Move over pumpkin, there's another fall flavor in town. Cortland County is famous for it's apples and these local eateries are showcasing just how delicious it can be.
This is just a sample of culinary treats the county has to offer. Click here for a full list of eateries.
CARMEL APPLE MACCHIATO
Start your day with a caramel apple macchiato from Coffee Mania and make your taste buds sing. If coffee just isn't your scene, they also offer an equally delightful apple cinnamon chai that's sure to spice up your commute.
Coffee Mania, Port Watson and Groton Ave (Drive Thru) and Origins (Sit Down), Cortland, NY
APPLE CRUMBLE WAFFLE
Curl up next to a crackling fire with a hot mug of coffee and a steaming plate of Apple Crumble Waffles at the FireCrest, for the perfect start to the weekend. The FireCrest Restaurant is showcasing apples this fall, by smothering a perfectly crisp and fluffy Belgium waffle with a heaping scoop of homemade apple cinnamon crumble. To top it all off, it's crowned with a dollop of Byrne Dairy's vanilla bean ice cream and a healthy drizzle maple syrup. If we've convinced you, head on over to the Firecrest for brunch Thursday-Saturday 11-3. If nothing else will do, we recommend calling ahead, as this seasonal special is sure to sell out.
FireCrest Restaurant, 13 Groton Ave., Cortland
THE GREEK PEAK SALAD
What better way to take in the season than lunch alfresco, under the mountain, at Trax Pub and Grill. While you're there treat yourself to a Greek Peak salad. Crisp apples, candies pecans, blue cheese crumbles and dried cranberries all on a bed of mixed baby greens and tossed in their signature house made cider vinaigrette, this salad isn't for the faint of heart. I recommend adding some grilled chicken breast to round out the meal and maybe enjoying it with a New York State hard apple cider on draft. After all, fall only comes once a year.
Trax Bar and Grill, 200 State Rt. 392, Cortland NY
Cold, rainy fall day got you feeling down? Head over to Dasher's Corner Pub for The Upstater, the ultimate in fall comfort food. A modern twist on a classic grilled cheese, The Upstater is made with New York sharp cheddar, local bacon and house made apple jam. Served with their signature tomato soup, its sure leave you feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside.
Dasher's Corner Pub, 12 N. Main Street, Homer
A new twist on a fall classic, I bet you've never had cider like this before. Distilled to it's very essence, boiled cider pours like molasses and taste both tangy and sweet. Enjoy it all the ways you might enjoy maple syrup; drizzled on pancakes or waffles, swirled in a yogurt parfait, shaken into a cocktail or glazed on a nice cut of pork. The possibilities are endless so drop by Hollenbeck's Cider Mill and grab a jar while it lasts. Better make that two, as it makes for the perfect hostess gift.
Hollenbeck's Cider Mill, 1265 NY-392, Virgil NY
BOURBON-APPLE GLAZED PORK CHOP
Sit back, relax and soak in the panoramic mountian views at Heuga's Alpine Resturuant, where they are elevating the apple with a gorgeous fall inspired dish. Served on a bed of creamy polenta, this 10 ounce pork chop is glazed in a sumptuous apple cider bourbon sauce and served with seasonal broccolini. The perfect spot for a date night, or a sunny afternoon on the deck with friends, this meal is not to be missed.
Heuga's Alpine Restaurant, 1 Song Mountian Drive, Tully
APPLE CIDER FLOAT
Sometime we just can't bear for the season to end. If you're still chasing those summer vibes, Super Cream Dairy Bar has got your fix. A novel take on a old idea, they're created the apple cider float. A perfect way help your taste buds transition into the autumn and enjoy the last of the season's ice cream stands.
Super Cream Dairy Bar, 75 N. West Street, Homer
CARAMEL APPLE MARTINI
Nothing says Friday night, quite like a martini. This caramel apple martini is sure not to disappoint; made with 1911 Vanilla Chia Vodka, the Finger Lakes Tasting Room's own (gluten free/ dairy free) maple whiskey caramel and rimmed with a toasted peacan crumble, you'll remember there are a few perks to being a grown up.
Finger Lakes Tasting and Tap Room, 31 Main Street, Cortland
The honorable mention goes to Bru 64, for their very clever take on the mimosa. Made with local apple cider and champagne, this bubbley concoction is perfect for brunch or a night cap. Insider tip, if you ask really nicely they will rim the glass with caramel for you. I assure you, a carmel apple mimosa is worth being extra nice for.
Bru 64, 64 Main Street, Cortland
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