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Auburn, NY restaurant recs?

Hello, my husband and I will be driving to Watertown, NY and was planning to stop over at Auburn, NY for dinner maybe. Can anybody give me recommendations on where to eat?


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  1. Excellent food, reasonable price : 3 neighborhood rest.--- "Balloons", "Michaels", "The Hollywood". For a little elegance[ low key] go to "The Springside". For larger servings, but a little noisey try "Lascas"
    Bon appetit, Hoffy

    1. I'm afraid I'm not a fan of any of the places hoffy recommends. Balloons and Hollywood are nothing special. Michaels is a bit more expensive nothing special. Lasca's is big portions, but the sauce is basically crushed tomatos and salt. Springside is a lovely setting. The food varies from nothing special to inedible. The lobster newburg tasted fishy and salty, like it was straight out of a can. Honestly, I avoid all of those places.

      There is a surprisingly good restaurant in Weedsport (7 miles north of Auburn at Thruway Exit 40). It is called the Old Erie Restaurant and it is right on the main drag (Rt 34) in the center of the village across from the KeyBank. The owners are a couple of CIA graduates, and they are good cooks. The fried chicken is very good, and my wife has even gotten a good steak there. The desserts include coconut cream pie that is homemade and worth the trip alone. The wine list is very heavy on New York state, which I don't care for, but the bartender made a good martini.

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      1. re: Jimmyg

        I second the Old Erie. Best food in the area.

        1. re: Jimmyg

          An update on the Old Erie: I was planning on stopping there but found out that the CIA graduate owners decided to retire and have sold the restaurant. The new family will reopen the restaurant on Friday August 30.

          1. re: Brent62

            Well that's somewhat disappointing! We ate at the Old Erie and it was absolutely wonderful. My friend was in heaven over their mixed berry cobbler. I hope the new owners do the food justice.

        2. You might want to try The Restaurant at Elderberry Pond, an elegant old farm house specializing in fresh, organic foods. It's just outside Auburn, but you'll need directions from their web site:

          1. Thank you for the recommendations. The website on the elderberrypond really looks nice! I am considering that place. What do you recommend over there?

            1. I respectfully disagree with the comments re' "neighbor rest. " ,but strongly agree with the suggestion of Elderberry Pond. It's in Sennett, outside of Auburn and easy to find.


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              1. re: hoffy

                Hoffy sounds like you and I are in agreement on Auburns Rest, but try Taylor's it's new food is good prices are great family style casual,nice owners

              2. I have lived in Auburn area for some time and and there aren't to many good restaurants around but reasontly a new one opeded and i went to there grand opening it's called Taylor's on Washington St next to balloons, and the steaks were to die for and i have gone back and had Italian there portions are very large and great prices, they also have a bar $1.00 Draft and they have an outside patio are if you want to eat out doors or if your a smoker, I think you'll enjoy it good food great prices try it..Good Luck

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                1. re: maria7646

                  We went to the Old Erie Restaurant based on the recommendations here and we were definitely NOT disappointed. The French onion soup was a little thin, but still tasty. I ordered the duck with cherry sauce which was excellent, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his steak. My brother in law said his haddock filet was very good - tasty and tender, and not swimming in butter like he's had so many times before, and my sister in law said her scallops were perfectly cooked and seasoned. My husband and I saved room for dessert; he ordered the mixed berry cobbler, I had the peanut butter clutter. Mine was a huge slice - extremely rich and dense, and I could not finish the whole thing. This is definitely a sharing dessert for at least 2 people, possibly more. The mixed berry cobbler, however, was quickly devoured in its entirety by my husband who said it was one of the best desserts he's ever had.

                2. I went to a cousin's wedding in Auburn (it was great being able to see the prison from my hotel room) a few years ago. My whole family loved the Dinerant for breakfast.

                  Okay. It's not fine dining. It's just the opposite, but I put it on the list of All Time Favorite Greasy Spoons. ;-)