The Finger Lakes Region has become a premier culinary destination, serving up a variety of authentic local creations. Whether you’re looking for regional cuisine that incorporates local, farm-to-table ingredients or the perfect pairing for one of the area’s fine wines, Seneca County dining is filled with choices that are sure to please everyone’s palette.
Salt potatoes are the quintessential side dish for summer Chicken Barbeque in the Finger Lakes Region. The delicious, bite-sized potato is a regional favorite and best served with butter.
History Happened Here
Among the favorite food of sailors at the Sampson Naval Training Center in the early 1940s was homemade ice cream. The ice cream was made fresh three days each week. It was regarded as superior in taste to commercial products because of the high butterfat content. Most unusual was the cup designed specifically for the treat. A special machine automatically filled paper cups with the ice cream then a round paper disk was placed over it as a cover – eliminating the need for dishwashers.
Looking for a homemade sweet treat to compliment your Finger Lakes dining experience? The Cayuga Lake Creamery was voted by USA Today as one of the top 50 ice cream parlors in America. A local favorite, the creamery offers a wide selection of traditional and unique flavors, like Seneca Salt Caramel and Maple Bacon. If chocolate is your craving, the Rue Claire Lavender Farm specializes in handcrafted chocolate truffles, chocolate molds and other luxurious items to satisfy your indulgence.
While many visitors to the region come by boat looking for a great meal, many others are in search of a lakeside view while they dine. Fortunately, Seneca County offers some of the most scenic dining vistas around. No matter which lake or waterway you’re on, there is always a great restaurant nearby. A few also allow boaters to dock and dine.
Mac’s Drive-In is one of the oldest and most successful restaurants in the Finger Lakes. Opened in 1961 as a family business, neither the restaurant nor its offerings have changed very much over the last half-century. Specializing in food made fast with superior customer service, the local icon continues to capture the nostalgia of a bygone summer night while serving up dishes that keep visitors coming back to Seneca County.
In addition to tasting the region’s world-renowned beverages while on a wine trail excursion, visitors will find that there are also a growing number of dining options to choose from. Whether your preference is from the grille, café-style or full-service sit down – winery restaurants provide a complete local culinary experience while in the Finger Lakes