Have you ever had an egg-and-cheese sandwich so good you dream about it? Neither had I until I got one from Circle W General Store in Palenville, NY. It’s not really on our regular route when we’re upstate. I suspect it’s not on anyone’s regular route, but let me tell you, if you are within an hour’s drive of the place, it’s worthy of a detour. I’ve become obsessed with the place, and not just because sandwiches are so good.
A lovingly restored general store on route 23A, it is the kind of place that an uncreative mind would drive by hundred times without noticing. Lucky for us that owner Pat and her family were willing to uncover the gem, sprucing up the interior and exterior with just enough country chic to inspire any crafty decorator.
You’ll find vintage aprons over the windows, a collection of old photos and signs around the cash register, and the perfect assortment of dry goods on the shelf. From Fluffernutter to Barilla, you’ll find yourself wanting to stock up your pantry even if you hadn’t planned to shop for groceries.
But the best part of all is the food. Aside from the aforementioned egg-and-cheeses (I get mine with avocado and a splash of hot sauce), there are other treats made of locally grown ingredients. On Mother’s day, I had a ramp quiche. Also on the menu was french toast pudding bread with a berry compote. If you’re thinking of a hike to the nearby waterfalls, order a Kaaterskill to go: ham, cheddar and secret special chutney.
Circle W, 3328 Rt. 23A, Palenville, NY 12463. See their Facebook page for more details, and a peek at what’s on the menu.
If you stop by, tell them I sent you!