Breweries & Restaurants in Plattsburgh You Have to Try
February 4, 2024
If you are heading up to the Adirondack coast to spend some time exploring its history and natural beauty, you’re going to need some places to eat. Luckily, I’ve done the research for you and found some of the best restaurants in Plattsburgh and nearby towns. These spots have you covered from morning til night for all of your food and drink cravings.
Restaurants in downtown Plattsburgh
Start your day at Chapter One Coffee
I’ve officially added Chapter One Coffee to my list of favorite adorable coffee shops in New York State. Located in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh, Chapter One is everything you could want in a café. Of course it starts with great coffee and espresso drinks along with yummy breakfast sandwiches. Then there’s the atmosphere – cute and cozy without being crowded. There are books and board games for customers to borrow while artwork from local artists adorns the walls. One of my favorite spots is the nook selling cards, stickers, and pins. There’s even a pin swap board on the back wall for folks to trade with others.
Plus, Chapter One is a big advocate for supporting other local businesses. The coffee is locally roasted at Lakeside Coffee and the teas come from Vermont Tea & Trading Company. Rulfs Orchard provides the baked goods and the maple syrup in the egg wrap is from Sacred Roots Maple.
If you’re looking for a finer dining experience in Plattsburgh, there’s no better place than Twisted Carrot. The place oozes charm and elegance. From the brick wall backing the bar to the cozy decor, it’s the perfect spot for a date night or girls lunch.
Twisted Carrot prides itself on serving some of the freshest food in downtown Plattsburgh. The menu features creative high-class appetizers and entrees at affordable prices. My first recommendation? You have to try the twisted potato-cheddar ale soup. It’s served with housemade garlic croutons and is one of the best soups I’ve ever had at a restaurant. My second recommendation would be the plow-person’s lunch. It’s a combination of the charcuterie board, cheese board, and fresh bread board. It’s perfect to share for two or three people.
The rest of the menu offers salads, sandwiches, and larger entrees. Just don’t sleep on the desserts! They are all made in-house.
The drink menu offers a variety of options from craft beer and wine to seasonal cocktails and mocktails. Twisted Carrot operates on a first-come first-served basis, so they do not take reservations.
Celebrate your inner nerd at 1 Up Arcade
One of my favorite types of bars or restaurants are barcades – places themed after video games, board games, and sci-fi or fantasy films. So I was very excited when I discovered that there is a barcade in Plattsburgh. Owned by couple Jill & Chris James, 1UP Arcade & Pub brings back all the nostalgia with video games and decor.
To start, the wall behind the bar is painted as it were a level from Super Mario. There’s even a large Mario figurine on top of the beer taps. Look around and you’ll also find pieces from Crash Bandicoot, Mortal Kombat, Transformers, Marvel, DC Comics, and more. Several arcade games and pinball machines fill the space around the bar and the adjoining room. I was extra excited to find Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows playing on the tv behind the bar as we ate.
As for the food menu, it’s exactly what you think you’d find at an arcade – just classed up a little. Nothing fancy, but just as delicious. Choose from smash burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza, and other tasty items. AJust make sure you order a side of hand-cut fries and a milkshake to wash it all down.
Have lunch at Rulfs Orchard – and say hello to the animals
Rulfs Orchard has everything you want from an Upstate New York farm. Pick-your-own fruit, a retail store, greenhouses filled with plants, a bakery, a corn maze, and a petting zoo.
Inside, the retail store is a farm-fresh version of a grocery and home goods wonderland. Fresh produce, juices, honey, syrup, bread, cheese, snacks, and – of course – fresh berries and apples fill the shelves. The left side of the store is filled with hand-crafted jewelry, home decor, toys, and more fun things to browse. To the right you’ll find the bakery and café. No matter what you choose to order, you won’t be disappointed. There are dozens of different baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth and a variety of soups and sandwiches for the more savory options.
Outside there are plenty of activities for the whole family. And you can bet my favorite part was the petting zoo area where I got to say hello to the horse and alpacas. Kids will enjoy the corn maze and playground area.
Operating as a family-run business since 1952, Rulfs is open daily year-round from 6am til 6pm.
Grab a pastry at Chazy Orchards
Did you know that the largest McIntosh orchard in the world is in New York State? That’s right, it is in Chazy, New York and aptly named Chazy Orchards. The orchard was first planted in 1920 and has expanded to 1300 acres. In addition to McIntosh, Chazy also grows Honeycrisp, Cortland, SweeTango, Gala, and SnapDragon apple varieties.
So why is an apple orchard on the list of best restaurants in Plattsburgh? Well Chazy is less than 20 minutes north of Plattsburgh and sells some of the best apple cider donuts in the northern Adirondacks. If you’re visiting the area, I highly recommend you make a stop in the orchard’s store before heading home. The farm store sells a variety of other locally-made products including fresh fudge, honey, pies, maple syrups, eggs, cheese, and more. Plus they have apparel, cook books, and other giftables.
There are two breweries in the heart of Plattsburgh, and they are both located on the old military base. Which also means you could walk from one to the other. While both located in historic buildings, these breweries have very different atmospheres and offerings. But the one thing they have in common? Great beer.
Oval Craft Brewing
There isn’t much better than walking into a bar or restaurant you’ve never been to and immediately feeling comfortable. That’s exactly what happened when my friend and I visited Oval Craft Brewing. Located in the old firehouse on the military base in Plattsburgh, Oval Craft has such a warm and inviting atmosphere. In fact, we spent a couple of hours chatting with owner/head brewer Jessy and a few mug club members. They treated us like old friends.
All of the beers on tap at Oval Craft are brewed by Jessy and span a wide range of styles. With a background in biology, Jessy developed a passion for homebrewing in the late 1990s. Several years and a few brewing courses later, he opened Oval Craft in 2016. It’s a must-vist on any trip to Plattsburgh – and it’s dog friendly.
Valcour Brewing Company
The second brewery in the historic military base is Valcour Brewing Company. Valcour is located on the eastern side of the old base inside the former Army barracks. After careful restoration and renovation, the last remaining barracks on the base were transformed into a brewery/restaurant, inn, and event space. A historic marker near the brewery’s entrance honors the building’s history as does the decor inside restaurant.
Both the food and drink menus contain a classic variety of American fare. Everything from traditional American beers to burgers and fried fish sandwiches. The menu also features a few specialties like housemade mac & cheese, fried pickles, fish tacos, and seasonal salads.
While you’re visiting, be on the lookout for any strange occurrences at the restaurant and inn. There are murmurs that the property may be haunted. And given the history of the building, that wouldn’t be surprising.