It's been a Hills Bar & Grille tradition for years: starting a meal by pulling apart a Fry Brick, a geometric loaf of fries slathered in cheese and barbecue sauce. But meals at Hills aren't limited to this one indulgence. There's plenty to do, eat, and I Spy beneath the soaring 30-foot ceilings of this expansive restaurant. You could post up at the bar and sip a craft beer while watching the game on the HD projection screen or corral the family onto one of three patios for build-your-own pizzas. There are homey touches everywhere, from savory pot roast and gourmet mac 'n' cheese to a two-story fireplace, but at night the space lets loose with live DJs and a late-night menu served until 2 a.m.
Chef Mike Charaf and his sons opened Lebanese Grill as a way to celebrate their Lebanese heritage and share it with the community. Everyday, they prepare dishes held close to the family?s heart, including baked Kibbie?saut?ed lamb, onions, and pine nuts served between two layers of cracked wheat?beef curry, and charbroiled chicken saut?ed in a lemon oregano sauce. Dishes first tasted in the Mediterranean also fill the grill?s menu, from grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs to creamy hummus with chicken tips and pine nuts piled in the middle. Chef Mike and his sons supersize orders for catered gatherings that celebrate special occasions, including weddings, birthdays, and graduations from traffic school.
From his small village in central Greece, Tom Goulas brought a piece of his heritage across the pond to share: the cuisine. In 1975 he first founded Honey Tree Grille with the intent of sharing the rich, flavorful food of his native country. Since then, his business has grown three-fold, but Goulas aims to maintain the old-school attention to both the dishes the kitchen sends out and the service. These days, the menu can be found across seven different locations. There, diners will find a handful of familiar American classics alongside Greek staples such as fresh-sliced gyro sandwiches, layered mousaka, and golden, flaky spanikopita.
Owned and operated by brothers Sam and Mike Abdallah, Kabob Grill features authentic Lebanese recipes prepared with fresh ingredients and halal meats, according to Suburban Lifestyles. The duo compiled a menu of homemade lentil soups, chicken or beef shawarma, and pita sandwiches, which they serve at the eatery’s two locations. A juice bar fosters healthy choices with smoothies and raw juices blended from fresh fruits, vegetables, and clippings from health magazines.
Soho's low-lit dining room is cut in half by a meandering line of smooth, barren tree trunks. This touch of nature where it's least expected creates an aura of romance that complements the menu's artistically rendered Japanese cuisine. But sushi isn't the only highlight here; the restaurant also specializes in Korean dishes such as beef bulgogi. There's even some attention paid to contemporary trends, especially on a brunch menu that features Asian omelets and chicken katsu benedicts.
If the owners of Dessert Oasis Coffee were stranded on a desert island with access to three worldly items, they’d choose a live band, a mountain of chocolate, and their trusty 3-kilo bean roaster. Lined with plush seating and a crackling fireplace, their downtown Rochester shop is cozier than a sun-scorched sandbar or a mattress made of inflated blowfish. Inside, the scents of cream and chocolate melt together as chefs bake fresh desserts and baristas craft more than 300 gourmet coffee drinks. Sourced from exotic locales such as Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea, small batches of coffee beans bask in a US Roaster Corp roasting machine before percolating in the café’s brewer. Throughout the day, groups gather in the fireside reading room to share pots of cheese fondue and slices of house-made cheesecake, which come in flavors such as pumpkin, key lime, and turtle. Musicians filter into the café at night, peppering its soundtrack of fork clinks and steamer whistles with their sweet stylings.