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A Final Family Event / Where To Eat This Weekend

(August 24 2009) Written by: Stacy Kowsz in Dining

So, freshman move-in is this weekend!  This weekend is also Highland
Greek Fest
!  (http://www.highlandgreekfest.com/default.htm)

So, before your parents ditch you at college, get over to Greek Fest!
Have a last great meal on your parents’ bill before you begin college.

Take a drive in the direction of downtown, because I swear that if you
leave campus, you’ll find Rochester is a pretty happening place, and
you should being to explore it as soon as possible.  Located in the
South Wedge Neighborhood (http://rocwiki.org/South_Wedge) of
Rochester, this area is definitely a common housing option for those
who will move off campus.  (I’m excited because Greek Fest is easily
within bicycling distance of the new house I am currently moving
into.)

Greek fest is held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit at
835 South Avenue
in Rochester.  It begins Thursday, August 27 and
continues through Sunday, August 30.  (Thursday, August 27: 11am-10pm;
Friday/Saturday, August 28/29: 11am-11pm; and Sunday, August 30:
11am-8pm
)

If you already love Greek food, you’ll find anything you want here.
Though there’s a lot of food set up outside, don’t forget to go inside
the church too.

If you don’t love Greek food, you probably haven’t tried it, so this
is your opportunity.  Head over to Greek Fest, and I personally
recommend trying Pork or Chicken Souvlaki,
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Gyro
(seasoned beef andlamb),
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Spanakopita
(Spinach - and feta cheese-stuffed filo pastry),
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Saganaki
(Flaming Kefalograviera cheese with lemon wedges),
Greek Salad
(lettuce, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, chicken, cucumbers, feta
cheese with Greek dressing),
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Baklava
(Delicious pastry with chopped nuts, spices, layers of buttered filo pastry with a generous pouring of honey flavored syrup,
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or any other dessert.  All the other food is
great too, but these are some of my favorites that I think everyone
would enjoy.  The menu is written for those not familiar with Greek
dishes, and the people are very friendly and more than happy to answer
any questions.

There is also Greek music and dancing, and inside the church tables
are set up with art pieces for sale/to browse.

Comments (7)

  • Richard Russell

    Richard Russell

    24 August 2009 at 15:26 |
    What a great recommendation for this weekend ! We'll be heading to RIT from Ohio on Saturday to drop-off a first year student and were wondering where to eat.

    We're pretty non-ethnic down here -- mostly folks are either German or English-Irish heritage -- and we have our share of regular ol' Catholic festivals (our parish had theirs at the beginning of this month). It would be interesting to go to a Greek Orthodox festival.

    Do you have recommendations on restaurants near RIT ?

    Thanks!
  • Stacy Kowsz

    Stacy Kowsz

    27 August 2009 at 11:50 |
    There are countless resturants near RIT. All you need to do is drive 5 minutes down Jefferson Rd and you'll find Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden, Red Robin, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Uno's, Panera, Buggaboo Creek, Denny's, Ruby Tuesdays, Applebee's, TC Riley's and a bunch more.

    However, I would recommend traveling more like 15-20 minutes (it's not that far!) to check out places unique to Rochester with great food. I would recommend:

    1) The Gate House (274 North Goodman Street): They have great gourmet burgers and pizza. I also love their coleslaw.

    2) Pomodoro (1290 University Avenue): This is awesome Italian food. Please, do yourself a favor and pick this over Olive Garden/Macaroni Grill every time.

    3) John's Tex Mex Eatery (489 South Avenue): This is my favorite Mexican place. Lots of food!

    4) Dogtown (691 Monroe Avenue): This is a quick bite to eat at a unique place serving mostly hotdogs and also other sandwiches and the best soups and veggie burgers (they are very vegetarian friendly). I eat here all the time, and think that everyone should know about this place (especially college students).

    If you don't want to leave Henrietta (where RIT is), then these are my recommendations:

    1) Lovin Cup (Park Point at RIT): They have good soups and sandwiches/wraps/paninis and also dessert and coffee and drinks. I like this place a lot when I am on campus.

    2) Great Northern Pizza Kitchen (640 Jefferson Rd): A local chain with delicious gourmet pizza and salads.

    3) Chipotle (640 Jefferson Rd): This place just opened up and people rave about the burritos. In my mind, it's like a cult following.

    4) Buffalo Wild Wings (780 Jefferson Road): If you want wings, this is a good spot.
  • Frank Lucas

    Frank Lucas

    28 August 2009 at 08:21 |
    Stacy about summed it up - I'm reminded of the old Arlo Guthrie tune -"You can get anything you want..." One thing not covered yet, so I'll mention it - MacGregor's has the absolute best nacho plate around, and they're just east of campus about 1/2 mile on the north side of Jefferson. It is basically a sports bar with a fairly wide variety of that sort of fare, and also serves up numerous microbrews if you're into that. Everything is very reasonably priced.
  • ottoman

    ottoman

    18 December 2009 at 20:01 |
  • Dude

    Dude

    12 February 2010 at 22:23 |
    Sweety, all of those foods except Saganaki, are Turkish foods. That's why you can find different versions of those foods except Saganaki in all former Ottoman lands...
  • UÄŸur

    UÄŸur

    27 February 2010 at 13:53 |
    BAKLAVA (The queen of Turkish Desserts) (Baklava)

    1 box filo dough (frozen)
    1 cup smashed walnuts
    1 pound butter (margarine may not be substituted)

    For syrup

    1 1/2 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    1 tsp lemon juice

    Place sugar and water in a pot and boil for ten minutes (until thickened but not too thick) add lemon juice, boil for two more minutes. Set aside and let completely cool before pouring over baked baklava.

    Let filo thaw (1 hour) open it flat and cut right in the middle. Use a 9x13 pyrex dish and butter it evenly with one teaspoon of butter. Melt rest of butter in a pan and spread half sheet in pyrex dish and brush with melted butter. Continue laying down half sheets brushing each layer with butter. When half the filo is thus stacked on top of each other, spread smashed walnuts evenly all over and continue with the second half the same way. Torn pieces may be used also but the very top layer must be whole. Take a sharp knife and begin cutting two inches wide strips and then diagonally so that you have the layered dough cut into diamond shapes. Brush top with remaining melted butter an bake in 350° for 40 minutes until golden. Pour the cold syrup on top as soon as you take the baked baklava out of the oven. Let cool and place each diamond shape piece on a platter. This keeps for a few days quite well and tastes better.
  • brett

    brett

    16 March 2010 at 19:41 |
    hey, can you please let me know where you originally found that image of the gyro? im looking for a high resolution version. thanks.

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