What You'll Get
Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet American fare at The Gate House on North Goodman Street.
An on-site organic garden provides The Gate House’s executive chef Kristen Flores-Fratto with fine, fresh ingredients to create a tasty lineup for her menu. Settle down in the cozy cookhouse, and search through the small plates for a suitable starter, such as house-made Buffalo-style chicken tenders, which arrive still asleep on a pile of fries and blue-cheese fondue ($9.50). A selection of half-pound burgers, whose hand-pressed patties are fashioned with premium chuck, entertains food fans with options such as The Wease, garnished with smoked gouda, fried onions, and horseradish steak sauce ($10). The Gate House's 700-degree wood- fire oven churns out traditional Neapolitan pizzas that grace tables with delicious circularity. Guide your chompers to The Park Ave., a savory sine qua non of the pizza world that tops its goaty cheese with grilled veggies, olive oil, hummus, and rosemary ($10.50). After main- course completion, customers can venture into masticative overtime with a root-beer float ($5.50), a peanut-butter milk shake ($5), or New York–style cheesecake served with fresh strawberries ($5.50).
At The Gate House, Flores-Fratto's Mediterranean background inspires an Old World interpretation to popular American dishes. A full brunch menu is available on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.––although it can change from week to week, similar to the sun's decision to bathe the earth in light. Past wake-up fares have included scrambled eggs, waffles, and filet-mignon hashes. Call to make reservations.
Not valid with other offers. Dine-in only.
- Morgan and I went to The Gate House a while ago for Valentine's Day; it's a favorite of ours, and located in Village Gate on North Goodman Street in Rochester. Famous in the area for its gourmet pizza and burgers, it seemed like a great choice for a slightly-upscale, yet still casual date. – b. long, Rochester's Endless Buffet
- It's just great food at a fantastically reasonable price. – Jason Roberts, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 6, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Reservation required. Dine-in only. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About The Gate House Cafe
Flames dance inside the wood-fired oven at The Gate House Cafe, heating its gleaming surfaces to temperatures as high as 700 degrees. The oven's radiant heat is the backbone of the eatery's rustic, comfort-driven menu, yielding dishes that range from gourmet pizzas and chicken wings to wood-fired macaroni and goat cheese.
Gate House Cafe's pizzas are named after Rochester landmarks, but their culinary inspiration comes from southern Italy. Chef Ross Hopkins and his team knead dough made with Tipo 00 Italian flour, topping it off with organic mozzarella and tomatoes from San Marzano valley. They serve creative pies, too, such as the ones below, and often use ingredients from their organic garden.
|The MAG||The Park Avenue|
|Asiago and ricotta cheeses lend an extra layer of creaminess to the MAG pie, and fried eggplant adds toothsome texture.||Hummus is an unexpected pizza-topper, but here, it works well alongside grilled vegetables, goat cheese, roasted garlic, and tomato coulis.|
|The Strasenburgh||Gluten-Free or Vegan|
|With toppings that include blackened sirloin, blue cheese, and asparagus, The Strasenburgh delivers the sumptuousness of a steak-house dinner in pizza form.||Chef Hopkins is happy to accommodate gluten-free and vegan diners.|
A Conscientious Culinary Philosophy
Conscientious culinary practices are intrinsic to the menu at The Gate House Cafe. Hopkins and his team embrace sustainability by serving cage-free eggs and organic dairy products. The restaurant goes beyond using ecofriendly ingredients, though. The Gate House Cafe operates solely on solar and wind power.