Wineries & Restaurants
Iconic Eats of the Finger Lakes
To eat like a true Finger Lakes native, you better have an appetite for fresh flavors, vibrant colors and culinary ingenuity.
To summarize the most iconic eats of the region, let's start with what grows here. Well actually, let's start with dessert. Head to Naples for grape pie. It's the sweetest ending we can think of, so why not start with the flavor of the grapes?
Back to the main course. We have ...
Great fruits vegetables. Ripe tomatoes that are so tempting you may not even be able to wait long enough to slice them for sandwiches. Sweet corn that should be slathered with butter and salt (or nothing at all). Strawberries that are so sweet and fragrant you might faint. Crisp, juicy apples.
Now let's let a little magic happen to that produce.
Apple cider, fresh and hard. Fresh pressed apple cider, and cider that has been fermented are tasty treats often found here.
Sauerkraut. Cabbage is big here. Fermented cabbage even bigger. It even gets its own festival in Phelps.
Wine. Yeah, we are kind of famous for our vineyards and wineries. Our region's trademark wine has become the Riesling, but we also have growing recognition in other areas, such as Pinot Noirs, Ice Wines, and Ports.
Salt potatoes. Small, fresh, thin-skinned potatoes boiled in salted water is the stuff of summer barbecues and church dinners. A natural accompaniment to grilled Cornell chicken.
Our chefs and restaurants have also created dishes that have become emblematic of what we have to offer.
Fried chickpeas at Red Dove Tavern in Geneva. The perfect appetizer while you nurse that local beer or craft cocktail.
The bread at Warfield's Restaurant in Clifton Springs. Baked in house, it's the definition of addiction.
The Turtle Plate at Thirsty Turtle Sports Bar in Victor. The trademarked Garbage Plate may have started in nearby Rochester, but variations abound even in the Finger Lakes. For the uninitiated, we're talking two burgers or hot dogs plopped on a mound of baked beans, macaroni salad and fries, smothered in a hot meat sauce.
Chicken French at the Phelps Hotel Restaurant in Phelps. Breaded and pan-seared chicken cutlets in a lemony white wine sauce is the ultimate in restaurant comfort food. Best ordered with a side of linguini.
Traditional crepes at Simply Crepes in Canandaigua. They will fill them with nearly anything, but the plain crepes with Finger Lakes maple syrup are utterly satisfying. Buckwheat based crepes are another treat.
And there's more. Check out the Finger Lakes favorites!