Last weekend, we took advantage of the fresh snow and went to Bristol Mountain for a day of skiing. This was only my second time at Bristol Mountain as a new Rochesterian. I was impressed by the accessibility of the mountain and the amount of runs they had for a small mountain in western New York. We did a half day, getting in as many runs as possible to keep our bodies moving and warm. By the end of the day, we were all much more exhausted than we had anticipated and spent the rest of the evening at a friends’ house on Canandaigua Lake by the fire, drinking wine.
The next morning, re-energized, we woke up early (for a weekend) and had breakfast at the Brown Hound Bistro. The Brown Hound Bistro is near the southwestern part of Canandaigua Lake in South Bristol. It is in a charming 100-year-old house and seats only 20. It defines cozy.
Brown Hound Bistro only serves Brunch on Sundays and only from 8-2, so if you want a table, you are strongly encouraged to make a reservation. For someone with a non-restricted diet, the menu has a wide array of options. From French toast to German pancakes, NYC inspired bagel sandwich with salmon (entitled the Oh My Gawd!) to a Greek inspired lamb wrap, the Brown Hound has something for every palate. But for a celiac like me, I felt limited to the eggs and salads especially since there weren’t any labels or disclaimers for special diets. So, I ordered the Wild Bills Hangover, an omelette with cheddar, banana peppers, onion and bacon.
I must admit, I didn’t disclose the fact that I was gluten free, until I specified no toast. At that point, the waitress said, “I think we may have some gluten free bread left.” Am I glad they did! Yes, the omelet was delicious, but the gluten free bread was hands down the best gluten free bread I have every had. It was sliced thick-Texas style, flavorful and the texture was spot-on: chewy, but not tough. I made everyone at the table sample it and they agreed it was really good. Alas, bread that good, gluten free or not, could only be homemade and indeed it was. I shamelessly asked the waitress for the recipe but she said it was a secret.
The Brown Hound Bistro makes good food and is quite charming- but I can get good food and charm at a lot of places. What makes this small restaurant stand out is its baked goods, made on-site. Although I would suggest they beef up their labeling practices on their menu and advertise that they accommodate gluten free diners, I would make the trek from Rochester on a weeknight to enjoy the freshly baked gluten free bread and I suggest you do too.