Some good eats morning to night in Clayton, NY, a gateway to the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River:
- The Koffee Kove: Hearty breakfasts–ham and eggs and the like. “If you’re lucky,” says Gary Soup, “you’ll hear some ancient river rats swapping rum-running stories at the counter.”
- Harbor Inn: Stick to the basics, like fresh fish simply prepared, and enjoy the view of the river from this popular brunch spot.
- Gold Cup Farms: Go for a brick of three-year-old River Rat Cheddar and a jar of Hot-as-Hell Mustard. Probably the most chowish thing to do in Clayton, suggests Gary.
- Clipper Inn: High-end dinner fare, mostly traditional (steaks, veal Oscar, shrimp scampi, etc.). “The best food on the U.S. side of Lake Ontario in the North Country,” declares catnip. Check out the lively bar, peopled by locals, summer regulars, and others who are just passing through.
Koffee Kove Restaurant [Jefferson County]
220 James St., near Riverside Dr., Clayton, NY
Harbor Inn [Jefferson County]
625 Mary St., at Riverside Dr., Clayton, NY