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Eating Local in the Fulton Montgomery Region

By Nancy Mann Jackson on February 11, 2014

The Table at Fort Plain in Fort Plain, NY
Michael Conti

When residents and visitors to the Fulton-Montgomery Region get hungry, they have many locally owned establishments to choose from. Every town features its own favorite spots, which add character and delicious goodness to the landscape. 

Sharon Springs

In Sharon Springs, the American Hotel builds its seasonal menu based on fresh produce, seafood and meats available from local farmers and fishermen. Diners enjoy locally raised beef, lamb, chicken, duck, turkey and rabbit, as well as fresh shellfish and seafood. The hotel restaurant serves dinner Thursday through Sunday, along with Sunday brunch and Sunday afternoon meals until 4 p.m.


Serving comfort food every day for breakfast and lunch, Johnstown’s Railside Cafe offers daily specials and encourages diners to call ahead to find out what’s on the menu. It regularly features local favorites such as corned beef hash, buckwheat pancakes, biscuits with sausage gravy and fresh-made omelets. Lunch specials may include homemade chili, chicken and biscuits, meatloaf or baked fish.

Founded in 1826, Wemple & Edicks has been serving up delicious, house-made ice cream for almost two centuries. In addition to more than 35 flavors of ice cream, the parlor also serves cookies, pies, pastries, breads and candy, and is famous for its tasty half-moon cookies.


In 1920, Italian immigrant John Russo opened Russo’s Grill to bring a piece of his native Sicily to his new American home. The Russo family still operates the restaurant and serves authentic Italian dishes that have made it a local landmark. Diners rave about the bread fresh baked every morning, the special-recipe pizza and marinara sauces, and the homemade meatballs and sausage.

For more tasty Italian food, Amsterdam residents and visitors frequent L’ultimo, a small, friendly “pastaria,” which features traditional Italian cuisine, especially pasta. During summer months, diners at L’ultimo enjoy patio dining.

Fort Plain

The recently opened Erie Station Bar & Grill in Fort Plain has become a popular place for crowds to gather and enjoy a drink or some tasty pub food. Burgers are a favorite menu item, but the fare also includes soups, sandwiches and wings.

The menu changes every day at The Table at Fort Plain, based on produce and meats that are available fresh and locally. The restaurant specializes in creating seasonal, casual meals that showcase the bounty of the Mohawk Valley. Diners may enjoy salmon, pork chops or steak for dinner; chicken tacos, burgers or house-made soups and sandwiches for lunch, always with sides and sauces that take advantage of seasonally available fruits and vegetables. 


Mt. Fuji serves a wide array of fresh Japanese food, including miso soup, kani salad, avocado rolls and edamame. When there’s no time to dine in, Mt. Fuji patrons can fill takeout orders online. 

A staple in the Gloversville dining landscape, Harold’s Restaurant & Lounge serves a wide variety of foods, including sandwiches, burgers, wings, salads, steaks and Italian fare. The restaurant is a great place for a large crowd or to host a party.


Located at Mussels Harbor on the Great Sacandaga Lake, Lakeside Tavern & Marina offers diners direct water access in the summertime, and tasty comfort food year round. Specializing in salads, burgers and sandwiches, Lakeside Tavern is the latest addition to the Lanzi family restaurants, which include Lanzi’s on the Lake, Partner’s Pub and Sport Island Pub.

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