Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Eating at the Wineries along the Cayuga Wine Trail

Being the wine lovers that we are, during a recent trip to Cayuga Lake, Carrie and I decided to spend a good part of our visit along the Cayuga Wine Trail. 

For those of you who are not familiar with Cayuga Lake, it is part of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Along with being a totally gorgeous area with lot's of outdoorsy things to do, it is also a HUGE wine area. There are about 15 wineries/distilleries/breweries around Cayuga Lake, and a whole bunch more surrounding the other Finger Lakes. 

Seeing that we were trying all this wine, we wanted to make sure that we had some food to break up each day. There are 4 wineries along the Cayuga Wine trail on the western side of the lake that have restaurants and we managed to hit 3/4 of them.

Although this post is dedicated solely on where to eat while you are vising all the lovely wineries, I plan to do a more in depth review and talk about what I think is the best way to split up the wineries (if you have the time of course...if not, I will highlight some of my must visit wineries).

Americana Vineyards and Crystal Lake Cafe
I have been here for lunch before and the food was amazing. This trip the food was still good...but service was quite bad. Maybe it was a fluke but both Carrie and I were not happy with it. Anyways, we got the Biscuits and Gravy (holy moly this was spectacular...if i ever go back I will ask them to hold the eggs and add another biscuit if possible) and the Lamb Burger. As it was brunch, we had to order some mimosas, which were delicious. For brunch they bring you out a mini chocolate chip scone with butter and jam.

4637 East Covert Road
Interlaken, NY
The Crystal Lake Cafe on Urbanspoon

Knapp Winery and Restaurant
Carrie and I both ordered the lunch combo...soup and 1/2 sandwich. I got the french onion soup and the philly cheesesteak wrap. The wrap was delicious, the cheese in it was amazing, however the french onion soup was very weird, way to light if that makes sense and not french oniony enough. Carrie got the soup de joir of the day which was a potato garlic soup and the cubano. Her soup was excellent and the cubano was decent. 

2770 Ernsberger Road
Romulus, NY
Knapp Winery & Vineyard Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Cayuga Ridge Estate: The Copper Oven
Out of all the winery restaurants on the Cayuga Wine Trail, The Copper Oven is the most casual and laid back. Although it's advertised as pizza, it's really flatbread. Although it being just a flatbread, it was delicious and hit the spot. I got the barbecue chicken and was very happy with my choice. The menu rotates every month so make sure to check out the website. They also serve beer here, so it's a great place to appease the non-wine drinkers that you likely will drag alone with you to a tasting.  

6800 State Route 89
Ovid, NY
The Copper Oven on Urbanspoon

The only winery/restaurant that we missed on this trip was the Thirsty Owl. As it was a holiday weekend, the restaurant was super packed and we didn't want to wait 45 minutes for a table. Next trip up I will definitely go and give you all and update! 

Also worth noting is that Toro Winery (new to the wine trail, it's not even on the map yet!) doesn't have a restaurant but they have a couple of tapas/hotdogs/etc. that you can order and a very casual environment. A good place to bring kids and let them run outside while you enjoy some tapas and wine.

Stay tuned for more about the Cayuga Wine Trail later this week!! 

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