It had been nearly twenty years since last I had visited Michael's. It was always a favorite, and almost obligatory, stop of my late wife's and mine on our sundry trips to Rochester. However, mindful of Heraclitus' admonishment that "a man cannot stand in the same river twice," I extrapolated this to apply to restaurants and subsequently read the disparate glowing reviews of this city's culinary treasure.
After a glass of house Merlot and two generously poured extra-dry, very dirty vodka martinis garnished with anchovy olives, respectively, my companion and I left the comfortable confines of the lounge and were seated at a booth.
Our affable server's station contained no booths, but she procured one in another area and took excellent care of us until we we're ready to go. I think she was overwhelmed with patrons in her own area and was a bit desultory in delivering our check. She tried to be too accommodating, and we greatly appreciated it. On the whole, the service was otherwise superb.
Its being the sixtieth anniversary of Michael's, a twin cold-water lobster tail dinner special was offered at an unbelievably $26.95. Earlier this summer, we had dined on essentially the same fare at Wisconsin Dells' legendary Ishnala supper club at a special price of $45. The view of Mirror Lake at Ishnala is what makes the experience so memorable. At Michael's, it was strictly the meal itself. In a word, "superb."
Michael's will remain an "obligatory stop" on future trips to Rochester.
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