Dinosaur Barbecue began in Syracuse and has since opened several locations in the Northeast. Amazingly, the barbecue (and side dishes) that made the original such a hit seem every bit as good in the branches we have tried, particularly in this one in Rochester.
Country-casual and city-sophisticated, BenGable Savories is foremost a bakery, specializing in cakes, scones, biscuits, quiches, and frittatas that are second to none. Sandwiches on impeccably fresh bread are irresistible.
A casual roadside barbecue (with indoor seating) that offers a round-the-nation taste of excellent smoked meats: brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and burnt ends. The menu also includes chili, hot wings, and very good side dishes.
This locavore heaven sources much of its produce from a five-acre backyard garden; and one of its owners also owns the fish company that provides impeccable seafood. Dine on elegant fare in rustic surroundings where the farmhouse dining rooms ring with the good cheer of savvy foodies who have found a culinary shangri-la.
There is no written menu at The Only Cafe, and the chef's tastes are eclectic, so there is no knowing whether you'll be eating smoked brisket on homemade sesame bread, Hatch green chili with Syracuse salt potatoes, crystallized ginger biscuits. But you can count on inspired food, served in a small cafe with a very large personality.
A grocery store featuring fine homemade sausage, we like Roma for its bakery-style pizza -- a thick-crusted tomato pie made without mozzarella, all about the interplay of tomato sauce and the bread that supports it. (No seating on premises.)
Here is classic Italian-American fare such as spaghetti & meatballs and chicken parmigiana served on a hot metal plate, as well as the local specialty, chicken riggies, which is a combination of rigatoni pasta, sauteed chicken, mushrooms, roasted peppers, olives, and a cream-based tomato sauce.
It's hard to find a really good bagel these days, even in New York. But Leo's delivers the goods. These bagels are just-right chewy but not too dense, and although they are available in all sorts of silly flavors, the basic ones are simply flawless.