My 2018 goal is to try all the different Ithaca restaurants. I’m talking restaurants unique to Ithaca, not the random Taco Bell on the corner. This might sound like an easy goal, however let me tell you my history with money.

Quite simply, I’m a saver and highly frugal. I don’t like to spend money on things like eating out when I can make food or get food from work very cheaply. It is a big mental block in my mind to pay for something that has no value after one use. We can deep dive into that later if anyone cares, but long story short, since the beginning of the year, I’ve decided to treat myself to lunches out on my days off. I have a bit more expendable income now, so I figure it’s a good expense.

And you know what? I really like taking myself out to eat!

I do reviews on Yelp, but figured I could post a photo and a little bit about what I’ve been eating here in 2018.

Agava Restaurant

Disclaimer: I work as the social media manager for Agava.

I took my coach here for brunch a few weeks ago and had a pleasant experience. I know everyone and so they were very charming. I got the huevos rancheros and he got the veggie burger and fries. Mine was delicious, his was underwhelming in appearance, but he said it was good.

Kilpatrick’s Publick House

I went here with two coworkers on Saturday afternoon. I was really excited because this is the only place in town serving the Beyond Meat Impossible Burger! I am not a big burger fan, but I was curious to try it. I was impressed. The burger was juicy and flavorful. I got it on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and gouda cheese. My one coworker got the fish and chips and the other got shrimp scampi. We were all satisfied.

Ten Forward Cafe

Ten Forward is my favorite Ithaca cafe simply because I love the women who own it and it’s the first all-vegan place in our city. They have great scones, milkshakes and desserts. I went here for lunch alone on a negative degree temperature day. The special was sausage biscuits and gravy…which absolutely hit the spot! It was comforting, warm and very filling. The biscuits were most and tasty and the sausage gravy could probably food a meat eater.

Pita On The Street

I took my lunch from here to go as it is really “on-the-street” and not much seating. I was also doing some work for Agava, so I wanted a bit more space. I got the hummus pita with all the toppings. I really wanted the roasted eggplant pita, but they hadn’t got their eggplant delivery yet, so they couldn’t make the dip. No big, the pita bread itself was excellent. I enjoyed everything except I wish the hummus had a bit more flavor. The tzatziki sauce made it.

Cafe DeWitt

I was beyond impressed with the Eggs Florentine I got from this place and with their service. It was another sub-zero day with tons of snow. I had wanted to try this place for a long time, and I figured it wouldn’t be busy. I was correct and was seated immediately. The specials all sounded good, but I the hollandaise sauce on the Florentine spoke to me. No regrets everything was perfect. The eggs were poached exactly correct (I think this is my favorite way to eat eggs now). The hollandaise sauce is something I want to carry in my bottle at my next race. The spinach and focaccia bread were both fresh and delicious. I will be back soon!

Stay tuned for the next 5 restaurants!

17 thoughts on “Ellie Eats Ithaca #1”

  1. I completely understand your frugal mindset, I’m the same way. I DO however LOVE eating out, I just don’t anymore because I have too many food restrictions right now. I’m glad you’re experiencing unique areas to you town!

  2. I love Ellie Eats Ithaca. I think this needs to be a reality show. Heck. With your van you could TOTALLY now have your own reality show.

    I’m pretty stoked at how much you loved that eggs flourentine and hollandaise sauce. Hollandaise sauce is definitely one of the best things in the culinary world. I sometimes make a recipe from sprint2thetable that uses yogurt instead of eggs. Not sure if you eat yogurt? But if so, its worth checking out. So easy and sooooo good.

  3. Hi Ellie! I just stumbled upon your Youtube channel and must say, living in a van in Western NY in the wintertime is an all new level of hardcore. I’m a fellow Western, NY runner, and have admired you from afar for some time! I just have one word of advice — please be very careful listing your work places and your daily schedule online. Maybe I’m being overly paranoid for you (I’m a mom, being paranoid is my job), but there’s a lot of freaks in this world and I just get worried hearing about a young woman (and fellow runner!) living in a van and putting her daily schedule online for all to see. Us runners have to watch out for each other 🙂

    1. Oh thank you Stacey! I have thought about that and actually deleted a few videos I was going to do that showed too much. Your concern is greatly appreciated. I have a set up right now that feels safe enough for me (and my dad feels good about it lol) so I’m not too worried. I am really trying not to be an idiot, so thank you for the reminder <3

  4. Local restaurants are the BEST; I love them so much more than most chain restaurants. That pita is totally looking AMAZING, and the biscuits and gravy; wow the gravy is so creamy! It’s cool that you got to take your coach to the restaurant you work for!

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