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DePuy Canal House Restaurant

  Exceptional: will usually include tableside preparation

       Outstanding: definitely worth an extra trip  

            Good: a fine meal; leaves you satisfied  

                  Pass: not too memorable

                       Eh: you don't care to finish it

                   ...a bomb: send it back!







Depuy Canal House

Chefs On Fire



Route 213, Box 96
High Falls, NY 12440




Best Caesar Salad, Ulster County 2003

Chef John Novi

John Novi

Caesar Salad ala Depuy

The Caesar Salad created by Chef Novi and his staff was a winner!  Tasters from the festival gave it the highest ratings in the "Best Traditional" category, tying it with the Rosendale Cement Company.  As a main judge at the event, I would have to agree with the majority in lining it up with the winners, but I would place it under the "creative" category. The addition of smoked tomatoes, herring filets and tobasco gave this dressing a truly unique yet delightful twist. But you don't need to take my word: these two winning restaurants are just a few miles apart on the same road (route 213), in High Falls and Rosendale, NY.  Do your own tasting; you'll find the effort worth the trip!

About Chef Novi

Always interested in combining the foods of the world with fresh, locally grown produce, Chef John Novi does not limit his culinary skills to one nationality. He incorporates the familiar and the unfamiliar, using traditional foods and flavors in traditional and non-traditional concepts, for consistently successful marriages of food combinations.

Chef Novi restored the Canal House 30 years ago from a stone Tavern built in 1797 to serve workers and travelers on the Delaware & Hudson Canal. Original fireplaces, wide wooden floorboards, and a marvelous collection of antiques, maps, and local folk art decorate the historic building, which is home to the two restaurants: "Depuy Canal House" and "Chefs On Fire".

A wonderful eating experience awaits you in this warm, intimate country setting.


Chefs On Fire (at Depuy Canal House)

July 4, 2003 

Downstairs from Depuy Canal House is "Chefs On Fire", located in the buildings stone cellar.  It is a small, casual restaurant with basic chairs and tables, known mostly for its wood fired oven baked pizzas.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I thought I'd give it a try.

Then came the pizza and caesars.  Pizza - I'm not here to review, but it was delicious!

The caesar salad was presented with "tomato bread salad" on top instead of croutons.  This topping was made from olive oil moistened whole wheat bread, mixed with tomatoes and pecorino cheese.  

The bite sized lettuce was nicely blended with both leafy green portions of, and hearts of romaine, and the first bite was enticing.  The tomato bread salad, although soft and not crunchy like croutons, added to the flavor, and was an interesting diversion.  To increase the "zing", I added more freshly ground pepper. It was a nice salad:  "subtle in flavor and pleasant to the palate".  

(a great red wine/blend, to try while you're there: 

"Goats du Rhome", from South Africa)

- CS



Restaurant Reviews


       Exceptional  -  will usually include tableside preparation

           Outstanding - definitely worth an extra trip

               Good - a fine meal; leaves you satisfied

                   Pass - take it or leave it; not too memorable

                      "eh..." - could barely finish it 

                   ...a bomb - send it back!






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