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Lucky Dragon: Chinese Comes to Rhinebeck

Lucky Dragon InteriorI wanted to love Lucky Dragon.

I wanted to be willing to jump in the car and drive for 20 minutes for great Chinese.

I wanted the answer to “where do you go for good Chinese?” to be Rhinebeck, not Queens.

I’m in like not love, but love could be just around the corner.

Lucky Dragon is in the building that used to house Catch 38 and is being run by the folks who brought you the Amsterdam. It’s “farm to chopsticks” cooking.

Lucky Dragon PotstickersMy sense is that it’s a retro-influenced look back at all the classic Chinese restaurants where you would go on Sundays with your family, eat lo mein, and think you were very adventuresome.

If you’re expecting pages and pages of dishes, you’ll be surprised. They’ve edited the choices down to a manageable amount (just enough to fit on a placemat).

We started out with a bunch of appetizers—BBQ spareribs, chicken lettuce wraps, pork and chive potstickers and fresh spring rolls. The spring rolls were hot and crispy and came with a sweet chile dipping sauce and were a hit with everyone at our table.

The spareribs were good with a dark brown glaze and sprinkling of sesame seeds. Close to those lacquered red ones you might remember from days gone by, but nicely updated with what I’m guessing was a hit of hoisin.

Lucky Dragon Spare RibsChicken lettuce wraps had chunks of chicken with scallions, slivers of bamboo shoots, sesame seeds and a light sauce, all of which fit perfectly in the lettuce. They were a bit hit with everyone at my table.

Lucky Dragon Chicken WrapsThe potstickers were pan fried on one side and served with a soy, scallion sauce. I would have preferred the sauce on the side, as it made them a little soggy, but they were still tasty and not too heavy as potstickers can be.

Trying to be a little healthy, we opted for two of the vegetable dishes, a classic bok choy with sesame and soy, which was well prepared and the Szechuan eggplant, which was one of my favorites of the evening. Small slices of eggplant in a spicy (but not killer) sauce with lots of flavor.

Lucky Dragon EggplantFor mains we went with the shrimp in black bean sauce, Szechuan chicken and pork lo mein. The lo mein was everyone’s favorite—it had great flavor and the noodles were well cooked, but sadly the pork in it was really tough.

Lucky Dragon ShrimpThe Szechuan chicken and the shrimp had a lot of the same ingredients, chunks of red and green peppers, beansprouts, water chestnuts and both were in a soy-based sauce. The big difference was that the chicken was a bit spicy and there were some black beans with the shrimp. We all agreed that we might have ordered two very similar dishes, and then mixed them up on our plates, blending them together so they were indistinguishable.

Lucky Dragon ChickenWe all also agreed that we’ll be back. The Peking Duck that needs to be ordered in advance, is tempting, as are some of the other classics like General Tso’s and some of the other appetizers we skipped over.

The manager was truly interested in our comments, and after hearing that we thought the pork in the lo mein was tough, presented us with a box of cookies as we left and said she was going to take it up with the kitchen right away. So, I have faith (and hope) that the menu will continue to evolve, and we’ll end up in love. I’ll keep you posted.

 

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Jason Patrick’s on 44

Accidental Locavore Restaurant SteakIt’s always great when someone you know fulfills a long term goal and it’s even greater when that goal has something to do with food (and restaurants).

So it is with Jason Patrick’s on 44.

It’s been owner Jay (Jason Patrick) Kiggins’ dream for a long time to have a fine dining restaurant to compliment his pizzeria, Madison’s, and now he’s found his ideal location—the former home of Groggers.

The restaurant has been spruced up and there’s now a lounge with comfortable chairs when you walk in and a large bar room on the right. There’s a large dining room that can be curtained off to accommodate parties of any size.

The menu is pretty classic, or as they call it, “American comfort food favorites,” with an emphasis on steaks at dinner and burgers at lunch.

Accidental Locavore Restaurant SoupWe were there for lunch about a month after they opened. I started with roasted jalapeño and shrimp chowder. It was a thick and hearty bowl of chowder with a definite kick from the jalapeños.

Looking for something a bit healthy, I followed it up with the buffalo cauliflower. If you’re expecting breaded and fried, this is a much healthier option. They roast the cauliflower, toss it in a homemade buffalo sauce and serve it with blue cheese dressing to dunk it it. It’s a classic combo but with updated twist.

Janet went for the fried chicken sandwich. It’s a towering pile of a pair of fried chicken thighs, precariously balanced on a potato roll with a southwestern mayo, pickles and fries on the side. The chicken was hot and tasty.

Accidental Locavore Restaurant CauliflowerI went back a few days later to see what the dinner menu was like. Frank was in the mood for a steak so he decided to go with a NY strip steak. It arrived perfectly cooked, with a twice baked potato and a pile of spiralized veggies.

The flatbreads looked interesting so I also went the steak route with a “steak and blue” flatbread. It was a perfect sized strip of flatbread with steak, blue cheese, caramelized onions and a balsamic reduction.

Accidental Locavore Restaurant Flatbread PizzaThere’s a dessert menu that we haven’t gotten to yet and a full bar with signature cocktails.

Jason Patrick’s on 44 is open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday.

1112 Dutchess Turnpike (Rt. 44), Poughkeepsie NY

845-345-9562

https://www.jpon44.com/

 

 

 

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Pawling Bread Company

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread FounderLike many people in the Pawling community, I’ve been awaiting the opening of Pawling Bread Company’s new bakery café.

For all of us, it’s been a tough winter, made worse by the lack of Cynthia Kinahan’s great sourdough breads.

Happily, that and the worst of the winter (we hope) is behind us.

At a run-through recently, we got to see what the café looks like and try some of the offerings.

It’s a clean open space with the café taking up two levels. Upstairs is a bright seating area with a balcony that will be open in the warmer weather. A large wooden communal table is centered in the room, with smaller tables around the periphery. In anticipation of holding local events, it’s set up with a projector and screen.

Before you head upstairs, place your order at the counter from the menu posted on the wall. Another wall is filled with the various breads, all looking Insta-worthy and available to go home with you, sliced or whole. There are a couple of tables downstairs and a bar to sit and watch the action from.

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Because bread is the star here, almost everything on the menu is bread-based.

There are toasts, which you can get either savory or sweet. My husband went for the tuna toast with nice chunks of Italian tuna in olive oil with capers, carrots and celery on toasted sourdough. Delicious and far from your standard deli tuna salad!

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Toast with TunaI went classic and treated myself to a grilled cheese panini. Grilled to a perfect golden brown, the surprise was the bread it was on—one of my favorites, raisin carraway. The occasional sweetness of the raisins worked well with the 3 cheese combo.

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Grilled CheeseFrank thought we should work our way through more of the menu, so he went back down to see what else we should taste. Shortly, his picks, both croissant-based were delivered to our table.

There was a plain croissant made into a breakfast sandwich with the addition of a fried egg. Simple goodness, highlighting the quality of ingredients.

A pain au chocolate was his other choice. While I’m generally not a big fan, always preferring a plain croissant and a mug of hot chocolate, this was a prime example. Perfect pastry and a nice big chunk of dark chocolate.

Accidental Locavore Pawling Bread Pain au ChocolateThere will be a daily soup and there’s a salad option of baby spinach, goat cheese, roasted beets,

blood orange, spiced nuts and seeds with currant vinaigrette which looked delicious.

For your caffeine fix, they offer Forty Weight Coffee in most of the usual ways and as a tribute to Cynthia’s background, kopi, a Malaysian-style coffee as well as a nice assortment of teas from Octavia Teas.

Besides the great breads, there is an assortment of cheeses to take home with you as well as some other well-chosen local items.

Pawling Bread Company will be open Saturdays 8-3 and Sundays 8-2.

Follow them on Facebook for updates and specials.

Pawling Bread Company

10 East Main Street

Pawling NY

 

 

 

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La Cabanita, Mexican on Main Street

Accidental Locavore Mexican TacosElvis is in the building.

And he’s running the show at La Cabanita, a resurrection of a Poughkeepsie restaurant favorite, now occupying a former church on Main Street.

Mexican is the name of the game here, and along with the classics, be prepared for some Oaxacan treats.

Oaxaca, if you’re not familiar with it, is known for 7 moles. At La Cabanita, along with the classic mole negro, you can also opt for mole estofado or Amarillo, all served with chicken and rice.

There is plenty of more familiar fare, including tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Be careful though, if you’re in a large group and all order fajitas, Elvis may ask you to switch tables. On a recent evening, a table of eight all ordered fajitas and when they arrived, piping hot and sizzling, they set off the smoke detector over the table and it was bedlam until the local fire department arrived to shut it off.

Accidental Locavore Mexican GuacamoleGuacamole is made to order and if our recent experiences are any indication, if you like it spicy (even a little bit) ask for it spicy. My only complaint both times we’ve had it is that it tends to be mild, but the good chips make up for that.

The first time we were there was a chilly night, so I went for that classic Mexican hangover cure, posole. It’s a soup/stew made with hominy (white corn) shredded cabbage and at La Cabanita, your choice of shredded pork or chicken in a rich broth. A squirt of lime and you’ve got a perfect cold weather treat.

Accidental Locavore Mexican PosoleFrank went for the tacos, and because it was a quiet night was able to get all 3 with different fillings (on our second visit, they were super busy and would only do 3 of the same). While he was happily munching on all of them, his favorite was the chorizo taco.

On our second visit, we wanted to explore more of the menu. This time I tried one of the 3 moles they have, the mole Amarillo. It was more soup-like than I expected, but really delicious. My only complaint, and it’s minor, was that it had big chunks of chicken, potato, and chayote that needed to be cut into manageable bites, which was hard when they were floating in the broth. A combo of every utensil on the table and a lot of splashing broth and I worked my way through half of it before deciding to take it home where I could be messy in private.

Accidental Locavore Mexican TlayudasElvis’ cousin recommended the tlayudas to Frank. Picture a massive quesadilla stuffed with black bean salsa, cheese, chorizo, avocado and shredded cabbage and you have a good idea about this mess of goodness. I loved the corn tortilla that had spent a nice amount of time on a grill, giving it a great taste. It’s massive, so split one, take half home, or pass on guac and dessert. We took half of Frank’s home and I had a great lunch the next afternoon.

We’ve never made it to dessert and I’m not sure what they have, except the last time we were there, some good-looking churros were going to a nearby table.

La Cabanita is open every day except Tuesday for lunch and dinner. Follow them on Facebook to get specials. For weekends and holidays a reservation is a good idea.

La Cabanita

763 Main Street Poughkeepsie

845-452-7544

http://www.lacabanita1.com

 

 

 

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Lolita’s: Pizza in Poughkeepsie

Accidental Locavore Lolita's Clam PizzaPromise me pizza (or almost anything else) cooked in a wood burning oven and I’m there.

When Lolita’s opened in the former Crave space, with a shiny new wood-burning oven, producing pizzas and pasta, we needed to check it out.

In nice weather you have your choice of a secluded terrace under the Walkway Bridge, lined with plants, or the lively dining room.

After joking about the pea appetizer, we decided on the cucumbers with ricotta salata, mint and basil in a spicy vinaigrette. The cucumbers were great with the ricotta, and bread crumbs added a nice crunch.

Accidental Locavore Lolita's Pizza Cucumber SaladThat night’s special was a white pie with clams. For some (unknown) reason, I thought there would be clams in the shell on the pizza, but the clams had already been shucked and were carefully placed on the pie. The creamy white sauce must have had some clam juice in it, because you got a good hit of clam with the lemony sauce. The crust was good—could have been a bit more charred for me, but I like all my bread on the almost burnt side.

Accidental Locavore Lolita's Pizza PastaWe were torn between pastas, and went with our server’s recommendation, the lumache with a spicy tomato sauce with chiles and bread crumbs. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the sauce had a nice, but not overwhelming spice to it.

A couple of months later, I went back with another friend for a second visit.

Once again, we went with some of that night’s specials. Since my friend had never had shishito peppers, I convinced her to give them a try. They were roasted in the wood-burning oven, which gave them a wonderful smoky flavor. The garlic scape aioli with pine nuts and sesame seeds was a great sauce for them.

Accidental Locavore Shishito Peppers at Lolita's PizzaThat night’s pizza was Coppa ham with Gorgonzola, Fontina, Chippolini onions, shaved Brussels sprouts and slivers of Granny Smith apples. It was a surprisingly good combination, although I would have liked a little more ham, but the Gorgonzola made up for it, flavor-wise.

Accidental Locavore Pizza With ApplesIn the interest of research, we were going to go for a dessert, but none of the choices really jumped out at us, so we had some tea and called it a night.

One of these nights, also in the interest of research, I’ll have to go back and try one of their more classic pizzas.

Open for lunch and dinner, closed Mondays.

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Jaeger Haus, German Food in Tivoli

Accidental Locavore German SchnitzelFriends of ours have been trying to get us/me to Jaeger Haus for German food for months now. Finally a serendipitous text, got us together and we headed up to Tivoli.

Since I was the only one who hadn’t been there before, we decided to get a bunch of different dishes and share them, so I could get a better sense of the menu.

Accidental Locavore German FrittersWe started with the smoked trout and the sauerkraut fritters. The fritters were like a German take on tater-tots or arancini. It was a small bundle of sauerkraut surrounding bacon, kielbasa and Emmanthaler cheese, deep fried and served with Paprika Aioli. Delicious (and a huge improvement on tater-tots)!

Accidental Locavore German Smoked TroutThe trout, smoked in-house, was served with a mustard vinaigrette, cucumber salad and big slices of rye bread to pile everything on. Everything was good on its own, but even better in combination.

The surprise dish of the evening was a special of apples and potatoes—Himmel und Erde (heaven and earth). It was something I never would have ordered, but our server insisted that we try it, and we were blown away by it! The apple and potato wedges were sautéed in butter and tossed with parsley. A simple dish, if it’s on the menu when you go, order it, you’ll be so glad you did!

Accidental Locavore German Apples and PotatoesMain courses are large and perfect for sharing. We spilt a sausage plate with weisswurst, smoked baurenwurst and bratwurst. All three were really good and went well with the warm German potato salad, sauerkraut and mustard.

Schnitzel is a must and Jaeger Haus has several different varieties. We went for the classic Weiner schnitzel—veal with red cabbage and spaetzle—all good.

Accidental Locavore German Sausage PlatterAlthough we didn’t order it this time, I was the happy recipient of some leftover Schweinshaxe when my husband went there the first time. It’s a huge portion of crispy confit of pork shank, with mashed potatoes and it was tasty, even the next day. Plan on sharing it or bringing home leftovers.

Accidental Locavore German DessertIf the dessert we had is any indication, desserts are also large and very shareable. The Windbuetel is a German version of profiteroles. Instead of ice cream, these cream puffs are filled with strawberry jam and whipped cream and topped with a caramel sauce. A delicious order is 4 puffs–one for each and we were happy.

There are local and German beers and ciders. If you follow them on Facebook, you’ll get the latest specials and special beer events.

 

 

 

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Farmers and Chefs Restaurant

Accidental Locavore Farmers and Chefs OctopusIf you went to a restaurant named Farmers and Chefs, you’d probably be expecting a farm-to-table experience, wouldn’t you?

Maybe I’m being a little fussy, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the menu at Farmers and Chefs was that it was surprisingly unseasonal for a place that is “Drawing inspiration from our regions [sic] beautiful Hudson Valley farms while combining the freshest in season local ingredients combined with global influences.”

In the heat of August, don’t you just yearn for steak, duck, ribs and lots of pasta? Even the specials on the night I was there, while starring heirloom tomatoes (from Poughkeepsie Farm Project) were pasta, risotto and a fish stew. Hardly light and refreshing, any of it.

The restaurant is on a corner in a neighborhood in Poughkeepsie that has seen the opening of several new places recently. It’s an open space with lots of hard surfaces, making it noisy even when it’s not fully booked.

Go as a foursome, as the choice of tables we were offered as two diners (with a reservation) was limited to a two-top next to the door or another one next to the bar. A few larger tables I asked about were supposedly booked but remained empty the entire time we were there. Just saying. There’s also an outdoor deck for drinking and dining with a nice view of the underside of the Walkway Bridge and the (limited) parking area.

Accidental Locavore Farmers and Chefs BeetsMy friend started out with the beet carpaccio. It was a small but elegant plate with thinly sliced beets flanked by thinly sliced turnips, topped with apricots, and a fennel frond for greenery. She said the beets were perfectly cooked, tender and delicious and because you know how I feel about beets, I have to believe her.

Something I did stick my fork into was her other choice, the Portuguese octopus. It was a perfectly cooked tentacle, sitting on a puddle of lemon crème fraiche with slices of potato, some micro-greens and cherry tomatoes with a dusting of chili powder.

Accidental Locavore Farmers and Chefs Lamb PastaIn the end I ended up going for pasta–cavatelli, a special that night. It was served with a lamb bolognese sauce with kalamata olives (3-4 of them) and feta cheese. It was a good dish, solid if not spectacular. A few more olives and a little more feta would have made this a special special.

We split their version of a tarte tartin—caramelized apples on a thin pastry with ice cream, which, like most of the other dishes, was good but not outstanding.

The owner of Farmers and Chefs, John Lekic won praise for his previous restaurant, Le Express, so it was surprising that so much of Farmers and Chefs fell flat. Fingers crossed that time will smooth out some of the bumps.

 

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Dinner at the Dutch Ale House

Accidental Locavore Dutch Ale House Pimento CheeseAlthough I could spend a lot of time (and text) explaining why it took so long to get to the Dutch Ale House in Saugerties, I’d rather tell you about the great food and wonderful atmosphere we found when we finally made it there.

Dallas and Ted Gilpin, who had made it a regular Friday night stop on their way up from the city, bought the Dutch Ale House earlier this year. First up, a renovation to make it more inviting than its previous look—a bad school cafeteria with holes in the sheetrock, according to Dallas. Opening up a wall between two spaces has given it a seamless and inviting dining room.

Then find a chef. Their friend, chef Jonathan Botta was just finishing up a gig in North Carolina and is now running the kitchen (and outside smoker).

They wanted to shift from classic pub-grub to a more local, fresh, farm-friendly fare that celebrates its pub roots. There are burgers and wings and fish & chips, but everything has a twist.

An Ale House has to have beer and you’ll find about 15 on tap, many from New York. There are about a dozen others in bottles or cans, wines by the glass or bottle and signature cocktails. I had “A Walk in the Park” which was sencha (green) and black iced tea with fresh lemonade, basil and your choice of alcohol. I passed on the booze and enjoyed one of the best iced teas in memory.

We started with a special that will soon make it to the regular menu—pimento cheese. If you’re from the South, this is one of those things that you probably grew up with. For those of us up here, Jonathan’s version (served with de rigueur Ritz crackers) was a great treat! There’s a bit of spice courtesy of Vesta Dry Hot Sauce (which was so good, I promptly ordered a jar) which may or may not be traditional, but was delicious, especially with some great local pickles. “I’ve never enjoyed pimento cheese so much in my life” was Frank’s verdict.

Accidental Locavore Dutch Ale House Beet SaladHe had the beet salad with roasted red and gold beets, pickled shallots, pea shoots, cashews and smoked blue cheese. He said it was one of his favorite beets salads, with perfectly cooked beets and a light dressing that enhanced all the flavors.

Next up, their house-made smoked bratwurst and kielbasa, served with some locally made sauerkraut that Chef Botta perks up with caraway seeds. There’s a side of India Pale Ale spiked mustard for dunking or spreading. My favorite was the bratwurst, but I wouldn’t say no to the kielbasa. Both had that nice snap to the skin and terrific flavor.

Accidental Locavore Dutch Ale House BratsFor main courses, they sent us out the salmon, hot smoked and spice-crusted. It was served over a bed of corn, Swiss chard, fennel and cream (their version of creamed corn). I was surprised to see Frank, not normally a salmon lover, digging into it and barely sharing. Yes, it was that good!

Accidental Locavore Dutch Ale House SalmonThe Dutch Ale House’s signature dish is a pastrami beef rib. The best way of describing it would be to tell you to go order it, but barring that, imagine pastrami on the bone. It’s a huge rib, brined, smoked and crusted with the spices that you would use for pastrami. It comes with potatoes, chard and celery root and a horseradish sauce for the beef. It’s wonderful and it’s huge. If you were considering it, I would tell you to skip the appetizers, but they were so good, I’ll just suggest you come prepared to take some home with you (it made terrific sandwiches the next day).

Accidental Locavore Dutch Ale House Pastrami RibWe were so full that there was a lot to take home, but in the name of research, went for the homemade panna cotta topped with peach preserves for dessert. I’m not usually a fan of what my friend refers to as beige toothless desserts but managed to make a big dent in the panna cotta. It was rich and creamy, and the peach preserves were a lovely topping.

Accidental Locavore Dutch Ale House Panna CottaOne of the other highlights of the evening was getting to know Dallas. She’s delightful and obviously cares about the Dutch Ale House and making sure everyone has a good meal and a good time. We certainly did!

My two regrets? That we took so long to get there and that we don’t live just a little bit closer….

Thanks to Dallas and Jonathan for a delicious meal, we’ll be back soon!

 

 

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Catch 38--Now Closed

Accidental Locavore Catch 38 Oysters

When you have really great oysters, like Catch 38 had the night we were there, I can understand letting them shine. However, even with really great oysters, sometimes you’d like to be able to mix and match them in increments less than 6. You’d also appreciate a slice (or even better a wedge) of lemon larger than the one in your cocktails and enough yuzu mignonette to see what it tasted like with the oysters.

Luckily, if Chef Wesley Dier & Bryn Bahnatka-Dier are paying attention, these are super simple fixes to make and this could easily become a terrific addition to the Rhinebeck restaurant scene.

Catch 38 is a bright airy take on an upscale seafood shack. It’s definitely upscale, and very much not a shack. There is plenty of seafood and enough meat options to please carnivores too.

We started with a dozen oysters from the West Coast, 6 each of Totten’s Inlet and Pacific Kiss. They were plump, meaty and sweet and I’ll look for them again.

Accidental Locavore Catch 38 SaladMy friend started with the Little Gem Chop Chop salad with veggies. A wedge of Little Gem lettuce, nicely dressed with a cider vinegar dressing and sprinkled with chickpeas, red peppers and carrots, it was a good way to start a meal.

The winner of the main courses was the fish and chips. A few nice chunks of cod battered and perfectly fried sat on a swish of sauce, with a cone of skinny fries on the side. The cod was sweet and delicious and reminded me of how good, good cod can be.

Accidental Locavore Catch 38 Fish & Chips I was intrigued by the lamb sliders. Yeah, I know it’s a place for seafood. But who wouldn’t want to try Tuscan Lamb Sliders with pesto aioli, tomato jam, burrata, spinach, griddled polenta and Parmesan frico? It was a pair of lamb patties, nicely grilled, sitting on the spinach and tomato jam and topped with a slice of burrata and pesto. There were two small discs of Parmesan polenta on the side. It was a tasty combination (although as much as I love burrata, it was a little overpowered by all the other goodies on the burger) and I was glad I’d given it a try.

Accidental Locavore Catch 38 SlidersThe guys each had the seared sea scallops with Israeli couscous, beets and arugula. They both said it was more of a couscous and beet salad with scallops and as big scallop lovers, they would have liked more than three scallops.

There were 5 desserts the night we were there, and we tried 3 of them. The Key Lime Muffins were our favorites. This was all about presentation, so I won’t ruin the surprise, let me just say that the “muffins” were like mini Key Lime pies and the sauces that came with them were delicious (as were the muffins).

Accidental Locavore Catch 38 Key Lime MuffinsAlso yummy, once you could get to it, was the Chocolate-Chocolate Carmel Sundae. It was served in a traditional sundae glass with chunks of brownie at the top, and layers of chocolate sauce, crunchies etc. underneath. It would have been easier to get all the great layers and flavors in a bite, if the brownie pieces hadn’t been blocking access. Maybe a broad bowl instead of the sundae coupe?

Last up was the Creamsicle Sherbert, made from blood oranges and buttermilk. Everyone liked it with the fresh berries alongside. I’ve never been a Creamsicle girl, so I went back to work on the chocolate sundae.

Catch 38 shows a lot of promise. We’ll definitely be back–the oysters and fish & chips are worth the trip. The food overall was good and a little more time should help them work out some of the kinks.

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Pieconic: Pies and More at Main Street Goodness

Accidental Locavore Pie at PieconicPies.
Isn’t that the first thing that comes to mind when you’re a globe-trotting executive looking for a new career?
Pies.
It was one of the first things that came to Christopher Knable’s mind when he was far from home. In fact, he started baking pies overseas when he got homesick.
He got such satisfaction from baking pies and such a good reception for them that he decided to start his own bakery when he came back state-side.
Accidental Locavore Pie at Main Street GoodnessThat morphed into Pieconic, his bakery and Main Street Goodness, the café he started in Chatham, so people would have a spot to sit down and enjoy the pies and other goodies.
The café, a cute stop on Chatham’s Main Street, is open 6 days a week from 8 AM to 7 PM for all-day breakfast, lunch and of course, pies. The menu caters to all tastes and food tolerances, so you can bring your gluten-free, vegans and carnivores and they’ll all find something yummy to eat.
Christopher and his team are constantly tweaking the menu to reflect what’s fresh from local farms, but you can always depend on a few staples. I had a chance to try some of the pies and bakery items and they were all delicious!
Accidental Locavore Pies and MoreEven though I’d had a big lunch, somehow the piece of Thor’s Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate pie disappeared—bite after tasty bite. It’s a terrific combination of oatmeal, coconut and chocolate in a classic crust. The website touts it as being “the coziest pie on our menu” and on a cold, rainy day, it was!
Being appetite challenged, Christopher and his staff stocked me up with a big bag of treats. We happily ate our way through the selection which included their signature pasties (hand pies), both apple and a savory “BLP” with scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes and cheese and both delicious.
Hot out of the oven, a savory breakfast buttermilk biscuit with bacon, was flaky and a perfect way to start any morning.
Accidental Locavore Pies and MoreIf you think Chatham might be off your beaten track, you’ll be surprised to see that besides Main Street Goodness, there are a number of new (to me) and interesting shops that have opened up, making it a nice place to spend an afternoon.
If you really think Chatham is off the beaten track, not to fret, there’s always the Internet and Christopher would be happy to ship you off a pie or two.Accidental Locavore Pies and Christopher

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