Dining and Farmers' Markets in Canandaigua area?
We are spending a week in the Finger Lakes, based in Canandaiga (well, just outside the town) and are looking for good farmers' markets, farm stands, and, of course, interesting and good local restaurants. If Ithaca isn't too far away, that is, less than an hour by car, we'd love to try the Moosewood (if it's still good) and anything else great in the town. We're happy to try BBQ, local-ingredient focused, any great ethnic restaurants, or anything else that's known to be delicious. We will happily eat from a small dive if it's awesome or an upscale spot and anything in between. Deliciousness is the goal!
A week in the FLX deserves a trip to Ithaca. I'd skip the Moosewood though. Check out the Farmer's Market for late breakfast/early lunch. Hit Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg or Simply Red at Sheldrake Winery for dinner (local ingredients) on the way back. Madderlake Cafe and Ports Cafe are two good options just south of Geneva - 15 minutes from Canandaigua. Enjoy and post back.
Google maps says Canandaigua is 1.5 hrs from Ithaca, which for me would generally mean 1 hr 15 minutes. The moosewood is still a great place, and even has outdoor dining if the weather is good, a really nice spot to get a meal.
In terms of Farmers Markets, Ithaca's is consistently recognized in the national press. Google it to read many of the positive reviews.
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enjoy your time in the Finger Lakes!
The Ithaca Farmer's market is wonderful, and certainly worth a trip. Not sure about Moosewood though, there are several better restaurants in Ithaca (Just A Taste is my personal favorite, but search the board for other recommendations). I think Moosewood is resting on its laurels a bit -- I've eaten there 3-4 times and never had a meal there that feels fresh or inventive.
I've been to Canandaigua for concerts before, and an hour and fifteen minutes sounds about right. It's definitely worth the trip, since I think Ithaca offers a lot of what the outlying areas don't.
Honestly? I think Moosewood is overpriced and overrated. Just a Taste is fabulous, though. I've always had the best luck by asking the server to recommend what's best that day, but I've never had anything bad. Taste of Thai (on the Commons) is also very good, and Sushi O Saki has the best sushi in town at very reasonable prices. I also feel spoiled that Wegmans gets to be my regular grocery store, because it has just about everything you could imagine!
The main farmer's market is open Saturday and Sunday near Cayuga Lake, and a smaller version is open Tuesday and Thursday (this Thursday will be the first) in DeWitt Park, which is near the Commons.
If you have a sweet tooth, I'd recommend hitting either Purity Ice Cream in Ithaca or Cayuga Creamery in Interlaken, too.
Have fun in Canandaigua, wish I still lived there! Here are some of my favorites:
1. For pizza, head to Pontillos (Parkway Plaza, Rtes 5 & 20). Crust is a little "breadier" than NYC style but really good and not too greasy. They have excellent wings (which in upstate NY is almost a requirement to get with pizza!). Dining area is meh, so take everything to go and head over to Kershaw Park on Canandaigua Lake.
2. Schooner's restaurant, 407 Lakeshore Dr, Canandaigua is a great local place serving traditional fare - the type of place your whole family will find something good. We've always had great servers there.
3. If you're not from the area, you MUST go check out Wegman's Food Market, 345 Eastern Blvd, Canandaigua. For those who are not familiar with "Weggie's", do not dismiss as just a grocery store. This is a great place to find lots of goodies for a picnic and for hounds, you can find many items made just for Wegmans. Good in-store cafe. Outstanding deli and bakery. In-season, they carry local produce from nearby farms.
4. Captain Yogi's is a Canandaigua tradition, 4520 E Lake Rd, Canandaigua. Fun decor, probably not the BEST seafood I've ever had, but pretty darn good.
5. Tom Wahl's, 2510 Rochester Rd., Canandaigua, is good for hamburgers ("ground steaks"), and homemade root beer. I haven't been to this location. The original is in Avon, NY which is a fun 50's themed joint.
6. Casa Italiana, 10 Parrish St, Canandaigua, is a great choice for italian meats, subs, specialty cheeses. I could go for one of their subs right now! lol
6. And last but not least, if you love ice cream, try Abbott's Frozen Custard, 150 Eastern Blvd, Canandaigua. Very rich, the Rochester area traditional flavor is chocolate almond. A light chocolate flavor with tons of nuts. Yummmm.
Have fun, hope this helps! You will see many places have "garbage plates" or some variation on this. Original is from Nic Tahou's in Rochester. Try one, but be hungry!!