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Driving North to Montreal

roxlet Mar 12, 2008 05:46 AM

I'll be driving to Montreal next week, and I am wondering if anyone has some good recs in northern NY State. We'll be looking for a lunch joint driving north, and a dinner spot returning home.

  1. southlake Mar 12, 2008 06:22 AM

    i don't.......but i've got some great recs in montreal itself (if interested)

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    1. re: southlake
      roxlet Mar 12, 2008 09:04 AM

      Yes, I heard about this place and we definitely want to go!

    2. jaylhorner Mar 12, 2008 06:28 AM

      Where will you be around lunch or dinner time?

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      1. re: jaylhorner
        roxlet Mar 12, 2008 09:06 AM

        I'm not sure, but it would be somewhere around the halfway point -- where ever that is! If it's a worthwhile dining experience, we can adjust either way.

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          jaylhorner Mar 12, 2008 10:08 AM

          Saratoga is about 3 hours away. Many choices!

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        spa Mar 12, 2008 06:36 AM

        We always stop in Saratoga--lots of good choices there.

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        1. re: spa
          TonyO Mar 12, 2008 10:39 AM

          Be sure to bring a cooler with some ice packs for a stop at Oscar's Smokehouse in Warrensburg, NY (just North of Lake George). Great smoked meats/cheeses.

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            catnip Mar 12, 2008 12:13 PM

            Thanks Tony!
            We're heading to Lake Placid tomorrow outselves and we've never stopped at Oscar's.
            We've always gone to Henry's Market in Bennington for great smoked meats and Nodine's in Goshen,Ct.,
            Looking forward to bringing the cooler up to Oscar's for a try!

            1. re: catnip
              TonyO Mar 12, 2008 12:23 PM

              Enjoy. The weather up this way looks to be fine this weekend. I do not know the Placid area that well but I'm sure others have some info. Have a great weekend.

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          trakman Mar 13, 2008 06:17 PM

          Agree with the Saratoga recommendation. Lots of earlier Saratoga responses to this kind of query in the Tristate archives, I'm sure. Oscars has a web site, to give you some idea of what's available, and it is worth the side trip. Best route (since I go to Warrensburg every Tuesday for my job is to get off Interstate 87 at exit 23, turn left to Route 9, turn right into Warrensburg, and proceed north. Oscars is on the right, after two traffic lights. (Look for the long lawn, Oscars sits up on a hill. After Oscars, do not return the way you came. Continue on Route 9 North to Pottersville, where you can pick up Interstate 87 again. Route 9 is a good road, and gives you somewhat of a break from the monotony of the Northway.

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          1. re: trakman
            roxlet Mar 14, 2008 05:27 AM

            I'm curious abou Oscar's, but it's kind of a non-starter for us. My husband does but hot and cold smoking, and I must say he makes the best smoked turkey I have ever had and his hot smoked salmon is to die for! He makes his own sausage too...

            1. re: roxlet
              trakman Mar 15, 2008 08:14 PM

              Cant argue with someone who does his/her own smoking. But I'm sure the folks at Oscars would love to share their expertise with someone who can talk their language. Also might give your husband a chance to test his prowess against folks who do it for a living. Still worth a side trip

              1. re: trakman
                jessheslin Mar 17, 2008 07:44 AM

                An area to look into is Northampton, Mass. I have done that trip and that may be a good area for lunch. The other place is Lake George. I can't recommend specific places but you can try the New England board for Northampton... the food will be better in Northampton but Lake George is beautiful and you can find food that is satisfactory.

                1. re: trakman
                  catnip Mar 17, 2008 02:03 PM

                  We stopped at Oscar's Friday morning on our way to Lake Placid for the weekend.
                  We bought about $300 worth of their goodies and we ate their goodies all weekend.
                  Really good smoked meats for anyone traveling up their way in Warrensburg.
                  We still like Henry's in Bennington for bacon but the hams and smoked turkey at Oscar's were really super!!!
                  We didn't like their homemade mustard but that is just a personal decision;many of you may try it and love it.
                  Their sausages(we bought some of all their varieties)were really super and their cheese spreads were liked by some in our group of 12 and disliked by othersl.
                  I'd say try the place ,buy a variety of their smoked products and see what you like.
                  Different tastes for different folks I say.
                  Their hams and smoked turkey were like by everyone in our ski group.
                  Thanks again Tony for telling us about the place.
                  We'll be stopping up there from time to time to buy the products that we like there.
                  Appreciative Catnip

            2. jspear Mar 17, 2008 09:25 AM

              For Lunch, try Scallions on Lake Ave near the firehouse in Saratoga. For Dinner try the Springwater Bistro on Union near the track.

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                danoc Mar 21, 2008 12:45 PM

                We'll be traveling with 4 kids from Albany to Montreal in late June (after flying in from Texas.) Kids will be worn out and wanting to be outdoors. They're well behaved in a restaurant. Any suggestions for restaurants where we could be outside or at least have place for the kids to run around before or after we eat a decent meal?

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                  TonyO Mar 21, 2008 07:33 PM

                  Tail O' The Pup in Saranac Lake. Outdoor seating barbecue placve near Lake Placis. The kids (and adults0 will love it. Sorry I do not have any website info but a quick search should get you what you need. Eddie the owner is a great guy. A bit off the path but a beautiful ride on one of the most scenic roads in America. You won't regret it and don't forget your camera.

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                    danoc Mar 23, 2008 04:14 PM

                    Thanks TonyO. Looks great! We're excited about the drive. Our four children, born and raised in relatively flat Central Texas, will have lots to look at as we drive through the mountains.

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                      TonyO Mar 23, 2008 06:01 PM

                      It truly is a great ride (Route 29 I believe, but you should double check or even better, rent a car with GPS). The road is full of great turns and bends and there are some real scenic places to pull over for pictures (waterfalls, mountain ranges, etc.). I think the Tail O' The Pup would be a perfect place to unwind beofre the next leg of you trip. I would alos advise you visit the Montreal site for some great advice.

                      1. re: TonyO
                        roxlet Mar 24, 2008 04:19 PM

                        We just made that trip, and loved L'express and Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal. We didn't have any luck with places to eat on the way up. When my son was hungry, we weren't near any of the recs, so we wound up in a passable diner in Latham. It's hard to plan with kids on road trips since they have a funny way of wanting to eat when they are hungry!

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