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Lunch Up Around Hopewell Junction?

Elora Sep 16, 2008 05:15 PM

My BF and I are taking a ride up to his parents house in a couple of days, in Hopewell Junction. It's my first time meeting them but the only problem is his mom isn't in good health, and we may need to kill some time before we get to see them until she can pull herself together. So we may find ourselves with some time to kill once we get up there.

Since he is from there originally, we can manage to find things to do however, he never was into the food scene, let alone hasn't lived in the area for many years.

Is there someplace to recommend for lunch, nothing fancy. We're both going to be in jeans, rather casually dressed down (no this isn't one of those "dress to impress" kind of meetings LOL).

Obviously, I'm hoping for something interesting, and worth talking about. He, just loves to eat. No restrictions on either of us, we eat everything.

Can be anywhere in the area, even so far as Woodstock, which is where we might head to stay overnight. We don't mind driving around at all.

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    corky Sep 17, 2008 06:46 AM

    in pawling (about 20 min. away)...mckinney and doyle is very good...about 6 miles north of pawling...in wingdale...is bigw bbq...fantastic

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    1. re: corky
      Elora Sep 17, 2008 12:58 PM

      Thanks Corky! I'm writing both of those suggestions down into my cellphone and taking them with me :)

    2. applesauce23 Sep 17, 2008 01:12 PM

      The Blue Fountain on Rt. 376 in Hopewell is very good. I also like Osaka (Japanese) and Aroi (Thai) in Rhinebeck. If you want to be a little closer to Hopewell, The Artist's Palate and Twisted Soul (both on Main Street in Poughkeepsie) are excellent. Twisted Soul is definitely a hole in the wall, but the empanadas, dumplings, and bubble tea are great! Have a good time!

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      1. re: applesauce23
        dolores Sep 18, 2008 04:49 AM

        Yikes, I don't know if you've been Elora, but Il Barilotto is outstanding! They do lunch:


        No, you don't need to be fancy to enjoy their excellent food.

        If not them, I think on the same street is an old-timey luncheonette type place, if it hasn't been replaced by condos or a high rise residence hotel.

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        Solstice444 Sep 18, 2008 08:53 AM

        In Hopewell is Stone Creek Ranch. They have Mexican food as well as BBQ. I wasn't impressed by the Mexican food the first time I went there, but we recently had a company dinner there and everyone enjoyed the BBQ offerings, very tasty! The atmosphere is nice, it's in an old colonial farmhouse building, and if the weather is nice you can sit outside on the back porch. It's just north of the intersection of Routes 52 and 376.

        As dolores said, Il Barilotto in Fishkill is great. The best Italian restaurant in the area, along with Aroma Osteria, which is in Wappingers Falls off of Route 9. A bit pricier but if you're going for lunch, it's not as expensive as if you were having dinner there. Aroma has more of an Italian villa feel with more open space, while Il Barilotto feels like a swank Manhattan bistro. They are sister restaurants.

        If you want Thai, Sukhothai in Beacon and Thai House in Hyde Park are both good. One southwest of Hopewell, one northwest!

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          dolores Sep 18, 2008 09:11 AM

          I forgot another favorite, according to Mapquest it's only 22 minutes from HJ:


          1. re: dolores
            Solstice444 Sep 19, 2008 01:29 PM

            Yes, Brothers, in Beacon, is good! More casual than the above mentioned Italian places. Only went there once, but had the lobster ravioli, I think it was in a fra diavolo sauce, and it was very good.

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