NEW YORK - Restaurants Reviewed
We have visited
Chateguay, Chestertown, Crown
Point, Elizabethtown, Granville, Hammondsport, Hudson Falls, Ironville,
Keeseville, Lake George, Lake Placid,
Latham, Lewis, North
Creek, Peru, Plattsburgh, Port Henry, Pottersville, Queensbury, Saratoga Springs, Savona,
Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga, Tupper Lake, Warrensburg, Whitehall
indicates the latest mo/yr we have visited with the price we paid for 2 people
non-alcoholic drinks, 2 entrees, and usually one dessert to split. These are strictly our
opinions at the time we paid the checks.
We welcome your own comments and findings.
NEW YORK STATE
Leonard's Cherry Knoll Restaurant (9/13 $38.34)*
5676 State Route 11,
Burke, NY 12917 (518) 483-6688
The food barely makes it to so-so and
beware of the cream pies, When
Jack doesn't finish a piece of pie there
is a real problem.
Main Street Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant (7/13 $55.71)***
St, Chestertown, NY 12817 (518) 494-7940
Early historic building.
Best place in the area for entrees, sandwich plates
and ice cream
treats. Often times there is a waiting line.
Crown Point, NY
Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards Olde
Farmhouse Bakery & Gifts
Route 9N & 22, Crown Point, NY 12928 518-597-9222
Gunnison has been in the area before and since the steamboats
Lake Champlain. If you want great NY apples this is the
place to stop and
if you want the best in homemade donuts, pies
and cookies this is definitely the place to pull into. Niki says
the "Fruit of the Forest" pies are always #1 on her list. Need a
dessert for a Summer picnic? Any pie is sure to be a hit. The
maple cookies are a big hit also.
Halfway House (8/15 $32.45) **
7158 U.S. Rte 9, Elizabethtown, NY
Good restaurants are few and far between on this Eastern edge of the
Adirondacks. This place looked nice from the outside and we entered
with no preconceived notions. The young lady waiting on us must have
been new as she had to check with the bar or kitchen with any
question we asked. She was cheerful and attentive. We asked about a
cup of the “Special” soup of the day and were told “We don’t do cups
- only bowls”. She checked with the kitchen and if we wanted a cup
it would be a dollar less than the $6.50 for the bowl - we declined.
The entrees on the menu were priced far beyond what a good “Mom &
Pop” restaurant would charge so we ordered from the lunch sandwich
menu - Coffee, Bud Light, Crabby Patty Sandwich w/sweet potato fries
and the Reuben w/fries. The sandwiches were good (with the exception
of a LARGE chunk of shell in Niki’s Crabby Patty) but the wait was
so long we almost paid for our drinks and left. The owner apologized
as we were leaving and said that he had to fire his cook the day
before and his wife was doing her best to fill in.
AJs Fine Food and Spirits (7/13 $21.10)**
72 Quaker St Granville, NY
12832 (518) 642-3237
Highly recommended to us as a locally owned and
very good Mom & Pop type restaurant, the kind we like to visit. More a bar
with food than a great restaurant. When asked if the pasta sauce was
homemade, the waitress had to ask the kitchen who said it was not. They
did have a small but nice soup
& salad bar which came with the dinner
entrees. The main feature of the restaurant was the 80 different beers
they offered. If you are not a beer aficionado then you might skip the
place though we were told that the
burgers were very good.
Bully Hill Winery Rest (9/14
8843 Greyton H Taylor Memorial Dr., Hammondsport, NY
One of very
few 5 stars that we give. The scenic drive within sight of Keuka
Lake and through the vineyards to get here from our Camp Bell
Camp- ground is almost worth the effort in itself. The restaurant and
winery sit on
the hillside above the Lake offering a spectacular
view while you dine on
your choice of fabulous entrees. It's a
pricey lunch but worth every penny. We make a point to stop
here whenever we are going through the Finger Lakes Region.We both
enjoy the house special, a large crabcake on a
mushroom with giant scallops on top, with sides of french
fries, tossed salad, and marinated cucumbers. Each accompanied by a
glass of Bully Hill wine. That's a Riesling for Niki and Estate Red
Hudson Falls, NY
Sally's Hen House (6/14 $34.32)***
3978 State Rte 4, Hudson Falls, NY
One of our favorites. Small
country diner and a favorite with the locals. Home-cooked food. Large
portions and Good prices. You cannot go
wrong ordering their Daily Special.
Penfield Homestead Museum (8/13 $20)**
50th Heritage Day 1964 - 2013
Old fashioned chicken BBQ incl half chicken, baked potato, corn on the
cob, baked beans, roll & butter. Historic community off the beaten path
located in Crown Point, NY. "Birthplace of the Electric Age". First Use of
electromagnet in iron ore mining operation. They have an Annual Summer
Mac's Ice Cream Parlor & Diner (7/15 $19.75) **
Rte 9N (I-87/Exit 34), Keeseville, NY
In our quest for a better Michigan (after reacquainting ourselves
onthis visit with a Gene's version), we stopped in Keeseville at
Mac's on Rte 9N at
Exit 34 of the Adirondack Northway. We rate
Mac's as 2 stars in our Michigan race. Though the bun was toasted
nicely, the dogs were grilled to the point of black and burned. The
sauce was more toward the chili side without any character of its
own. (Hormel has a canned sauce that closely matches this one.) The
fries were greasy. The soft ice cream in the sundaes was very good
but we really can't remember when we had to pay 80 cents
extra for nuts on a sundae - though the cherry was free - I think.
George, NY (I-87, Exits 20 & 21)
Barnsider Barbecue Restaurant (8/13 $28.45)***
2112 U.S. 9, Lake
George, NY 12845 (518) 668-5268
We were looking forward to trying
this place. Big selection of local micro-brewed beers. Jack tried 2 and
gave up. The BBQ isn't very good either, BUT the waitress, cornbread,
and macaroni salad were great. (You might
be better off going the
Dickey's franchise a few miles down the road.
Giovanna's On the Lake***
384 Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845 (518) 668-5401
We sampled this
restaurant as part of A Taste of Lake George¯. Beautiful setting with a
view of Lake George. The food was very good but they had just hired new
help and they were doing poorly. We had a long wait but the wine helped.
Lake Placid, NY
Ashley's (8/12 $22.13)***
2726 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946 (518)
Adirondack-themed fare. Definitely worth a visit for breakfast or lunch.
Mr. Subb (8/14 $16.52)***
Latham Farms Shopping Center,
579 Troy Schenectady Rd # 219, Latham, NY
Good soup and subs made fresh. Good value.
(Betty's) Family Diner (7/15 $30.51) **
234 Redmond Rd Lewis, NY 12950
Located behind the truck stop just West of I-87/Exit 32. We were
apprehensive when we walked in and saw several tables with the
remains of half-eaten burgers and other meals but this is truly the
Mom & Pop
restaurant of old and probably hasn’t been renovated since
opening day many years ago. The older lady waiting on tables was a
pro - very cheerful and handling the crowds well. We both ordered
the “Captain’s Platter” which offered a variety of seafood with
potatoes and slaw. The seafood was greasy and tasteless. You might
travel a couple of miles farther West and patronize the small
country store that offers homemade subs, fresh salads
and good soft
North Creek, NY
Izzy's Market & Deli (6/14 $30.89)***
282 Main Street, North Creek, NY 12853
North Creek is the Northern terminal of the Saratoga & North Creek
Railway. Izzy's is within walking distance of the train and a great
place to enjoy soup, a sandwich and fresh bakery goods. Get there
ahead of the crowd as the kids behind the counter become a little
overwhelmed when the entire train group descends on them. Good food,
friendly atmosphere - something like an old general store would be.
BBQ Pit (07/15 $17.)***
71 Smithfield Blvd, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Everybody makes BBQ right? No, a lot of places make it wrong.
Dickey's makes good, fresh BBQ with a choices of sauces and sides
with a Southern twang. Free ice cream, too! We've visited them in
the South and the North and we think it's about as good as it gets
for BBQ and a franchise. If you
like it - you’ll find the same good
flavor wherever you visit them.
Jade Restaurant (7/15 $20.91) ***
Plattsburgh Plz Associates, 1 Plattsburgh Plaza, Plattsburgh, NY
Busy buffet. Good selection and prepared well. Be prepared for some
rude patrons. Wait staff pleasant and attentive.
Port Henry, NY
Family (Miss Port Henry) Diner (8/15 $22.63) **
5 St Patrick’s Place, Port Henry, NY
Open for breakfast and lunch. We stopped in for breakfast. This is a
unique diner - actually a 1927 Ward & Dickson dining car - one of
the last in the country. It was once hauled from factory to factory
by truck or horse team
in the Queensbury area. The breakfast
portions are huge, in fact we could
not eat everything. The
flapjacks were near perfect but the home fries were from yesterday’s
baked potatoes warmed up and lacked taste. The eggs were
under-cooked and the toast under-buttered. The flies were swarming.
The waitress was cheerful and efficient.
Michigan Stand (7/15 $21.51) ****
4201 NY Route 9N, Port Henry, NY 12974
A Michigan is a hot dog with some class! Found primarily along the
Champlain Valley in Northern NY to the Canadian Border. It’s all in
the sauce on the dog and it varies some from place to place. It's
kind of like a chili dog but it isn't. It's kinda like a Coney but
it isn't. You have to try one to taste the difference. We love them
and think Gene's makes the best in the North Country.
Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant (8/13 $19.75)***
3266 Broad Street,
Port Henry, NY 12974 (518) 546-7950
Small storefront eat in/take out.
Extensive menu. Very good food. Locals tell us it is the only Chinese
restaurant in the County certified by the County Health Department.
Pottersville Methodist Church Suppers (8/14 $20) ****
Pottersville, NY - I-87, Exit 26
Family Deli & Restaurant
8012 State Route 9, Pottersville, NY
a cheese & pepperoni pizza to go last evening. The cheese came
brown & black (as in burned), the pepperoni was black all around the
edges, & the crust was not completely cooked (doughy) on the bottom.
When I called & talked to the manager he told me he makes the
pizzas & he'd made ours. No apology - nothing.
Rt. 9, Pottersville,, NY
You may have noticed that we are big fans of "Mom & Pop's" and
homemade when it comes to eating out. For those reasons we try never
to miss a Church Supper. You can take it from us that these people
put on the best whether it's, BBQ, chicken & dumplings or roast beef
and they do it several times each year. From the warm welcome when
you arrive and pay your $10 to the friendly folk who greet you at
the simple but well-appointed tables in the homey addition back
behind the altar. The individual heaping plates are served to you as
you eat family style with your neighbors. Good people - great food!
Artisan Gallery & Ice Cream Stand (9/14 $8)****
8061 State Route
9, Pottersville, NY 12860
(Summer Season only)
24 flavors of ice cream but we rate this
place as having the best hot fudge sundaes in the Lake George &
Schroon Lake areas of the Adirondacks.
Just off I-87 at the junction
of Rte 9 and the road to "Natural Stone Bridge
& Caves". Great ice
cream withthe taste of hot fudge in every bite.
Valero Gas &
38 Valley Farm Rd, Pottersville, New York
(518) 494-9660 Open 24 Hours
Valero Gas Station (formerly Mobil)
partners with Nice n Easy to
make really good pizza. Who ever heard of great pizza from a gas
station? Try it once and you'll keep coming back. We think they make
the best pizza along I-87, the Adirondack Northway. Just off Exit
Queensbury, NY (Town of) (I-87, Exits 18 & 19)
518 Aviation Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804 (518) 636-5486
We had anticipated this new restaurant since they started building a
ago. It occupies a prominent spot just East off Exit 19 of the
Adirondack Northway (I-87) on former Howard Johnson hallowed ground.
What a disappointment! Built to look like a modern version of the silver
old, it offers a varied menu of overpriced and lackluster
selections. Skip it and drive a couple of miles farther to the Harvest
122 Bay Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 (518) 793-5522
Baked ziti, Pasta dinner, wine. Served with soup or salad and bread.
Lackluster flavor in both dishes. Pasta sauce nothing special.
China Buffet (5/14
Queensbury Plaza, Upper Glen St, Queensbury,
Quality varies from visit to visit. Early bird special
pricing. We find the Chinese Buffet in South Glens Falls to be of better
selection and quality.
China Buffet (8/14 $26.502wq1ww)***
38 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803
This is by far the better of the 2 China Buffets in Queensbury. The
atmosphere is bright and cheerful. The food is well prepared and a wide
variety. The dining room and buffet lines are clean and attended too.
Restaurant (7/13 $17.10)***
994 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804
Daily Early Bird pricing. Smaller selection than most
in the area but good flavor in the items available. It is worth the
Dickeys Barbecue Pit (7/14 $19.62)***
We enjoy their pulled
pork sandwich plates and salads. Though they have discontinued the free,
serve-yourself dill pickles, they still have the free soft-serve ice
cream cones or cups for after your meal. For a franchise -
do BBQ well.
Corral #2590 (6/14 $28.21)***
75 Quaker Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
All Golden Corrals are not created equal! We have been
to one or two exceptional Corrals and this is not one of them. With a
couple of exceptions the help was more interested in talking with each
other than assisting patrons. Food was just average.
Restaurant (7/15 $33.14)****
Bay Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
Spaghetti/meat sauce & Spinach Salad, French onion soup, coffee and Bud
Light. We are told by locals that it serves the best pizza in the city.
From the number of people who came in for take-out pizza while we were
there we knew it had to be something special and will have to try it on
our next visit..
Mr. B's Best Beef & Subs (8/14 $18.04)****
833 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804 (518) 793-5919
These people make a great sub that may well surpass Subway in the same
vicinity. Live dangerous and give them a try - you may well find a new
best Sub place.
Restaurant (9/13 $39.03)***
578 Aviation Rd,
Queensbury, NY 12804 (518) 798-0699
Daily specials which are quite good. Nice
atmospere with friendly, smiling help.
Olive Garden, The (5/14
756 Upper Glen St, Queensbury, NY 12804 (518)
The endless Soup & Salad¯ "Specials". Typical fare. Decent
green salad, watery soup, good breadsticks. Can't argue about the
O'Toole's (8/12 $50.37)***
118 Quaker Road, Queensbury, New York
Restaurant and lively sports bar. Great burgers
and sandwiches. Come for a casual lunch or a raucous happy hour and dinnertime.
Outback Steakhouse (6/14 $57.31)***
925 U.S. 9, Queensbury, NY 12804
shared a slice of carrot cake for dessert.
863 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804 (518) 793-8911
Quality varies with each visit. Big tourist area, slow service. Typical
Silo Restaurant (7/13 $24.06)***
537 Aviation Rd, Queensbury, NY
12804 (518) 798-1900
reminds us of a Cracker Barrel.
Place (8/13 $32.03)****
194 Broad Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 (518)
We don't find the quality of the entrees a good value for
the prices asked. Either lacking in flavor or sometimes overly
Saratoga Springs, NY
44 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
soups, wraps and sandwiches. A bit pricey for lunch but after all this is Saratoga!
Mom’s Savona Diner (9/13 $35.08)****
82 Main St,
Savona, NY 14879 (607) 583-4735
Daily specials of very good
home-cooked food. The place is mobbed by locals at mealtime which tells
a lot. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is great.
Schroon Lake, NY
Pizzeria (8/15 $29.11)
938 State Route 9, Schroon Lake, NY
their purpose is beyond chatting.
Pitkin's Restaurant (8/14
1085 Main Street, Schroon
Lake, NY 12870 (518) 532-7918
Timber Wolf Pub (7/14 $42.79)**
Main Street (Rte 9) Schroon Lake, NY
Hot Biscuit Diner (6/14 $34.18)***
14 Montcalm St, Ticonderoga, NY 12883
for (what else?) their large
biscuits - one served with each meal or order some to take home
though they are not as good warmed up. They do not accept credit
cards but there is an ATM inside.
Wagon Wheel Restaurant (7/13 $30.51)****
1065 Wicker Street,
Ticonderoga, NY (518) 585-7755
Small country diner. A favorite
breakfast and lunch meeting place with the locals. Not an extensive menu
but offerings are well prepared.
Lumberjack Inn (9/13 $35.24)**
76 Main St, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 (518)
Rustic, loud, and crowded at mealtimes. Food is average.
Brunetto's (7/12 $49.08)*
Rte 9, Warrensburg, NY 12886 (518)
sides with the entree's. Our background is in customer service and if a
place doesn't have it we don't return.
George Henry's (9/13
3735 Main St, Warrensburg, NY 12885 (518) 623-5186
atmosphere to speak of. Just a loud, well-attended bar with an extra
room to serve food.
Keays (7/14 $63.08)****
River Street Plaza, 89 River St, Warrensburg,
Located in a historic Empire Shirt Factory building.
Early Bird Senior Citizen discount nightly 4:30-5:30pm.
under $10; Dinners under $20. Thursdays build your own pasta night
We thoroughly enjoyed our meals here last year but found
them somewhat lacking this year in favor and taste. The salad consisted of dried
out baby spinach and the Fra Diavalo, one of our favorites, was filling
but not satisfying. We rate it as not a great value for the prices
The Luck E Star Cafe (7/13 $34.64)**
3982 Main St,
Warrensburg, NY 12885 (518) 623-4069
A gas and go ice cream shop you can find throughout
Northern NY. Principally known for their ice cream and famous
Make-your-own-sundaes¯. We do wonder how their gas prices can vary so
much from town to town that's serviced by the same tanker?
Big Apple Diner (9/14 $43.38)***
11850 St Rte 4, Whitehall, NY 12887
specials. Home cooking.
Patties Patch (6/14
12072 St Rte 4, Whitehall, NY 12837
A very large and
inclusive farmstand. Local farm-fresh produce and baked goods. Friendly people and
good prices. Definitely worth a visit.
Smokehouse & Sports Bar (8/15 $54.64) **
3873 State Rte 22, Willsboro, NY
Better as a sports bar than a restaurant. Entree prices are high.
Service was nearly non-existent on this day. For the price our meals
consisted of Coffee, draught beer, honey BBQ chicken breasts (x2 and
all tough), peach pie a la mode (the pie was colder than the ice
cream) and German chocolate cake (which was dried out).
Shugs Southern Soul, St George, SC
Florida RV Super Show, Tampa, FL
The Beef & Beer, Conneaut, OH
Killer Seafood, Mexico Beach, FL
Lambert's Cafe, Sikeston, MO
Provisions, Port St Joe, FL
Orleans Bistro, Grenada, MS
David's Restaurant, Asheboro, NC
Ben & Jerry's Factory, Waterbury, VT
Bubba's Fish Shack, Surfside Beach, SC
Budweiser Brewery Tour, Jacksonville, FL
Chocolate World, Hershey, PA
Grapefull Sisters Winery, Tabor City, NC
K&W Cafeteria, Myrtle Beach, SC
L.L. Bean Flagship Store, Freeport, ME
Long's Bakery, Indianapolis, IN
Madison's Prime Rib, Wilson, NC
Mi Tierra San Jose, Florence, SC
One-Eyed Lizzy's, Savannah, GA
Oregon Dairy Restaurant, Lititz, PA
Paula Deen's, Savannah, GA
Pirates House, Savannah, GA
Planet Hollywood, Myrtle Beach, SC
The Mayflower, Plymouth, MA
Rioz Brazilian, Myrtle Beach, SC
Snappy Lunch, Mayberry, NC
Vermont Country Store, Weston, VT
Brennan's, New Orleans, LA
Silver Slipper, Bay St Louis, MS
The Pirate House, Savannah, GA
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