Duke's

Duke’s Diner’s Challenging Breakfast

What’s the best way to conquer a 3-pound breakfast burrito loaded with ham, eggs, cheese, home fries, onions, peppers and salsa? Grab a knife, cut in and take the first bite. Duke’s Diner in Plattsburgh has been a breakfast staple in the community for more than 15 years. A few years ago, owner Chris Duquette noticed a trend in culinary contests on television and made one himself: a 2-pound breakfast burrito. Later, thinking 2 pounds wasn’t enough, Duquette shoved another pound of deliciousness inside to create a monster. This wicked burrito gives eaters more than a victory shirt — they…

iced wine

Cold, Hard Drinks of the North Country

There is no ignoring the North Country’s winter. Local business owners know that better than anyone. But where some see nuisance, others see opportunity. The Adirondack Coast’s rapidly expanding adult-beverage business uses the region’s unique chill to produce distinctive beverages. Ice spirits offer a sweet and sophisticated example of what all dessert beverages should be: low-alcohol, refreshing and flavorful. Concocting these drinks requires far more than cold temperature. The practice, adopted from our northern neighbors in Canada, demands precise labor and know-how. These factors make ice high-end alcohols increasingly popular. The term “ice” does not refer to the temperature that…

Bechard’s Sugar House Sells Sweet, Sugary Treats

Maple candy hangs on the rack next to a tub of maple cream with spoons. The sweet scent from a fresh batch of maple coffee drifts through the sugar house. Maple tea bags and maple sugar lie next to each other on a stand. A stack of home recipes for treats like maple-glazed carrots and maple-cheesecake bars await. Good luck resisting. Bechard’s Sugar House near West Chazy, New York, is surrounded by 300 sugar maple trees and 450 maple taps. Sap gradually travels from the taps through a network of lines into the main line, where it is collected by…

Gourmet Food and Wine at Plattsburgh’s Irises Cafe & Wine Bar

There can be a moment of panic when your server asks you what kind of wine you’d like and you’re forced to quickly wade through a long list. I was only able to give my waitress the slightest clues: I wanted something red, preferably dry, and a blend. She listed a variety of options that fit my criteria and brought me a small sample of a Spanish wine she thought I’d enjoy. It was fantastic. But that seems to be the norm at Irises Café & Wine Bar. Located in downtown Plattsburgh, Irises has a bit of everything — martini…

Lake Placid’s Freestyle Cuisine Dishes Out Unique Eats

In the kitchen, Chef Richard Brosseau spreads a little butter on each bun and then places them on the grill. It only takes about two minutes for the buns to turn golden brown. In a frying pan, he slips foie gras — a rich French delicacy made from duck or goose — into the oven. He then seasons the burger and places it on the grill. The foie gras, he says, is from a farm just across the border in Quebec. Chef Brosseau has always prided himself on using local ingredients to create dishes that offer a mix of flavors…

Red Hots, Gyros and Burgers: Ten Minutes from the Airport

The Hungry Bear Hungry Bear feels like a warm old diner where families and friends meet to catch up. The menu has whatever you’re in the mood for, and there are enough options to satisfy the hungriest bear. Make yourself at home — it’s as cozy as grandma’s kitchen. Aleka’s Welcome to the Mediterranean. Everything tastes fresh and handmade, and no matter how you say “gyro,” they’ll give you one. Our Art Director says not to leave without trying the spanakopita. Aleka’s is located in downtown Plattsburgh, so a post-meal stroll to antiques, clothing and jewelry shops is a must.…