On a beautiful Sunday, I put the top down on my Porsche, shut off the GPS and just head North with my wife. No plans as we wound up in the eclectic town of Beacon, New York. We cruise up Main Street and look left and right until something says..."This is where you should stop, for a bite and a glass of Chardonnay!" We pulled up, quickly got seated outdoor, and marveled at this old beautiful building, which was once a carriage house. The BEACON PANTRY, it just whispers of relaxation, as the menu will really take you by surprise. It most definitely is artisan food with artisan service. Not your usual sandwiches or appetizers that scream, "BOOORING!" Inside, you will find an incredible selection of cheeses like I've never seen. What made our experience even more delightful was Dan, our server. Charming, a class act, and went right along with my crazy sense of humor. The easiest thing to do was simply to ask him, "What do you recommend"? It was obvious by his enthusiasm, that he not only loved what he did, but believed in the choices he offered. We had a shrimp appetizer and a potatoes appetizer in a yummy tomatoes sauce as starters. Our two sandwiches hit the spot, I had a Croque Monsieur...a must! My wife kept it simple with a reminder of our Italian Delis from NYC, as she chomped down a great Prosciutto Di Parma sandwich with chunks of Parmiggiano Reggiano. The presentation immediately captures the attention of your eyes. My father was a chef and once said, "The eyes begin the feast before the stomach!" Indeed they did. The wine was just right...a combination of mood, Dan, food, the red head with the green eyes across from me and of course, the kitchen at the BEACON PANTRY, made all this a memory well worth the trip of 72 miles! Thank you to the owner Stacey Penlon, you are doing a terrific job!
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