Fantasy Dishes

Sometimes I peruse a menu before eating out, and wish there was a dish on it that's not on it. Anyone else? My dream dishes are always in keeping with the culinary viewpoint or style of the restaurant, but I often find myself wishing a place I'm planning to go had more pork dishes on offer, or a really wonderful duck entrée with crispy skin, or a dessert with a little bit of salt to offset the sweet.

I thought it would be fun to pose some of these to my favorite restaurants around Upstate New York, because maybe my chef friends need some inspiration! Plus, it's just fun to fantasize about food. Comment below with the dishes you wish your favorite restaurant served!

MJ's Bar and Restaurant - Owego

Fried chicken sandwich on a buttered, toasted Kaiser roll with sweet pickle chips and Cajun cream sauce. The Cajun cream sauce they make at MJ's is utterly fabulous - potently spicy and unctuous, and it would crown a fried chicken sandwich, which is a difficult menu find in these parts, like a total boss.

Gram's Diner - Adams

Tourtiere - which is a Montreal specialty - a double crusted savory pie filled with ground pork, onions, and spices. Served with buttery mashes potatoes, a pork jus, and green beans with toasted almonds and lemon zest.

China Garden - Endicott

I go to this place for lunch all the time. It's right across from my office. I am positive they do not read my blog, but it is very important to me that they begin to make a cheung fun, which is a dim sum dish of steamed rice noodles rolled and served with hot chile oil and scallions. I need this in my life on the regular. Honestly, soup dumplings and scallion pancakes would also be welcome.

Ryan's Lookout - Henderson

Ryan's makes baller shrimp. They're always super sweet and just crisp, because they toss them in rice flour before frying. So I wish they would bring me a big, fat pile of fried shrimp scampi in a skillet of sizzling garlicky, winey, butter, with slabs of toasted Italian bread to slop up all the lemony, buttery sauce once I've scarfed down all the shrimp.

Food and Fire BBQ Taphouse - Johnson City

Well, what do you know? They already make my fantasy dish: BHS's briskett poutine. And it is an awesome mouthful to behold.

Social on State - Binghamton

I love tapas, but when I'm sitting down for a small plates meal, I also want to go old school and have the Spanish tapas classic: pan con tomate. This is just fresh, raw tomato rubbed on crusty, toasted bread, then covered with either paper thin slices of jamon Iberico or Manchego cheese. Simple, but glorious.

Dell'Arco Ristorante - Endicott

I am dying for this place, which serves awesome pizza, arachini, and carbonara, to do a lunchtime porchetta sandwich with salsa verde on it. Pork belly wrapped around pork loin, seasoned with an herbaceous gremolata between the layers, roasted in a scorching hot oven, and served with a refreshing herb, oil, garlic, and lemon pesto on ciabtta? Yessssssssss please.

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