Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Doug's Fish Fry Skaneateles - An Innkeepers Critique

Doug’s Fish Fry

8 Jordon Street, Skaneateles
open daily 11AM-9PM

So, FINALLY I made it to Doug's to try one of the newest items on the menu, the lobster roll. Mom & I headed over to Doug's for lunch a couple of weeks ago and I could hardly wait for our order to come up.  After taking a few photos of our lunch I devoured my lobster roll!  More on the lobster roll later.

If you are coming to the Auburn, Finger Lakes area and you are looking for a great casual place to have lunch or dinner, we highly recommend you check out Doug’s Fish Fry. You won’t go away hungry for sure but you must save room for ice cream! Mom and I manage to do this by ordering just a fish sandwich without a bun (that's moms there in the photo).  No fries, no onion rings or coleslaw or anything else except a drink. Doug’s custard is the absolute best around and their Seasonal Sundaes are a real treat!  On this particular day we were just too full and skipped the sundae.

Tucked away on Jordon St., in the charming, nearby, lakeside village of Skaneateles, Doug’s has been serving up fresh seafood since 1982.  Five days a week their seafood is delivered over crushed ice, by truck, from the Boston Fish Pier.  No wonder it tastes so good!

The atmosphere at Doug’s is family friendly, causal and fun.  A huge fish tank with colorful fish swimming happily separates the dining area from where you place your order and then pick it up when your name is called. It’s laid back cafeteria style dining. At the far back of the dining section a hand painted mural of the nearby waterfront area at Clift Park graces the entire length of the wall and an electric train chugs along on tracks suspended overhead along the wall near the ceiling.  There is ample seating but because of it’s popularity in the summer time the line to order can be long and is often seen going down the sidewalk out in front of the restaurant. But the line does move pretty quickly. The portions are generous and the prices are reasonable.

Doug’s menu of course, features the freshest seafood but for those who aren’t fans other choices available are chicken, hot dogs, mac & cheese, & grilled Kielbasa. There are several homemade dipping sauces available to enjoy with your food including a really great tarter sauce.

The fish is a beautiful, mild, flaky, white, cod covered in a light batter and then deep-fried until crisp on the outside.  It is the best fried fish I have ever had.  Shrimp, scallops, salmon & little steamers are also available. On certain days of the week oysters & clams are also available.  Their onion rings are excellent but don’t order the fries if you prefer them crispy. Doug’s are not. Other items on the menu include seafood chowder, coleslaw and the new addition, Doug’s lobster role.
Are you drooling yet? I am!

Now, as promised, here are the details of my love afai.... er.. um... experience with the aforementioned lobster roll. I had never had a lobster roll before so I’m not quite sure how Doug's compares to others but this one was awesome and I would gladly eat it again and again and again, well, anytime!  When I looked at it I wasn't all that impressed.  I thought, "Ok, so it's lobster meat on a roll, whoopty doo." Then, completely skeptical, I took a great big bite and let me tell you, it put the whoopty back in my doo!  The roll was nice and soft and there was a lovely, buttery, crust on the inside where they had slathered lightly herbed butter on the bread and then grilled it. Nestled inside was just the right size pile of tender, sweet, freshly cooked lobster meat!  That’s it! There was no need for any other ingredients. The lobster roll is $15 so it is pricey for a sandwich but hey, it's LOBSTER right?

For drinks Doug’s offers Pepsi products, milkshakes, and a selection of beer and wine.

We love Doug's and hope that if you come stay with us at 10 Fitch here in Auburn, NY you will drive 10 minutes into Skaneateles village and check out Doug's for yourself.  Do me a favor, have a lobster roll for me will ya? :)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Auburn NY, June 1 - August 31st, What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romanitc Inn

What's Happening Near 10 Fitch Luxurious Romanitc Inn, June 1 - August 31st, 2014

Now – Aug. 31st Auburn at Normandy: The 299th Combat Engineers and Local Stories of WWII – Cayuga Museum of History & Art & Case Research Lab, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Discover the stories of men from Auburn's West End who served together throughout World War II and were among the first to hit the beach on D-Day; through tales of first-hand experiences, photographs, flags, and much more. We are planning programming and events to complement the exhibit and coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Closed major Holidays.  Opening reception 5/23 from 5-8pm.  Suggested donation $3, Open Tues. - Sun. Noon - 5:00 pm.  315-253-8051

Now – Aug 9th – Menopause The MusicalMGR Downtown, Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Menopause follows four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! By Special Agreement with GFour Productions. By Special License from The Owner Jeanie Linders' Company. Book and Lyrics by Jeanie Linders.  Visit web site or call box office for ticket prices and show times.  800-457-8897 

June 2nd & 9thOpen Mic Night - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Open Mic Night features music and spoken word from local and regional talent in a relaxed cafe setting. Listen to live original and cover music, spoken word, stand-up comedy and poetry and enjoy light refreshments including wine and beer for those with proper ID.  Closed major holidays.  Admission $2 at the door, 7:30-10:30pm. 315-253-6669

June 4thInns of Aurora Taste of Summer SeriesAurora Inn, 391 Main St., Aurora.  Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, the Inns of Aurora will host a different local winery on its lakeside veranda for a tasting of their favorite varietals. Complimentary and open to the public. "The series is a great way for the Inns to play their part in introducing some of our favorite wineries to our neighbors and guests," remarks Alex Schloop, organizer of the series. "I love when people stop by on their way home from work, or use it as a reason to get out of the house and join us for dinner afterwards."  Today: Heart and Hands Wine Company.  Free, 4-6pm  315-364-8888

June 4th – July 2nd - Mary PoppinsMerry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  When the perfect nanny arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane to care for the Banks children, not only does their behavior improve - but their eyes are opened to a series of magical adventures and lessons. Based on the classic Disney movie and with the famous songs "Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and the infectious and rousing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," this song and dance megahit is toe-tapping entertainment for the young - and the young at heart!  Call box office or visit web site for ticket prices & show times.  315-255-1785

June 6th – Aug. 17th - Cartography & Art Quilt MapsSchweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn.  Schweinfurth Art Center will be featuring maps this summer, but not your traditional maps of roads, countries or regions. The exhibits will showcase different artists' representations of maps, and include everything from quilts to digital imagery to sculpture. The main gallery will feature Art Quilt Maps by Valerie Goodwin and Cartography: Artists as Map Makers. The exhibit in Gallery Julius will be cuba: son los niƱos, a series of photographs taken in Cuba by Julieve Jubin, an Associate Professor of Art at SUNY Oswego.  Art Quilt Maps includes eighteen quilts by Valerie Goodwin. Goodwin is an artist and architect who creates fiber art inspired by realistic and abstract imagery of maps. "My work is noted for its use of color, emphasis on line and density. I try to convey ideas abstractly, through the use of collage, layering, transparency, density and improvisation," says Goodwin.  Cartography: Artists as Map Makers is a complementary exhibit which explores geopolitical themes, environmental issues, and historic and cultural themes. The exhibit includes artwork by twenty-eight artists from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands. The show features a range of mediums: paintings, fiber arts, collage, sculpture, and more.  Tues. - Thurs. & Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Fri. 10:00 am - 8pm, Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  Art Center members and children under 12 are always free.  Closed major holidays.  315-255-1553

June 6th - "The Longest Day"Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, we are showing the 1962 blockbuster The Longest Day. There will be two showings, at 1:00 and 6:30 pm.  Free.  315-253-8051

June 6th - First Friday Events - Participating attractions & around and at downtown Auburn.      
  • Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. - Opening reception for Art Quilt Maps & Cartography Exhibition. 
  • Finger Lakes Art Cooperative, 101 Genesee St. - will celebrate First Friday with the music of Perform for Purpose featuring Khai French. As always, we will serve refreshments and of course, ART! 
  • Seward House Museum, 33 South St. - Join us for our first summer First Friday reception! The Honky Tonk Hindooz will be playing live in the beautiful Seward House Museum gardens and we will be featuring the eclectic and vibrant artwork of Sue Silverman in our gift shop gallery space. 
  • Representative Dan Maffei, 30 Dill St. - First Friday Photography featuring local photographers: Jason Countryman, Michael Bruton, Christopher Molloy and Marissa Smithler.

June 6th & 7th“Her” - Auburn Public Theater, 108 Genesee St., Auburn.  Joaquin Phoenix stars in Spike Jonze's soulful sci-fi drama about a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system. Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) has built his career on expressing the emotions that others cannot. His job is to pen heartfelt, deeply personal letters to complete strangers based on details provided by the clients of the company he works for, and he has a knack for finding just the right words for every occasion. Meanwhile, reluctant to sign the papers that will finalize his divorce to his childhood sweetheart, depressed Theodore has slowly withdrawn from his supportive social circle, which includes his longtime friend Amy (Amy Adams), herself floundering in a failed marriage. When Theodore purchases a new state-of-the-art computer operating system with the ability to learn and grow with the user, he sits down at his desk and prepares to get his life in order. Adopting the name Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), the perceptive software slowly begins to bring Theodore out of his shell by encouraging him to start dating again, and joining him everywhere he goes. Very quickly, their relationship turns intimate, with Theodore teaching Samantha what it means to feel human and Samantha giving him the strength to walk away from his failed marriage. Things soon get complicated, however, when Samantha's rapidly evolving knowledge base begins to alter the very core of their relationship.  Tickets $5/online, $6/at the door, 6/6, 1:00 & 8:00 pm, 6/7, 8:00 pm. 315-253-6669

June 7thTraveling Militaria ExhibitCayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Command Master Sergeant Robert H. Good will present his traveling exhibit of militaria on the lawn behind the museum. The collection includes objects from the Civil War through Iraq, with a heavy emphasis on WWII. If rain, exhibit will be displayed in Theater Mack.  Free, 12-5pm.  315-253-8051

June 7th - Party on the IslandEmerson Park, 6914 East Lake Rd., Auburn.  Dallas Smith performing live. Opening band - Stereo Suft. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Support the Owasco Fire Department. 21 and over.  Tickets $15/Presale, $20/at the door, 8pm-12am.  315-253-5611

June 7th - Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House -  Finger Lakes cheesemakers use fresh, farmstead raw milk to make several artisan cheese styles, including European, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and much more. Visit them anytime between 10-5 p.m. to receive farm tours, talk with the cheese makers, and taste cheese samples... all at no cost. Bon appetite!  New to the Open Houses this year is Cheese Trail Bingo. Visitors during the Spring Open House and the Fall Open House (October 11, 2014) can pick up a bingo card at any of the participating farms. They then present the card at each farm they visit and get the card stamped. Once they form a bingo, they mail in their completed card to the Trail to get entered for a cheese board and select cheeses from the Trail. The winner will be selected November 1, just in time for the holiday season.

The 9 Creameries that will be hosting the Open Houses on their farms are: 
  1. Dutch Hill Creamery, Chenango Forks
  2. Engelbert Farms, Nichols 
  3. Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry
  4. Jerry Dell Farm & Store, Freeville
  5. Muranda Cheese Co., Waterloo
  6. Shtayburne Farm, Rock Stream
  7. Side Hill Acres Goat Dairy, Candor
  8. Sunset View Creamery, Odessa
  9. Vanillen Dairy, Ovid. 
 The two creameries that are participating at off-site locations are:
  1. Heaven Scent Cheese, Corning (will be sampling & selling at Lakewood Vineyards) 
  2. Kenton's Cheese Company, Trumansburg (will be at the Ithaca Farmers Market)  
June 7th - Old Ways DaysWard O’Hara Agricultural Museum, 6880 E. Lake Rd., Auburn.  All are invited to the celebration of the past at Old Ways Day at the Museum/Ed Center. The museum has planned a day of fun, excitement, learning, and family activities. Horse drawn wagon rides, and Model "T" rides will be given on the museum grounds. Tour the country store, country kitchen, blacksmith shop, one room school house, or the many other exhibits that the museum/Ed Center has to offer. The Herb Garden will be open and there will be many other exhibits and demonstrations of the years gone by throughout the day.  Lunch will be available for purchase and the gift shop will be open.  Come spend a day in the 1800's.  11am-4pm, free.  315-252-7644

June 7th - Jazz Benefit for Cayuga Museum with Omar TamezTheater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. 203 Genesee St., Auburn.  Jazz fans have a rare opportunity to hear two internationally-acclaimed jazz artists on Saturday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum. Omar Tamez, Mexico's most respected jazz and new music guitarist, and Harv Sorgen, a celebrated drummer who has played and recorded with Hot Tuna, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby and many more, will be playing with Auburn's own Peter Mack, jazz bassist who has recorded several big band albums with the leading lights of modern jazz. Tamez, founder and director of Mexico's leading new music festival "ENCEUENTRO INTERNATIONAL," is a leading proponent of increasing cultural understanding through musical collaboration.  This performance is a benefit for the Cayuga Museum and is sponsored by Mack Studios. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Cayuga Museum, or at the door on Saturday night. Cash bar is available.  8pm.  315-253-8051

June 8th - Of Many Voices: Antislavery Reform in Upstate New York, 1835-1860Historic Mentz Church, Corner of McDonald & Mentz Church Rd., Montezuma.  Guest Speaker, Linda Frank, Cayuga County Historian will offer discussion on how often when we think of the antislavery movement, we imagine a united front of reformers all working together to end slavery in the United States. However, the reality was very different as conflicting perspectives on how to go about achieving that end often brought reformers to loggerheads. The talk will discuss the many avenues that antislavery reform took from the founding of the New York State Antislavery Society in 1835 through the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. From religious reformers to abolition politics and from the Underground Railroad to the "Wide Awakes" this talk will highlight the conflicts within the antislavery movement and the many voices working toward a common goal.  Free, 2-4pm.  315-776-4656

June 8th - Classic Car Show - Northbrook Heights, 170 Murray St., Auburn.  Chicken BBQ, bake sale, DJ Bill Crolick 50th & 60's, Prison City Ramblers.  Free, 10am-4pm.

For The Season, Auburn Farmers’ Co-op Market Parking lot across from Curley’s Restaurant, 96 State St.. Auburn.  Fresh produce, flowers, honey, syrup, fruit, jam/jelly, and plenty of delicious baked goods. Bread, cookies, pies and pastries await your sweet tooth.  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30am to 2:00pm.