Archive for June, 2011

Doug’s Fish Fry: BEST in the Finger Lakes

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In 1982 a tiny storefront opened in Skaneateles called Doug’s Fish Fry. It sold a long slab of breaded cod tucked precariously inside a too small hamburger bun.  I watched cases of fish, packed in ice and carried off a truck, into the long skinny restaurant, which was just big enough to tight pack workers in and fry fish, while running a long line of people through, in the front door, and out the back. Doug claimed that he shipped his fish in fresh every day, and based upon the taste it made a BIG difference. Within a very short time there were lines of people coming out of Doug’s on Friday and Saturday nights winding way down the street, as people patiently waited for their fish sandwich, french fries and coleslaw (which by my opinion is the BEST you will get anywhere). Back then there wasn’t even a place to sit down. Doug set up picnic tables outside in the back, and eventually bought a separate building to seat the growing numbers of  Doug’s Fish Fry Fans.

Doug's Bumper Sticker on cook stove with fans, Whitney and Emily

Fans take a free bumper sticker as they leave, travel back to their homes, ALL OVER THE WORLD, and send Doug a photo from a far off location featuring the bumper sticker. Today as you wait in line at Doug’s, you can look at the gallery of photos spanning the last 20-something years.

Doug, like his restaurant, is a now a famous fixture in Skaneateles. I caught him as he passed though on a Sunday afternoon and chatted with him. His comment was “I’ve only been here since 1982, so I’m  a newcomer.”  The restaurant has gone through several expansions over the years and now has a large dining room attached to the kitchen area, but still has the picnic tables out in back.

There are lots of other great things to try besides the fish sandwich, like scallops, clam, lobster,  and home-made seafood bisque. Doug retired a few years ago. He sold the business to one of his first employees, who started with him in 1982 as a teenager. Its run just the same way as always, but now they have another store in Cortland and they are also at the New York State Fair.

I was 21 years old when Doug’s opened. I have raised my kids to judge the world of fried fish and coleslaw against his famous fish dinner. Alex my son is now 20 and we look forward to his celebrating his 21st birthday at Doug’s so we can get him a beer to go with his fish dinner, and complete the perfect meal.

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June 27, 2011 at 7:31 am 1 comment

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

G-Love and Special Sauce Concert shares what he likes at the East and Alexander Stage. An incredible closer for the Jazz Festival.

June 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm 1 comment

Day 9: Xerox International Jazz Festival

Some amazing music was taking place during the Jazz Festival at parties in the city — in preparation for the evening’s events. Here are some images from a street party in the city with a local band, led by Mikaela Davis on harp and vocals, backed up by Alex Patrick on keyboards, vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjo, and Alex Coté on percussion and vocals.

June 18, 2011 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Day 7: Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Bill Kirchen, Abilenes

Sleep deprivation is setting in. So much talent, so little time to sleep!

Bonerama, Harro East

Sinne Eeg

June 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: Day 5

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Last night traffic was thick at the Crown Plaza Open Jam as headliners from all genres filed in and signed up for the open jam session. A couple of out-of-towners who innocently came to the Crown Plaza on business and then discovered they were in the middle of a major happening asked “Is Rochester always like this?”

Show of the night: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones at the Kodak Theater.

June 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: Day 4

Monday Night: All Funked Up at Montage.

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A triode is an electronic amplification device having three active electrodes.

Triodes is a genre-jumping instrumental group that traces its roots to the upbeat instrumental R+B, soul, and funk of groups such as Booker T and the MGs, and The Meters.

June 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival: Day 3

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June 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

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