Exit 30 on I-87
Hudson Valley, NY
Hours: Mon-Sun 10 AM-5 PM
This month, we continue highlighting ideal summer eating. Though you may not be headed to upstate New York this summer, let this inspire your road trip meals. In general, we try to avoid the easy rest stops or fast food restaurants and find a local "hole-in-the-wall." We hit the jackpot this summer on our way to Lake Placid, NY for a family camping vacation.
Upon exiting I-87, we decided to be on the look-out for a place to stop and have lunch. It was not long until we spotted Foote's. Quick group decision-making led us to dining with some locals and truckdriving regulars, soon to realize what keeps them coming back. Besides the great sign that draws you in, the trailer is captivating, particularly its eco-friendly advertising as "solar-powered."
If one is skeptical of its initial appearance, you are soon put at ease by the friendly and proud owner who will help you peruse the simple, yet complete road-side menu. How does one decide? It serves New York's popular hot dog brand, Sabretts, with toppings and a home-made bun!!!
Good thing they were out of falafel--that helped to make my decision easier. The veggie wrap or the taco with its homemade salsa were intriguing, but I soon decided on the traditional gyro.
As he lovingly prepared each one, he confidently informed us of his research and tour to find the best gyro--leading him to create his own...which he says is the "best you can find." One of its highlights is the fresh, "non-processed" meat...admittedly, one can taste the difference.
Evans' Eats Challenge: Find a non-chain, local hotspot on your summer road trip--if you have a favorite, be sure to leave a comment of recommendation! Need some ideas? Try www.roadfood.com