At Kirkland's King Eagle Diner in Carthage, N.Y., recipes have been passed down for generations. Driven by the Kirkland family's playful personalities, their self-owned and operated diner specializes in new interpretations of classic American comfort food?from stacks of pancakes and ham-stuffed omelets at breakfast to hearty soups, sandwiches, and signature Screaming Eagle Burgers at lunch. Glass cases display home-baked desserts, all of which are freshly baked onsite.
Affable aesthetician Christine Benoit revitalizes smile holders with customized facials. The 60-minute face-coddling session is tailored to each client’s skin type from oily to acneic and mature to frosting-covered. Visitors slip into relaxed reveries as a face whisperer pampers epidermises, revivifying mugs and ridding pores of dirt, grime, and oil. During peppermint facials peppermint-scented products and aromas swirl through the air to create a spa visit as seasonally sweet as Christmas morning at the candy-cane factory.
According to Hicham "Sam" Eddahi, every meal should be a multi-sensory experience. “We put all five senses on one plate, have all the ingredients fuse into one exquisite taste," said the chef, who cultivated his culinary skills and passion for global cuisine in Europe and Morocco. At Windmills, Eddahi and his team infuse their breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner menus with flavours ranging from France to Asia to Latin America, and an expansive wine list ensures mouthwatering matches for every entree. High-quality proteins, such as local ground beef, sustainably fished salmon, or marrowbone, mingle with market-fresh vegetables and flavourful sauces. The menu also features nightly chef's specials, and like a chameleon walking beneath a rainbow, it changes frequently.
Fueled by a passion for cooking healthy Indian food without sacrificing flavour and by a passion for cooking in general, Gita Bassi founded Tandoori Sizzle in 2010. Since then, Gita’s 100% housemade menu and infectious smile has made a lasting impact on the community and her customers, so much so that students who visit the restaurant call her “Mama.”
Delicious as they may be, Gita emphasizes that her dishes are good for you, too—she avoids the use of ghee, a clarified butter included in many Indian recipes. That health-minded approach reaffirms the genuine concern Gita expresses through her food and personality: “My customers are like my family,” she told the Kingston Whig-Standard. “When students call me Mama, I love that.”
On the second story of a quaint building, the chefs of Tata's House of Pizza & Pasta churn out pies slathered in housemade sauce and decorated with toppings ranging from salami to fresh garlic. Along with a menu of bubbling pizzas, the staff slathers wings in honey-garlic and “Suicide” sauce, dress up burgers with bacon and cheese, and pile slabs of housemade lasagna onto plates with fresh-made garlic bread.
The chefs at Ali Baba Kabab prepare a spread of Persian and Middle Eastern dishes for dine-in, carryout, or delivery. The stars of the menu—marinated beef and saffron chicken—appear in shawarma plates, kebabs, and crayon drawings accompanied by white rice and warm pitas. Set against walls the colour of yellow saffron, a refrigerated deli counter displays homemade goods ranging from honeyed baklava to fresh wraps.