FINE FOOD, FUN FOOD
At Morey’s Family Restaurant, your booth neighbor might be a man dressed in a brocade jacket, pajamas and bedroom slippers, smoking a pipe and sitting in a high-back chair next to a roaring fire, a dog sitting at his feet.
A girl with long blond curls in a long frilly nightgown stands next to him. The room he is in looks like a parlor room in “Downton Abbey.”
Encased in clear plastic, the room with the dad and daughter isn’t too much larger than your hand.
It is just one of 150 dollhouse displays inside Morey’s Family Restaurant & Dollhouse Miniatures on Oneonta’s East End. But Morey’s quirky displays aren’t the best part.
I had one of my best breakfasts there. I ordered their Greek omelet – three eggs perfectly cooked, and folded with feta cheese, tomatoes, red peppers and spinach leaves, all lightly sautéed. I could taste the flavor and freshness of each ingredient; Morey’s chef(s) did not override them with too much oil or butter.
My omelet came with two pieces of French toast, my choice of side, which were also perfection: thick, soft bread triangles lightly coated, not soaked, in fresh batter.
You’ll remember Morey’s miniatures, but it’s the food you will want to go back for. (Morey’s Family Restaurant, 5536 Route 7, Oneonta)
Head to the Upstate Bar and Grill for deliciously juicy New Brunswick Jail Island salmon on apricot couscous,
encrusted with almonds and served with seasonal vegetables.
I ordered mine cooked medium well-done and was happy to have done so: Every bite was moist and filled with the biting flavor of apricot. (Upstate Bar & Grille, 5418 NY-28, Cooperstown)
Brewery Ommegang has a new menu and an expanded dining room, with plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy lunch or an early supper.
I always get the chicken and waffles, served with a maple-bacon béchamel and a tangy raspberry jam. Try it with a Rosetta ale, which is aged on cherries and tastes like no other beer you’ve ever had.
And, of course, you need frites – they come with a house aioli, but if you’re REALLY hungry, you can get them with the Nirvana IPA cheddar-bacon sauce, or poutine made with local cheese curds – be sure to order enough to share!
And make sure to check out the daily beer specials so you can find one that pairs well with your food.