- Potsdam. Comfort food, incredibly good sandwiches, soups, I love this place. On my last trip to Potsdam, this was the first restaurant I hit. Sergi's
- Potsdam: Pizza Roll. This is a Potsdam tradition. Like a big calzone with the sauce inside.
There is also a location in Canton
The big competitor to Sergi's is Josie's
, and they, too, have a pizza roll. And the students at the local colleges: Potsdam, Clarkson, Canton and St. Lawrence, are split as to which is best.
I think I probably had more Josie's pizza rolls than Sergi's, but that may have had to do with the location, being on the same side of the street at the watering holes. The Bagelry
- Potsdam: Could not live in Potsdam without this place. Try the Gobble, and be sure to finish the meal with a Snoopy (LARGE peanut butter cookie) or Brown Bazoobie (LARGE chocolate chip cookie)
So, all of those are perfect Roadfood places. If you're looking for something a little more upscale, do NOT miss 1844 House
outside the village of Potsdam on Route 11 heading towards Canton. Small, intimate, featuring local products.
Pub Food? Head to Maxfields.
for as long as I can remember, they've been the refined pub of Potsdam, a college town, home toi Clarkson U and SUNY Potsdam, with a thriving bar scene. This is where alumni and professor meet for a beer and pub food.
When college students' parents come to visit, they typically go to Mama Lucia's
for Italian, or Cactus Grill & Cantina
for Mexican. Both opened after I graduated, and I've had good meals at both on visits as an alum. BUT, if I want better Tex-Mex in a better (less noisy) atmosphere, I drive 10 minute North to Norfolk and go to the Hotel Grande
. Owner owned and operated, it's good roadfood.
With the 4 colleges, plus others not too far away, the area is saturated with academics/intellectuals, and so, there's a good number of really good eats in Potsdam/Canton area. Hope you enjoy it!