The Rochester Cafe - Always worth a Visit
Quality Options for both Breakfast and Lunch
It was a full house for lunch at the Rochester Café on Saturday.
And why not? For years now, chef Tim Domas has been cranking out the best
breakfast and lunch options around, balancing long-time menu favorites with new
tweaks and specials to keep the Café offerings interesting and delicious. It’s all
rather remarkable considering that Tim never went to culinary school – he studied
to be an architect!
For locals, the only real question is how often to eat there. It’s always a temptation. My visits by now probably have reached into the triple digits, yet it never gets stale or old. Positive reviews from national media and word of mouth have spread the Café’s reputation to make it a popular stop for out-of-staters as well, particularly groups traveling on both pedal and motorized bikes. In the summer and fall it can be challenging to secure a table.
The menu is rather extensive, especially considering that one cook is responsible for all the offerings. Breakfast and lunch are equally as good, and the portion size ensures that you will not leave hungry.
Anyone looking to really fuel their day should try “the Rochester” = two eggs, two pancakes, choice of meat, toast, and home fries. The omelets are terrific, and Tim’s “Eggs Benedict” is outstanding – it’s actually not on the regular menu, but usually a weekend special.
At lunch “Tim’s Turkey Avocado and Swiss” is listed as a “signature sandwich,” and rightfully so. But there are literally more that a dozen other quality offerings to choose from as well.
What makes the Café really special, however, are the little things. The staff is friendly and efficient; the milkshakes are made with real milk and ice cream; the French fries are hard to pass up but the side salads feature a wonderful mix of ingredients; even the toast is superb.
The Rochester Café and Country Store – highly recommended!