FLX Restaurant Week: Crystal Lake Café at Americana Vineyards
is a quaint, yet retro dining establishment located at Americana Vineyards in Interlaken along the Cayuga Wine Trail. A popular stop for locavores, the Café is a from-scratch kind of kitchen where everything from homemade sausage and fresh bread is made on premise. Fruits and vegetables that appear in recipes are grown out back in their gardens.
Executive Chef Lindsay Freeman has been with the Café for the past six years and strives to create the best versions of familiar dishes from scratch featuring the finest seasonal and local ingredients, if not from out back, then from one of the many nearby farms. Specials are created daily featuring the freshest ingredients that day. Lunch and dinner are available year-round in the dining room and during the summer months, dining on the porch, breezeway, or Pavilion add to the restaurants charm.
Chef Lindsay’s dinner menu for Finger Lakes Restaurant Week features the comforting flavors we all crave when it starts to get cool. From creamy soups and hearty salads to pumpkin, squash, and root veggies, even to favorite fall desserts; the menu incorporates them all.
Choose from Potato and Cheddar Soup made with beer from a local brewery in Dryden called Bacchus Brewing Company or a pickled watermelon radish and kale salad served with Lively Run feta cheese offering a perfect salty kick. The salad is finished with pumpkin seeds and a tangy mustard-cider vinaigrette.
The first option for the main course is meatless; Savory Bread Pudding gussied up with Swiss chard, butternut squash, caramelized onions, and silky goat cheese from Lively Run. A simple arugula salad completes the dish. The second option is a Whiskey Braised Pork Shoulder using whiskey from nearby Myer Farm Distillers, served with roasted root vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes.
The last course, and some may argue the best course, features Maple Apple Crisp finished with a cornmeal crumble and a scoop of vanilla ice cream from Cayuga Lake Creamery. One of each please!
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