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  1. #5101
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    Quote Originally Posted by huckbucket View Post
    Bills losses are what built that town. Its part of the fabric. The whole area is one Super Bowl win from becoming Nashville.

    #reallynotreally
    Ive heard Nashville is pretty nice though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flounder View Post
    Hot dogs are essential upstate fare. Im partial to the Tail O The Pup but I think theyve been pitching themselves as more of a BBQ place lately.

    https://www.newyorkupstate.com/food/...lo_albany.html
    I just dont get the Tail O' the Pup love. Maybe I've just had poor experiences, but I never found the food to be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huckbucket View Post
    This is the info I'm here for. Gonna be in Saranac this weekend and need some food recs.
    Grizzly T's has really good bar food. Drink in the front - eat in the back.

    Downtown grill has good food. Not much ambiance.

    Casa Del Sol is always decent for Mexican. Good atmosphere and has a small outside bar.

    I'm a big fan of Lisa G's in Placid if you dont mind the 10 minute drive. Everything on the ever changing menu is great. The bartenders are always friendly and you can eat inside or outside. Food ranges from burgers, to great personal pizzas, schnitzel, and great entrees. Great vibe and great food.

    Cafe Rustica in Placid was always a favorite, but I've not been there in years. Food was always fantastic. Higher end.

    I'm not a fan of the food at the Hotel Saranac. It is over priced and misses the mark. However the 2nd floor balcony bar/lounge area that opens onto the balcony is hard to beat for a few cocktails.

    If you want a real local place hit the Shamrock Bar and Grill just off rte 30 heading toward Paul Smith's. Maybe 7 minutes outside of town. Really good basic food and a super local backwoods upstate joint. I stopped in there for a beer once and they had a free end of season buffet set up. Cool joint - zero pretense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWG View Post
    You know what? We are approaching this backwards. Instead of trying to find the border we should be starting in the middle, establishing the areas that are for sure upstate, and then work outwards till it gets foggy. It may be a grayish, blurry line rather than a clear, bright one. Blurry and gray is kind of an upstate concept anyway.

    So I'll start with this. The emotional, and potentially geographical, center of the Upstates is Utica. No one, and I mean no one, can question if the home of riggies, Utica greens, a reasonably successful minor league hockey team, the single A baseball club about which Good Enough To Dream was written, the leftovers from turn of the century wealth like the Stanley Theater, an incredible art museum to which almost no one goes, the inspiration for the backwards running population sign in the Simpsons, the only city in the US with a ski lift inside city limits and a hospital at its base, owner of 5 of the top 10 upstate dive bars, the unofficial bar fight capitol of the world, and the birthplace and current home of Utica-Fucking-Club, is upstate. It is absolutely Upstate. It is all the damn way Upstate.

    So we start with Utica. Let's add cities/towns from there. What's next? This is how we find the edge.
    You had meant East Utica Greens and Riggies

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC13 View Post
    Grizzly T's has really good bar food. Drink in the front - eat in the back.

    Downtown grill has good food. Not much ambiance.

    Casa Del Sol is always decent for Mexican. Good atmosphere and has a small outside bar.

    I'm a big fan of Lisa G's in Placid if you dont mind the 10 minute drive. Everything on the ever changing menu is great. The bartenders are always friendly and you can eat inside or outside. Food ranges from burgers, to great personal pizzas, schnitzel, and great entrees. Great vibe and great food.

    Cafe Rustica in Placid was always a favorite, but I've not been there in years. Food was always fantastic. Higher end.

    I'm not a fan of the food at the Hotel Saranac. It is over priced and misses the mark. However the 2nd floor balcony bar/lounge area that opens onto the balcony is hard to beat for a few cocktails.

    If you want a real local place hit the Shamrock Bar and Grill just off rte 30 heading toward Paul Smith's. Maybe 7 minutes outside of town. Really good basic food and a super local backwoods upstate joint. I stopped in there for a beer once and they had a free end of season buffet set up. Cool joint - zero pretense.

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    Thanks.

    Just got back yesterday. We had a sweet rental on Kiwassa lake and got the fire roaring early and the beers/wine/music cranking both nights so didn't end up eating out at all. First night we got some shitty pizza and wings delivered. Second night we picked up Tail O' the Pup on the way back from Placid. Was pretty good, but not amazing. The beer however was excellent. Wish I could report back on consumption of UC, but one of the guys in our crew brings all sorts of craft stuff everywhere we go. I was alternating between Young Lion Lakeside (out of Canandaigua) and Big Ditch Hayburner (Buffalo) all weekend. Both are super tasty.

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    Who's looking for a place upstate?

    https://nypost.com/2021/09/13/haunte...ts-the-market/

    This has to be one of the highest priced homes in Troy, no?
    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    Who's looking for a place upstate?

    https://nypost.com/2021/09/13/haunte...ts-the-market/

    This has to be one of the highest priced homes in Troy, no?
    That's a lot of concrete in the front yard. And the seller's have a funny definition of "mansion".
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsy View Post
    Odd day at the spa today.
    Hoodie give away so people were lined up early.
    Crazy was all the fuckers who went only for the giveaway. Saw season pass holders literally doing laps while I waited to pay to get in so they could get multiple vouchers for hoodies.

    Guy on the back stretch said it's common practice these days. Locals use passes or buy $ 7 GA tix to get giveaways, sell em online for $20-30.

    Funny little resort town y'all got here.
    Ha, you reminded me of something that sent shivers of excitement through the place I worked in up there. The buzz would start early in the week. These were the same people who chattered for days about their plans for Black Friday early morning shopping.

    The world is perfect. Appreciate the details.

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    Holy shit, the smoke! Visibility is down to about 2 blocks here. Yuck.

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    Did another lap of the Hudson Valley today. I considered another TR but decided to put it here for the real upstate fans instead. It started out pretty typical.

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    The sun came out before we got to North South Lake around 8:50 am but it was around fifty degrees, a lot more chilly than it was downstate.

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    The temperature was significant because the little kayak is a wet-ass guarantee. I had suggested bringing a sit inside to my son the night before but he liked the yak board. It was fine since the younger one was still sleeping in the back seat. I did a lap paddling the tandem solo from the center position and kept dry.

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    North Lake is a pretty place to paddle.

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    Junior took a lap.

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    After that we tried out the yak board with some scupper plugs installed but it was still too wet-ass for the temperature. We set up the tandem for two people, which was fine. Eventually Danger boy woke up so we took the tandem back out again.

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    This is where I saw a GIGANTIC snapping turtle years ago. We had the phones handy this time but of course he didn’t show. Next time maybe.

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    We had business in Albany so only hung around until around 11:30 before moving on. We took country roads up to exit 21 so we had something other than the Thruway to look at for a little while. Nice drive.

    Of course my dad’s lawn wasn’t mowed since I didn’t go up last weekend. This time I had free labor to call on though. As good as a UC tastes after mowing the lawn, this might be even better.

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    We visited for a couple hours and ate some Fish Fry of course. The kids were good sports about following me around all day so we hit the Stewart’s on our way out for milkshakes.

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    Vanilla and the Sienna mint madness.

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    Pretty good day. Was home before 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brownski View Post
    Did another lap of the Hudson Valley today. I considered another TR but decided to put it here for the real upstate fans instead. It started out pretty typical.

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    The sun came out before we got to North South Lake around 8:50 am but it was around fifty degrees, a lot more chilly than it was downstate.

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    The temperature was significant because the little kayak is a wet-ass guarantee. I had suggested bringing a sit inside to my son the night before but he liked the yak board. It was fine since the younger one was still sleeping in the back seat. I did a lap paddling the tandem solo from the center position and kept dry.

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    North Lake is a pretty place to paddle.

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    Junior took a lap.

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    After that we tried out the yak board with some scupper plugs installed but it was still too wet-ass for the temperature. We set up the tandem for two people, which was fine. Eventually Danger boy woke up so we took the tandem back out again.

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    This is where I saw a GIGANTIC snapping turtle years ago. We had the phones handy this time but of course he didn’t show. Next time maybe.

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    We had business in Albany so only hung around until around 11:30 before moving on. We took country roads up to exit 21 so we had something other than the Thruway to look at for a little while. Nice drive.

    Of course my dad’s lawn wasn’t mowed since I didn’t go up last weekend. This time I had free labor to call on though. As good as a UC tastes after mowing the lawn, this might be even better.

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    We visited for a couple hours and ate some Fish Fry of course. The kids were good sports about following me around all day so we hit the Stewart’s on our way out for milkshakes.

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    Vanilla and the Sienna mint madness.

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    Pretty good day. Was home before 6.
    Solid TR! Nice day with your boys.

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    I feel like we’ve seen this pumpkin slaughter before.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Ok, I like that concept: even better than a beer drunk after mowing the lawn is the beer drunk while watching your kid mow it.

    I may have to try that and see how it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWG View Post
    Ok, I like that concept: even better than a beer drunk after mowing the lawn is the beer drunk while watching your kid mow it.

    I may have to try that and see how it works.
    The latter tastes way better than the former, which isn't too bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EWG View Post
    Ok, I like that concept: even better than a beer drunk after mowing the lawn is the beer drunk while watching your kid mow it.

    I may have to try that and see how it works.
    It really is the most pro move we've seen around these parts in a while.

    And we have actual pros posting here.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post

    I feel like weve seen this pumpkin slaughter before.


    yep.... most every fall since 1955, 'bout 250 pumpkins a week get cut up and impaled. as they're sacrificed, it's their juju that keeps that talkin' pumpkin talkin'.






    https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/pho...-pumpkin-farm/


    https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/fam...pumpkin-patch/

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    Currently in the future cannabis capitol of Upstate. Canajoharie Beech Nut plant has plans to become a marijuana growing and processing facility.

    “All dressed up…and ready to Grow” Probably not what the Chamber of Commerce was thinking when they came up with the tag line.

    I laughed.
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    sweet, they can leave the lower windows open so when the canal floods that building again, the plants will have plenty of water...

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2711c View Post
    yep.... most every fall since 1955, 'bout 250 pumpkins a week get cut up and impaled. as they're sacrificed, it's their juju that keeps that talkin' pumpkin talkin'.






    https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/pho...-pumpkin-farm/


    https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/fam...pumpkin-patch/
    Good lookin spot, my boy would be all over that.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Another town name I have no idea how to pronounce. And Wikipedia is no help - though it does include a long list of prominent residents I have never heard of…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canajoharie,_New_York
    ok I have heard of Susan B Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    It really is the most pro move we've seen around these parts in a while.

    And we have actual pros posting here.
    And hes got a drivers license so if one UC leads to another, say, ten UC Ive got a ride.

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    can a ja harry

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    English ja or Spanish ja?

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    english

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    jajaja

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