The Ithacan Recommends
Maggie Bryan – Video Editor
Ice cream sandwiches, Byrne Dairy and Deli
Variety of ice cream flavors between two soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. You can get it at the Byrne Dairy gas station on Elmira Road. It is the best ice cream sandwich I have ever had. The ice cream is nice and creamy and the cookies do not get too mushy on the ice cream. It is a perfect balance of sweet, soft and crunchy; it is a great treat after a long day and very reasonably priced! Not the most bougie dish in Ithaca, but very underrated.
Ray Milburn – Assistant Video Editor
Black Bean Burger, Moosewood Restaurant
The Black Bean Burger from Moosewood renewed my faith in meat substitutes. The plate is packed with flavor, using a fantastic aioli and pickled red onions to give the burger a robust taste. The black bean patty avoids the common dryness of other bean-based burgers and is delicious enough to hold its own against any beef patty. I can not get enough of this thing.
Eleanor Kay – Managing Editor
Beef Pad See Ew, Taste of Thai
This Thai dish is a simple but delicious, filling dish made with wide rice noodles, broccoli and a sweet sauce. Taste of Thai on The Commons has one of the best versions of it; the beef is not tough and the sauce is the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
Flower Fillip, The Watershed
This non-alcoholic cocktail from The Watershed is a great, refreshing drink. It combines lavender syrup, grapefruit juice and orange bitters with tonic water to create a light but flavorful taste.
Gracie Gallagher – Assistant Proofreader
Sriracha Honey Chicken Tacos, Luna Inspired Street Food
When it comes to food, I like it sweet, or I like it spicy. The Sriracha Honey Chicken Tacos from Luna are the perfect combination of the two. The crispy chicken offers the right amount of crunch and acts as the perfect vehicle for the sauce. The slaw and pickles complement with saltiness and more crunch. And the tortillas are never a miss — they hold everything together.
Lorien Tyne – News Editor
Sticky Pineapple Chicken Bowl, Luna’s Inspired Street Food
It is jasmine rice with a sweet & spicy sauce topped with crispy chicken served inside half a pineapple. The dish is delicious but it is also just fun to eat because it is inside a literal pineapple. It is my go-to treat-myself takeout food.
Nolan Saunders – Photo Editor
Aurora Street Burger, Red’s Place
One of Red’s signature burgers, it comes with ancho citrus bacon, tomato (although I usually order it without), arugula, cheddar cheese and roasted garlic aioli. The meat is seasoned well, and it comes with a side of massive steak fries. Conveniently located just outside The Commons, Red’s Place is a great spot to enjoy a late lunch or early dinner and just relax with some friends.
Ariana Gonzalez Villarreal – Assistant Design Editor
Dinosaur Kale Salad, Moosewood Restaurant
This salad has become one of Moosewoods’ biggest hits. Tossed in a vinaigrette is a mix of textures and flavors including sweet squash, cranberry, pumpkin seeds, and feta cheese. Every bite is different from the other, keeping it exciting. This healthy dish brings guilt–free indulgence.
Aidan Charde – Sports Editor
Flower Power, Ithaca Beer Co.
Simple. Iconic. Amazing. My go-to drink of choice whenever I find myself at a bonfire with my friends. It’s a full-bodied beer with a perfect aftertaste that reminds you of summer sunshine. Grab some at Ithaca Beer Co. or pretty much any place that serves beer nearby.
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