Lived in the Rochester area 65 years but had never heard of Zeppa Bistro. Wanted someplace close to Geva Theatre, but wanted something different as well. Found Zeppa on the Internet so we gave it a try. Almost reminded me of an old "speakeasy" kind of place. It is in the basement floor of the old German House, and has that old charm look and feel. Lots of candles lit to set the mood, a huge bar, and plenty of dining space. Not a big menu, but there were lots of specials to add to the choices. Very different menu items, with combinations of different ingredients and entree items you would normally expect. As we were going to a play after, we didn't want to eat too heavy.
I ordered the Chopped Burger, which came with bibb lettuce, tomato, a fried egg, and fries. The fries were with the skin on and were exceptional. The burger was so tall I tried cutting it in half to eat it. But it was also so juicy that it was a gigantic mess. So I ate the rest open faced and enjoyed every morsel. Even the pickles on the side were great, sliced almost 1/2 inch and very garlicky. Our friend ordered a "starter" lamb kabobs as his entree, and could barely finish it, it was huge. Our wives had Pot Belly Pork and Black Bean Quesadilla, and both loved them.
Excellent wine choices, and I had Prosecco. With drinks the bill for my wife and I was $40, and we were both very full and very satisfied. Definetly will go again, and next time try one of the nightly menu specials not on the menu.
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