Thanks to The 507, you are more informed than ever about what Rochester has to offer over the weekend — from music to festivals, fairs to food to yearly celebrations — we’ve got it covered.
But what if your night off is next Tuesday? What about that night out with the girls that you planned for Thursday instead?
Next question: Have I ever let you down before? I didn’t think so.
That’s why this week, I’m running down some of my favorite specials, deals and one-day-only offers at some of Rochester’s restaurants for those OTHER days of the week.
If you’re up for a little more adventure than the typical Monday offers, head to Whistle Binkies Olde Worlde Pub, where you can dive into “Mystery Beer Monday.” Every Monday at Rochester’s favorite watering hole, draw a ticket from a hat for a randomly selected beer from Whistle Binkies menu for only $2.50.
Or, head to Ground Round for a cheap date night: On Monday evenings, they offer a “2 for $20” menu, where you choose from a limited menu of two entrees, plus an appetizer or dessert, for just $20.
This is decidedly a family night, with several restaurants in Rochester offering free or cheap kids’ meals to save your sanity during the dinner hour. Serving free or cheap kids’ menu items today are Carlos O’Kelly’s, Denny’s, Fazoli’s, Green Mill, Perkins and Pizza Ranch. (If your family is going out a different night, try Broadway Pizza on Mondays, which includes free kids’ meals and a wandering magician.)
If you’re feeling nostalgic, rifle through your college memorabilia and show up at Sontes on Wednesday between 5 and close for “College ID night.” Simply flash your college ID card – from the (distant or not-so-distant) past or present to get 25 percent off your bill.
Not up your alley? Wednesday is also a good taco night. Join The Tap House for “tacos on the patio” night on Wednesdays.
Finally, if you’re going for a girls’ night out or need a wind-down, head to Victoria’s Italian Ristorante on Wednesday evenings, when you can get a bottomless glass of wine for just $7 on “Wine Up Wednesdays.”
If I still have to tell you to get to Thursdays on First for your nosh all summer, I don’t think we can be friends anymore. It’s simply the best collection of street food anywhere, for any reason, with no exceptions. If you’re ever hungry on a Thursday, go to First Avenue. Period. If you get overwhelmed, just find the ZZest stand and get the beef brisket sandwich. The end. I’m glad we had this talk.
To keep the party going, head to the Loop or the Doggery for some fun after parties following the weekly street fest.
But for those who aren’t up for crowds or eating outdoors, the Hot Fish Shop offers all-you-can-eat batter-fried shrimp from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday.
There you have it. This weekend, find something in this magazine to do, but come next week, you’ll still have plenty to choose from. (Pro tip: If you start feeling lost or lonely by Sunday, head to Pescara or Chester’s for brunch, and then toast the weekend at the Tap House for trivia night before the work week starts up again.)