With lunch and dinner menus teeming with traditional German fare, Rheinblick (meaning Rhein view) offers unparalleled vistas of hearty cuisine dished out directly onto diners' plates. Authentic appetizers such as kartoffelpuffer, or potato pancakes, cheerily greet the palate and prepare Deutsch diners for more established entrees ($5.99). Sauerbraten, a beef roast marinated in sweet and sour raspberry sauce ($17.49), and the bratwurst platter, a veritable smorgasbord of sausages ($15.49), are served with house salad and are also available on the restaurant's extensive gluten-free menu. Finishing mouthfuls of rich cheesecake or decadent black forest cake deftly swaddle sweet teeth, tastily preventing them from gossiping about the tongue’s licking habit. Of-age guests may sip on a symphony of german suds and wines until they begin to spout all the German phrases remembered from their grade-school French class.
Upstate New York's aptly named Finger Lakes consist of 11 narrow bodies of water that resemble an outstretched hand on a map. Year-round recreation is common, with skiing at Bristol Mountain in winter, and fishing or boating along the lake during warmer months. Resting on the banks of scenic Canandaigua Lake, Canandaigua is worth a visit for its art galleries, antiques stores, and the award-winning New York Wine & Culinary Center, a nonprofit group offering samples of New York beer, wine, and cuisine. There are more than 100 wineries throughout the Finger Lakes region, making vineyard tours, wine tastings, and vine-swinging competitions popular activities.
Mema’s Deli & Sweet Shoppe offers an extensive menu abounding with fresh meats, hot entrees, and homemade Italian confections. Specialty-meal options include the chicken parmigiana, a platter of poultry dressed in homemade bread crumbs, sauce and mozzarella cheese ($7.49), or the eggplant parmigiana ($7.49). An open-faced meatball sandwich features homemade meatballs ($6.49), and the ziti, rigatoni, or spaghetti dinner includes sauce, cheese, and a choice of house made sausages or meatballs ($6.99). Dining duos can sup on their choice of grilled chicken dishes, such as the texas chicken, an Alamo-remembering bird served with barbecue sauce, bacon, and provolone ($5.49), or can sink teeth into a fried-chicken basket with fries ($7.99). A selection of desserts stands by to deliver the meal's fairy-tale ending, complete with cheese-filled cannolis ($1.49), a cocoa-crammed big brownie ($0.99), or a gift-wrapped Prince Charming.
Lime green walls surround guests at Mesa Grande Taqueria as they wait in a cafeteria-style line for their turn to watch cooks create customizable Mexican dishes. Tacos, burritos, nachos, and quesadillas materialize out of the restaurant’s fresh ingredients and meats, which include grilled chicken or steak that’s been marinated in chipotle adobo sauce, or vegetarian guacamole and black beans. As they diner, guests might also notice the restaurant’s energy-efficient lighting, reusable silverware and baskets, and biodegradable to-go utensils, which help the taqueria take its commitment to staying green well past its vivid walls.
The capable chefs at the family-owned Mi Casa Mexicana guide culinary tourists southward with a menu of authentic house-made Mexican dishes in a vibrant, casual dining room. An order of chips and freshly diced salsa ($2.75) coaxes out appetites and urges them to invite an additional side of guacamole ($2.50) to the table by ordering it a drink and tossing out an alluring line. Diners saunter onto more serious satiation with house specials such as the pollo en mole ($14.95), in which rich, spicy mexican mole smothers plump poultry pieces. Chefs harbor shredded pork and beef in a fortress of toasted bread in the tortas ($6.25) and fry up scoops of ice cream ($4.75), which continues to baffle chemists around the globe.