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The Only Cafe

9 West Seneca Street, Vernon, NY - (315) 829-3030
There is no written menu at The Only Cafe, and the chef's tastes are eclectic, so there is no knowing whether you'll be eating smoked brisket on homemade sesame bread, Hatch green chili with Syracuse salt potatoes, crystallized ginger biscuits. But you can count on inspired food, served in a small cafe with a very large personality.
100% Approval Rating (1 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Biscuits & sausage gravy
Brisket sandwich
Blueberry-Rhubarb Crumble
Pralines
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Lemon Icebox Pie
Pulled Pork, Green Chile & Salt Potato Stew
Hot Ham & Cheese sandwich
Biscuits
Chili

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Bill Homan - Photos (24)
March 02, 2014
"I had first heard about The Only Cafe in an email a few years ago from fellow Roadfooder Lexi. Her brother, David, owns the cafe and she mentioned that the next time I was in the Central NY area visiting family, I should give him a call and stop by for lunch. In my ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

9 West Seneca Street, Vernon, NY
(315) 829-3030

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
An incredibly tender brisket sandwich on Dave's homemade sesame bread.
"An incredibly tender brisket sandwich on Dave's homemade sesame bread."
Bill Homan





The combination of smoked pulled pork, Hatch green chiles and Syracuse salt potatoes was a winner with me.
"The combination of smoked pulled pork, Hatch green chiles and Syracuse salt potatoes was a winner with me."
Bill Homan


I have yet to try the pizza but I have seen countless people order pies to go. Next on my 'must try' list.
"I have yet to try the pizza but I have seen countless people order pies to go. Next on my 'must try' list."
Bill Homan


These beauties were made with bourbon & pecans.
"These beauties were made with bourbon & pecans."
Bill Homan


The raspberry jam, cinnamon and coffee incorporated into this cake really shone through in each bite.
"The raspberry jam, cinnamon and coffee incorporated into this cake really shone through in each bite."
Bill Homan


Dave's rhubarb guy, Bill, brought some fresh stalks for this tart & sweet creation.
"Dave's rhubarb guy, Bill, brought some fresh stalks for this tart & sweet creation."
Bill Homan


A warm, comforting bowl of chili on a cold winter's day hit the spot.
"A warm, comforting bowl of chili on a cold winter's day hit the spot."
Bill Homan


Mmmm...a hot ham & cheese on that homemade bread.
"Mmmm...a hot ham & cheese on that homemade bread. "
Bill Homan


A trio of tasty pralines from the top: scotch, Kahlua and tequila & green chile flavors.
"A trio of tasty pralines from the top: scotch, Kahlua and tequila & green chile flavors."
Bill Homan


Crystallized ginger biscuits with sausage gravy, eggs and grits...an inspired combination.
"Crystallized ginger biscuits with sausage gravy, eggs and grits...an inspired combination."
Bill Homan


Tart, sweet and topped with crushed lemon candies, this was the perfect end to my meal.
"Tart, sweet and topped with crushed lemon candies, this was the perfect end to my meal."
Bill Homan


Homemade ginger biscuits.
"Homemade ginger biscuits."
Bill Homan


So many pictures on the walls of old films, celebrities and local history.
"So many pictures on the walls of old films, celebrities and local history."
Bill Homan


What a fascinating book.  Just one of the many interesting and cool things to look through at the cafe.
"What a fascinating book. Just one of the many interesting and cool things to look through at the cafe."
Bill Homan


The supply of bric-a-brac is endless.
"The supply of bric-a-brac is endless."
Bill Homan


This might be the biggest sign in the place with the cafe's name on it.
"This might be the biggest sign in the place with the cafe's name on it."
Bill Homan


It's not everyday you see a clock like this one.
"It's not everyday you see a clock like this one."
Bill Homan


I never knew a jar of gefilte fish could look so happy.
"I never knew a jar of gefilte fish could look so happy."
Bill Homan


Gumby, posing for the photogs in front of Sheriff Andy's patrol car.
"Gumby, posing for the photogs in front of Sheriff Andy's patrol car."
Bill Homan


Oh, the stories he could tell of his road trip travels across the country with Dave!
"Oh, the stories he could tell of his road trip travels across the country with Dave!"
Bill Homan


The exterior 'pizza' neon only hints at the great food that awaits anyone who steps inside.
"The exterior 'pizza' neon only hints at the great food that awaits anyone who steps inside."
Bill Homan



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