Cozy east hill eatery reborn as Coal Yard Cafe

Cozy east hill eatery reborn as Coal Yard Cafe

We can hardly believe it's been over eight years since the drab old Coal Office building on Maple Avenue was converted into a cafe, opening first as the Queen of Tarts. The latest incarnation, the Coal Yard Cafe, offers tempting breakfasts and lunches with lots of comfortable seating.

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Tips on tipping your wait staff and bartenders

Tips on tipping your wait staff and bartenders

This week, we're talking about some tips on tipping. The origins of the American gratuity habit are the subject of some debate, but the important piece of background information you need to know is that restaurants are allowed to pay wait staff and bartenders less than minimum wage because they earn tips. That means tips are a big part of a restaurant staffer's income, not an extra or a bonus, but what they live on.

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Higher minimum wage for tipped employees in New York State will put money right back in the economy, say workers

Higher minimum wage for tipped employees in New York State will put money right back in the economy, say workers

Restaurant servers and bartenders across New York State will soon be earning a higher minimum wage, as the "tipped worker" base pay goes from about $5 to $7.50 per hour effective December 31st. That will boost the earnings of over 200,000 state residents.

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Grocery delivery hits Ithaca area with Rosie online shopping at P&C Fresh and ShurSave

Grocery delivery hits Ithaca area with Rosie online shopping at P&C Fresh and ShurSave

This week, we're shopping for fresh local groceries without getting up from the comfy chair. That's thanks to Rosie, a locally grown web app that's partnered with the P&C Fresh supermarket on Ithaca's east hill and the Trumansburg ShurSave to offer online grocery shopping for pickup or delivery.

Rosie is based on the idea that no one really loves poking around the grocery store to find everything on their shopping list, and as you wander the aisles you're often tempted to buy things you didn't really need.

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Comfort food galore at Downtown Ithaca's Shortstop Deli

Comfort food galore at Downtown Ithaca's Shortstop Deli

Cold weather calls for comfort food, and the 14850 Dining Report suggests a visit downtown at the Shortstop Deli. On Seneca Street just west of the Commons, Shortstop serves up sandwiches, soups, and drinks, plus the usual supply of convenience store munchies.

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Hilltop breakfast or lunch at Ithaca's Sunset Grill

Hilltop breakfast or lunch at Ithaca's Sunset Grill

Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Sunset Grill really shines for breakfast, and it shows when the crowds come on the weekend. This south hill eatery at Rogan's Corner once held Franco's Restaurant.

The breakfast menu offers lots of griddle items and a variety of omelets; two of my dining companions chose omelets, which were generous and well stuffed. Go with a Greek omelet, featuring spinach, tomatoes, onions, and feta cheese; or the Bomber omelet, named for Ithaca College's Bombers teams, with ham, bacon, and sausage, as well as your choice of cheese.

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Feeding southwest Ithaca at Moe's Southwest Grill

Feeding southwest Ithaca at Moe's Southwest Grill

This week, we're visiting Moe's Southwest Grill. Call it Mexican food or southwestern food, Moe's is all about putting food in tortillas in various forms. Moe's welcomes visitors with an assembly line, very much like the similar That Burrito Place or Chipotle, or even Subway. The place is colorful and full of energy, a perfect match to the southwest-style pseudo-Mexican fare.

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Wegmans recalls store-brand ground beef sold in recent weeks

Wegmans recalls store-brand ground beef sold in recent weeks

The Wegmans supermarket chain, based in western New York, is recalling packages of its store-brand organic ground beef due to concerns that there may be "small strips of translucent, flexible plastic" in the meat. The packages were sold in stores beginning December 27th.

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Seasonal food and a fresh new look on Ithaca's waterfront at the BoatYard Grill

Seasonal food and a fresh new look on Ithaca's waterfront at the BoatYard Grill

Back when the BoatYard Grill opened, just over a dozen years ago, the menu for the lakeside restaurant had a focus on fresh fish and seafood, steaks, salads, and sandwiches, and the decor was very "seafood shack." Over the last few months, they renovated and updated the look, and have just rolled out a new menu.

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Free meal this winter at Chipotle, if you're willing to try their new vegan Sofritas

Free meal this winter at Chipotle, if you're willing to try their new vegan Sofritas

And they call it a catch? Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering a free burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos, of your choice, if you're willing to buy one featuring their new Sofritas on January 26th.

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RECENTLY REVIEWED RESTAURANTS

Coal Yard Cafe

4

143 Maple Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-277-0734

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Shortstop Deli

4

200 West Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-273-1030

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