My boyfriend and I are in our late 30's/early 40's and consider ourselves foodies and wine enthusiasts. We have travelled extensively and have sought out a variety of dining experiences whether at home in Toronto/Montreal or while travelling abroad. This was our second trip to the Finger Lakes in 2 years, but our first time having dinner in the Northern end of Seneca Lake. Our first dinner in the area was at the Belhurst Castle's fine dining restaurant (Edgar's). The food was tasty but rather expensive ($30-$45 mains) and the atmosphere was stuffy there. In contrast, the following night we went to Port's Cafe just a 2 minute drive down the road and were "blown away" by the comparison. The food at Port's was equally, if not more delicious (complex but well balanced flavours ), the portions were large and satisfying, the food served hot and the prices a fraction of the cost compared with Edgar's. We had fresh oysters dusted lightly and fried in a cornmeal batter , served with a chipotle mayo drizzle as appetizers, mixed garden salad with raspberry dressing, thick juicy 14 oz grilled pork chops topped with cinnamon apple chutney and cheddar with a side of grilled mixed vegetables (asparagus, red pepper, zuchinni, brocolli, mushroom, ect) . To cap off the meal we had flourless chocolate torte and a local Vidal Icewine. Everything was very fresh and well prepared. We ate ourselves into a food coma and were shocked by the low prices. Our main plate was only $18, optional side salad $2.75, appetizer $8, dessert $6, ice wine $6 and dessert $6. For the quality and quantity offered, they could easily charge more. This was one of our best, if not the best, dining experience in the Finger Lakes. The restaurant itself is like a casual bistro and and wait staff young, friendly and efficient. The printed menu doesn't offer a wide selection, but the daily specials which incorporate seasonally fresh ingredients are extensive. We ordered our appetizer and mains from the daily specials and were very satisfied. Ports was recommended by a local working at a nearby winery. She indicated that when you drive-by, it looks like nothing special, but the food is worth the visit. We agree.
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