Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's deal: for $7, you get $15 worth of casual, home-style comfort fare from Eastside Café, located in Fairport.
The charming, family-friendly Eastside Café offers myriad comestibles for diners desiring casual comfort food enhanced by fresh ingredients and homemade preparations. Post-meridiem palates can sample specialty pies, including the Patriot, a democracy-loving discus topped with sweet-and-sour sauce, chicken tenders, ham, mozzarella, cheddar, and an unyielding dedication to the U.S. Constitution (large 16", $18.99). Fans of handheld fare can nosh on gourmet grinders— each built upon a firm foundation of Eastside's freshly baked bread ($6.99–$7.49)—or half-pound burgers, like the Pittsburger, topped with a steely conglomeration of 'slaw, fries, and fried egg ($7.99). Grilled-chicken sandwiches, on the other hand, keep things relatively light; try the Merlin Manson to bring dinner back down to earth with crumbled blue cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and spicy mayo ($7.99). Surgically install a second stomach to ensure room enough for Eastside's specialty desserts, including the popular cinnamon pillows ($3.99)—buttery fried-dough nuggets that tempt taste buds to curl up on a patch of sunlight and slumber like newly minted kittens.
Stop by on weekend mornings (Friday–Sunday) to linger over Eastside's full-service breakfast menu and doodle a portrait of Burton Gilliam on your napkin to display on the eatery's art-friendly walls.
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Pizza for breakfast? Eastside Café's Chef Sal Cimino can make it happen. He and his crew are up early anyway, crafting daily batches of dough that become buns for grinders, crusts for gourmet pizzas, including a Loaded Potato Pie with bacon bits and cheddar cheese, and calzones served with homemade dipping sauce. During dessert, their handiwork is fried and transformed into signature cinnamon pillows, tossed with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, providing an airier alternative to the signature sallyoos––battered, deep-fried Oreos dusted with powdered sugar, topped with whipped cream, and sprinkled with the remnants of shredded New Year's resolutions.
The Eastside Café team also raises another kind of dough to combine its support of local artists with a passion for helping those in need. In 2010, the crew hosted an art exhibition in which artists were invited to create pieces on site using watercolors, pencils, and other media. The works were then displayed on the walls and raffled off to benefit a charitable organization that helps children in Haiti.