Welcome to Ithaca! Now, what's for dinner?

Welcome to Ithaca! Now, what's for dinner?

Here at 14850 Dining, we like to say that Ithaca and its surroundings reportedly have the most restaurants per capita of any area in the United States. We're not surprised! But we're pleased to say that food in this area excels in quality and variety, not just quantity.

Every year about this time, Ithaca's population swells with thousands of new and returning students, who'll call Tompkins County home for the next several years. And, every year about this time, we know people are looking around and wondering where to eat. We have some thoughts on the matter.

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The $5 lunch is alive and well at Ithaca's Papa John's

The $5 lunch is alive and well at Ithaca's Papa John's

Remember when lunch used to be about five bucks? It's getting harder and harder to eat a quick lunch during the workday for less than $10. Well, this week, 14850 Dining finds the $5 lunch alive and well at Ithaca's Papa John's. Two slices and a soda start at just $4.99.

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Cornell Dining climbs up the Princeton Review best campus food list

Cornell Dining climbs up the Princeton Review best campus food list

It’s no secret that Ithaca "is" a number of things, including known for great food. The most recent praise for the local eats comes from a ranking by The Princeton Review naming Cornell University’s dining the third best in the nation, proving that even the college "chow" is a cut above the rest.

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Ithaca Farmers Market in Top 10 in The Daily Meal's 101 Best listing for 2014

Ithaca Farmers Market in Top 10 in The Daily Meal's 101 Best listing for 2014

For the second year in a row, the Ithaca Farmers Market is in the #9 spot in The Daily Meal's annual list of 101 Best Farmers Markets in America. The listing captures some of the country's most remarkable farmers markets.

The Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing. 14850 Photo.The Ithaca Farmers Market at Steamboat Landing. 14850 Photo.The magazine touts the Ithaca Farmers Market's "fresh local food and special gifts," specifically talking about blueberries, blueberry wine, cheeses, paintings, and hand-blown glass.

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What's Ithaca's signature food? We have a few ideas!

What's Ithaca's signature food? We have a few ideas!

What's Ithaca's signature food? 14850 Magazine decided to explore that question after Mayor Svante Myrick begged Ithaca restaurants to reproduce Rochester's signature dish, the Garbage Plate.

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Wegmans recalls fresh fruits and bakery products due to possible Listeria contamimation

Wegmans recalls fresh fruits and bakery products due to possible Listeria contamimation

Update: Walmart has joined Wegmans in a nationwide recall of fruit packed by Wawona.

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has announced a recall of several fresh fruit varieties and a number of bakery products after fruit supplier Wawona Packing Company discovered potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The supermarket chain is offering a refund for affected products purchased between June 1st and July 20th.

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Taste of Thai closed by Health Department due to sanitation concerns

Taste of Thai closed by Health Department due to sanitation concerns

The Taste of Thai Restaurant on the Ithaca Commons has been closed by the Tompkins County Health Department due to a public health hazard. The restaurant owner will need to show that faulty plumbing has been repaired before the eatery can reopen.

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Cool off your holiday weekend at one of Ithaca's hot ice cream spots

Cool off your holiday weekend at one of Ithaca's hot ice cream spots

Served in a cone or a cup, made into a sundae or a shake, or however you like it, fresh, locally made ice cream is not hard to come by in Ithaca. Here are just a few of the places you may want to frequent this summer for an icy, cold snack. 

Purity Ice CreamPurity Ice Cream's newly renovated serving area. Photo by Alexandra Leslie.Purity Ice Cream's newly renovated serving area. Photo by Alexandra Leslie.

700 Cascadilla Street, Ithaca

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What's old is new again: Banh Mi are available at Xeo, but only for a limited time

What's old is new again: Banh Mi are available at Xeo, but only for a limited time

Remember Xeo's Cafe? Owner Sebastian Villa opened the tiny Vietnamese sandwich shop five years ago on Dryden Road in Collegetown, near the Royal Palm Tavern, and after about a year, turned it into Mexeo, offering taquitos and other Tejano-style fare. All along, Sebastian's focus has been on using fresh meats and produce from local farms.

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Photos from Taste of the Nation 2014 at Ithaca College

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RECENTLY REVIEWED RESTAURANTS

Papa John's Pizza

4

435 Franklin Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-7272

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Istanbul Turkish Kitchen

4

311 Third Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-345-3333

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