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Heading to Oneonta - Help Please

jfood Mar 28, 2007 07:51 PM

Heading to Oneonta, NY in a couple of weeks to narrow and choose college for little jfood.

Any restos people in the area could recommend please.


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    trakman May 1, 2009 08:41 PM

    Brooks is a classic place in Oneonta, and caters chicken BBQ's throughout the area for multiple fund raisers. They do it well, but my only complaint is that I find their generic sauce for beef and pork very sweet, almost to the point of being cloying

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    1. re: trakman
      jaylhorner May 2, 2009 01:20 PM

      Not to mention very salty chicken .. doesn't seem to bother others as much as me.

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      HypeKiller Apr 30, 2009 09:37 PM

      Is Sabitini's still around? Im sure the neptune diner still is. brooks of course I was at college there nearly a decade ago, surely among the wildest times of my life. I was too broke as well as too inebriated to get too into any real dining scene
      but what a place. I remember another diner, besides neptune on main street that was owned by thais, they offered thai dishes in addition to the standard diner fare, although I never got around to trying it. Reds filling station was known for the best wings and they had them on special some night. The Silver bullit used to sell pizza from window boooths in the bar

      1. jfood Mar 30, 2007 06:38 AM


        You have no idea how much I thank you guys for this. Given little jfood needs to choose a college and the other is in a great food town, NOLA, I wanted to make sure this dinner does not create a bias in her or M&M Jfood..

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          2busymom Mar 30, 2007 06:49 AM

          I have a feeling that the food is not going to be a deciding factor, but the difference between Oneonta, NY and NOLA may have some bearing instead. Pretty much two different worlds!

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            amanda3571 Mar 30, 2007 08:22 AM

            haha VERY different worlds!

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          2busymom Mar 30, 2007 06:36 AM

          Have been to both Brooks and Farmhouse and agree with recommendations for both. Brooks casual but great BBQ, Farmhouse a little nicer atmosphere and good food.

          1. amanda3571 Mar 29, 2007 05:47 AM

            Jfood - I went to college in Oneonta. While there are no real stellar restaurants in the area...here are some things to try.

            Stella Luna http://www.stellalunas.com/
            The Farmhouse http://www.farmhouserestaurant.com/
            Brooks BBQ http://brooksbbq.com/

            For light lunch eats in town....try Autumn Cafe or Elana's.

            In regards to dinner, if you're looking for something a little more upscale than these, than your best bet is to head next door to Cooperstown and dine at the Otesaga which is a beautiful hotel right on Cooperstown Lake - http://www.otesaga.com/

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              amanda3571 Mar 29, 2007 05:54 AM

              This may help too.


              1. re: amanda3571
                scunge Mar 29, 2007 08:26 AM

                The Purple Eggplant on Chestnut st good Italian bread (the best I found in the area)and sandwiches.It's a bakery and grocery ,tables coffee etc.

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                shellyesq Mar 30, 2007 08:02 AM

                I'll third the Stella Luna recommendation. Sabatini's is also decent, but I found Stella Luna to be in a different league.

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                Addisonchef Mar 29, 2007 05:34 AM

                A quick google search for Oneonta restaurants came up with a bunch of restaurants, mostly Italian. My family is from this region in NY and Italian is the thing to eat, and most is really good. Although I've driven through Oneonta on the highway a million times, I've only eaten there once. I'm fairly certain this was the restaurant, and it was very good:

                I was very surprised by Oneonta, I thought it was a lovely town. Best of luck!

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                  mom2 Mar 29, 2007 05:15 AM

                  If you like bbq, you have to go to Brooks!

                  It has been a long time since I've been up there, so I really can't recommend anything else...

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                  1. re: mom2
                    AmyH Mar 29, 2007 05:18 AM

                    I was just about to suggest Brooks but you beat me to it! That's the only place in Oneonta that I can think of, too.

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                      TonyO Mar 29, 2007 05:23 AM

                      Brooks or pack a picnic from home !

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                        macca Mar 30, 2007 07:11 AM

                        Saw this post- I will be in Cooperstown for a baseball tournament this summer. Brooks sounds like a great place to bring the kids.

                    2. re: mom2
                      LJNew May 1, 2009 08:08 PM

                      I heartily agree with this and the other posts recommending Brooks BBQ but have to say that the thing to order is the BBQ chicken. It is the BEST.

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