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Taste Buds: Deep Cut Tavern

Buds take on deep fried hamburger at Cambridge area eatery

February 9, 2012
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

The Buds love to stumble upon unexpected treasures.

Treasures come in all shapes and sizes. Just yesterday, Bud Em stooped to pick up a dime from a local parking lot. Small treasure.

A recent Taste Buds outing, however, yielded a far greater reward.

On the advice of various co-workers who travel the Seneca Lake circuit quite frequently, the Buds learned of a little place called the Deep Cut Tavern.

Located a couple miles off of the Old Washington/Seneca Lake exit, the pub/restaurant touts unique menu items such as deep fried hamburgers and pork tenderloin.

They have captured the Buds' attention!

Deep fried hamburgers? This the Buds had to see for themselves so they hit the road heading West and tried to ignore the hunger pains until they arrived at the eatery.

From the outside, the tavern looked quite like any typical bar/restaurant they had previously visited, but once inside they were pleasantly surprised by the clean and welcoming atmosphere. The place was well-lit and had many booths and tables with neatly tiled tops. Point Deep Cut!

In addition to the deep fried hamburger and the deep fried or grilled pork tenderloin, the menu also features just about every other sandwich conceivable: regular hamburgers, veggie burgers, grilled cheese, hot ham, fish, bologna, gyros, corn dogs, grilled chicken, catfish and ribeye steak.

Salad options include steak, chicken, taco, chef and dinner. Patrons will also find a wide variety of bar foods and appetizers such as wings, hand cut fries, onion rings, fried veggies, cheese sticks, poppers, deep fried pickle spears and more. There are also fried chicken strips, shrimp, oysters, fish sticks and clams.

If you are in the mood for something with a little South of the border flair, the Deep Cut offers steak or chicken quesadillas, nachos and tacos. And, if you have the kiddos with you, there are a handful of reasonably priced meals for kids.

After some discussion, the duty of taking on the deep fried burger fell into Bud Em's lap. A fairly large beef patty was breaded and deep fried, then put on a bun with all the usual fixin's - lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and pickle. The burger was big and very tasty - the crispy breading gave it a little extra crunch that Bud Em found to be quite appealing. The unique burger is something one must really try themselves to fully appreciate. With a side of fried corn nuggets and a soda, the lunch, which rang in under ten dollars, was surely not the healthiest lunch Bud Em has had, but it was yummy and satisfying. Every bite was worth it.

Bud Shaunna had some trouble choosing just one meal (the 3 piece cod fishsticks were calling her name) but finally decided on the chicken quesadilla. The chicken was moist and the warm flour tortilla was filled with delicious grilled onions and green peppers and cheese. Served with sour cream and salsa on the side, this proved to be just big enough to fill a hungry Bud's belly. And this was the "small" size - Bud Shaunna wonders just how big the large quesadilla is? As a side order, Bud Shaunna ordered the potato munchers, which were tater tots with zesty cheese inside. Dee-li-cious!!

With its clean, welcoming atmosphere, friendly wait staff and a large menu packed with reasonably priced tasty gems, the Deep Cut Tavern is definitely a diamond!

The Buds may be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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