Burgers and BBQ, not just live music, on the waterfront at the Haunt

November 12, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

We're on the waterfront this week, checking out the pub menu at the Haunt. You probably know the Haunt for its musical lineup, but they've also got a full-time kitchen open daily for lunch and dinner.

A few years ago, the folks behind Razorback BBQ took over the kitchen on Willow Ave, and their pulled pork and smoked wings are high on our list here. Your wings can be smoked, fried, or boneless, and in addition to the traditional hot, your choices include chipotle bourbon and the super-hot and flavorful zombie wings. Wednesday is wing night for a discounted price.

The nachos here are called Hauntchos, and you can get them pretty basic for just four bucks, or topped with chili, pulled pork, or even cheesesteak for a few bucks more.

Yes, the pulled pork and cheesesteak are on the sandwich menu, too, along with marinated flank steak or blackened chicken. They don't smoke ribs all week, but rib night, on Thursdays, is worth a special visit.

Burger and fries, just $5 on Mondays!Burger and fries, just $5 on Mondays!A good portion of the Haunt's pub menu is the burger list, featuring the mushroom bacon swiss, the southwest with avocado and salsa, and the spicy Diablo. But what may be the best part of the burger menu is that any of these burgers can start out as beef, or a veggieburger, or grilled or fried chicken. On Monday, a burger and fries are just five bucks! That's not even five bucks plus tax; it's five bucks including tax!

The menu also has chef salads, with a few choices of meat available, corn nuggets, and excellent sweet potato fries. Yup, this is a pub menu, and it shows! But it's also a pub, so you can enjoy your meal with a wide range of beer, including a variety of Ithaca and Saranac brews. There's table service, or just pull up a stool. Tip your bartender.

Find the Haunt on the other side of Route 13 and the railroad tracks at 702 Willow Avenue or thehaunt.com, or give them a call to order ahead at 607-275-3447 and tell them you heard about them here.

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