There's a custard shop inside the vintage storefront at 72 St. Paul Street, but visitors will find much more to eat than the cold, creamy dessert. Abbott's Downtown also houses a kitchen in which chefs prepare comfort-food classics such as burgers, lasagna, and fried haddock. Patrons can also stop in for Sunday champagne brunches or to watch live bands perform in the evenings.
On Valentine’s Day, 2012, Mattie’s Restaurant & Bakery first opened its doors to the public, supplying visitors with authentic international recipes and comforting soul food made by a team of five chefs. From its cozy, wood-paneled location in the historic Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, Mattie’s kitchen singles out a different world cuisine six nights a week: Tuesday night means Italian recipes, Wednesday night is Caribbean night, and Sunday is vegetarian night, honoring the cuisine of the legendary Vegetaria. Customers can also place catering orders, sustaining get-togethers of any type with platters of hearty entrees as well as assortments of cookies and desserts, such as chocolate-truffle cheesecake and bread pudding.
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.
The Little Theatre brings a roster of reel wonders to Rochester, with a slate of films running the gamut from quirkily mainstream to accessibly indie. Cinephiles can nab tickets (evening showings: $8, weekend matinees: $6, seniors: $5, children 5–12: $5, and students on Sun.–Thurs.: $5) to any number of upcoming features appearing on The Little's five flickering screens, such as the risqué Ewan McGregor dramedy Beginners or the sardonic sojourn documented in acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom's The Trip. A slew of other silver-screen selections are sure to satisfy moviegoers from all walks of taste. The Little's 70-seat, jazz-infused café pitches in to delight the less movie-centric senses of taste, spidey, and smell, with its eye-fetching collection of local artwork and appetizing menu of rich quiches ($8) and grilled paninis ($9). A fluid fleet of specialty coffees ($1.50–$3.75), globetrotting vinos ($6/glass, $18.50/bottle), and sudsy brews ($3.50–$4.50) lithely impart an impressive cineaste vocabulary sure to impress neighboring critics and wide-eyed ushers.
Strings of twinkling lights glow above Roam Cafe’s cozy tables and pale-green walls, illuminating guests as they dig into fresh, crisp salads, pizza tossed from hand-made dough, and paleo diet-friendly options. The long bar gleams in the sunlight streaming in from a wall-sized window, and patrons sip espresso and munch on Sunday brunch. Brick arches lend the interior a hint of roman architecture, an outdoor patio welcomes alfresco merriment during warming months, and diners wash down house-made meatballs with cold beer or warm tomato sauce.
For those who suffer from food allergies, it’s typically impossible to have a delicious, home-baked cake and eat it too. But Kelly Halligan hopes to change that. Fueled by a desire to feed dietary-restricted dessert lovers—including those who are vegan or sensitive to gluten—Kelly hand-makes cookies and cupcakes that are free of dairy products, preservatives, and allergens yet taste like the real deal. She draws from her own family’s passed-down recipes, modifying them to remove any troublesome ingredients. But she still prepares a slew of conventional baked goods in both traditional and specialty flavors, which she proudly claims are indistinguishable from her many vegan offerings.