5 Bites of Rochester, New York

Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach shares her favorite upstate New York eats


When two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach is not on the soccer field kicking her way to victory and eating like an Olympian on the road, she likes to indulge in restaurant fare near her hometown of Pittsford, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester.

Wambach, a forward on the U.S. women’s national soccer team helped lead the U.S. women’s soccer team to its third straight gold medal win at the London 2012 Olympic Games. No doubt, Wambach may soon be headed to one of her favorite restaurants for a victory dinner.

Breakfast: Wambach likes the Village Coal Tower Restaurant in Pittsford, a family-style restaurant where she enjoys a simple serving of eggs and bacon.

Lunch: When she is not training, Wambach treats herself to hot dogs at Don’s Original. She orders two red cheese dogs with hot sauce and ketchup on top with a side of crispy french fries.

Lunch: Lunch is Wambach’s favorite meal of the day. When she hits the road or is training, she likes to eat sandwiches. Her favorite is turkey, avocado, tomato, mustard, and some type of mayonnaise-based dressing. She also enjoys almond butter and jelly sandwiches (60 percent jelly and 40 percent almond butter is her ideal ratio).

Snack: When she is craving carbs, Wambach heads to Nick Tahou Hots, home of the Garbage Plate, an artery-clogging platter of a sandwich, hamburger, sausage, fried fish, or eggs, served with two sides like home fries, French fries, macaroni salad, or baked beans. Wambach says she can easily order up 2,000 calories worth of food. She likes to order two cheeseburgers with hot sauce, macaroni salad, and home fries.

Dessert: A simple chocolate vanilla swirl at Abbott’s Custard is one sweet treat that Wambach looks forward to in the off-season or when she craves something sweet.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.


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