After leaving swooning over the pusties at Florentine I made my way to the Patio Drive-In
on Oriskany Blvd. in Utica. For some reason I had never hear of this place until fellow RFer cecif
had gone there back in 2009. After reading about her wonderful experience I was very eager to try it for myself. I had attempted to stop there Labor Day weekend 2010 but they were closed (for the holiday, I presume).
I grabbed a seat at one of the cool counter stools...
I know that chili dogs are a specialty of the house but I was on a quest for a ham bar-b-que sandwich!
The potato salad was mayo based, creamy and quite good.
While the Patio doesn't butter and toast the bun as I have grown used to at many other places, the bun was pillowy, soft and very fresh. And as is the custom for this kind of sandwich, the ham was pulled from a warm water bath and warmed up/sizzled on the flat top and and doused with bar-b-que sauce. Many places put thinly sliced/shaved ham on a bun but here it is a bit thicker and with a little more character and chew and I liked that.
I was eager to try some of their homemade pie as cecif
had tried it and really liked it on her visit. I saw this table top sign when I first came and maybe I'm getting cynical but it just seemed a bit too professionally staged so I asked the girl behind the counter, "Where do you get your pies from?" "Sysco", she replied. I passed on trying he pie. BB, did you have any pie here when you were in the area this summer?
While I was let down by the pie, I really did enjoy this place and I hope to return for the chili dogs and to spend a bit more time here chatting with the staff.
Next on the hit list was Holland Farms Bakery & Deli
on Oriskany Blvd. in Yorkville for a slice of tomato pie and a ham bbq sandwich. Just look for the twin cows!
No half moons for Billyboy today. Unfortunately, there is only one person at Holland Farms who knows how to make the ham bbq sandwich and she only works Mon-Fri so it was not to be on this day.
I started out with a very rich, tasty Byrne Dairy chocolate milk.
There were about 2-3 slices of tomato pie left pre-wrapped at the cash register. This was just okay. A bit chewy but lacking in any crispness and the sauce had a taste similar to tomato paste.
While in line to pay I spied pusties in the case ahead of me so I picked up a chocolate. Very good with a pronounced chocolate flavor and a sweet shortbread-like dough. Be careful when eating this though as the filling will drip out and I almost caught some on my sneaker! My apologies for not getting a shot of the cross section as I may have been approaching a food coma at this point!
I was experiencing some issues with my phone on this day and I had missed some phone called from my family and from my friend, Marissa who I was supposed to meet as Voss' Bar B Q for lunch. When we finally got in touch she was across town and we agreed to meet at Pumpernickel's Deli
in the New Hartford Shopping Center to pick up some pie. She had told me they make some great homemade pies and I was sold. Finding the shopping center is was easy enough but there really isn't any signage to indicate where this deli is located and as it turns out it is down a tunnel leading to a courtyard in the middle of the shopping center. They were about to close but Marissa made a phone call before we arrived and asked if they could just stay open for us long enough to grab some pie to-go.
The owner is a big New York City fan and also of Broadway shows so we had a lot to talk about!
This is just one of many displays featuring Playbills from hundreds of Broadway shows.
Hmmm... what to do? What. To. Do.
They feature a mushroom stew which seems to be a regional specialty that shows up on local menus in the fall. Sounds like a perfect meal around the time the leaves start crunching under my feet and the air gets that crisp feel!
Marissa went for the Coconut Cream. This was very good. Light, creamy, with a nice scattering to toasted coconut and the crust is definitely homemade.
I almost never see butterscotch pie on a dessert menu so I had to get it. So good. I wish more restaurants had this for dessert.
The crust was definitely homemade but it seemed a bit underbaked and could have benefitted from a bit of salted butter to give it some more flavor. The only other quibble is that I think the whipped cream was from a can and it didn't transport well. By the time we made the next stop it had melted and was a white puddle at the bottom of the container. Still, I would definitely come back here to check out more of those desserts as well as the rest of the menu.
A couple of twists and turns after getting the pie we found ourselves at Voss BAR B Q
on Oriskany Blvd. in Yorkville, NY.
She had a hot dog while I picked up a bbq ham sandwich with extra sauce and Mexi Burger. I know, I broke my own rule by eating spicy food the day before a race but I just can't resist with this place! Their sandwich is the one I use to measure all other CNY bbq ham sandwiches.
A very sweet dog named Noble, doing his best Joe Cool impression!
And posing for the back-to-school catalog. Very studious looking, wouldn't you say?
That's it for this day. Coming up next...RACE DAY!!!
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