Various Other Places Around the
282 Alexander Street,
Rio Bamba was clearly the best
a casual re-incarnation of its previously formal atmosphere, when it was called the "Rio Bamba." The chef and ownership is the same, however, the price-point and menu theme is [sic] different. Dinner entree prices are now in the low $20's. Starting Fall 2005, they started offering lunch Mon-Fri. They take seasonal ingredients into account in their ever-changing menu that includes a raw bar.
So I do not know how good it is these days. But it had no competition in Rochester back a few years ago…
The Crossing 7823 Forsyth Blvd. (
This really good restaurant, in the commercial suburb Clayton, gets its name from the “crossing of French and Italian cuisines. Chef-owner Jim Fiala does the French, his wife Cary MacDowell does the Italian. (Both are protégées of Daniel Boulud.). I’m told that Danny Meyer’s mother likes this restaurant a lot.
5356 Daggett Ave. (
This down-and-dirty Siciallian
neighborhood joint on the Hill (the famous Italian Neighborhood in
(click on the name for a list of locations)
This much beloved burger and shake chain has a long history (from their website):
Steak n Shake was founded in 1934
The Steak stood for STEAKBURGER™ sandwich. Gus would wait for the busiest time in his counter-only restaurant, wheel in a barrel of steaks (including round steak, sirloin steak, and T-bones) and grind the steaks into burgers right in front of the guests. Hence, the origin of the famous slogan "In Sight It Must Be Right."
The Shake in Steak n Shake refers to a creamy, real-milk, hand-dipped Milk Shake that has endured as the best Milk Shake on the planet. Gus Belt used to put the Multi-Mixers Shake machines in the windows of his restaurant so cars driving by had to stop for a Milk Shake.
33 741 W. Washington St. (bet.
Eagle & Falcon Sts.),
An informal Mission Hill restaurant where chef Amiko Gubbins serves an inventive and delicious cuisine based on the cooking of areas that share the same Latitude as that of San Diego (from the restaurant’s website):
While studying the origins of civilization, specifically how food
contributed to mankind's blossoming, we wondered what unique qualities provided
the Tigris-Euphrates valley the honor as the birthplace of agriculture. Our
discovery was that this noble valley shared its geographic orientation with
Hash House A Go Go 3628 5th Ave.,
definitely the best place to eat breakfast in
(We actually did not have the chance to eat at these places; but they come extremely highly recommended)
Havest Vine 2701 E.
Fabulous tapas and Basques cuisine (hard to get in to)
Juanita 9702 NE 120th Place,
Matt’s in the Market
A great place for lunch: American (Northwestern) cuisine; very fresh produce. But it is very crowded—call ahead for a reservation.