We have eaten at the Ryefield many times. What a nice little place. The authentic Adirondack atmosphere and furnishings are beautiful. Rich woods, all aged, none of that new 'souvenir' Adirondack stuff. The wood and slate floors alone are worth seeing. The food is excellent every time we've eaten there. I am amazed at how big the portions are. You don't go away hungry, that's for sure. The salads are served in a giant bowl with tongs, family style. Have as much or as little as you like, and the basket of warm homemade bread is unbeatable.
We are also amazed that the whole restaurant is handled by just two servers. They are efficient and experienced, and will bend over backward to make you happy. We went there this weekend, during Americade (we are not bikers), were fortunate to get immediate seating, and were treated to chef/owner Paul Garlick's new 2013 menu choices. Awesome American menu! For us, shrimp scampi, teriyaki chicken, a hot turkey sandwich with dressing, and an indescribably good Maine lobster roll on a croissant. For starters we chose the famous mushroom appetizer (I will dream of it for months to come), French onion soup au gratin (perfect!!) and two dozen steamers. The Perfect Manhattan was perfect, and the beer on tap was icy cold. Honestly, I can't find anything bad to say about this restaurant. In all the times we've eaten there, we've never had a dud.
Life is life. We're probably due for a dud or a mixup at some point, but I don't plan on letting it freak me out. The Ryefield is consistently good, so if they have a bad day on my day some time in the future I will expect to roll with it and watch them fix the problem, because I am confident they will. I think I will always find the Ryefield to be a favorite place to eat.
Go there. You will like it.
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