Monday, August 25, 2014

Trumansburg: Crystal Lake Cafe

I recently was visiting my lake house on Cayuga Lake and made a stop at one of my new favorite places to eat while up there - Crystal Lake Cafe, one of the few restaurants at a winery on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. 

I have never been disappointed in their food, it has always been spectacular. My only complaint is that the overall restaurant experience is pretty slow so expect to wait. The food makes it worth it, plus it's a drink wine while you wait! They also offer beer , sparkling wine and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. 

This past trip I decided to try something new, one of their specials for the night - Steak Tacos with Chipotle Slaw. Words can not describe how perfect this dish was - I am now on a mission to recreate it's greatness. The flank steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly - absolutely no chewy bits. What pushed this dish from good to great was the chipotle slaw, the sweet smokiness of it paired perfectly with the steak. 

My moms got her favorite dish here - Grilled Cheese. This isn't any old grilled cheese, it's the grilled cheese of your dreams (exciting and flavorful, but still a grilled cheese) - stuffed with cheddar, gruyere, goat cheese, smoked gouda and a tomato on sourdough bread. The bread was perfectly crispy and buttery on the outside and the cheeses were gooey in the middle. Adding the tomato helps add a little freshness to the sandwich so you are not too overwhelmed by all the cheese (is there such a thing?). The sandwich is a little rich so you might want to split this dish with someone else (my mom and Jeff split the burger and the grilled cheese).

Jeff and my cousin both ordered burgers. I stole a bite of my cousins and it was juicy and flavorful - able to stand alone and not need any toppings to make it taste good. Jeff got his fully loaded with mushrooms, caramelized onions and bacon - which added to the overall taste of the burger (instead of masking a bland patty).
Past Trips here
Lunch: Summer 2013
Brunch: Summer 2014 - get the biscuits and gravy!

4367 East Covert Road
Trumansburg, NY
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