Marty: We almost didn’t go out last Friday – almost. But my cabin fever overwhelmed me (predictably), so we decided to head down to, “The Avenue of the Arts” in Rochester – a/k/a University Avenue’s museum district. The goal was to test drinks and dinner at Edibles, a place where Nancy has dined well for lunch a few times, and then wander through Image City Photography Gallery to see their current exhibit, “Through a Student Lens.”
Nancy: Edibles has been fairly consistent for lunch, but I hadn’t been there for dinner in several years. Marty and I decided to venture out and see if we could get in without a reservation. Since it was First Friday, a monthly citywide gallery night, many galleries, bars and restaurants are jammed. Edibles was busy, sure enough, but the hostess greeted us warmly and told us that we would have to wait about 20-25 minutes – perfect for our usual bar-and-Martini benchmarking. Marty instructed our bartender on the finer points of Martini making – and me? Just give me a nice Chardonnay, and no one will get hurt… all said with a smile and a, “thank you.” Remember….I am the less needy one in this couple.
Marty: Needy?… We’ll follow through on that discussion offline, honey. But, yes, I look forward to test driving any bar or bartender in town. By the way – if the restaurant is named, “Edibles,” why isn’t their bar named, “Drinkables?”
Nancy: Marty, don’t give up your day job.
Marty: Brands ‘r’ us.
Nancy: All kidding aside, we enjoyed both the “Edibles” and the “Drinkables” part of this restaurant.
Marty: Well, the Edibles part, anyway. For your sake, it’s hard to mess up a glass of Toasted Head right out of a bottle.
Nancy: I ordered the Pasta Palumbo and Marty ordered the Mahi Mahi special. My pasta could have fed a family of four (with leftovers), but I won’t go into my usual rant on how much food we are served (and eat) in this country.
Nancy: I’m just saying. Marty thoroughly enjoyed his Mahi Mahi dish. Our server, Michele, provided great service; she knew the food and wine menus very well. We ran into some acquaintances, caught up with them, and had a truly enjoyable experience.
Marty: Well, I agree that I enjoyed our time there, and the Mahi Mahi was outstanding, but the Martini only rates three La Vida Gumbo olives. More on that in an upcoming revisit of, “Martinis I Have Loved (or Not).” Edibles is worth the trip, a wait, and the price, and we’ll be back; I’m still jonesing for their 704 Burger.
But on to the Image City exhibition….what a treat that is. They’re featuring fine photos by high school students from around Monroe County, and I was blown away by the strength of many images on exhibit there. This exhibition will be there through April 17, and I encourage all of our Rochester friends to see them…and, hell, buy a print for your home.
Nancy: Yes, I encourage everyone to get there before it closes. There were some spectacular photos that should keep even veteran photographers on their game, and the prices are extremely reasonable. Buying a high school student’s photo for $75 will encourage their passion and also contribute to the great work that goes on all year long at the Gallery.
Marty: It was a great evening, sweetheart. And I’m thinking about going back to high school to catch up with those student photographers. But…would that make you a cradle-robber?