Ithaca is known for its local restaurants: franchises and chains are few, the downtown area is filled with tons of delicious and unique menus, and Moosewood even inspired a famous vegetarian cookbook.
One of my favorites is the Ithaca Ale House. I can’t order a beer there, so I’m not quite getting the full experience, but their burgers are absolutely delicious and come with unique combinations of ingredients.
My most recent trip to the Ale House was on Friday for my friend Nick’s 20th birthday. We had to wait over an hour to be seated (it’s a small place, and we had a party of 10), so I decided to go all-out with the food.
I ordered the Fat Kid Burger. It comes with the standard toppings–lettuce, tomatoes, pickles–but instead of a bun, the burger comes between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
Like what. It’s basically three dinners in one. I could barely fit the whole height of sandwich in my widened mouth.
And it was SO good.
Awful for you, I’m sure, but good for your soul.
We couldn’t resist ordering one to share. It’s a food none of us had ever tried before. They certainly aren’t common, even at carnivals where all manner of foods sweet and savory end up in a deep fryer.
I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting from a deep-fried brownie, but I was surprised how much it tasted like funnel cake. It makes sense, of course, because funnel cake is just fried dough, but STILL. The brownie was rich and chocolatey and wonderful, too. And the presentation was beautiful.
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