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Glenwood Pines

1213 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY - (607) 273-3709
Posted By Matthew Peterson on 7/28/2008 2:11:00 PM
On a recent trip up to Ithaca for a wedding, my wife and I made the jaunt up route 89 to Glenwood Pines. The place immediately draws you in with its sign that reads "Glenwood Pines Restaurant Legal Beverages."

The Pinesburger lives up to the hype and is indeed a great burger. I was talking with the owner after my meal, over a game of pinball, and he said they grind their own beef, which helps explain why the quality of the meat seems so high. The buns come from a local bakery in Ithaca as well. My only disappointment was when I asked if the onion rings were made at the restaurant and learned they were not. I opted for the homemade potato salad which, while not terrible, didn't have a lot of flavor and couldn't stand up next to such a great hamburger.

The vintage bowling machine might merit a trip in itself. According to the owner there used to be about six in the area and there were even bowling leagues that were formed around the machines. As far as he knows it is last one in the area.

Perfect Roadfood place.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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The fried haddock at Glenwood Pines is huge, crunchy, and sweet-flavored.
"The fried haddock at Glenwood Pines is huge, crunchy, and sweet-flavored."
Michael Stern





More than a half-century old,
"More than a half-century old, "The Pines" has a comfortable, well-weathered ambience. Its pinball games are vintage."
Michael Stern


A destination eat-and-drink place for local residents as well as Cornell students and faculty (Stephen Rushmore photo)
"A destination eat-and-drink place for local residents as well as Cornell students and faculty (Stephen Rushmore photo)"
Michael Stern


When it originally opened just after World War II, The Pines was a small farm stand with local produce and homemade ice cream. Today, its Pinesburger and fish fry are world-renowned.
"When it originally opened just after World War II, The Pines was a small farm stand with local produce and homemade ice cream. Today, its Pinesburger and fish fry are world-renowned."
Michael Stern


The house specialty, a Pinesburger, was invented in the mid-1970s by previous owners Lee Denman and Dave Pepin. Note the 1000 Island dressing underneath the lettuce: the essential condiment.
"The house specialty, a Pinesburger, was invented in the mid-1970s by previous owners Lee Denman and Dave Pepin. Note the 1000 Island dressing underneath the lettuce: the essential condiment."
Michael Stern


A lot of food!  Underneath everything else is a full fish fry.  That's really all you need.
"A lot of food! Underneath everything else is a full fish fry. That's really all you need."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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