Where to eat:
Jine’s– a casual family restaurant on Park Avenue in downtown Rochester with a huge menu and food that has never disappointed. My favorite dish is the tabouli salad, although I’ve gotten the broccoli burger which is AMAZING (especially when you add cheese.)
Aladdin’s Natural Eatery– I’ve been to the location in Schoen Place in Pittsford, NY which sits on the canal in a super-relaxing atmosphere. You can dine outside when the weather is nice and look out at the canal. Their menu of mediterranean dishes has great prices, and food comes in huge portions. Try a huge pita pocket with a side of the most refreshing gazpacho soup you have ever tasted.
The Owl House– One of the best vegan options in Rochester, NY. A restored house hosts fresh dishes and vegan options like the buffalo-spiced tempeh burger.
Dinosaur Barbeque– Hands down, the best barbeque I’ve ever had. This rustic, biker restaurant has been in business for almost 25 years and is virtually impossible to compete with. Once you fall in love with this place, you’ll be happy to know that their sauces are sold in supermarkets around the country.
Where to Shop:
Eastview Mall– Located in the suburb of Victor, NY, this is the central locale for shopping in the greater Rochester area. You will find all of your basics plus more at this mall. Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Sephora, Francesca’s Collections, Lord & Taylor, and White House Black Market will serve all of your fashion and beauty needs. Other specialty stores include Apple, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, and much more. Dining options include the sports bar Champp’s, the Italian eatery Biaggi’s, P.F. Chang’s, and Camille’s Cafe.
Park Avenue– arguably the trendiest neighborhood in Rochester, Park Avenue has fashion boutiques such as A Step Apart and Dado Boutique, various spas and salons, and some of the best restaurants around. Make sure to stop at Parkleigh which offers gifts of just about every category- chocolates & sweets, cards, furniture, home decor, culinary gifts, and tons more. I rarely spend less than an hour moseying around this shop. After shopping around, Jine’s, Cibon, and Piranha are all great restaurant choices to stop for a bite to eat.
Schoen Place– sitting along the canal in the suburb of Pittsford, Schoen Place has several great dining options in addition to several craft and gift shops.