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LDR Char Pit

4753 Lake Ave, Rochester, NY - (585) 865-0112
Posted By Bill Port on 2/2/2011 12:59:00 AM
The LDR Char Pit is directly across the street from the largest public beach in the Rochester area. Without a map, it would be easy to imagine yourself in some seaside fishing town. So, of course, I had to go there in the middle of winter.

Not too many people were there, but that made everyone more friendly and talkative. It also made it easier to walk around the dining room and see all of the memorabilia on the walls. We had a long informative conversation with the manager/owner. Rick is the R of LDR Char Pit. The L is a sister who is a lawyer in Chicago and the D brother is the concertmaster (really) at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC. There was a section of the wall covered with newspaper articles about this brother.

We had roast beef sandwiches on kimmelweck. These were devoid of the pockets of fat you often find in roast beef sandwiches. Kimmelweck is a salted bread that goes just perfectly with roast beef. It originally came from Poland and is much more popular in the Buffalo area than in Rochester, although the distance between the two cities is only 60 miles. This was the best kimmelweck I have ever had in this city. Of course, it is the only kimmelweck I have had in Roc city. The French fries were perfect, which for me means crisp, tasting of potato, and not greasy.

After Rick cleverly fed us some free samples, we also had Italian Wedding soup (it was cold outside) which was much more flavorful than the canned variety. We noted how rarely one sees this type of soup on restaurant menus (as opposed to supermarket aisles). Scrumptious is the word that comes to mind (and warming too). The flavors are intense and it makes commercial soups seem like they are just all about mouth textures.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
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Like a backyard barbecue, the beautifully hatchmarked steak on the sandwich has the aroma and flavor of charcoal-grilling.
"Like a backyard barbecue, the beautifully hatchmarked steak on the sandwich has the aroma and flavor of charcoal-grilling."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





This sandwich makes me want to plan frequent trips to Rochester.  This is the one 'don't miss' item while in town.
"This sandwich makes me want to plan frequent trips to Rochester. This is the one 'don't miss' item while in town."
Cliff Strutz


It is amazing how they are able to take this thin piece of meat and cook it perfectly rare.
"It is amazing how they are able to take this thin piece of meat and cook it perfectly rare."
Stephen Rushmore


This sandwich does not need any condiments to improve its tase.
"This sandwich does not need any condiments to improve its tase."
Stephen Rushmore


The grill master gives a rare steak sandwich about 30 seconds on each side.
"The grill master gives a rare steak sandwich about 30 seconds on each side."
Stephen Rushmore


We like the rings more than the fries.
"We like the rings more than the fries."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Be sure to order the steak sandwich
"Be sure to order the steak sandwich"
Stephen Rushmore


Those black vinyl booths are a blast from the past.
"Those black vinyl booths are a blast from the past."
Stephen Rushmore


They seemed to spruced up the interior in the last few years.  Luckily for Roadfooders, the food is still the same.
"They seemed to spruced up the interior in the last few years. Luckily for Roadfooders, the food is still the same."
Cliff Strutz


LDR has a nice help yourself condiment bar that includes pickles, onions, mustard, hot sauce, etc., but the steak sandwich needs nothing from here.
"LDR has a nice help yourself condiment bar that includes pickles, onions, mustard, hot sauce, etc., but the steak sandwich needs nothing from here. "
Cliff Strutz


On a nice summer day this parking lot is frequently filled.
"On a nice summer day this parking lot is frequently filled."
Stephen Rushmore



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