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Boston Restaurant Blog -- August, 2005

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Restaurants in the Adirondacks

Welp, another summer weekend and another road trip. This time, it was off to the Adirondacks in New York, along with several other regulars to the Adirondacks. If you haven't been to Adirondack State Park, do yourself a favor and head up there, as there is nothing like it in New England; deep woods, lakes everywhere, high mountains, and towns that look like they wouldn't be out of place in Alaska.

One other great thing about the Adirondacks is the fact that there are so many great restaurants up in that part of New York. We started by having dinner last Friday night at The Hard Times Cafe in Eagle Bay, which is directly across the street from The Tavern. This family restaurant, deep in the woods of the Central Adirondacks on scenic Route 28, is a classic Adirondack restaurant, with an old front porch, cedar wood everywhere, and great entrees including chicken, steak, and freshwater fish. I had never been to The Hard Times Cafe before; I'm glad we discovered it.

photo of the Buffalo Head Restaurant, Forestport, NY On Saturday, we had breakfast at our hotel in Old Forge, then wandered around the area, doing some boating on the Fulton Chain of Lakes. We had a quick lunch at The Pied Piper, a decent hamburger and ice cream stand in Old Forge, then played some tennis against the beautiful backdrop of Old Forge Pond. Eventually, it was off to The Buffalo Head in Forestport, which was where nearly all of us had our best meal of the trip. The Buffalo Head is a rustic old place at a train depot in the middle of nowhere. My steak at The Buffalo Head was among the best I've had in New York, or anywhere, for that matter.

Sunday was a misty, cool day, so we did some driving around, including heading up to Big Moose, which is a great little spot in the heart of the Adirondacks. For lunch, we went to a place called The Moose Caboose in Inlet, a rustic old town near Old Forge. The Moose Caboose is your basic takeout place, though my meatball sub was better than most, and the fact that they have outdoor dining is a plus. After lunch we took a fun train ride from Thendara to Otter Lake, then rested up until dinner, which was at an old Adirondack lodge in Inlet called The Woods Inn, a place that has been recently renovated and is now a prime place to stay in Inlet. The food there was decent enough, including a pretty good stuffed breast of chicken that I ordered, but the atmosphere made up for the rather average food there. Our table was in a huge old room with a tin ceiling and the air of another era. I might not go back to The Woods Inn for the restaurant, but I would love to stay there sometime.

photo of Walt's Diner, Old Forge, NY Monday morning...time to head back to Boston...some of us had a terrific breakfast at Walt's Diner, a townie joint in Old Forge with huge portions. Then it was goodbye to New York and the Adirondacks, and hello once again to Boston, but we took the long way back, through Eagle Bay, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, and other towns on the way back to the Thruway. It was a great trip, and a total gorgefest as far as eating. I'm eating a lot healthier this week, that's for sure. Can't wait to go back to the Adirondacks, though!

Related Blog Entries: Adirondack restaurants, New York restaurants

A.E.G. said:
I went to Walt's Diner with my family this summer and i loved it!!!
Posted on 4/15/09
Bob L said:
Went to Walt's last weekend,and it was FANTASTIC!!! Great food and the service was top notch!
Posted on 5/22/10

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