Great Places to eat in Central New York

Here are a few of our favorite places to eat when visiting Central New York.

Pita Gourmet,  41 Main Street,  Cortland, NY  13045   (607) 756-4442
Great Lebanese food.  Great baba ganoosh, humus and falafel.
The fish pita is fresh and amazing. This is one of our daughter’s favorite
spots to eat.  We often take out an order of humus (the best I’ve ever had.)

Bob’s BBQ & Catering, 5260 W. Rd. Route 281, Homer, NY  13077  (607) 753-7098
You buy your food outside from the grill….then collect your plastic utensils and paper towels and pick a picnic bench to eat at anywhere on their very pretty property.  Ribs, chicken, brisket, beans, sweet potatoes, salads, and corn on the cob.  Our favorite is
the BBQ Chicken Dinner!

Doug’s Fish Fry, 206 West Road, Cortland, NY  13045 (607) 753-91845
One of our all time favorite restaurants!   Amazingly great fried fish sandwiches, homemade fries & onion rings.  Now that we eat gluten free, we can choose to have the grilled chicken, salmon or lobster roll (minus the roll.)  Another great GF choice would be the steamers!

Fat Jack’s BBQ, 234 Tompkins St., Cortland, NY  13045 (607) 344-3777
Went here our first day in New York for lunch.   Pretty tasty groceries!  A bit pricey but well worth it.  We enjoyed the Tennessee Trainwreck Combo plate, 3 meats plus 2 sides.  Our grandson added sides of Corn on the Cob and Mac and Cheese.

Buffet Star, 4089 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850 (607) 729-1083
Definitely the top Chinese buffet in the area. were very tasty, and reasonably priced! Most importantly though, the food was excellent, from start to finish.  There were a lot of choices – this was one very expansive buffet!

Phil’s Chicken House, 1208 Union Center Maine Hwy, Endicott, NY  13760
(607) 748-6855

They will guarantee lots and lots of food, including: Grade-A chicken cooked over a rotisserie with Phil’s secret sauce; an assortment of homemade salads are available to choose from; breads and desserts are baked fresh daily; along with other meat alternatives; and all  dinners fresh and tasty whether you dine in or take out.
This is one of our must go to places to eat while in New York.

Magro’s (VJ’s) Restaurant Pizza & Catering, 169 Utica St., Hamilton, NY  13346
(315) 824-0303
This is a very nice (a” workingman’s” type of place) eatery – serves Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners.  A varied menu that suits all palates; food is well prepared and presented by courteous wait staff who will strive to meet your specific tastes. Prices are very reasonable.  We did have an enjoyable lunch with Pops and Connie Wright;  Connie had a Fish dinner, Rick had a steak salad, Pops had his favorite Mac and Cheese, and I had a BLT wrap.  Portions were very large making the need for to-go boxes.  Next time I plan to have the Chicken Riggies, one of my NY favorite entrees.

Have a yummy week,

Menu Plan Monday – August 8, 2016

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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Cucumber Salad
Raspberry Pie
Thanks to my friend, Kim, for the raspberries , and the homemade mixed
berry jam, and relish.  Her home-canned goodies are always the best!

(from last week’s menu as we ate out at Bob’s BBQ)
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Pizza and Wings

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Meatloaf (Sean Michael’s Favorite)
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli

(from last week’s menu as we ate at Magro’s in Hamilton, NY)Tri SaladsSummer Cold Plate

Chicken napoli
Chicken Napoli
Peanut Butter Pie

Grilled Pork Roast
Grilled Potatoes in Foil
Chunky Applesauce
Garlic Green Beans

Go to church
Eat out after church

Have a Blessed Week,

Peanut Butter Pie


1 bottom pie crust
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 lg. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 c. milk
8 oz. Cool Whip

Bake pie crust and cool. Stir together powdered sugar and peanut butter until crumbly. Spread over bottom of crust, saving some for top of pie.Mix 1 large instant vanilla pudding with 2 cups milk and stir until thick. Pour on top of crumb mixture. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle rest of crumbs on top. Chill. Serves: 8.

Thanks to Cindy DeJong for this yummy recipe.  We make this quite a bit!  I plan on using
gluten free cookie crumb crust for Rick and serve in parfait form so he can enjoy this also.

Have a delicious day,

Menu Plan Monday – August 1, 2016

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Our first month at the Farmhouse has passed so quickly.  Our vacation scheduled has allowed us to enjoy cooking in the farmhouse kitchen and times of eating out at a few
of our favorite eateries.   Tomorrow, I will share some of our favorite  places to eat out here in Central New York.

Thracian Chicken
Greek Salad
Yogurt Sauce
Pita Bread

Leftover Chicken

Sausage Squash Special
Crusty Bread
Sliced Tomatoes

Bacon Cheeseburgers
Potato Salad
Quinoa Salad

Tri Salads
Summer Cold Plate


Pizza and Wings

Worshiping at
Grace Christian Fellowship
Eat Out After Church

Have a Blessed Week,

Sausage Squash Special


This recipe is one of our daughter’s favorite recipes.  How nice it is to have some input into menu planning this month.  Our daughter is such an excellent cook, and we so enjoy eating whatever she makes.  This is such a tasty way to use the excess of summer squash produced at this time of year.

Sausage Squash Special

1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 cups sliced summer squash
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs (I used gluten free bread crumbs.)
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. milk
1 tbs. snipped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
2 beaten eggs

Cook sausage and garlic till meat is brown; drain off excess fat.  Cook squash, covered in small amount of water till tender; drain.  Stir squash and next 6 ingredients into meat; fold in eggs.  Transfer to 10 x 6 x 1 1/2 inch baking dish.  Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Have a Yummy Day,