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Cross Roads Food Shop - Hillsdale, New York
Chef David Wurth has been living and cooking long enough in this area to know you must have crossover appeal to succeed. With his Cross Roads Food Shop, he has created a neighborhood hangout by day and destination dining by night. In the morning, you can linger over coffee and cornmeal pancakes ($5) or grab an egg sandwich ($5) to go. After noon, there are salads with locally sourced ingredients that change with what’s available fresh from the fields (such as, in spring, Brussels sprouts, grated goat cheese, walnuts and wheat berries for $7); grass-fed burgers with fries ($10); and gentrified sandwiches like roasted pork with leeks and chile sauce ($8.50).
[Note: Crossroads Food Shop is not currently serving dinner.]
On weekend evenings, the candles are lit, and there is table service, during which Wurth serves deceptively simple but extraordinarily delicious plates such as steamed fish with tapenade, turnips and poached butter lettuce ($22) and spaghetti with spinach, mustard butter and baked tomatoes ($13/$18). His roast chicken breast on a bed of wilted greens is simplicity at its most sublime—exceptionally juicy and flavorful. When asked why it’s so delicious, the waitress says, “I think they sear it in duck fat.” Wurth won’t confirm or deny, but it’s clear that he has more than few epicurean secrets up his sleeve. On a recent Friday night, the dining room was buzzing, filled with familiar faces from Austerlitz to the north, Great Barrington to the east, Hudson to the west, and Millerton to the South. “This is exactly why I called it the Cross Roads Food Shop,” says Wurth. “I am glad it is living up to its name.” — Dan Shaw
642 Rte. 23, Hillsdale, NY
Breakfast: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday, noon - 2:30 p.m.