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2011/07/07 20:08:21 (permalink)

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We will be driving from DC to Watertown, NY, via I-81 and am interested in foodie reccs.
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Re:I-81 2011/07/07 20:16:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
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Re:I-81 2011/07/07 20:40:28 (permalink)
Thank you so much.  I love breakfast at any time of the day!
 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 00:32:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
try the Glider diner in Scranton especially if you like hot roast beef sandwiches or really any of the diners on 81 in northern PA. If you like bbq you can't beat the Dinosaur in downtown Syracuse. For what it's worth, Good Morning America said it was the best bbq in the country 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 08:19:58 (permalink)
Thanks.  Both sound worth a visit.  Since food is always my destination, these work for me!
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 08:48:29 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
For a one of a kind joint, with food you can't find anywhere else, I always recommend Tony's in Kingston.  Only about 4 miles off I-81, and well worth the trip.  
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 09:00:49 (permalink)
I checked it out on line and agree:  that looks like my kind of place.  Thanks.
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 10:33:03 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
I'm a Syracuse native, and I live in DC, I make this trip ALL the time. at least 4 times per year, if not more. I'm going to give you a blend of dining experiences, from fine dining to diner.
 
From South to North (DC to Watertown):
 
Reviewed several times here is the Dutch Kitchen  in Frackville, PA. Personally, I'm not blown away by the food, and I was dismayed that they did not have diaper changing stations in the bathrooms. What family restaurant cannot provide the basics? But, the place has a certain authentic kitchiness that cannot be duplicated - certainly not by a Cracker Barrrel. For that alone, and the good service, this is worth the stop.
 
The Meating Place: 10 Freedom Road, Drums, PA.
An old stage coach stop - it's been a watering hole for 150 years. Service is slow, stick to the meats and avoid the seafood. It's off the beaten path, but what good place isn't? This is a place where Roadfood meets fine dining. The steaks rule here, the seafood, not so much. Get an appetizer and expect the food to take a while. So sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. If you have any piano skills, you can take some time to entertain your fellow diners by playing the foot-pedal organ in the lounge area. Now, who doesn't like stepping back in time to some good ol' foot-pedal organ fun!?!
From I-81, exit 262 (route 309), and head about 3 miles south, turn left onto Freedom road....I hate to say it, but look for the porno place, the restaurant is on the road behind that.
 
Wegmans, 220 Highland PArk Blvd, Wilkes-Barre: If you are not a Wegmans fan, it's high time you became one.  Exit 168. Go to deli, get the sub called, "Danny's Favorite." Danny Wegman is the owner, and the sandwich is named after him. I get the wheat bread, which is really a honey wheat. It's excellent. Eat it in their cafe area, or take with you in the car.
 
Hofmann's Hot Haus - Syracuse's renown sausage company opened their own restaurant during the years when the famous, Heid's of Liverpool tried, unsucessfully, to use a different hot dog. Heid's is back using Hofmann brand hot dogs, but the Hofmann Hot Haus is still in business. Hoffman's Hot Haus, 401 Northen Lights Plaza. It's seconds off of I-81 at the Rt. 11-Mattydale Exit. After eating, go back around the traffic circle and you are back on I-81. 
 hofmannhothaus.com/maps.htm
 
Or, for a more historical Syracuse hot dog experience, Exit 23 off I-81 following signs towards  Onondaga Lake Blvd. And head to Heid's of Liverpool, 305 Oswego St, Liverpool. It'll be on your right as you enter the Village of Liverpool. When heading back to I-81, exit Park Street, take right onto Hiawatha Blvd and right onto I-81 North. It's a little funky, but worth the detour. Heid's has been at that location since 1917 (the place has been remodeled a few times since then, and selling hot dogs in the Village of Liverpool since 1886.
 
For a truly Syracuse area summer experience, I suggest going to the Waterfront Tavern in Brewerton, NY. Exit 31 (Bartel Road) Follow signs to Rt. 11 North. From Rt. 11, turn right onto East River Road. The ambiance, of being at a tiki type restaurant, with seating on an enormous deck along the Seneca River near the mouth of Oneida Lake, is 100% Syracuse. A lot of people arrive by boat - for the Seneca River is used as part of the Erie Canal, which connects Upstate NY, by water, to the world. For food, if you like wings (buffalo wings) here's your chance to see how it's done in CNY/WNY. Another CNY favorite, is clam strips. Fried clams. It's so syracuse. Syracuse loves their fried clams. I don't know why, but we do.
 
Heading north from Syracuse area, is The Grist Mill, in Parish NY, right off of Exit 33. Nothing could  be any more easy-on/easy off than this place. Plus, the place screams Roadfood. A 24 hour diner/restaurant, it's famous locally for their pecan pie and peanut butter pie. The locals call it "The Grease Mill" - probably because they've been there way too many times as it's the only restaurant in Parish, NY, and it is a greasy spoon. But man oh man, the food is made to order and the service is good.  I've been camping up in that area, Kasoag Lake, and the Grist Mill was a welcomed meal both Friday lunch heading to camp, and then on Sunday morning before heading home.

So, this is not, by far, nor by any measure, an exhaustive list of roadfood places from DC to Watertown, but it's a few places that will dot your trail. Have safe trip.
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 12:56:35 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
The fish fry at Jean's Beans in Watertown was fantastic last time I tried it, probably 3 years ago.
http://jeansbeansco.com/default.aspx
 
I also second Heid's and Wegmans.
 
Just a mile or so north up Rt 11 from Hofmann's Hot Haus is The Clam Bar, excellent seafood (so I hear, I don't eat seafood), and the steaks are great also (those I have had).
http://www.theclambarrestaurant.com/
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 13:09:09 (permalink)
Scorereader, I concur on The Dutch Kitchen.  I tried several Pennsylvania Dutch menu items and was not impressed.  The chicken pot pie was a soup" />
 
But the place is convenient, and as you stated, authentic looking with good service.
 
What's with all the [This post was marked as helpful]stuff?
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 13:22:23 (permalink)
Thank you so much for all this information.  I am collecting it in a document and then will transfer it on to a map.
 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 13:23:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
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Haus is The Clam Bar, excellent seafood (so I hear, I don't eat seafood), and the steaks are great also (those I have had).
http://www.theclambarrestaurant.com/

 
O.M.G.! You see, THAT'S how long I've lived away from Syracuse - I totally forgot about The Clam Bar - totally roadfoody. It's such a local, local thing. The Clam Chowder, Clams and Haddock are (were) supreme! One of the ONLY places to get raw clams in Syracuse.
 
Wow. Route 11 through North Syracuse. now there's a roadfood corridor! Heading North, off the top of my head, and I'm probably missing some gems, I'm thinking of Gino and Joes Pizza, Clam Bar (you mentioned),  Geddes Bakery (can someone say awesome Doughnuts!), Twin Trees Pizza (pizza unique to syracuse), Nestico's (homemade Italian in a very casual atmosphere and cheap), Big Dip (for ice cream!) All on Route 11.

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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 13:29:54 (permalink)
Thanks!  Any place called Jean's Beans I just have to go to!
 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 13:32:47 (permalink)
+1 on The Glider in Scranton. I was lucky enough to eat there a couple of years ago.
 
The Porketta was excellent!
 
 
 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 13:37:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
If you are fans of homemade pie, the Dutch Kitchen is a really good stop.  I wouldn't go out of my way for the rest of the food.
 
Hey Joe, here I thought you were marking your own posts as helpful!
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 13:43:42 (permalink)
Thanks for the warning on this.  I like pies but am much more a savory person than a sweet one.  I think we might skip the Dutch Kitchen.
 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 14:05:08 (permalink)
Now, I know this is for eats but does anyone have recommendations for places to stay on the way up with a little dog?
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 14:26:07 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
I enjoyed Doug's Fish Fry in Cortland just last week.
 
 http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/1790/dougs-fish-fry
 
It is about 5 miles off 81 but a nice stop.
 
It appears they moved as actual location was a bit south of where the review address is listed. On same road though.
 
 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 14:46:30 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
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Now, I know this is for eats but does anyone have recommendations for places to stay on the way up with a little dog?


Residence Inn by Marriott in Hazleton, PA - easy-on/easy-off. Modern, stylish, comfortable, clean and relatively new hotel. It's just about the mid-way point for your drive. Exit 143.
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 14:53:49 (permalink)
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...does anyone have recommendations for places to stay on the way up with a little dog?

 

"Well, yes I do, my pretty!"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Sorry. No hotel recommendations but I simply couldn't resist.)
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 14:54:08 (permalink)
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I enjoyed Doug's Fish Fry in Cortland just last week.

My jealous meter is off the chart! (nice pic!)
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 15:24:24 (permalink)
You made me laugh so hard!  That was perfect timing.  But remember:
 
ARRRRRGH! — YOU CURSED BRAT! LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE! I'm MELTING! Melting! Oh — what a world, what a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?! ARRRRRGH! I'm gone! I'm gone! I'm going!...
 
Thanks for the smile this afternoon.  
 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 15:50:06 (permalink)
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Haus is The Clam Bar, excellent seafood (so I hear, I don't eat seafood), and the steaks are great also (those I have had).
http://www.theclambarrestaurant.com/


O.M.G.! You see, THAT'S how long I've lived away from Syracuse - I totally forgot about The Clam Bar - totally roadfoody. It's such a local, local thing. The Clam Chowder, Clams and Haddock are (were) supreme! One of the ONLY places to get raw clams in Syracuse.

Wow. Route 11 through North Syracuse. now there's a roadfood corridor! Heading North, off the top of my head, and I'm probably missing some gems, I'm thinking of Gino and Joes Pizza, Clam Bar (you mentioned),  Geddes Bakery (can someone say awesome Doughnuts!), Twin Trees Pizza (pizza unique to syracuse), Nestico's (homemade Italian in a very casual atmosphere and cheap), Big Dip (for ice cream!) All on Route 11.


All still there... Limp Lizard BBQ opened up a small shop just past Big Dip going north, and just south of that a good Italian place called La Piaza opened a few years ago. There are a couple decent diners thrown in between, and I used to frequent the Mongolian bbq counter at Ling Ling near Sweetheart Corners. North of 481 near Driver's Village (the old Penn Can Mall area) are the chain eateries; Moe's, Buffalo Wild Wings, et al.
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 15:52:04 (permalink)
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I enjoyed Doug's Fish Fry in Cortland just last week.

My jealous meter is off the chart! (nice pic!)

I'm going to be down in Cortland tomorrow and part of Sunday, not a bad idea. I usually go to Garcia's for Mexican or to the A&W drive-in next door to that.
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 17:13:26 (permalink)
I remember going to Pete's Diner, late at night after a night of clubbing at Club 37. It was located in the little north plaza where the original Switz's store was, and there was also a Syracuse Saving Bank, there (then Norstar, then Fleet, now Bank of America). Anyway, they had a goooooood omelette. I believe all of those places are gone.
 
My first job (other than as a paper boy for Herald Journal and Post Standard) was at TJ Big Boy's at the corner of Taft and Rt. 11. When the Elias company bought back Big Boy franchises, the place went to crap, the managers became petty and back-stabber (as they fought to climb the new Elias Corporate ladder) and I left.  I haven't even been IN a Big Boy since then.
 
My wife, who grew up on Pitcher Hill, has memories of Sweetheart Corner. We discovered years later we had the same dentist (Dr. Forth). Before Wegmans was "Wegmans," the best grocery store on that side of town, was Williams. I even had my wedding cake from there. They had the best store bakery in town. The best seafood dept, best meat dept. Real butchers and fish mongers. They knew their craft. I remember seeing squid, octopus, and other "sea oddities" (as I thought of them) before they became regular fare. 
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Re:I-81 2011/07/08 18:11:03 (permalink)
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...does anyone have recommendations for places to stay on the way up with a little dog?



"Well, yes I do, my pretty!"
 


95,
Was this the place you had in mind?

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Re:I-81 2011/08/17 13:05:34 (permalink)
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Scorereader, I concur on The Dutch Kitchen.  I tried several Pennsylvania Dutch menu items and was not impressed.  The chicken pot pie was a soup" />

But the place is convenient, and as you stated, authentic looking with good service.

What's with all the [This post was marked as helpful]stuff?

 

We were at Dutch Kitchen last week and the service was rather indifferent at (a rather charitable) best , actually some of the worst service I have had at a family type joint in years and that includes the time I had to go to cracker barrel.   We got a new server half way through and they seemed a bit more enthusiastic.
 
But for example they gave us 2 menus for the 4 of us, and also didn't give us a breakfast menu despite the fact they say they have 24 hour breakfast. Then after they came back with the Breakfast menu we got left there for about 10 minutes despite the fact the dining room was at most 1/3 full. Maybe they just dont like people who bring kids in?  Not sure, but it was bordering on thinly veiled hostility.
 
The pancakes were good but nothing special , the ham steak was excellent,  the turkey was ok, the mashed potatoes were very good. Not sure if we will be back, the bathroom was dirty though not the dirtiest I encountered on my travels these past few weeks.
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