Friday, June 8, 2007

Cedar Run Cafe & Bakery - Keene, NY

After a late (for us) evening, we agreed to meet at Cedar Run Cafe & Bakery for breakfast on Sunday morning. Located at the junction of NY Route 73 and Route 9N in Keene, NY, Cedar Run is a perfect stop for locals, summer residents, and travelers on their way through to or from Lake Placid. Owned and operated by Kristy Deyo, Cedar Run has been through many lives. Under Kristy’s capable hand, it has been completely rebuilt and remodeled to provide a warm and welcoming stop-off or a good place to hang out. With its recently added porch, there is plenty of space for indoor or alfresco dining. For several years Kristy has operated a bakery in a cramped space that provided too little room for her skills and vision. Cedar Run provides her an opportunity to express both.

Cedar Run serves both breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu starts with steaming mugs of excellent Green Mountain coffee arriving at your table. A look at the menu suggests pretty standard fare – cereal, pancakes and waffles, omelets, wraps, breakfast sandwiches, and so-on. The difference arises when service begins. For breakfast, I had fried egg, sausage and cheese on a croissant. The French roll was home made, the egg not overcooked, the sausage juicy and the cheese Swiss. Not your average every day breakfast sandwich. Irene’s quiche was tender, crispy on the bottom, and tasty. Pancakes and waffles are served with real maple syrup, either an extra or unavailable at many breakfast places. Kristy makes a variety of fine pastries, which are also available for breakfast. Prices are reasonable. Sandwiches, wraps, and side dishes make the menu flexible for all tastes, including vegetarian.

Cedar Run has two lunch menus. The sandwich menu features a variety of sandwiches and wraps served on home-made white, wheat, or rye break with chips. They include chicken salad, egg salad, classic meat sandwiches, blt, PB&J, and so-on. The distinguishing characteristic is the quality of the breads and the fillings. Wraps and paninis are more elaborate and interesting. For instance, The Pinnacle (all are named after Adirondack peaks) is made of ham, red onion, cucumber, smoked gouda cheese served with a homemade herb-dijon dressing for dipping. The Haystack, a vegetarian sandwich, is made of sliced carrot, cucumber, tomato, apple, red onion and cheddar cheese with a garlic hummus spread. Other concoctions are just as interesting and delicious sounding.

A more elaborate luncheon menu offers starters, salads, soups, and entrees to provide a full meal. Starters include Veggie Bites ($3.95) or Crab cakes on Greens ($5.95) each of which sound wonderful. Salads range from a couple of small salads to a meal size Big Salad with a range of ingredients and meats, ($8.95). Main courses include a daily quiche, a quesadilla, crab cakes, and more all at under $10.00 There is also a daily homemade soup.

In addition, Kristy Deyo is an accomplished pastry chef. She offers a large variety of cakes, pies, cheese cakes, and frozen favorites to order as well as classic desserts like Pear Maple Crumble and Orange Chocolate Almond Tart. In addition to whatever is available on a daily basis, all the deserts can be pre-ordered for pickup.

Kristy Deyo has managed to put together a delightful place to stop for breakfast or a light or full luncheon. Don’t miss this fine new restaurant on your way to Keene, Lake Placid, or beyond.

By Mail:
Cedar Run Cafe & Bakery
Attention: Kristy Deyo
2837 NYS Route 73
P.O. Box 293
NY 12942

By Phone: call Kristy Deyo at (518)576-9929.

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