CARTHAGE Location, location, location.
Kirklands King Eagle diner is located on Route 26 directly across from the Carthage Central School District campus. Just down the road theres a huge Ford dealership.
Seems like a logical place for a diner/restaurant to flourish. But for some reason, previous attempts at keeping the facility running failed. There have been several casualties over the years, Dees Roadside Restaurant being the most recent.
We arrived at lunchtime to find a clean and tidy dining area. Sunshine was streaming through the front windows, so we grabbed a small table there. A large chalkboard on the opposite wall contained information about the restaurant and provided a forum to promote soups-of-the-day and other specials.
Our young waitress was quite friendly and quickly provided us with ice water and menus. The restaurant is family-owned and run, she told us. Her mom does much of the cooking in the kitchen along with other relatives.
We asked about the King Eagle part of the restaurants name. One of her family members is an Elvis fan, thus the king part, which also explains some Elvis memorabilia scattered around the room. Another family member spent some time in the military as a Marine, thus the eagle reference.
So lets get to the food.
The lunch menu fits all on one page and its jam-packed with choices. A dozen down-home diner sandwiches. Two dozen hot off the grill choices (tuna melt, smothered steak, sloppy Joe, pork barbecue, meatball hoagie ...) ala carte (soups, fries, skins, salads, fried stuff ...) And a good variety of Specialty Burgers.
There were two soups on the chalkboard, and we tried both of them. A cup of soup costs $2; a bowl $2.95.
A cup of homemade chicken noodle soup (EVERYTHING is homemade, our proud server told us) was more like a bowlful a very generous portion. The broth was as expected, with nicely diced chicken, carrots, celery and onions and plenty of flat noodles providing an enjoyable soup, visually and flavorwise.
Broccoli and cheese also tasted great a good amount of broccoli but the consistency was way too thick, more like pudding than soup. My eating associate said, It looks like you could stand a spoon up in it. And of course, I tried. Not quite ...
An interesting item on the Hot off the Grill section of the menu was the Italian sausage hoagie with onions and peppers ($7.95). It consisted of a long link of sausage, open-faced on a nicely grilled bakery bun, with a little pile of sautéed onions and green peppers on one side of the bun.
The sausage tasted fine, somewhere between sweet and hot, but it was a bit overcooked and dry. And there was a disproportionate amount of roll to sausage/pepper ratio. Maybe if they put a little red sauce on the roll or offered it on the side, it might have helped.
One of the specialty burgers was the King Eagle burger ($9.95). We knew we had to get it: Fresh ground beef with onions and peppers, smothered with mushrooms and cheese.
It came with a nice bakery roll that, again, overpowered the meat. But that was OK, because it too was served open-faced. The bottom of the roll held the loaded burger patty, the melted cheese covering the burger and the veggies. The top half was piled with attractive leaves of what appeared to be bibb lettuce, a thick slice of winter tomato and slices of red onion.
Unfortunately, it wasnt very special. The burger itself had little flavor. We kind of expected a big, juicy medium-rare burger, but it was cooked entirely through. An 8-ounce burger seems to be the norm these days, but this one was considerably less.
An order of pasta salad (homemade, of course) or chips was included with both the dishes, and of course we went for the homemade pasta salad.
It was very good, typical corkscrew noodles with bits of tomato, carrot, roasted red pepper and black and green olives along with a plenty of Italian dressing.
We also placed an order to go for a chicken Caesar wrap ($8.95) which was waiting at the counter for us on the way out. It held up well for being eaten several hours later. The wrap had nicely grilled chicken strips and a good crunch from iceberg lettuce.
It might have been a little heavy on the dressing for a wrap, but all-in-all, not bad.
Also to go, we took home a chocolate éclair cupcake. Someone from the kitchen paraded a tray of these past our table as we were eating. Right then and there we decided one would be a necessity to go with the wrap.
On the day we visited, there were a number of giant cupcakes, in the display case next to the register, all do-dadded up with M&Ms and peanut butter something-or-others and hollering Take me home! At $2 apiece, we were tempted to take more than one along.
Lunch for three cost $33.24 before tip.
Owners recently added dinner on Friday and Saturday nights with a separate menu that offers a number of comfort food and Italian options: shepherds pie, chicken Parmesan, stuffed pork chops, homemade lasagna and the one Id get, mushroom-beef Burgandy tips.
For only being open a few months, the owners seem to know what people want and offer plenty of choices. The dishes look great when they come out of the kitchen. Perhaps the food needs to take precedence over the presentation?
Kirklands has a Facebook page with lots of great photographs of specials they have presented recently.
Our friends John and Roz Dragun, owners of The Windfall just outside Cranberry Lake since 2005, have announced that they will be closing the restaurant for good. The final day of operation will be this Saturday, March 15.
From their Facebook page: We want to thank you all for welcoming us into your community. Being able to put you all around a table with your loved ones, and care for you with a good meal; in good times and in bad, we felt blessed to be a part of your familys lives.
Johns cooking was always first-rate; he introduced accessible fine dining to that part of the Adirondacks and made it work. Roz was the quintessential host; always a smile, always a hello, many accompanied with a first name.
The little restaurant on the Tooley Pond Road will be missed.
You can contact restaurant reviewer Walter Siebel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirklands King Eagle Diner
36481 Route 26
A clean and tidy little restaurant serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and now dinner on Friday and Saturday.
Breakfast and Lunch: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Dinner : 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
RATING: 2½ Forks
CLAYTON Theres a kute little kafé in Klayton called the Koffee Kove.
Why they didnt just call it the Coffee Cove is beyond me. But it has been around for a long time and has a loyal following, so I guess the K thing hasnt bothered anyone over the years except me.
Its like a lighthouse in the dark in this waterfront village thats all buttoned up for winter. The Clippers closed. Bellas is closed. The Lyric was closed the evening we were in town.
So the Koffee Kove is one of the few options for dinner in Clayton this time of year, it appears.
Its clean and bright, warm and inviting, with varnished knotty pine walls a focal point and booths and tables scattered throughout. And it had a good crowd on a recent weekday night.
The menu is diner-ish: deep-fried appetizers, lots of salads, homemade soups, burgers, sandwiches, desserts and a handful of dinner selections.
Theres lots of standard fare along with some interesting items. Sweet potato fries. Teriyaki shrimp salad. Chicken Philly. Salmon burger. Black bean burger. Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with baby spinach, sliced apple, red onion. Shore dinner sandwich with bacon, tomato, onion and mayo. The Bertrand: bacon and peanut butter on homemade toast. Gluten free bread is available.
We got started with homemade soups (usually there are two different kinds at all times) and a cup of chili.
A bowl of beef noodle ($3.29) consisted of a low-salt beef stock, small pieces of beef, celery and other diced veggies along with thin spaghetti noodles. We really appreciated that the broth was not overly salty as is often the case in restaurants.
A cup of tomato macaroni beef ($2.39) was just OK, with lots of tomato (tasted like stewed tomatoes, someone at the table commented); it could have used more ground beef. The noodles were a little overcooked, as though they were part of the soup rather than being added just before serving.
The chili ($2.89 a cup) had plenty of flavor, a very rich tomato base with onions, green pepper, ground beef and lots of red kidney beans. It wasnt spicy hot, by any means. Chili powder contributed a real chili taste.
Turkey burger ($4.99) was served on a fresh roll that was noticeably larger than the burger, along with lettuce, tomato and large slice of red onion. It was nicely cooked, maintaining a certain degree of juiciness. It tasted good, but could have used a bit more seasoning salt and pepper?
Liver and onions ($9.99) my favorite! Something you just dont get around to making at home and you dont see on many restaurant menus.
Our server actually asked how I would like it cooked! Medium-rare was my call, because much more than that and the meat tends to become dry and tough. Unfortunately, it arrived more like medium-well, but it was not tough at all.
Nicely sautéed and browned onions smothered the liver. A certain amount of oil from cooking the onions helped keep the meat moist. The only thing that would have made it better might have been bacon which makes everything better.
Flat iron steak ($12.99) was requested medium-rare and they nailed it on this one.
The steak, a 9-ounce portion about an inch thick, had a nice pink center and was quite tender. It was served simply over a piece of toast. No fancy garnishes on any of the plates.
With our dishes, we tried various sides.
A garden salad was a combination of iceberg lettuce and romaine, some chopped tomato that looked like it was prepped for another use maybe the taco salad and some thick slices of red onion.
It also contained chickpeas definitely out of the ordinary along with croutons that appeared to be nothing more than dried cubes of old bread. Italian dressing looked like Good Seasons.
Macaroni salad was really good, homemade with onions, peppers, eggs and mayo. It didnt need any help in the seasoning department very tasty.
A side of baby spinach was just that: a small dish of leaves of fresh, uncooked baby spinach served with a side of Italian dressing. Since it was the side for the steak, I guess we just assumed that it would be cooked.
Sweet potato fries from one of their suppliers were nicely cooked, soft on the inside with just a bit of crunch on the outside.
There was an amazing number of dessert choices: hot fudge sundae, brownie sundae, strawberry shortcake, ice cream and about a dozen pie choices that had been staring at us all night from the chalkboard.
We stuck to the list of about a dozen homemade pies ($3.39 each/$4.39 a la mode).
Peach pie was perfect not at all gloppy or too sweet and the peach flavor was very good. The crust was homemade and tender but didnt have a lot of flavor. A pinch of salt might have helped.
Tollhouse pie had the same crust, filled with chocolate chips and a cakelike filling. It was a bit dried out and was served cold; maybe it would have been better heated a bit.
Cherry pie was good. We were expecting bright red cherries like you get in a can, but these were purple. We thought wed gotten the blackberry pie by mistake.
Our server told us they were dark cherries. They tasted great, a nice departure from the standard variety.
Dinner for three came to $56.31 before tip. There are no alcoholic beverages, but we found it interesting that they served both Coke and Pepsi products. How did they manage that?
None of the food was overly salted great for people who cant or dont use much salt. But for others, the food could seem underseasoned. For those, salt and pepper shakers are provided on every table.
Our waitress was pleasant and attentive and knew a great deal about the food preparations. She did a great job on a busy night with only one other server on duty.
The Koffee Kove is open every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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228 James St.
A cute little café in downtown Clayton, one of the only restaurants in the village open for dinner this time of the year.
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week
OUR PICKS: Beef noodle soup, chili, flat iron steak, macaroni salad, any of their dessert pies
CANTON The little café on Main Street that started out specializing in paninis seven years ago has come a long way.
They expanded upstairs to offer a coffeehouse-like atmosphere with a separate beer and wine bar and live music on the weekends. They opened their own brewery across town and have introduced St. Lawrence Brewery beer to restaurants around the north country. And along the way, they began serving upscale dinners, maintaining a commitment to purchasing meat, produce and dairy products from local farmers.
One of the Blackbirds strengths is the wonderful ambiance that it has retained. Its a historically restored space with stained glass over the entryway, dual-colored plank floors, high ceilings and lots of bookshelves left from the previous occupants, a law firm.
Creating a modern restaurant in an old building certainly comes with challenges and compromises. In the case of the Blackbird, there are a few compromises. Walking in feels like walking back in time with the exception of some of the staff, who are thoroughly modern right down to things like nose rings.
The restaurant serves dinner seven nights a week. We stopped by on a quiet Monday evening. A table of college-aged people were having a lively time. A professor-looking type had his mobile office set up at a table in the front window.
Our server got us started with a round of beverages. In addition to their own beer, they have a half-dozen popular craft brews available by the bottle along with a dozen wines by the glass or bottle, equally divided between reds and whites.
With our drinks in hand, another young server came to our table and asked if anyone had taken care of us yet. Strange. Then our original server returned every few minutes asking if we were ready to order.
We got off to a pretty good start with our starters. The Brie quesadilla ($7.25) and the Persian flatbread ($5.95) were both excellent.
The warm quesadilla, made with whole-wheat tortillas, was a bright blend of flavors and textures with creamy Brie, crisp apple and leafy green spinach. It was a hearty appetizer. Sweet raspberry coulis on the side was a nice dipper.
The Persian flatbread, smeared with garlicky hummus, was cut into small triangles, topped with spicy-hot tomato chutney and drizzled with a fig glaze a mix of strong flavors that worked well together.
The soup of the day, roasted red pepper Gouda bisque ($3.50), offered a light cream base and chunky puree with the flavor of both the peppers and Gouda cheese apparent. It was very good.
At this juncture, server No. 2 stopped by. I purposely tested his wine knowledge by asking where two of the wines on their short list came from, Auspicion Chardonnay and McManis Zinfandel. He began to offer a guess, but I suggested it might be easier if he just went and checked the bottle. The answer on both: California.
We also tried a glass of their recently released beer, still in its infancy, which we found to be good-tasting but a little flat.
We did our best to self-pace the meal by ordering our starters before ordering our entrees. Despite that, house salads, which come with all entrees, were delivered while we were still working on our first course. They were fine, a nice mixture of greens dressed with a slightly sweet vinaigrette.
There are 10 entrees offered, all priced in the teens. Several are vegetarian; many can be made gluten free.
We were halfway through our salad and the main course arrived.
A chicken dish called the New Englander ($16) was billed as a roulade, but of the three pieces on the plate, only one had all the ingredients listed (goat cheese, local cranberries and bacon) rolled up in it.
It was served over rice, surrounded by diced root vegetables, finished with a cranberry/cider demi-glace. Overall, it was not quite as special as it sounded on paper.
Beef bourguignon ($18) was nicely done. Locally sourced short ribs were braised in stock and wine till the meat was falling off the bone. It was served with sautéed mushrooms, fricasseed potatoes and root vegetables (although the potatoes didnt look any different from the potatoes served with the chicken roulades root veggies).
Often, short ribs can be a little short on meat and long on bones. That was not the case here. There was a sufficient amount of meat, combining with the veggies and sauce to make a very hearty and tasty seasonal dish.
Braised pork ($16), again, utilizing local pork, was a very nice dish.
It looked terrific, a large bowl with five good-sized chunks of pork surrounded by gnocchi, smothered in mushrooms and swimming in a sherry cream sauce. The pork was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The mushrooms were good. The gnocchi was good. And the cream sauce would have been good if it hadnt been so salty.
An over-salted dish has a tendency to become unpalatable, and thats what happened to this one. However, taking home the uneaten portion, sans sauce, resulted in a lovely lunch the following day.
Desserts were a bit of a letdown.
Lemon pound cake, made with olive oil, had nice lemon taste but a terrible spongy texture. A plain, thin shortbread topped with almond slices and glazed with raspberry sauce was dry and hard (it couldnt be cut with the fork provided). The blondie brownie was very average and perhaps a bit stale.
The three desserts cost $6.25 altogether. Portions were perfect for those just wanting a taste of sweet stuff following a satisfying meal. Locally sourced peppermint tea was served in a large mug and was delicious.
Dinner for three cost $99.61 before tip and beverages. Wines were reasonably priced at $6 and $7.
Fine dining is more than just about the food. Its the total package the meal, the service and the ambiance.
They got the ambiance right. And the food was definitely above average.
But the service at the Blackbird was sketchy at best. The bumbling servers were a definite distraction. By the end of the night, our small table was a jumble of half-eaten plates of food.
And its not totally their fault. Kids brought up on Happy Meals dont necessarily understanding fine dining. Someone has to train them, and thats where the problem lies.
You can contact restaurant reviewer Walter Siebel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
107 Main St.
A comfortable, historic setting with creative, above average food. The restaurant is committed to buying locally, sourcing as much of their ingredients as possible from local farmers.
HOURS: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
OUR PICKS: Brie quesadilla, Persian flatbread, red pepper Gouda bisque, beef bourguignon, braised pork
Have you been to the café in the Mustard Seed Natural Market on Arsenal Street?
I invited several Watertown friends to join me for lunch there recently. One hadnt been there in years. Another didnt even know that the Mustard Seed had a café!
The Mustard Seed first opened its doors in the late 1980s and moved several of times before it was taken over by its current owners in 1997, when it was at what is now Kinney Drugs on Washington Street. The owners increased the offerings and soon moved to the larger current premises on Arsenal Street.
The store has continued to grow. It stocks a wide assortment of natural, organic and vegetarian foods, dietary supplements and natural body-care products. In recent years they also added a café in an extension at the rear of the store, offering both made-to-order breakfast and lunch items and a wide variety of self-serve items that are available whenever the store is open.
The Mustard Seed café sells a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads for lunch. All fresh fruits and vegetables are certified organic; some are sourced locally, in season. All meat and dairy used are antibiotic free and hormone free and are from humanely raised animals. They offer a number of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
The café can be entered directly from the rear parking lot. Its a separate space more or less a wide hallway with six or so small tables with wrought iron chairs that opens to the bustle of the store at the far end. The walls are lined with display cases filled with tempting sandwiches and wraps, cookies and scones and other treats, and a cooler full of bottled juices, teas and natural sodas.
I arrived first. It must have been delivery day, because most of the tables were covered with incoming products, packing lists and broken down boxes. As I pushed two tables together to arrange for our party of four, the help were quick to finish their work and make the area ready for the lunch hour.
Theres a big staff here! There must have been a half-dozen employees stocking and working the store in addition to three cooks visible through the kitchen window. They were upbeat and friendly, quick to answer questions about the food and recommend their favorite dishes.
Soups are made fresh daily and vary each day. You help yourself to a large ($4.25) or small portion ($2.25) from the soup warmers by the kitchen counter.
Lentil soup was very different. The lentils were pureed, giving it a thicker texture. A dash of curry gave it a mildly spicy flavor without too much heat. But despite the curry, it still was a little bland for our palates.
Hearty vegetable soup was pleasant, with large chunks of veggies that still retained some crunch, in a tomato base. But this soup seemed to be lacking something as well, some herbs or some bolder seasoning perhaps.
The German potato salad was better, warm with the distinctive vinegar flavor associated with it. The bacon substitute they used was tempeh, and it worked surprisingly well.
Vegetarian chili is available most days this time of year. Its a boxed product from a company called Fantastic Foods (available in their bulk section) that wasnt too bad, but still lacked pizzazz. The vegetarian protein appeared to be textured vegetable protein. TVP mimics meat well in texture but is far from a whole food.
You carnivores still with me?
Next we ordered three sandwiches and a salad.
Turkey sandwich with cheese sounds pretty straightforward, but this was a really good version of the old standby. Thick slices of organic wheat bread from Rudis Bakery in Boulder, Colo., were spread with garlic vegan mayonnaise, then loaded with organic greens, sliced provolone and lots of Applegate Farms natural sliced turkey.
The turkey was firm and moist, the provolone full of flavor, the greens fresh and the tomatoes tasted like it was the middle of August. This was a lot of sandwich for $5.
The chick-un salad sandwich ($4) paled in comparison, and I dont think its just because it was made with soy protein rather than real meat. Well maybe it was. It looked like a chicken salad sandwich, but it didnt taste like much. The organic greens and more of Rudis bread saved the day.
Maybe we should have eaten the fake chicken sandwich before we had the real turkey sandwich.
Grilled tomato, cheese and pesto was a wonderful sandwich combination, and another great lunch value at $4. It consisted of organic tomato slices, provolone cheese and tangy basil pesto on olive oil-brushed organic bread, grilled until the bread was crunchy and the cheese melted. A perfect lunch choice.
Build your own salad is a neat option. You get to choose from just about everything in the kitchens fridge: greens, meats, cheeses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fresh or dried fruits.
Our salad consisted of organic greens, tomatoes, shredded carrots, goat cheese, avocado, sliced turkey and sunflower seeds with oil and vinegar dressing on the side. It was fresh as could be and large enough for two people to share for lunch. Priced according to ingredient choices, it cost us $8.
Finally we had to sample at least a couple of the many baked treats available.
A large ginger molasses cookie ($1.50) was so much nicer than a commercial cookie would have been, not too sweet, with a chewy consistency and just a hint of ginger.
The help and the customers had been raving about the fresh-baked-that-morning lemon blueberry scones ($1.50), so one of those was a must. It was light and fresh-tasting and filled with whole blueberries, a great way to end lunch.
And the best part: lunch for four cost $42.45, and we all left more than satisfied. (I do have to admit, a couple of us had thought wed have to hit McDonalds on the way home, but that wasnt the case).
Even more impressive the honor system. A hand-written check came with our food from the kitchen. To pay, you go to the checkout counter in the store, hand over the check and tell the staff member what you had for self-serve soups, beverages and desserts. The Mustard Seed accepts credit cards.
And while they specialize in vegetarian and vegan options, there are also sandwiches and wraps available made with roast beef, ham, chicken, turkey and tuna and their organic bread, greens and veggies.
The seating area was a bit cramped, but we do know that the café expands out onto the back deck with its southern exposure in the summertime.
The Mustard Seed has come a long way since its hole-in-the-wall beginnings two decades ago. Weve come a long way in 20 years as well, understanding much more about what we put in our bodies today than we did back then.
We should all take the time to explore what the Mustard Seed has to offer, and make sure this locally owned business continues to prosper and we stay healthy and fit.
You can contact restaurant reviewer Walter Siebel via email: email@example.com.
The Mustard Seed
969 Arsenal St.
Watertowns original health food store has a café, offering fresh and healthy made-to-order, packaged and self-serve foods.
Self-serve items available:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
Made-to-order items available:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
OUR PICKS: German potato salad, turkey sandwich, grilled tomato, cheese and pesto sandwich, build your own salad, lemon blueberry scone
LOWVILLE In todays world, new restaurants open every day. And sadly, many do not survive.
Then there are the restaurants that have been able to stand the test of time by making the necessary adjustments to prosper over the long term. Garys Restaurant is such a place.
It opened in 1975, almost 40 years ago, and has been serving delicious meals at the same Shady Avenue location ever since. Ownership has changed a few times over the years and there have been a few expansions to the dining area, but even so, there seems to be a timeless nature to the place.
The restaurant is what it is. No pretentions of fine dining just a clean and comfortable family dining facility, a restaurant that has established its niche in the Lowville community.
We stopped by on a frozen Wednesday evening last month. The warmth of Garys did a lot to take the chill out of the evening. Our waitress was pleasant, knowledgeable and welcoming as she told us the specials, one of which was chicken and dumplings.
We decided to stick with the regular menu, which is quite extensive everything from burgers to flatbreads to pasta dishes and great things in between. Typical diner sandwiches, if thats what youre after: BLTs, hot roast beef, egg salad, tuna salad, that type of thing. Nice salad choices got our attention, in particular a cranberry apple walnut salad and grilled sirloin steak and feta.
We began with an unusual appetizer, Reuben fries ($6.99). This was a good choice, a generous serving of crispy and tasty waffle fries topped with the traditional fillings of a Reuben sandwich: corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and shredded Swiss cheese. This really hit the spot!
They always have homemade vegetable soup on the menu. The night we were there they also had a homemade chicken noodle soup, $3.89 for a bowl. The soup had a rich broth, touches of celery and carrot and lots of tender chicken pieces. Wide egg noodles, too. This was a hearty soup, perfect for a cold winters night.
Turkey, pesto and roasted red pepper flatbread melt ($8.49) was very good. It consisted of shaved turkey breast, roasted red peppers, melted provolone and pesto mayo a tasty combination.
We usually think of a flatbread as being served, well flat. But this one was folded over, more like a sandwich. It came with creamy homemade coleslaw that had a bit of pineapple mixed in. It was tangy and sweet at the same time.
From a category called basket specials we tried the shrimp basket ($8.69). I wouldnt say it was anything special just your standard fried shrimp in a basket. There was a good supply of rather smallish shrimp; basic frozen, breaded shrimp deep-fried with a good crunch to them, served with a not-too-hot horseradish cocktail sauce, fries and a warm, yeasty roll.
Two of us chose from a selection of dinner entrees that include pasta, beef, chicken and seafood. Some nice offerings at right prices: Parmesan-crusted haddock ($12.99), chicken scallopini ($12.59), 10-ounce sirloin steak ($13.99) even beef liver with grilled onions and bacon for $9.99.
Chicken cordon blue ($12.59) was definitely not wedding-at-the-VFW chicken cordon blue. It was described as a chicken breast lightly floured and sautéed, filled with ham, Swiss and blue cheese, topped with roasted red peppers and a Parmesan cheese sauce.
This was exactly the product that was delivered to us. The ham was of excellent quality, the star of the dish more so than the chicken. The Parmesan cream sauce was delightful. This was a very good entrée that wed certainly order again.
They offer four different pasta bowls, a variety of ingredients tossed with pasta of the day.
We chose the Philly steak and mushroom Alfredo ($13.99). Man, was this good! Strips of grilled sirloin, fresh mushrooms, onions and peppers were all tossed together with thin spaghetti and a wonderful, creamy Alfredo sauce. The dish was decorated with shredded Parm and minced parsley.
Garys creates some outstanding homemade desserts. Their banana cake was a three-layer affair with a sweet cream cheese filling between the layers and on top, topped off with candied walnuts.
Apple strawberry pie was similar to strawberry rhubarb in flavor. Pretty sure this filling had never seen the inside of a can. The crust was tender. Very tasty.
Wow the coconut cream pie was great. This generous slice boasted a super-creamy filling packed with shredded coconut and was just sweet enough, topped high with whipped cream. A classic done right.
Priced at $2.99 apiece, these excellent desserts were truly a value.
Dinner for four came to $69.35 before tip.
Lowville is blessed with many places to eat. But theres a reason why Garys has been around for nearly 40 years. Simply put, they serve good food in more than reasonable amounts at very reasonable prices.
You can contact restaurant reviewer Walter Siebel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5424 Shady Ave.
A restaurant that has established its niche in the Lowville community.
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
OUR PICKS: Reuben fries, chicken noodle soup, chicken cordon bleu, Philly steak and mushroom Alfredo pasta bowl, any of their homemade desserts