The Rochester family was raised in Lawnside, NJ where Earnestine and Vincent were pillars of their community.
Earnestine grew up in Rocky Mountain, NC, where the sweet and savory flavors of home cooking were a staple. Vincent was born in the Bronx, NY, but his parents were from St. Kitts and the West Indies and brought all that heat and spice with them to NY in their food.
These distinct flavors helped create a menu that is both tantalizing and pleasantly surprising. The food
somehow tastes like a home cooked meal and like something you never had before at the same time.
Since they learned how to cook from their mother, they have coined the phrase, "Earnestine Trained", to represent their cooking style.
Not only does the food stand out because of the large portions and unique flavors, but also the atmosphere. It's obvious that this is a family owned restaurant by the way they treat every customer with the type of service you would get when going to a friend's house for a meal. When you come to Rochester's, you tend to forget you are at a restaurant because it is so casual and comfortable. It just feels like a big family dinner.