Roadtrip Report: Sharon Springs, NY
Just returned from two nights near historic Sharon Springs, NY. The village is about 30 miles west of Albany on scenic (and empty!) Route 20. It's about 15 miles from "bats and hats" Cooperstown. Ate in three local places. Gino's has a pizza oven and is therefore very appreciated by local families although shy in the fresh veggies department. The American Hotel's restaurant was very good, the service was terrific, and the owners are charming. However, you do pay for the privilege of dining there as prices are toward the upper end of many Manhattan restaurants, making this place a once in a while splurge. A wonderful surprise was "My Sister's Place" Cafe. Just west of the intersection of Routes 20 and 10, we followed the "cafe" sign and turned down Beachwood Rd and in a couple of hundred feet arrived at a converted barn, now a local eatery. Margie made us a delicious country breakfast. Especially good were the corn cakes (like pancakes, but with ground corn and fresh corn kernels, topped with bacon, over easy eggs, and a cheese sauce—her take on a down home version of eggs Benedict. Very yummy. Breakfast included a bottomless pot of coffee and we couldn't resist a plate of home fries on the side. Four of us had breakfast (our companions had French toast and scrambled eggs) and everyone was blissed out for a grand total of well under $25! We came back for lunch and enjoyed it just as much. I had cranberry chicken salad over a bed of salad greens that included fresh spinach. The iced tea was freshly made from real tea, unsweetened and the glass must have held a quart! Just what you expect on a country road trip!