Ard's Farm Stand Restaurant, Lewisburg PA was halfway between Ithaca and Baltimore, thus ideal for a break point, lunch and picking up of dinner.
One fork of the family was just finished eating and I picked up a delicious fried boneless chicken wing and the remains of a blueberry lemonade and decided we were in the promised land. Colette had a California salad with everything from lettuce to avocado and bacon to chicken and I had pulled pork with chips.
The bill was complicated d/t the addition of fruits and veggies, etc. but I'd definitely stop again if on this route.
The Moosewood Café, open now for some 40 years, was a revelation when it opened and I recall a meal shortly thereafter as well as its famed cookbook. For better or worse it hasn't changed much, serving vegetarian and fish food from largely local sources with bio-natural-etc wines & beers.
We were 21 or so, spread out a bit (but more on that later) and I'll just record what Colette and I had: terrific corn chips with just OK guacamole; ab-fab poached and chilled shrimp with a divine classic zippy tomato sauce; a locavore plate (local goat cheese with honey and bread and apples); and a cheese-mushroom quesadilla that was disappointing and characterless.
I have no idea of the bill since my wonderful daughters picked it up.
Go? Well, as of last night, Colette received a nasty call from the snarky reservation queen who said that her colleague should NOT have combined 3 reservations when Colette consulted her two days ago. Having 3 reservations for 8 each was OK, but combining them was a "NO NO". She said that having a 'large party' was not possible on a holiday, that we could pay $1000 to rent the porch dining room. When told that Colette had been encouraged to combine the reservation by her colleague, she 'huffily' said the reservation would be honored. Aside from that unfortunate interchange, the staff was wonderful, e.g. service was very good.
Wolffy's on the lake near Seneca Falls is a spectacular setting with good wine.
Our dining partners split a soup and salad, Colette had chicken salad and I ordered the special, Fish n chips, thinking one dish was enough. When I bogged down after one of three fish and 4 fries I looked around and the portion sizes and waist sizes at the other tables attested to why America's epidemic is obesity; a sad commentary.
The Taste of Thai in Ithaca NY came highly recommended and justly so; it was wonderful. Our wait-guy, who works at a wine store, advised Colette on a great Seneca Lakes wine (me as a male would never ask advice) and we started off with salads with wonderful ginger dressings.
Colette ordered a Chicken satay over the Pad Thai (bad decision) and I had had a Shrimp Ginger Delight that was terrific.
Our bill was $65 without bottled water, coffee or dessert - but hold on!!!!!!
Today was museum day in the Finger Lakes: first the Corning Glass Museum in Corning NY which was the most spectacular glass museum I've seen, surpassing even that in Nancy; then in the PM we went to the Johnson Museum at Cornell in Ithaca NY whose I.M. Pei building is a wow, while it's holdings pale compared to those at say the Fogg or Smith College Museums.
The Three Birds in Corning, NY, was the first destination in my wife's family's reunion held every 5 years or so. Four of us went with high hopes. The place is absolutely lovely, with a great staff and nice setting but.....
We started off with a Harbor Fish Soup that was really quite good, a baby green and a Caesar salad that were standard and bread that was clearly made with care, in house, with an EVOO sauce, but both disappointing.
Then we moved on to a crab cake, salmon, and swordfish that were OK but no more and I had their signature dish of flash-fried calamari with putanesca sauce that was the most inedible dish of the year. Our great wait-person asked if she could replace it and I got the Portuguese bean soup that was pretty damn good.
Desserts were a tiramisu (left unfinished by my number 3 grand-child, quite wisely I thought) and a berry crisp, quite OK.
With two bottles of a Cotes de Rhone and no coffee or bottled water, our bill before tip was $151.20.
Go? For soups and salads and wines and good service.