BOHV 2010 – Best Restaurant in Dutchess County

As you know, my honey and I absolutely love traveling in and around the Hudson Valley, we completely enjoy waterfront dinning and are always on the lookout for new places to enjoy dinner, lunch or just a great cup of coffee and dessert. 

With the winners of the 2010 Best of the Hudson Valley                            recently announced by the Hudson Valley magazine, we decided that we would make a conscious effort to try to visit a few of these places during our travels.

After our “wonderful” day spent at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome this past Saturday we pulled out our magazine to see where we could experience the BOHV while in Rhinebeck (Dutchess County).  The winner was, the Terrapin Restaurant was voted the Best Restaurant in Dutchess County and was located in Rhinebeck!

Terrapin's Restaurant

It was early so we opted to dine outside on the patio to enjoy the somewhat brisk fall temperature while we dined.  It was a typical early Fall evening with a briskness in the air which made us very pleased that Terrapin had these amazing heat lamps strategically placed on the patio.  We were lucky and sat with a lamp on each side of our table keeping us comfortable.  Situated on a fairly busy street in Rhinebeck we enjoyed and were pleased to see so many people mulling about the streets stepping in and out of the various boutiques and shops of Rhinebeck. 

We started off with an absolutely delicious appetizer: macadamia-nut tempura calamari with pineapple dipping sauce that was great!  I wish I knew the recipe for the pineapple sauce as I think it would be perfect on a number of meats and fish dishes! 

Terrapin's appetizer-macadamia-nut tempura calamari with pineapple dipping sauce

The we both settled on “creating our own sandwich” and choose burgers.  I had the veggie burger and my honey (supporting our local farmers) had the Hudson Valley cattle company beef 1/4 pound hamburger.  The experience of “create your own” was different as you first selected the type of sandwich, then selected your bread, then sauce, then cheese, topping or extras.  While both our burgers were very good, we think it was a bit pricy for burgers.  Terrapin has mixed reviews on Zagat 


but overall, if you are in the area you might consider stopping in, after all they were voted the Best Restaurant in Dutchess County!


Because we had purchased fresh baked apple cider donuts from Migliorelli Farm stand down the street with passed on dessert this time (I know, very unusual for us!) The Migliorelli Farm is located in Tivoli NY and operates farm stands in Rhinebeck and Red Hook.  I’ve been purchasing their peaches, apples and other fruits & vegetables all season as they also have a booth at my local Croton-on-Hudson farmer’s market every Wednesday.   

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today! 

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