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Our food editor Steve Fowler reveals what to eat and drink in the Hudson Valley this month.
Cheeseburger from Golden Russet Cafe
When it comes to cheeseburgers, we hold the somewhat controversial opinion that less is more. Sure, you can grill up a half-pound of beef and stack it full of crazy condiments and toppings, but for those who appreciate the simple things in life, there’s nothing better than a thin patty topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a potato bun. Golden Russet does the purist crowd proud with their burger straight out of an Americana book.
House-made Pavlova from A&P Bar
Who would have thought that pavlova could be ordered for takeout? Another side effect of the new normal we’re living in, this little indulgence is just the thing if you’re in need of a pick-me-up. One bite of the delicate outer shell reveals an airy filling complemented by fresh whipped cream and berries for a satisfying, yet light dessert.
Meat Loaf Dinner from Eveready Diner
Brewster, Hyde Park
Uncertain times call for comfort food — those dishes that don’t just fill you up, but also calm you down. And Eveready’s take on that most classic comfort food is too good to pass up. Sliced thick and smothered in a savory mushroom gravy, the only thing that makes this meatloaf better are the mashed potatoes on the side.
Sangria from Savona’s Trattoria
Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook
Yes, we know, it’s not even close to summer yet. But maybe if enough of us order sangria and think about beaches and backyard barbecues, we can will the warm weather into coming a few months early. And if it doesn’t work, hey — you’ve still got sangria. Savona’s version is tasty at any time of the day, but the lunch deal is a steal at 32 ounces for $10.
Vegetable Lasagna from DPNB Pasta & Provisions
“Life’s too short for mediocre lasagna.” Not familiar with that saying? You will be after trying the vegetable lasagna at DPNB Pasta & Provisions. Stacked with spinach, Swiss chard, and Italian chicories, there’s a lot of nutrition hiding between those layers of delicate pasta. Available as a dinner for two.