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What's good in the Hamilton, NY area?

I'll be visiting for a few days; I'm interested in food high and low, especially local specialties, but mainly anything that's good chow. There might be a day or two to explore the surrounding area as well. I've never been to this area before, so I welcome your suggestions.

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  1. Go to Utica about an hour North to eat. Try Grimaldis and make sure to order some Utica style greens. Sal a Maria is an italian deli. Try a slice of tomato pie there. Italian in Utica is as good as in Brooklyn if not better. The Horned Dorset in Leonardsville is amazing from what my partner tells me. it was her fathers favorite restaurant in the area and he was a NYC chef. Piggy Wiggys a straight shot up Route 8 has some good pulled Pork, better then Dinosaurs.

    1. There's a great sandwich place right in Hamilton called the Parkside Deli/Cafe. It's small and very casual, but the food is great and the portions enormous. Sandwiches, salads, wraps, pannini, breakfast served all day. Yum!

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      1. re: AmyH

        A little late for the OP, but I will second the Parkside Deli. I want to try more things there, but every time I'm in town I just get a bacon egg and cheese on a croissant. simple, delicious.

      2. The Horned Dorset on Rt. 8 in Leonardsville. I haven't been in years (It's sort of a haul from Syracuse), but it was always outstanding. Expensive but worth it.

        1. Another place that's supposed to be excellent is the American Hotel in Sharon Springs. I've been dying to try it but never seem to be near there during meal time. It's a pretty ride through the countryside from Hamilton (off Rt 20 toward Albany) but (warning) it might take you more than an hour to get there. If you're interested, here's the Times Union review:
          http://www.timesunion.com/entertainme...

          1. Sushi Blues on Broad St. in Hamilton is excellent.

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            1. re: Yanni

              Sushi Blues has decently fresh fish, but the rice isn't vinegared properly, and the miso soup is dreadful. They lectured my Japanese wife about sushi, but were otherwise friendly.

            2. Also worth a visit: Brewster Inn in Cazenovia (25 minutes from Hamilton), esp. the Sunday brunch, and La Petite Maison in Waterville (30 minutes, closed Jan-Mar, and Mon-Wed), run by a Wellesley alum and her French husband.

              As for local specialties: towards Binghamton you can get speidie, but it's about an hour away. Hamilton Whole Foods sells some locally made products, including the best honey I've ever had. Jewett's in Poolville sells their own cheese, but I've never tried it.

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              1. re: mejiro

                Sushi Blues is an amazing place . The sushi is not just the the best you will find anywhere in the United States but the presentation is a masterpiece. Candy the owner is an amazing character, beautiful,funny,intellegent and sophisticated. Put all this together and you have found a place you will come back to, time and time again, I know, I always do.

              2. Its an amazing place.The sushi is not just the best you will find anywhere in the United States but the presentation is a masterpiece . Candy the owner prepares your meal and is an amazing character, beautiful, funny intellegent, and sophisticated, put this all together in one night and you have found a place you will come back to time and time again. I know , I always do

                1. Is Wheatberry's still around? I think it was in Cazenovia.