths that look in on the open kitchen. And as a diehard Yankees fan, James fills two entire sections of a wall with memorabilia, including black-and-white photographs of past rosters and fan fiction that imagines the team being comprised only of James Brown clones.

1356 Culver Rd.
Rochester,
NY
US