McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods – Pawling, NY

Our trip to New York to visit family was just in time for birthdays.  There are a lot of October babies in my family, especially on my side.  Lena, my sister Rachel, my father, my brother-in-law Tom.  So this trip was going to be a birthday-filled celebration.  It all started with a birthday lunch for my sister, where Lena and I, along with my sister and her husband Tom went to a little place in Pawling, NY.

McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods is only open for lunch Friday-Sunday, so we went early and grabbed a nice birthday lunch.  The place is known for fine fare and for great baked goods.

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A nice booth for the four of us and we ordered our lunch.  Sandwiches sounded great, so we went for it.  I decided on the Rueben.  I can only find good Ruebens in the US, so I had to satisfy that craving.  With a side of Pasta Salad, it came out looking open-faced.  But put it all together and it was pretty good.

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There are two trains of thought with a Rueben and how the corned beef should be.  One is thick slices of corned beef while the other is thin and shaved.  I prefer thin and shaved, as it bites better when you get into it.  And you taste the beef much better.  This style was thick, thus a little difficult to bite through.  But, a tasty sandwich nonetheless!

Lena went for the Crab Burger.  A nice crabcake with capers and a tartar sauce.

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The crabcake was nicely done and the quite a bit of meat in the crab cake, less bread filler.

Next up was a Pork Milanese Sandwich for Tom.  Thin layers of pork, breaded and fried with avocado and mozzarella.  Nice and thin, it was quite a nice taste.

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Rachel went for the Cranberry Turkey half sandwich and Soup.  The turkey was moist and the sandwich quite nice with it.

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The desserts were up next.  Here is the cake case!  A huge selection!

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First up was the Raspberry Mousse Cake.  The sponge was nice and delicate and thick and the mousse was so flavorful, with the buttercream frosting melting.  A great piece of cake!

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Then we had what they called “Pain in the Butt” cake.  Chocolate cake with peanut butter, served hot with hot fudge.

Oh my goodness, so rich and decadent!  What a great piece of cake!

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The birthday girl with her cakes!

IMG_2344The selection of sandwiches and cakes and cookies make this quite a unique place and experience.  It is definitely a small town feel with some great food.  If you’re in the Hudson Valley area and in Pawling, check it out, it is worth a trip!

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