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Doug's Fish Fry

3638 West Rd., Cortland, NY - (607) 753-9184
Posted By Dick Tito on 11/9/2003 5:52:00 PM
I visited the Doug's in Skaneateles over the recent Halloween Weekend. The fried fish in Doug's was outstanding, as was the overall atmosphere of the place. Maybe because it was so warm relative to what you expect in Upstate NY on October 31, but the whole town seemed to be trick or treating. And many of the costumed folks found their way into Doug's for a little fried sustenance to help them make it through the evening. I would especially recommend the fried scallops with unbelievably tasty onion rings - not that the fish on my wife's plate didn't look (and taste!) good, but the scallops made you think you were visiting the seashore, not the prettiest town in the Finger Lakes. I assume the rest of the Doug's are just as good, but you'd have to go a long way to beat the satisfaction we experienced in Skaneateles. If anyone is traveling through Central NY State, find your way to Route 20 and the center of town - it'll be a taste treat you won't soon forget.

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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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Doug's dinner consists of an unwieldy sandwich, French fries (or onion rings) and cole slaw. In this picture, the O-rings and fish eclipse the slaw and tartar sauce.
"Doug's dinner consists of an unwieldy sandwich, French fries (or onion rings) and cole slaw. In this picture, the O-rings and fish eclipse the slaw and tartar sauce."
Michael Stern





A close-up view of Doug's fried fish gives some indication of just how crunchy-good it is.
"A close-up view of Doug's fried fish gives some indication of just how crunchy-good it is."
Michael Stern


Cole slaw at Doug's is no afterthought. It is delicious; and we recommend it even if you don't get the whole dinner that includes it.
"Cole slaw at Doug's is no afterthought. It is delicious; and we recommend it even if you don't get the whole dinner that includes it."
Michael Stern


The woman who made this sundae boasted to us that fresh peaches for the peach sundae are peeled and cooked right here. Served warm atop a good portion of superbly thick custard, they are a late-summer joy.
"The woman who made this sundae boasted to us that fresh peaches for the peach sundae are peeled and cooked right here. Served warm atop a good portion of superbly thick custard, they are a late-summer joy."
Michael Stern


It was a rainy day when we visited Doug's so the picnic tables outside were not in use.
"It was a rainy day when we visited Doug's so the picnic tables outside were not in use."
Michael Stern


Steamed to order, the lobster demands patience for a 15-minute wait.
"Steamed to order, the lobster demands patience for a 15-minute wait."
Michael Stern


A Fish Onion Dinner adds slaw and great onion rings to the classic fish sandwich.
"A Fish Onion Dinner adds slaw and great onion rings to the classic fish sandwich."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The sesame-spangled bun makes this a sandwich, though not one you'd actually be able to pick up and eat like a sandwich.
"The sesame-spangled bun makes this a sandwich, though not one you'd actually be able to pick up and eat like a sandwich."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Dark and cooked from fresh potatoes, these fries aren't crisp, but they are nonetheless an excellent
"Dark and cooked from fresh potatoes, these fries aren't crisp, but they are nonetheless an excellent "fish-and-chips" style accompaniment to the fried fish."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Whatever else you order, be certain to also get one of Doug's seasonal fruit sundaes.
"Whatever else you order, be certain to also get one of Doug's seasonal fruit sundaes."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



""Save Room for Dessert"? Sounds like good advice to me! This nice mural is just inside the front door."
Cliff Strutz


As you can see from the menu above the ordering counter, Doug's fish sandwich takes center stage.
"As you can see from the menu above the ordering counter, Doug's fish sandwich takes center stage."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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