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FINE, FUN FOOD: Veal, Spiced Duck At Horned Dorset


Veal, Spiced Duck

At Horned Dorset

The Husband and I had the pleasure of dining at The Horned Dorset last week. It was everything everyone said it would be – great food, great service, elegant atmosphere, pricey and well worth every cent.
To start they serve a warm crock of homemade cheddar spread (a secret recipe they have made for 42 years) and homemade crackers. Then a salad course with lettuces, yellow beets, sunchokes.
We both took advantage of the chef’s specials for appetizers. Hub’s appetizer was the Gnocchi Parisienne – tender gnocchi with oyster mushrooms, fresh ramps, shaved parmesan and he added the rabbit confit. I had the Asparagus Vichyssoise – potato/asparagus soup with shrimp and a bit of creme fraiche artily drizzled on top.
Hub’s main course was also a special offering – Veal Medallions with a local free range fried egg and grilled foie gras. My choice from the regular menu was the Spiced Duck, which was half a duck, very lightly spiced (I expected spicier) over a bed of vegetables and an artful smear of sweet potato mash.
A nice bottle of 2012 Bordeaux topped off the meal, along with Tahitian Vanilla ice cream for him, Passion Fruit sorbet for me.
I am glad we did not order the dark chocolate mousse special for dessert. It takes extra time to prepare, so you have to order it when you put in your meal order. Too tough a decision for that early on, so we passed even though it sounded fantastic. We were both so full after dinner that even the small bowl of ice cream/sorbet was tough to finish.
Be prepared for a long leisurely meal. We were there for nearly three hours, but it was a pleasant wait and the servers were very attentive.
We were in the Library Room along with some bookshelves, stained glass windows, a grand piano, and at least one large painting of (what else?) sheep. I am guessing they were dorsets, but I didn’t get up to take a closer look. (2000 Route 8, Leonardsville. Closed Mon.-Tues. 315-855-7898)

KATHLEEN PETERS, Graphic Designer

Sometimes, a girl just wants a cheese board. Nothing fancy, nothing too heavy, just some creamy Upstate cheeses – and that’s where Roots Brewing Company comes in! Their Upstate Ploughman’s gives you four artisanal cheeses, locally made bread, jam and olives, plus tangy pickled onions. I never thought I’d try them, but I was surprised at just how tasty they were! Pairs well with an Awestruck
Hibiscus Ginger cider for a light, easy meal, or try one of their hearty home-brews. (175 Main St, Oneonta. 607-433-2925)

LIBBY CUDMORE, Managing Editor

When I’m wrong, I admit it (usually!). I’ve only gone to Golden Guernsey for their fabulous ice cream. I thought that was what Golden Guernsey was all about. I was wrong, as made evident by the massive amount of people that had stopped by for lunch this day! They have a nice selection of quick, go-to-mostly-comfort-food on the menu, with daily specials. I chose the special that day, a roasted pork
sandwich topped with melted mozzarella cheese on a really fresh bun. It was topped with stoneground mustard that melded the tastes!
The fries were nice and crunchy, not soggy or over-cooked, and the soup my friend had was a nice creamy chicken and rice – definitely homemade. (Golden Guernsey 15 Main St., Oneonta 607-432-7209)

TARA BARNWELL, General Manager

Find a refreshing midday meal in the heat of summer at the Fly Creek General Store. Stop to fill up with gas, meet a few regulars, and pick up a delicious potato salad at the deli. The cooling salad has delicious potatoes, egg whites, and flavor from celery and onion. Perfect to take out for a picnic one of these hot summery days. (Fly Creek General Store, 6212 NY-28, Fly Creek. 607-547-7274)

LARISSA RYAN, Office Manager

I often order the Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box dinner entree at Tokyo Tavern in Oneonta when I go with my family because I enjoy eating five of the six foods out of what’s a sort of chic TV dinner tray.
Nestled in the box’s five compartments are slices of grilled chicken breast drizzled with Teriyaki sauce (you can choose steak or salmon as well), a handful of edamame pods, a salad, your choice of white, brown or fried rice (I get brown), and six California sushi pieces, complete with slivers
of pickled ginger and Wasabi. The food is healthy and light, leaving me room for dessert. (Tokyo Tavern, 211 Main St, Oneonta)

JENNIFER HILL, Staff Reporter

From Funghi Formaggi To Panina, Tuna Sandwich


From Funghi Formaggi

To Panina, Tuna Sandwich

Editor’s Note:  Here are mini-reviews of local restaurants submitted by the Summer Dreams’ staff.

Bocca has always been one of my favorite places to dine in Cooperstown! If it’s really nice out, they have outside seating, just perfect for lunch and warmer nights.

If you want to a different kind of appetizer, order the Tonno. It’s a grilled ahi tuna on a toasted guacamole crostini then topped with corn salsa and wasabi cream.

My mouth is watering just thinking about it! The Calamari Fritti is delicious as well, it’s served with hot cherry peppers that add a nice spiciness to the calamari.

For the kids, they have a great menu that spans from chicken strips to rigatoni to pizza (made right at your table). But for the adults…you’ve got to try the Risotto Alla Pescatora. They take shrimp and scallops, roast them, add in spinach risotto and wait for it…toss it in a white truffle cream sauce!

Simply delicious.

Bocca has an authentic pizza oven direct from Italy that cooks your pizza in minutes. My favorite? Funghi Formaggi – shredded fresh mozzarella, smoked gouda, Portobello porcini, truffled mushrooms topped with parm and reggiano. Oh so good! (Bocca Osteria, 5438 State Highway 28, Cooperstown)

TARA BARNWELL, General Manager

When you want a tuna sandwich, sometimes it’s because you plan to eat light.

Too light? Well, no. But not a honking sandwich with all the sides, either.

That’s where The Jive Café comes in.

Located in Cooperstown Commons on Route 28, en route from Dreams Park to Cooperstown, it’s convenient.

And the tuna sandwich is just right, grilled on substantial bread, but not too substantial. Enough tuna to feel you’d had a lunch, without feeling stuffed.

Fresh potato chips, a pickle. That’s it.

I’m a fan of the tuna, but there’s a selection of 10 sandwiches and paninis, including, if you have an appetite, “create your own custom deli sandwich.”

The Jive’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and breakfast – from bagels to omelettes – is served all day. (For the adventurous, there’s the Jivin’ Egg – jalapeños, baby).

In other words, it’s worth a stop. (Jive Café, 12 Commons Dr, Cooperstown)

JIM KEVLIN, Editor/Publisher

Stagecoach has always been my go-to for an afternoon pick me up, but with their recent renovation, it’s an even nicer place to meet a friend for coffee and a sandwich!

Whenever I stop in, I always get the veggie panini, overstuffed with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and pesto, toasted golden brown and gooey with sharp cheddar. And since you’ve already had your vegetables, go ahead and get the chips as the side!

The service is quick but the atmosphere is leisurely, so get a large latte and sit out on the patio for a
lunch worth savoring. (Stagecoach Coffee, 31 Pioneer St #2, Cooperstown.)

LIBBY CUDMORE, Managing Editor

Experience the beauty of Otsego Lake while enjoying delectable fettuccine offered by the Lakefront Restaurant.

The pasta is soft and the sauce just the right amount of cheesy. If you order the sun-dried tomato pesto fettuccine you get a comfort food with a flavorful tang. Want more goodness?

Add some chicken or shrimp and enjoy. (Lakefront Restaurant, 10 Fair St, Cooperstown.)

LARISSA RYAN, Office Manager


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