5 Must-Try Small Restaurants Around ROC

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There’s no denying every college student loves the chance to get off-campus and away from dining hall food. Of course, there is the usual stop to Chipotle, an outing to the Cheesecake Factory, or the occasional Starbucks run. But what if you are feeling a little more adventurous; craving something other than the typical CAB chicken fingers and French fries?

  1. Located at 2800 Monroe Ave in Brighton, Mamasan’s offers a delicious blend of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Their huge menu has something for everyone, ranging from Mango, Peanut noodle, or Calamari salads, to specialty rice or noodle dishes. For the carnivores, there are chicken, pork, and beef options for most of the dishes. (And if you are feeling an appetizer, the dumplings are delish!)
  1. Aladdin’s Natural Eatery doesn’t just have amazing food, it is also only a few minutes away from Nazareth. Located right on the canal, at 8 Schoen Place in Pittsford, Aladdin’s serves a variety of Mediterranean dishes. Soups, salads, pita rolls, and “pockets” are all under $10, while the pastas and specialty meat dishes are under $20. They also have gluten-free and vegan options. (Not sure what to try? Go with the Dolmades pita roll or the Chicken Salad pocket, you’ll thank me later.)
  1. If you are willing to get out of the comfort zone of Pittsford, head over to my hometown of Victor, and check out Sweet Times Bakery. This small, family owned cafe and bakery is located on 6385 State Route 96 in Phoenix Mills Plaza. They serve delicious sandwiches (on homemade bread), soups, salads, cookies, and pastries. If you need a break on the weekdays between 9-5, drop in for a yummy bite at Sweet Times.
  1. If you can make it past Starbucks, stop in to the Village Bakery. Set back in the Pittsford village, at 5 State Street, the Village Bakery’s menu includes open-face egg sandwiches, quiches, and French toast for breakfast, and soups, salads, and sandwiches in the afternoon. Take one look at their Instagram page (@villagebakeryandcafe) and you’ll be salivating.
  1. Last but not least, Simply Crepes is a wonderful spot to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And let’s face it, somehow everything tastes better when it’s wrapped in a thin layer of deliciousness. There are both Pittsford (7 Schoen Place, Pittsford, NY 14534) and Canandaigua (101 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424) locations, for those who want to stay close to campus or venture out a little farther. They offer breakfast crepes, which include and Egg and Grilled Vegetable Crepe or a Smoked Salmon Crepe, as well as entrée crepes like the Buffalo Chicken Crepe. Simply Crepes’ prices are a little higher (around $10-$15) but I highly suggest giving it a try.


Morgan Hartman is a current junior visual communications design major at Nazareth College. Born and raised in Victor, NY, Morgan has been a member on the Nazareth Equestrian team for all three years, as well as a recent member of the a cappella group Fermata Thin Air and writer for the Golden Gazette. Morgan has worked for the YMCA since her senior year in high school, but is very excited to start a new journey in the field of graphic design after graduation. She loves all things art, music, fitness, and of course, horses.


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