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Riley Greider is the mind, hands, and sweet teeth behind Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe, a gourmet bakery specializing in cupcakes. More than 128 flavors rotate across the shop?s menu in groups of 13 to 20 each day, baked daily in small batches from fresh ingredients. With such an enormous repertoire of recipes, the cupcake case has room for classics such as carrot cake alongside fancier flavors such as cinnamon french toast and cherry cr?me br?l?e?not to mention the decidedly outlandish, such as loaded baked potato and Game Day Chili. While retaining a home-baked look, many of the cakelets wear elaborate toppers of sprinkles, frosting swirls, or fruit. All this creativity won the shop the title of Best Cupcakes in City Newspaper?s 2011 Readers? Choice poll.
1697 Monroe Ave
Rochester,
NY
US
When Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began perfecting their bagel recipe with the help of a professional NYC bagel maker in 1983, the bagel was still an anomaly in the food world—it was geographically and culturally still isolated in New York City. Fueled by a desire to change that, the duo opened up the first Bruegger's deli with the hope of eventually introducing the rest of the country to the bagel. Brue and Dressell have since realized their dream, sharing their distinctive recipes and culinary traditions at 300 locations spread across 26 states. To this day, they oven-bake their centerless bread rolls every morning and afternoon, populating counter displays that also brim with daily made breads, Vermont cream cheese, and custom-roasted coffee. Executive Chef Phillip Smith and his network of chefs still use the original five-ingredient recipe for their dough, which they shape into more than 20 bagel varieties. Because they draw from each region's local recipes and from dialogue and Pictionary games with local consumers, certain menu items may vary from store to store across the country. The bagels are often served with Bruegger's eclectic cream cheeses such as bacon scallion or honey walnut, or as sandwiches with meats, cheeses, and veggies often sourced from local or organic produce. Coffee gets just as much attention, with house blends of 100% arabica coffee.
548 Monroe Ave.
Rochester,
NY
US
Since 1917, the Andy's Candies factory has been pumping out chocolate concoctions such as nut clusters, chocolate-dipped Oreos, chocolate-covered pretzels, and specialty sponge candy. Stock your sugar shelf for the holidays with seasonal items such as chocolate-covered candy canes and Santa suckers, which feature a cocoa-covered St. Nick perched atop his traditional reindeer-powered lollipop stick. The chocolatiers at Andy's Candies have built their reputation on unwavering quality and taste, along with an old-fashioned approach to customer service; they do their best to fulfill special requests for candy not available in-store. Andy's treats have also infiltrated the corporate world with customizable candy business cards, chocolatized company names and logos, and caramelized paper clips.
1546 W Ridge Rd
Rochester,
NY
US
The bean blazers at Boulder Coffee Company flame-roast their coffee before brewing signature coffees and espressos. Sink into a comfy couch or float lazily on the aromatic wafts of fresh coffee while sipping on the caramel macchiato, a vanilla latte topped with caramel sauce, or a spiced chai. An artful atmosphere beckons the caffeinated critic with walls lined with paintings and negative space for seeing what's going on outside. Boulder Coffee Company’s open-mic night allows anyone to sign up to deliver comedy or perform espresso spit takes; check the calendar for an idea of upcoming acts.
910 Genesee Street
Rochester,
NY
US
Just One Bite Cafe & Catering owner Cheryl Green nestles crisp vegetables, tender meat and succulent sauces into hearty breads and delicate tortillas in a cheery, casual atmosphere. A rotating array of sandwich specials includes eggplant-parmesan paninis and the stuffed-pizza-bread sandwich, whose blend of asiago and mozzarella cheeses melts between tender meatballs, spiced pepperoni, and rivulets of piquant tomato sauce. Quintessential comforts collide as pulled pork, grilled mac 'n' cheese, and knitted scarves mingle between two slices of golden toast, and crunchy chips and fizzy soft drinks usher each epicurean bite into grumbling stomachs. Combo meals crown round café tables throughout the casual dining room, whose vibrant yellow and purple walls hoist chalkboards heralding daily specials and which diners have detention.
4141 West Henrietta Road
Rochester,
NY
US
Michelle's Café's menu boasts a creative assortment of breakfast and lunch favorites for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. For a light morning dish, egg, baby spinach, and swiss cheese hop in a panini carpool ($5.25), and lunchtime treats diners to furled fare such as the veggie wrap ($6.25), flanked by wholesome homemade hummus. The meatier Montage sub (6”, $5.99; 12”, $7.99) throws roast beef and ham into a cinematic training sequence coached by a turkey wearing a stocking cap. Michelle's Café also pours a cascade of assorted drinks, including smoothies ($3.69) and Eight O'Clock mochas and coffee ($2.99), which keep diners from falling asleep while eating.
70 Linden Oaks
Rochester,
NY
US
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