Road trip to Saratoga: Not for horse racing

One of the loveliest things about living in Syracuse is in under 5 hours by car, I can be in New York City, Toronto, Montreal, Boston or Cleveland. And in under 3 hours I can be in Saratoga Springs!

This past week was my annual pilgrimage to Saratoga. Not for the races, or the spas but for the fried chicken at Hatties. And I have had the fried chicken at Buttermilk in Brooklyn recently, and will have fried chicken and waffles at Ella’s in Tampa soon enough, but have you had the fried chicken with biscuits and greens at Hattie’s chicken shack? It’s an event worth driving 140 miles round trip for the one meal alone. In fact, a certain Canadian journalist and another certain food writer will confirm the worthiness of this drive.

Fried chicken dinner with smashed potatoes and corn on the cob

Fried chicken dinner with smashed potatoes and corn on the cob

I have eating at Hattie’s down to a science.  Arrive at Saratoga by 1pm for a light meal (usually at Max’s if  there on a Saturday/Sunday but we had a lovely light meal at Scallions), and arrive at Hattie’s by 5:30pm (because they do not take reservations).

At Scallions,  I ordered the mediterranean tapas appetizer which included grilled shrimp salad, falafel, hummus and naan for my light lunch.. It was all very fresh and tasty.

Mediterranean tapas at Scallion's

Mediterranean tapas at Scallion’s

And hopefully you arrive hungry because the fried chicken dinner includes a thigh, a breast, a wing and a drumstick.  But fear not, if you can’t finish half a chicken in one sitting, they will pack up your leftovers in these lovely reheatable foil packages. I have been known to bring back an entire chicken dinner for a certain Iowan.

Fried chicken dinner

Fried chicken dinner

As I said earlier, the fried chicken at Hattie’s is worth the drive alone. We finished the meal with the berry apple crisp.

The perfect ending

The perfect ending

But I always pop into the delightful Mrs. London’s for a baked good or two before I leave.

Mrs. London's pastry shop

Mrs. London’s pastry shop

Mrs. London’s is the closest thing to a Parisian bakery in upstate New York. The bread (and the pizzas, bagels and sandwiches) are all delicious.

Mrs. London's pastries

And the seasonal tarts are divine. I opted for a simple chocolate chip and a bag of shortbread jelly dots for take away!

Mrs. London's chocolate chip cookie

Mrs. London’s chocolate chip cookie

Are you planning your road trip now? Hattie’s also offers GF fried chicken, and has several new locations in the Saratoga region.  I’ll be back to Hattie’s to research their Sunday brunch (pain perdu, benedict, fried chicken and waffles, beignets)!

Check back next week when I’ll be traveling to Tampa and Sarasota!