Thursday, June 13, 2013

Upstate Tavern - Restaurant Review

Last week sometime, a new restaurant opened up near us, at our local casino, Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Jeffry and I usually east out on Mondays, his only day off and the day I work late, so we decided to go. It's a little bit of a drive, but it was worth it. So worth it that I decided to do my first restaurant review!

Tavern Open

The name of the restaurant is Upstate Tavern, and I'm a sucker for anywhere touting local food and a homemade brew. 

Right away I was loving the design of the place. It's reminiscent of the inside of an old factory, with exposed brick, reclaimed wood and what looks like old factory windows, a common sight in the Syracuse area.
Honestly, I think the place could do without the TVs. It's not a sports bar. If you want to watch the game go to Tully's.
Here's a pretty good view of the windows. Ain't he handsome? :)
Hex tile on the floors
Can you tell I was digging the atmosphere? The wait staff's "uniforms" were a little strange I do have to admit. Jeans, black and white plaid shirts, and every single one of them wearing black Chuck Taylors. Cute concept, I don't know about you but I wouldn't want to be on my feet all day in a pair of Chucks. Maybe they get free foot massages at Ska:na: after their shifts? If that's the case, where can I apply?

Oh and seriously, I'm getting myself a set of these:

Are they seriously not the cutest things you've ever seen?! If they wouldn't have spilled I might have just put them right in my purse. #JKJK
Now lets talk about the food!! They have what we would think of in New York as New York style food. Spiedies, salt potatoes, beef on weck, and Hoffman hot dogs. Typical every day eats around this neck of the woods. I want to try every single thing. Of course I can only base my opinions on what Jeffry and I ordered but it was so good!!

My pot roast. I do wish the carrots weren't so al dente. A little too crunchy for me.

Jeffry's wings and salt potatoes. The wings were perfectly crispy!

So some final thoughts: The food was delish, the atmosphere quaint and the prices not so bad! One thing I did not take a picture of you might notice is the bathroom. From a design stand point, boooooring!!!! I had high expectations for it and it let me down. Could have been a fast food place bathroom it was so dull. Oh, and I ordered the Upstate Lager and that was yummy too! I can't wait to go back and try something else, this might be my new favorite place!

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