James Browns Place
A Rochester Diner
While visiting Rochester last weekend weekend, Laura, Heather and I wanted to try a new diner. We were going to go run a 5k but since the weather wasn’t that great we decided to go to a diner instead. I don’t have any regrets. After googling possible options, we settled on James Browns Place, a famous diner in Rochester.
James Browns Place is a cute, local diner. The inside is exactly what you picture as a hole in the wall restaurant gem. It is located on the main strip of Rochester.
There are about 20 tables inside and the grill is open. I have’t been to a restaurant in a while that I can physically see the grill. It’s cool to see where all the “diner magic” happens. The diner is located in Rochester, NY which is obviously a different atmosphere than New Jersey Diners. Not different in a bad way but just different.
We even had pleasure to talk to the owner of the restaurant, Mr. Brown. It was truly amazing to have the owner of the diner come out and talk to us and he was hilarious. Out of all the diners I’ve been too, this was the first that I had the experience of the owner talking to us. Chatting with Mr. Brown alone caused the rating of the atmosphere to be an A. I wish we had gotten a photo!
The coffee was refilled and the waitress even brought a massive amount of whipped cream. I don’t have any complaints. She also brought all four of plenty of refills.
The amount of eggs, pancakes, and food James Browns Place has is overwhelming. It took the four of us 15 minutes to decide on food. This never happens! Their breakfast menu has everything and anything you could hope for in a diner.
I ordered the Greek omelet with sour dough bread. It was really good. The omelet had feta cheese, spinach and onion. The sour bread was perfectly toasted and had just the right amount of butter. The food was great and there were a lot of options.
The chef accidentally broke Heather’s overeasy eggs so gave her a second set. Heather knew she had made it as a blogger because she got two eggs while reviewing the diner (we weren’t paid to review this or any diner).
This is a very traditional diner and has every element you would expect in a diner.
The price for my omelet and coffee was $9.50. That was one of the cheapest diner meals I’ve had in a while. While the gas in New York is expensive, the diner food is cheap.
Overall thoughts: A
Would I come back?
I had a great experience at the James Brown Place in Rochester. Next time I’m in Rochester, I will have to come back! It was great to have the owner of the restaurant chatting at our table. Mr. Brown is a great guy, hilarious and it is obvious why he is so successful.
James Browns Place
Price 5-10 dollars
Overall Atmosphere: A
Question for you: Have you ever met a restaurant owner?