Southwedge Colony's classic pub cuisine quiets grumbling stomachs with a distinctive selection of freshly fired sandwiches. Furnish vacant table space with the loaded french fries, smothered with cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and bacon ($7.25). Or prove your love for hamburgers in a way that naming your first child, Hamburger, never could by adopting a black-bean burger, topped with crispy lettuce, succulent tomato, and zesty onion ($6.50). Meanwhile, the Colony Plate arrives with two 1/3-pound Angus beef patties stacked over macaroni salad, a choice of fries or tater tots, and slathering of meat sauce and chopped onions ($9.95).
Party Under the Big Tent delights Oktoberfest patrons with sizzling German food, thirst-quenching beverages, and dance-inducing Polka melodies (this Groupon is not valid for food and drink). Satisfy belly yearnings with a flavorful German bratwurst loaded with sauerkraut as you listen to the hypnotic sounds of Joe Maloy and his accordion, which combines the keys of a piano, the squeezability of a bagpipe, the melodic braying of a Julliard-trained billy goat. The one-acre tent party ensures no guest leaves with toe untapped by enlisting a slew of additional musical acts brimming with German flare, including the Genesee Valley Alpine Band (September 17–18), The Spitze Band (September 23–24), and Alpine Keys (September 23–24).
When it comes to wine, David and Tasia Verno follow the same philosophy as Goldilocks: Why settle for one when you could try three? Trios of wines from across the world are thus a mainstay of their menu at Flight Wine Bar. These samplers come with themed names—Instant Zen and California Retreat, for example—and incorporate wines from Italy, Chile, France, and Germany in addition to the United States. There's the Bubbly Flight for sparkling wine enthusiasts, the alluring scents of Aroma Therapy, and Sweet Emotion, which matches a Red Newt riesling with a Bigi Orvieto Classico and an Elmo Pio moscato.
Of course, Flight Wine Bar also has wines available by the glass or bottle. In addition, the staff furnishes tables with artisanal snacks. Guests can order imported cheeses, such as the sycamore-leaf-wrapped Spanish valdeón. The dessert chocolates are all handcrafted, and the truffles are all handpicked from the secret truffle tree that you should absolutely not tell anyone about.
Under soft, low-hanging lamps, customers hang up tweed jackets before settling in for steaming plates and hearty pints at Scotland Yard. The many-splendored dinner menu lights on English lore to slay and roast the Dragon chicken sandwich, which slathers grilled or fried chicken in special Dragon sauce ($7). Scotland Yard’s pizza offerings ($10–$12) span a flavor spectrum, from the italian sausage and pepperoni of the classic ($10) to the eponymous Scotland Yard pizza’s goat-cheese-swaddled artichoke hearts ($10). Simmering edibles pair well with frosty potables, including Guinness on draft, bottled Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, and uncorked Marquis de la Tour split champagne ($10 for a bottle). With Friday-night karaoke and a live DJ on the last Saturday of every month, Scotland Yard welcomes customers for singing and dancing in addition to the usual socializing and surreptitious fingerprinting.
Led by head coach Jesse Myers, who made several significant player acquisitions before the season, the Rochester Rhinos look to ramp up their scoring prowess for 2012. A member of the USL Pro league, the team incites cheers from loyal fans and whimpers from jostled gophers when playing on its home pitch at Sahlen's Stadium.
The beverage slingers at Marshall Street Bar & Grill draw from a full-service bar and a wide selection of draft beers while sating appetites with a menu of classic pub fare served in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Diners can toast to a new job or a new phase of the lunar cycle over frosty glasses of Saranac pomegranate wheat or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald. Hops play starring role in the Three Heads Skunk Black IPA , and Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Sierra Nevada Summerfest pay delicious homage to the dog days. After moistening palates, patrons can dig into the Kilauea Volcano plate, a flavorful eruption of chicken fingers, a sloppy joe, and a choice of two meat or vegetarian entrees. Choose from a main course smorgasbord of a hot dog, hamburger, pulled pork, or an additional sloppy joe, or harvest their plant-kingdom cousins: the veggie dog, veggie burger, or veggie sloppy joe. Fries, macaroni salad, jalapeño queso, and hot sauce finish the cornacopious spread.