Deer’s Head Inn fans can rejoice in the restaurant’s reincarnation, and be assured that the new operation preserved what was best about the old – the small town “community center” vibe of the place. That welcoming atmosphere is complemented by a new pub style menu with a local focus, a very nice bar, and a country store alongside to stock up for the trip home.
Duo is in Kingston’s uptown Stockade District, just a pitching wedge away from two of our long time favorites – Boitson’s Bistro and le Canard Enchaine. Duo Bistro joined these two standouts in the spring of 2012. Chef Juan Romero’s menu is delightfully original, combining local farm products with creative and well prepared recipes.
Who is the best bartender in the Adirondacks? Happy Hour in the High Peaks invited fourteen of the region’s finest to compete for the title at North Creek’s Basil & Wicks.
In Spain, diners – at least the local diners- do not have dinner at a tapas bar. They are public gathering places to stop after work, before dinner, for a glass of wine and a snack. The theme and setting at 52 Main in Millerton seem to mimic that tradition – a place to stop on the way home to meet some friends for a bite and a glass or two of wine.
New Paltz newcomers Huckleberry and End Cut have more company this month. Three new restaurants opened – Schatzi’s on Main Street. Garvan’s Gastropub at the golf course, and The Parish at the Waterstreet Market. We stopped in to check them out.
The Grist Mill has long been one of the Lake George region’s most popular dinner destinations. The restaurant opened forty years ago this summer, in a repurposed mill that had been built one hundred fifty years before that. In 2015, new owners, Ash and Jaime Anand took over the reins, but the most noticeable change to date has just been the restaurants calendar, which stayed open through the winter Thursday through Sunday. They kept the restaurant’s chef, Colin Chase, who had apprenticed with the Grist Mill’s former chef / owner Chris Lambeth.
Poughkeepsie diners applauded five years ago when Brasserie 292 first opened on Main Street. It was the area’s only legitimate brasserie, and a good one at that. A succession of changes in partners and management over the last three years was noticeable in the dining room, and I for one breathed a sigh of relief last summer when the last standing owner, Alex Serroukas, sold the restaurant to Charlie Fells and his wife, Megan Kulpa Fells, the culinary couple who own the Artist’s Palate across the street.
You will find Huckleberry tucked away in a corner off of Church Street, across from Hokkaido. The pub is exactly that, and nothing more, and I say that in a most complimentary way. The place has the look and feel of a European village pub, but one that caters to the locals and not the tourists, where families out for a bite are as common, and as welcome, as the locals stopping in for a pint and some conversation on the way home from work.
We were sitting at the bar, perusing the menu, sipping a glass of wine. A gentleman diner sat two stools down the bar from where we were seated. “You have to try this!” he said. I looked at his plate, the contents of which were not immediately apparent. Perhaps a roasted plantain, I thought. The waitress told us it was a parsnip. A parsnip?
We first heard about Morgan & Co last fall when we attended a fundraiser on the grounds of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. We were there perusing the rustic furniture at the eponymous annual festival, when a uniformed young lady offered a humus appetizer and a glass of wine. I filled a napkin with enough hors-d’oeuvre’s to cover the cost of admission and continued on my way. Two minutes later I was doubling back to find out who the caterer was, and please – Could I have some more?