Tabatha's Family Tree is aptly named because Tabatha Babbitt and Patricia Personius co-own and operate the restaurant with her family members. In the kitchen the chefs prepare pastas, prime rib, and veal scallopini sautéed with peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a red wine sauce. The same careful preparation of their meals in the restaurant goes into their catered events, which can occur on or off their premises.
Nestled in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square district, PJ’s Pub and Grill’s unpretentious atmosphere belies the filet mignon sizzling in its kitchen. Patrons can slice into gourmet beef cuts and other upscale dinner entrees, such as a sesame-crusted tuna and portobello-stuffed ravioli, as games unfold on the eatery’s big-screen TVs. Alternatively, diners can opt for bar-style eats, which complement a bar-sized selection of wine, beer and shots. Dishes range from shepherd’s pie and grilled paninis to burgers, such as the Southwestern, crowned in pepper jack cheese and onion straws. A daily rotation of lunch and happy-hour specials adds an element of surprise to the dining experience, much like finding a winning lottery ticket in your date's wallet, and groups can retire to a choice of two brick-walled banquet halls for private celebrations.
On Fridays, the familiar aroma of frying fish wafts out of Westvale Fish Cove, luring in as many diners as it did when the restaurant opened its doors in 1948. But chefs keep the deep fryer sizzling throughout the rest of the week too, as they dip shrimp, calamari, and fish into its golden bubbles, yielding bronzed crusts and resonant crunches. In addition to their made-to-order meals, chefs can also wrap up raw seafood for customers to fry at home or to use as a subtle warning in front of complacent pet goldfish.
Voted the Best Public Golf Course in Ontario County by the Daily Messenger, the course at Bristol Harbour finds itself among esteemed company as an entry in the oeuvre of well-known course designer Robert Trent Jones. The front nine's position on Canandaigua Lake lends it picturesque views, but with waterfront real estate comes treachery in the form of fierce winds and the possibility of distractions from a passing ghost ship. The course tenor changes considerably as players cross over to the back nine, where they must contend with the frequent changes in elevation brought by the Bristol hills and avoid the dense forest that lines the fairways.
The Holloway House was first opened in 1808 by blacksmith Peter Holloway, who wanted to give pioneers a resting point on their journey west. The latest in a long line of owners, the Wayne family has helmed the colonial eatery for more than 50 years, reconstructing its original brick fireplace and crafting a menu of American comfort food. From daily offerings, such as the roast duck with peach chutney and the seared scallops in lemon-wine butter, to Saturday night's prime rib and seafood buffet, the chefs make their business good, simple food, and plenty of it.
At North Shore Grill, the Aztec grill burns wood at 1,200 balmy degrees, giving both fish and chops nice chars. Besides char-grilled fare, the menu features seafood specialties, such as jambalaya and scallops au gratin. At any time of year, diners always get a good view of the undulating waters of Conesus Lake. And North Shore Grill's rich, warm decor is just as inviting as the picturesque scene outdoors, with seating the color of cherrywood and copper spanning the length of the bar.