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Jul 28, 2012 01:32 PM

Glenwood Pines - Cayuga Heights/Ithaca

Went for lunch today with my family. I had been there once before years ago, but didn't really recall it. Today we walk in and there is a crowd there and everyone has cameras. We're told by the manager that one of the LA Kings was downstairs with the Stanley Cup. $10 for a pic. I'm not a huge hockey fan, so we passed, but we did see them carrying it out. Pretty cool. Looks much smaller in person.

So I had heard about their burgers being famous in the area, so I ordered the Bacon Pineburger. A 6oz (seemed much bigger) rectangular burger on French Bread with lettuce, tomato, onions and thousand island dressing. I also had a side order of onion rings and tasted my brother's chili. The Burger was truly wonderful. Definitely one of the top five or six burgers I've had that weren't specialty $5 burgers. Perfectly cooked medium rare. The bread was toasted and the dressing was underneath the lettuce, so the flavors melded, but the burger never got soggy. I was taken aback by the fact the burger doesn't come with fries, but at $6.95 hard to complain. The rings were nice and crispy and held together, but lacked flavor. A little pepper in the batter would have done wonders. The chili was very mild. Had decent flavor, but I needed some kick. MY brother liked it a lot (he hates spice).

Definitely worth the drive if in Ithaca and craving a burger/

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  1. Yes! Glenwood Pines is probably in my top 3 burgers I've had (another one being Poppy's in Beacon). Two very different burgers, but both amazing. I was in Ithaca this weekend as well for the wedding of friends, and the groom was disappointed he couldn't take time to go see the Cup!

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    1. re: Solstice444

      Pretty funny...I wonder. I hitched a ride with my brother and his wife up to Ithaca (to visit my father) and the day we were there, he had to be a wedding two hours later. Wonder if it was the same one!

      1. re: jhopp217

        The ceremony was on Cornell's campus at Sage Chapel and the reception was at the Ithaca Farmer's Market :-) Same one? Although there were a couple of weddings on campus that day, so there's a chance it might not be the same one.

        1. re: Solstice444

          Nope, this one was at some wedding hall. Reception at the Market,,,that's some true Ithaca ****! Going Green all the way!

          1. re: jhopp217

            Haha, yes they are very into environmental issues - the Farmers Market pavilion ended up being a very nice venue though, right by the lake! To turn this back into something more Chowish, the food at the Farmers Market is really good, lots of food vendors there. I definitely recommend a trip there to anyone who hasn't been, when they visit Ithaca. Also, Ithaca Bakery catered the wedding and the food was wonderful.

            1. re: Solstice444

              I have been to the Farmer's Market before. As someone who is used to paying more for things (I live in Westchester County), I am always shocked at the prices at the local places and Markets when visiting Ithaca. I remember once morning we went to the FM and I picked up a homemade cinnamon bun. It was delicious, but at $5 a piece, it was borderline ridiculous. Ithaca Bakery is very good....but I'm shocked at how bad bagels are in Ithaca. Even at Collegetown Bagel.

              1. re: jhopp217

                Yeah, I prefer their sandwiches that are on bread to their bagel sandwiches.