Saturday, January 8, 2011
The Gold Fox Restaurant sits at the intersection of routes 208 and 44/55 in Gardiner, an intersection known as Ireland Corners. Years ago the restaurant was called Benson's, named after the owners. The building, constructed in 1865 as an Inn during the building of the aqueducts, was renovated recently by the current owners, the Vladis family. We haven't been there since it was Benson's, although we've driven past it hundreds of times. My friend Joette recommended we pay them a visit and today was a good opportunity. It turned out to be a good choice.
Inside it is very big with lots of rooms and it is surprisingly warm for an old building. We got there between lunch and dinner so it was empty and were seated out in front on what used to be an open porch, but was now enclosed so we had a view of the street and it was bright. Our server was friendly and courteous and she brought us menus and water. She was also very attentive during the meal.
We looked through the menus and there were quite a few things that struck or eyes, especially since we were there in the late afternoon and we were given both the lunch menu and the dinner menu. Many of the choices were reasonable in price, even on the dinner menus. After some deliberation, Teresa decided on the spicy chicken wrap with a side of salad for eight bucks. The wrap was good with enough heat, but not overpowering. The salad portion was very large.
I was drawn to a calamari dish, but I opted for the burger at nine-fifty. With it you get a choice of two toppings to go on the half-pound of fresh Angus beef. I chose blue cheese and bacon of course, but gorgonzola, avocado, onions, and a whole bunch more options were offered. You also have roll options such as a kaiser roll or seeded bun. I ordered it medium and it came a bit more done than medium, but still juicy and flavorful. There was plenty of bacon and blue cheese as well. The fires were okay, but seeing Teresa's salad I realized I should have gotten the salad as well. I've been doing that lately when it is offered and a second dose of blue cheese, this time in the salad dressing, is never a bad idea.
Overall, it was a very good dining experience and I recommend you give them a try. We'll be headed back in the future as there were some items on the menu that looked interesting. They have a website for more information and the menus.