Coffee & Treats in Rochester

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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

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.

657 Park Ave
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.

1 Public Market
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 Ravioli Shop's founder, Bill Kenney, feels so much pride in his store’s fresh-made products that if he notices a customer holding an odd pairing of ravioli and sauce, he’ll tactfully and enthusiastically suggest a swap. The rest of the team demonstrates the same dedication to furnishing excellent meals, guiding patrons through a dozen ravioli varieties and five regular sauces with personal advice, a handy online chart, and the ability to decipher the true desires of growling stomachs.

Staffers might recommend pairing their seasonal pumpkin ravioli with a sage and brown-butter sauce or perhaps their decadent lobster ravioli with vodka-cream sauce made with slow-pasteurized cream from a local dairy. In addition to pasta, the staff also bakes fresh bread daily, crafting semolina loaves, baguettes, and six varieties of focaccia early each morning. All ravioli, sauces, and breads are made from scratch, with 100% durum flour and fresh eggs infusing each sheet of pasta and roasted veggies and fresh-ground cheeses providing soft pockets of filling.

260 N Winton Rd
Rochester,
NY
US

The Bagel Bin Cafe delights dough-wheel denizens with 21 bagel flavors to please a wide array of persnickety palates. With a bagel and cream cheese ($2.59) as your canvas and palette, create colorful combinations, such as honey sunflower with a daub of bacon scallion, to shock taste buds suffering from bouts of lingual ennui. Conclude overnight abstentions with pizzazz with breakfast specials ($5.95 each), including eggs and a choice of cheese grilled to golden-brown between a blanket of italian bread in the breakfast panini, or a six-piece serving of french toast with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar.

2600 Elmwood Ave
Rochester,
NY
US