The Owl House — Wise Dining

September 23, 2012 at 9:02 am 2 comments

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Located on Marshal Street, just off Monroe Ave

One of the biggest struggles with being a celiac (allergic to gluten) is finding places to eat that identify and gluten-free items on their menu. In the last few years more restaurants have started to offer gluten-free substitutes on their menu and the best we have found in Rochester is The Owl House.

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Note all the drink specials!

“The Owl House specializes in fresh, made-from-scratch New American food prepared with ingredients sourced from local providers whenever possible. With a focus on flavor and culinary imagination, The Owl House menu features nightly specials, an adventurous take on sandwiches, soups, and salads, and inventive small plates and bar snacks.

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View of the back patio

The Owl House menu also includes an uncommonly large selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Discerning beer drinkers will be pleased with The Owl House’s selection of 12 draught lines and over 20 bottles of specialty beers, chosen from local, national and international craft breweries. Artisan wines and inspired cocktails are also featured.

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View of the bar

The very first thing we noticed, since we were waiting for friends to arrive was the friendly Bartender. This Owl House Mixologist enjoys trying something new all the time and stocks a very interesting selection of beers, wines and spirits. For example, I am a BIG gin fan. Notice that you’ll see none of the standard, Beefeater, Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire on this list:

Magellan – Distilled Four Times Using Iris Root/Flower. Crisp and Balanced.
Seneca Drums – Heavy on Juniper, Closest to a London Dry Gin  (Finger Lakes, NY)
Ridge Distillery Silvertip – Sweet & Aromatic On The Nose With A Slightly Peppery Finish  (Kalispell, MT)
Ransom Old Tom – Style of Gin Dating Back to the Mid-1800’s, Made w/ Sugar, Barrel-Aged  (Sheridan, OR)

To try an interesting twist on gin try the Port of Call – Magellan Gin, St Germaine, Lemon Juice, Cava, Lemon Twist, or the Negroni, Ridge Silver Tip Gin, Campari, Punt e Mes, Orange Twist.

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This place oozes with warmth and charm

Regarding food, offer innovative and inexpensive sandwiches, like the Big Licky: braised pork shoulder, mustard BBQ, pickled red onion, caper slaw on an onion roll or my all-time favorite, the Viva Verde, three soft corn tortillas with panko crusted fried tilapia, salsa verde, guacamole, chipotle sour cream or roasted garlic vegenaise, cabbage slaw, black bean & sweet corn salad. There also offer awesome starters, salads and desserts.

“Located at 75 Marshall Street in the Wadsworth Square neighborhood in the City of Rochester, The Owl House has a rich history. Built in 1867 as a home for the Rochester deputy sheriff, the building was converted into a commercial restaurant in the 1950s and renovated by the current owners.”

Finger Lakes SummerThe Owl House is open for lunch Tuesday – Friday 11am-4pm, dinner 5pm-10:30pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Matt  |  October 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Great review of Rochester’s Owl House.
    My wife and I enjoyed a recent visit to the Owl House. The cocktails alone are worth a visit: I can attest to the splendor that is the Elderflower Gimlet. If you never thought a cucumber slice could be part of a cocktail, you must try Pimm’s Cup.
    We shared a mountainous Owl’s Baked Nachos while we waited for our entrees. Big mistake was it. Before our entrees even arrived we realized we couldn’t eat another bite due to the unbelievably hearty nachos! Embarrassed by our gluttony, we told a white lie to our server that we had to be somewhere and time had eluded us, so could we please have our entrees wrapped. They were expertly wrapped, and we enjoyed them the next night for dinner. Feeling like a couple of senior citizens who had whisked away extra portions from an all-you-can-eat buffet, we vowed to return to the Owl House with eyes that are the same size as our stomachs.

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