Sister's Bistro: The Ultimate Jekyll and Hyde Experience
This upscale restaurant is set in an older house on the main street of Old Forge in the center of the touristic district, street parking. On making a Saturday afternoon reservation for later in the evening, we were informed that the restaurant offered a small plates menu. Despite noting that we were familiar with the concept, we were given a lecture anyway. When we arrived later, we were led like honored guests with pomp to the absolute worst table in the place, despite several other empty tables. After requesting a better table we stood for ten minutes before being seated ( at a much better window table ) ( and getting another lecture on small plates ).
The server never came. After twenty minutes ( really ) the maitre d, one of the owners, came by and took drink orders and left menus. She brought the drinks another twenty minutes later and we insisted on ordering at once. Our waiter never ever came by the whole evening. The food straggled out, we were not offered a dessert menu, coffee, or a bill. At the end I threw adequate twenties on the table and we walked out unmolested.
The food was spectacular, the chef is gifted, the wine pour was generous, and the martini was outstanding. The menu changes constantly, and the current internet menu bears no relation to that on our visit. Each individual plate is less ( often much less ) than $15. A Caprese salad had great mozzarella, a crab cake plate with julienned veggies was equally good. The exotic and rewarding choice was a tuna and mango salad and the lamb chops may be the best ever. What great food.
If one has the best food for miles around, perhaps the two sisters have decided that little incidentals like service are not so important. Without reservations, no way of getting in here during season.
The food is as good as anywhere we have eaten in the United States, the service was unquestionably the worst anywhere we have eaten in the world. Five stars for the food, minus five for the service.
Favorite Dish: everything we ordered was haute quality.
Seventh Lake House Restaurant: Quality Dining in an Old Classic
Scattered along the highways and back roads of the Adirondacks are large roadside houses converted into masculine-oriented restaurants, the Seventh Lake House among the best and most famous. Offering a view of the eponymous lake from a canopied porch, decor is dark and masculine with a classic old style bar and formal settings. And of course an obligatory gravel parking lot. Service is summer help, variable, nice if not always knowledgeable or skilled. Reservations should be mandatory for visitors.
The menu is not long and changes regularly. Appetizers tend toward the exotic with Asian accents, from won ton shrimp to edamame dumplings, satays, and fried calimari among others as well as a good caesar salad, all under $10. For entrees, we favored the steaks which were properly grilled accompanied by roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables, for which the restaurant is best known. Entrees prices include a daily soup or rather simple house salad. Other choices usually include fish, pork, shrimp, scallops, and crab cakes most under $25 and often with inventive sauces and interesting sides such as cous cous and salsa. For dessert, apple strudel a la mode - superb, a no brainer, with decent coffee. The martinis were adequate but for oenophiles the wine list is said to be absolutely five star superb.
Seventh Lake Restaurant is an excellent choice for more than adequate dining in a most rural setting.
Old Mill: old time favorites
This is a regular stop for people visiting the Old Forge area. It is cozy, friendly, family-oriented. Comfortable seating (tables and booths) with simple, rustic decorations and a staff that is genuinely pleased to have you there. It is very Adirondackish.
The prime rib is delicious and they cook it medium well on the outside with crispy fats and medium rare in the center with just a bit of pink juices. The french onion soup is a good starter, followed by a crispy salad with Thousand Island dressing.
The portions of food are generous, in fact it is too much to eat at one sitting so be prepared to ask for a doggy bag. The price will be about $25 per person (plus tax and tip) so it is not an inexpensive place to eat but remember you are on vacation and you might not get back here very soon so why not splurge a little. Childrens' menus are a bit cheaper (typically $8 per child) so it is family-affordable for one of your vacation meals.
Weekday evenings are not at all crowded but weekends in the summer may require a bit of patience unless you go for the early bird specials and get there before 5pm.
from the ads:
"Just as the products from early mills helped to feed the country, we hope to provide yo, the vacationer, with the finest food, warm hospitality and an experience that is a very pleasant one."
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Candy Cottage: dieters beware
You should not enter this store if you are on a diet or if you are hungry. In the first case you will be paying Weight Watchers when you get home, in the second case you will way overspend.
If it is a product with candy or sugar in the name then you'll find it in this friendly little shop.
Jelly beans, caramel corn, suckers, gum, lick-em-sticks, candy corn, chocolate, fudge, honey-glaze, more, much more.....
Kids have been known to gain several pounds before leaving the store (kidding). But seriously, you should not expect to leave without buying something for each child.
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Slickers: AWSOME FOOOOOOD
AWSOME food, great staff, friendly locals. Durring the winter there are many specials, monday night spagattie for 2.99, free taco tuesdays, 15cent wing night wendsdays (Many local's and high schoolers and returning college students there, kind of a after school gathering.) All the locals there are really nice and will answer all questions unless you ask "where are the deer kept at night?" witch has actually happened before, do not excpect a serius answer out of anyone if you ask that. incredibly nice wait staff though and nice bartenders.
Favorite Dish: Chicken wings are amazing here!
Old Mill: DO NOT GET ANY CHICKEN
Am a local and have eaten there many times, ok food nothing to rave about. very expensive and everytime i go there somebody complains about the chicken, my Mother got food poisening from the chicken once and is usually not cooked all the way through, everything else is ok though from my knowlege. Duck is VERY good and recomended
Favorite Dish: Duck is very good and perfectly cooked all the time.
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