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Staff Picks 9-30-21

Staff Picks 9-30-21

Danielle Crocco
Marketing Consultant
Roots Brewing Company
If you haven’t been to Roots Brewing Company in Oneonta, you need to go. It is one of my favorite places to relax and have a drink.

The staff is so nice and attentive. They have a wonderful variety of beers, and cocktails as well as some tasty bites to eat.

Staff Picks: Our best bets for local activities

Staff Picks
Our best bets for local activities

Kathleen Peters
Graphics Designer
Otsego Land Trust

The Husband and I are blessed with a beautiful property in Schuyler Lake. We decided several years ago it was worth preserving, and opted to get a conservation easement on our 22 acres through the Otsego Land Trust (OLT). We have our own land to explore and enjoy, but the Land Trust has open spaces available for everyone.

Staff Dining Picks: August 5, 2021

Staff Dining Picks

August 5, 2021

Our Best Bets for Local Dining

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt
I went to SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt recently while doing errands. There were a variety of flavors of frozen yogurt available for self-serve, including mango and cookies and cream.
I chose to get a mix of cookies and cream and cake batter. Then I added brownie bites, mini MnMs, hot fudge and gummy bears, to cookies, sprinkles and caramel. I literally cannot fit how many options there were into this review. Definitely a place to check out when in Oneonta.

SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt
5006 State Hwy. 23, Ste. B2
Oneonta
607-433-2715

Staff Dining Picks: July 29, 2021

Staff Dining Picks

July 29, 2021

Origins Café provides vegetarian food;
Mt. Fuji has sauce with extra flavor

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
Mt. Fuji
A nice spot to sit down for dinner, Mt. Fuji is conveniently located on Main Street in Cooperstown and has some of the most delicious food around.
They also provide takeout if that’s more your speed.
I recently had the chicken hibachi dinner there. It comes with a small salad to start.
It’s not so filling you loose your appetite and it cools you down on a hot day.
Then you can start on the main course.
The hibachi itself is served with seasonal vegetables like onions, carrots and squash (as well as fried rice) and it is meant to be dipped in the sauce that comes with it. My chicken was delicious by
itself, but the sauce just adds that extra flavor that cannot be done without.

Mt. Fuji
134 Main St.
Cooperstown
607-544-1088

Best bets for local dining

Best bets for local dining

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
The Inside Scoop
Walk down Main Street in Cooperstown and turn right at the flagpole and you’ll find this cozy little shop. Inside the same building as Slices Pizzeria, which I reviewed last year, turn right instead of left and you’ll find the perfect spot to order your ice cream and peruse the collection of baseball cards on view as you enter the sitting area.

There are tables inside and out and a wide variety of flavors to choose from. I got the Minty Moose Trail, a soft-serve mint ice cream with large chunks of chocolate and streaks of gooey chocolate fudge. You can even get some hot fudge poured over top of your ice cream if you want (like I did).

Other flavors included raspberry, coffee, chocolate, rocky road, and many more. A great spot just off the
main path in downtown Cooperstown.

The Inside Scoop
46 Pioneer Street
Cooperstown
607-544-1075

Staff Picks: July 1, 2021

Staff Picks

Delicious salad, ice cream at the
Guernsey, locally sourced food

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
Upstate Bar & Grill
Conveniently located just outside of Cooperstown on State Route 28, the Upstate Bar & Grill is an excellent restaurant offering American-style dining.
It’s also a great place to catch a sports game on the televisions throughout the restaurant and bar area.
The food offerings include steak, salmon and everything in between.
I recently ordered the Cobb salad and enjoyed its toppings of bacon, corn, egg, avocado and honey mustard. The egg, corn and bacon made for a rich blend of flavor and texture that I will definitely be ordering again.

Upstate Bar & Grill
5418 State Route 28
Cooperstown
www.upstatebarandgrill.com
607-282-4225

Tara Barnwell
Publisher
Golden Guernsey Ice Cream
The Golden Guernsey in Oneonta is so much summertime fun!
Like eating dessert first, here you have to start with the fries! They are fried to golden perfection. Get them loaded with bacon and cheese sauce.
I tried a hotdog that I’d never had before, the Texas hot, with raw onions, homemade Texas chili and mustard. Great combination!
The ice cream selection is about the best around. They have the best hard ice cream that has bits of coconut in it, but my favorite is still the brownie with vanilla ice cream, then smothered in hot fudge sauce. You can’t go wrong with that!

Golden Guernsey Ice Cream
15 Main Street, Oneonta
607-432-7200

Greg Klein
Editor
Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative
I wanted to wait until after his primary election was over to say I got to visit the Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative and I am so impressed with what Dan Sullivan had put together.
Sullivan moved Upstate to buy a farm decades ago and Otsego County has been better for it ever since. His venture at 140 Main Street in one of the quaintest parts of the village, is a storefront for local foods and a showcase for local farmers. You can get pretty much anything grown locally, at the RSCFC. I remember marveling at the shelf of locally grown spices, thinking I have to come back with a proper list. You can get proteins, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of jams and local honey.
There’s prepared food, too, with specials based on the season. Watching the RSCFC Facebook page, I sometimes wish I was closer at lunchtime! Plus there are t-shirts and artwork for sale, along with books from local authors or about local history.
As I said, the Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative really blew me away and I wish every small town had something so special. If you love locally sourced food and are  anywhere near the northern part of the county, you should make the trip to Richfield Springs and stop in at the food cooperative.

Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative
140 Main Street,
Richfield Springs
www.rscommunityfood.org
315-858-7023

Kevin Limiti
Reporter
Danny’s Market
I keep eating the “oh, yeah”
from Danny’s on Main Street in Cooperstown and I continue to love it. It’s a roast beef sandwich with cheese, sautéed peppers and onions, with an awesome garlic pesto dressing. This sandwich is top quality. I’m not someone that usually likes peppers but it meshes really well with their sandwich overall. They also have great Reubens.
Danny’s overall is just one of the best delis I’ve been to. Highly recommended.

Danny’s Market
92 Main Street,
Cooperstown
607-547-4053

Kathleen Peters
Graphic Designer
Red Shed Brewery
Red Shed Brewery in the town of Middlefield is a New York State Farm Brewery, meaning they use at least 60% beer ingredients and hops grown in the state.
The food truck, just outside the bar, makes all the food onsite, also using local ingredients.
One of the best parts of eating here is that you can sit inside if the weather is uncooperative. They also have a large outdoor beer garden with plenty of seating, some under tents, some with Adirondack chairs and small tables out in the field, and great views all around.
Even better, you can bring your dog! (This is true only if they are well behaved dogs, unlike my two.)
Better still, they have live music out there sometimes.
The husband is not a fan of outdoor dining, so we sat inside, which is equally pleasant. He had the shed burger, which is a local grass-fed beef burger with American cheese and shed sauce; and a Bent Nail Black Lager.
I had the Jack’s BBQ, a grilled chicken breast with Jessica’s Red BBQ Sauce, bacon, cheddar and onion rings; and a Weathervane Farmhouse Ale.
The food menu is not all that large, but there is enough variety that you should be able to find something to suit your taste. There are a few vegetarian choices, and a mac ’n’ cheese that sounds fantastic, made with golden ale gouda cheese.
The beer menu is all that large, and there are some local wines and hard ciders as well, even Adirondack sodas, if you’re not a drinker.

Red Shed Brewery
709 County Route 33
Middlefield
www.redshedbrewing.com
607-731-6454

Staff Dining Picks: June 24, 2021

Staff Dining Picks

Our best bets for local dining

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
Stagecoach Coffee
If you’re walking around downtown Cooperstown and get a bit hungry (or just need a coffee or tea or other beverage), take a left at the flagpole going toward the lake and on your right will be Stagecoach Coffee. They are primarily a coffee shop but they have been steadily expanding their food menu over the years.
I recently stopped by for lunch and decided to try the smoked salmon on a toasted whole wheat bagel with cream cheese (of course), tomato, onion and capers. For a drink I ordered the frozen hot chocolate (made with Ghirardelli chocolate according to the menu). The smoked salmon bagel is a very savory meal, with the capers and onion giving a zest that keeps me coming back for more. A great lunch for a hot day of wandering around our little town.

Stagecoach Coffee
31 Pioneer Street, Ste 2, Cooperstown
607-547-6229
www.stagecoachcoffee.com

Staff Picks: June 17, 2021

Staff Picks
Our Best Bets for local dining

Delicious pasta, salad
with salmon and a great view

Larissa Ryan,
Business Manager
Lakefront Restaurant
Dine by the lake in style at the Lakefront Restaurant. It’s a wonderful spot for lunch or evening dining, and it has some great views of the lake. How could it not, the name says it all. They offer a variety of seafood, including lobster and trout. However, I, being something of a creature of habit, went for a pasta dish. This time I chose the Chicken Breast Florentine Fettucini which came with a side of seasonal vegetables and was served with garlic bread. This fettucini was made with spinach pasta and chardonnay creamed garlic sauce on top which made it a bit tangy compared to an alfredo sauce but was absolutely delicious. I would definitely have this again.

Lakefront Restaurant
10 Fair Street, Cooperstown
607-547-8188
lakefrontcooperstown.com

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