Report on Eating Spots Up and Down I-87
Drove from Brooklyn to Montreal and back over the weekend and wanted to share some good eats discovered along the way (many gleaned from this board...)
We left Friday night, planning to stop for the evening in Albany. On the way up, we ate dinner at the Village Tea Room in New Paltz. Big focus on local produce and meat products. Lots of vegetarian and some vegan options. Nicely cozy atmosphere inside, candlelight, but not too fancy. Nice terrace outside that seemed great, but it was threatening to rain, so we chose to eat inside.
Started with an heirloom tomato salad with goat cheese, which was fantastic. My boyfriend has a bit of a tormented relationship with tomatoes, and even he agreed it was delicious. We also shared some sweet potato salad to start, which was a little less flavorful, but still tasty. My bf had a potato tart, which he couldn't stop raving about. I had a chicken salad sandwich made with an almond relish and sour cream. The flavor of the salad was incredible, but it was a little too rich for my blood, so I asked for a bowl of vegan spicy red lentil and carrot soup instead. Yum! They gave us a free dessert because of the sandwich thing, which was also quite yummy.
The next morning, we headed off toward our friendly neighbor in the north, stopping in Saratoga for some snacks. First we went to the Putnam Street Market Place. I picked up some sweet onion relish, which I've since tried, and is delicious. They also had some amazing looking desserts. Then we went to Mrs. London's Bakery and Cafe, which had some good looking sandwiches. We stuck to coffee and split a Brittany (Kouing-aman), which was amazingly sweet and buttery. One of the better pieces of pastry I've had in ages. Before heading out of town we hit the Saratoga Salsa and Spice Company, which had an impressive array of salsas, barbeque sauces, and hot sauces from around the world. I was thrilled because they had a big bottle of my favorite Costa Rican sauce, Lizano.
Before going on a hike in the Adirondacks, we stopped at Oscar's Adirondack Mountain Smoke House in Warrensburg for some sustenance. We bought a loaf of bread, some freshly smoked turkey, and some extra spicy house smoked beef jerky. This place was amazing. I HIGHLY recommend it.
After our hike, we were hungry again, so we stopped at a truck stop in Lewis, which seemed to be called both the Lewis Diner and Betty Beavers. Everyone in the place knew each other and the one waitress, an incredibly sweet attentive (but still tough as nails, I would guess) older woman. I had a turkey wrap, made with surprisingly fresh veggies, and my boyfriend had a roast beef au jus sandwich, which he couldn't stop smiling about.
All in all, a great trip up. We'd been looking forward to some good manger-ing in Montreal, but we hadn't expected that the ride up would set the bar so high...