Tuesday night my sister came to me and said she heard of a breakfast place near Park Ave (in Rochester) and wondered if I’d be interested in going there on our day off together. After that exceptional description I agreed, and Wednesday morning we rolled out of bed and made our way to Pour Coffee Lounge.
Oh my God.
I haven’t stopped talking about it since. The Pour Coffee Lounge is located on 23 Somerton Street, off of Park Avenue. We had a little bit of a tough time finding it, since it’s behind the row of street-side buildings, including Abbotts and Boulder Coffee, and the (small) parking lot can only be accessed by taking a few back and side streets. But we made it. It’s pretty unimpressive from the outside, but I trusted Bridget’s judgement and in we went.
It’s the kind of rustic-meets-industrial environment that is homey and comforting rather than isolating and disengaging. The floors were concrete and the chairs were all metal, but the tables and bar were all wooden slabs. Coffee was served in glass mugs and mason jars, and meals were served on wood platters that resembled cutting boards (that description courtesy of Bridget). There were vases filled with flowers and it was bright and airy despite the contrast of the cold floors. It was the kind of place that makes me want to settle in with my laptop and a cup of coffee and stay for a few hours. And there were plenty of people doing just that.
The menu isn’t extensive, but it definitely has enough. Everything offered is locally farmed or made from locally sourced ingredients. The coffee section is split into “black” and “white” drinks, black being coffees of different brewing techniques, and the white being drinks made with milk, like lattes and cappuccino. We both ordered iced coffee, only to find out that their cold brewed coffee is actually on tap. I had never heard of such a thing but it was strong and delicious. They had local whole milk and raw sugar to mix in, too.
Bridget ordered a Lumber Jill, a breakfast sandwich, with eggs and sausage, and even better, they have gluten-free bread for her wheat-free dietary needs. She was so obsessed with the bread that after she inhaled her sandwich, she went back up to the counter and asked where they get it from. Turns out, they get it from Ellie’s in Fairport. So if you’re from the area and are looking for good gluten-free bread, that’s the spot. Pour also has a selection of gluten-free cookies and muffins, if a sandwich isn’t what you’re looking for.
After reading the menu for five minutes straight in indecision, I settled on the Lone Turkey. The sandwich came stacked high and it was absolutely delicious. The greens were fresh and there was at least an inch of fresh sliced turkey, plus spicy jack cheese that gave it a little kick. The cucumbers were a nice touch, too, adding a little bit of crunch. And the sourdough bread was perfect; not hard and crusty, but soft with a tiny bit of flavor. I inhaled the entire thing.
I’ve been telling literally everyone I know about Pour, because I feel like it’s such a gem of a place and I want to go back already. They have waffles on the menu that look absolutely amazing, and are something I definitely need in my life.
Next time I go back, I’m bringing my laptop and making a day of it. A cup of coffee and a muffin, and after a few hours, a sandwich and a glass of wine. Yes. They also have wine and beer. I want Pour to stay the kind of hidden little Park Ave treasure that it is, but I also think everyone should go there because it definitely deserves recognition and business. A+ FOR POUR.