Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Voss' Bar-B-Q

Route 5A, Yorkville, NY - (nop) hon-e
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 4/30/2010 9:54:00 PM
"Barbecue" is very popular in parts of upstate New York, but the barbecue to which we refer is nothing like what you'll find throughout the Barbecue Belt. This Q is not smoked, and consists of chopped pork or chicken, or roast beef, in a barbecue sauce, on a hamburger bun.

At Voss the meat is always sliced, not chopped, and the flaps are piled onto the bun, then topped with the sauce. The sandwiches are mellow and enjoyable, and a real taste of upstate NY.

Another Voss specialty is the hot dog (also an upstate NY favorite). The locally-made dogs themselves are quite good, but what makes these pups special is the lode of toppings available. Each frank comes with your choice of three toppings or, if you prefer, you can select one of the specialty combos. The Mexi-All-The-Way dog has chili, onions, and pickles, grated cheddar on top, and is a pile of hot dog heaven. There is also a Chili-All-The-Way and, although it was explained to us, we don't understand how it differs from a Mexi-All-The-Way.

The building is a classic from the early part of the last century, wedged onto a spit of land that juts between the main road and another restaurant. There is a neon hot dog on the roof and, above that, a giant milk bottle with the Voss name inscribed (perhaps a corollary to Jane and Michael Stern's theory that giant animals on the roof are a sign of great eats), testament to the excellent milk shakes (served thin or thick) and ice cream available here. After you place your order, you are given a magnetic plastic letter or number. Listen for your digit, then take your food to the nice grove of tables next to the stand, and dive into a classic upstate New York meal.

Note that Voss is not open during the brutal Utica winters.

25 out of 27 people found the review helpful. Was it helpful to you?

No Yes

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Rate this place

Reviewers Photos [Upload Your Photos]

The ham BBQ sandwich is almost as good as the turkey BBQ sandwich.
"The ham BBQ sandwich is almost as good as the turkey BBQ sandwich."
Bill Homan





Turkey BBQ sandwiches, with extra sauce, every time!  One of my all-time favorite meals.
"Turkey BBQ sandwiches, with extra sauce, every time! One of my all-time favorite meals."
Bill Homan


A favorite of mine for the past 15 years: a Mexi-Burger.
"A favorite of mine for the past 15 years: a Mexi-Burger."
Bill Homan


These beauties get a few turns on the griddle until they develop a nice crust.
"These beauties get a few turns on the griddle until they develop a nice crust."
Bill Homan


Lots of good maple flavor and crunchy nuts make this a winner.
"Lots of good maple flavor and crunchy nuts make this a winner."
Bill Homan


Pretty standard fries, but they are elevated when dunked into the unique BBQ sauce.
"Pretty standard fries, but they are elevated when dunked into the unique BBQ sauce."
Bill Homan


This dog has a good crust and nice snap.
"This dog has a good crust and nice snap."
Bill Homan


Griddling the buttered buns is key to the taste experience at Voss'.
"Griddling the buttered buns is key to the taste experience at Voss'."
Bill Homan


They have soft-serve and hard-pack.
"They have soft-serve and hard-pack."
Bill Homan


Voss has been around since the early 1900's.
"Voss has been around since the early 1900's."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


On this rare balmy November day in the Utica area, some people are dining outside, others are waiting for their plastic letters to be called.
"On this rare balmy November day in the Utica area, some people are dining outside, others are waiting for their plastic letters to be called."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A Central NY institution since 1938.
"A Central NY institution since 1938."
Bill Homan


The Voss BAR-B Q menu and prices as of July 2011.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"The Voss BAR-B Q menu and prices as of July 2011. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Bill Homan


The Bar-B Q Pork sandwich is pretty good, especially on that buttered and griddled bun and slathered in homemade bar-b-q sauce!
"The Bar-B Q Pork sandwich is pretty good, especially on that buttered and griddled bun and slathered in homemade bar-b-q sauce!"
Bill Homan


And the Bar-B-Q Beef sandwich is a winner too.
"And the Bar-B-Q Beef sandwich is a winner too."
Bill Homan


Pretty standard fries, but they are elevated when dunked into the unique BBQ sauce.
"Pretty standard fries, but they are elevated when dunked into the unique BBQ sauce."
Bill Homan



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com