CRB's gig at the Jukebox on Saturday night was great fun. We debuted two new songs that feature lead vocals by "the ladies" (as the guys call us) -- "Me & Bobby Magee" and "Sweet Home Chicago." They were a blast to do.
Five bands played, so of course, I had to stick around and support my fellow musicians until the very end, which was 2 a.m.
I don't like to sing on a full stomach, so by 2 a.m. I was famished, and so were some of the other band members. Four of us decided to go out for a bite to eat, but we had one heck of a time finding a place that was open after 2 a.m. Finally, we arrived at Fairport Hots, a tiny, dive-y spot that was packed with 20-somethings in various degrees of drunkenness. I'm sure they wondered what a bunch of sober old fogeys were doing there.
Since two of the guys ordered "plates," I couldn't resist. A Rochester specialty, "plates" are versions of "The Garbage Plate," created and trademarked by Nick Tahou's. The execution varies a little bit from place to place, but they generally consist of home fries or french fries, baked beans or macaroni salad, and a quantity (usually two) of bunless hot dogs or hamburgers, all slathered with a ground beef-based hot sauce and condiments. It comes with bread and butter.
I ordered the Junior Varsity cheeseburger plate (one cheeseburger) with home fries, macaroni salad, hot sauce, and ketchup. I order a "plate" about once or twice a year, and it's a fairly tasty combination that brings back memories of my younger days. I was enjoying it ... until three-quarters of the way through the burger, I noticed that the burger was bright pink inside. Ugh. Marie, who ordered a cheeseburger, noticed the same thing at about the same time. If I had noticed it earlier, I might have asked them to throw it back on the grill, but for me it signaled the time to be done eating and I tossed the rest in the trash.
Now, I don't have anything against dive-y spots, as long as they have relatively decent food. I know they were dealing with a rush, but I still have a hard time with undercooked burgers. Now I'm in search of good late-night eateries, so that I'm ready for the next time we have a gig that ends late. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!
(Note: this restaurant was remodeled and the menu expanded in 2010. A revised review is on my to-do list.)