They say, "write about what you love." Well, it's obvious we're obsessed with food here, because we seem to write about it... a LOT. These were the best CNY stories, all about food, this year.
Who doesn't love a good story about food? Well, you'll find them in the list below. We've covered everything food related from gigantic food challenges offered in the area, to a food trail map to help visitors find the best places to get specific dishes in our area. We even held a "Munchie Restaurant Bracket" in honor of March basketball, where our followers/listeners decided the best restaurant in all of Central New York. Out of those stories (and more), here is the countdown of the most delicious, most mouthwatering posts of 2017:
***You can see the full story for any posts on the list. Just click on that post's title.
The "Utica Food Trail" is a map that lists off the best places to get iconic Central New York foods like chicken riggies, greens, half moons, and other goodies. Director of Communications at the Utica Zoo, Mike Beck, was the brains behind this interactive google map, and wanted to make something to help visitors find great places to eat when they're in the area. You can click on the title of this story and see and use the interactive map for yourself.
You never know what you're going to find when you're walking into a restaurant you have never been to before. Luckily, it's almost always good news at eateries in Central New York. We stopped by PK's Pub in Herkimer, and definitely weren't disappointed. The restaurant has something for everyone, from fish and pasta dishes, to delicious burgers and steak. May we suggest the Chipotle Ravioli? It's amazing.
Every year in August, Jamo's Restaurant and Bar holds a burger challenge that's definitely quite a challenge. This year's contest consisted of TWO one-pound beef patties, eight slices of cheese, and four pieces of bacon. The burger was also topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion. The food challenge came with a half-pound of fries, as well. You needed to complete the whole meal in 30 minutes or less.
It was a sad day in July when a few of us from the radio station went out to get pizza from John's Pizzeria, to find out that they had closed up shop. Luckily, that closure didn't last very long. Less than a month after we were met with locked doors, a sign out front stated: "Johns Back - Opening Soon." And it did.
Beth from the Beth and Dave Morning Show gave us some great advice if you're trying a Central New York restaurant you haven't been to before. She's listed off the best dishes you can order from certain eateries. From Georgio's, Beth named "Broccoli and Hats" as the best off their menu. CoreLife Eatery in New Hartford? The Tuna-Poke Grain Bowl (although Beth suggests getting it without the kale). You can see all the suggestions by clicking on the title above.
The Copper Moose Ale House in Little Falls is definitely a hidden gem. Even if you live in Uticaor New Hartford, we suggest to take the drive to this restaurant and try it out (you may want to call ahead and make reservations, just in case. Some days are pretty packed in there). From their outstanding appetizers like their Cowboy Corn Bites and Deep Fried Pickles, to their unbelievably flavorful entrees, you're not going to be disappointed. And their burgers? Perfect. Just check out this bad boy (in the picture below). That's the "Bavarian Pretzel Burger," loaded with beer cheese, caramelized onions, smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, and ground mustard, and it was exquisite.
Another food challenge, but this time Naomi Lynn (from middays) actually took on this challenge. This burger challenge consisted of a one-pound patty with eight strips of bacon, six onion rings, two fried eggs, four slices of cheddar cheese, two pieces of lettuce, four slices of tomato, two slices of red onion, and two pickle spears. The challenge also came with a huge pile of fries and a milkshake, and you had 30 minutes to finish it all. See just how big this challenge was, in the video below:
Who doesn't love a big plate of cheesy, fully-loaded nachos? We found a few places in the Utica area that won't disappoint on this delicious dish. Obviously, Rio Grande Tex Mex in New Hartford made our list, their nachos are out-of-this-world. Pedro's Kitchen in New Hartford and Moe's Southwest Grill also made the cut.
Our "Restaurant Bracket" started in March, when we asked on Facebook"If you could only eat at one Central New York restaurant for the rest of your life, which restaurant would you choose?" From the suggestions we created a bracket (just like they do for basketball) and had our followers/listeners vote each week. Restaurants with the most votes moved on, until we finally had a winner. That winner was Symeon's Greek Restaurant.
Whoever says a sandwich is just a sandwich, is completely wrong. We stumbled upon this restaurant (after a suggestion from a friend), and now it has become a regular stop in our dining-out experiences. We're talking about O'Baby's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe in New Hartford. First of all, the sandwiches are huge. No, they're more than huge, they're GIGANTIC. Then, the flavors they combine? Just amazing. Their Cajun Mayo goes SO good with their turkey and cheddar cheese. The bacon isn't just bacon, it's Hickory bacon, and you can taste it. We could go on and on (and on) about how these sandwiches are MORE than sandwiches, but we really think you should try them for yourself. A little advice though, if the sandwich is just for you, order a "baby." The "full-size" is enough for like, three different sittings.