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The Inn Between

I don’t know exactly why the Inn Between is named as such but I like to think it’s because it feels like a place located somewhere between reality and a dream. The prestigious manor house turned restaurant is located on a beautiful plot of sprawling farm land complete with a pond and the food that is served is nothing short of magical. The Inn Between Restaurant is located just a short drive from Syracuse at 2290 West Genesee Turnpike in Camillus. They are open Wednesday through Saturday with dining service beginning at 5 pm. Due to the fact that each meal is hand crafted to order, seating is limited so you will want to make reservations ahead of time by calling 315-672-3166. You can also book a table on their website: https://www.inn-between.com/location-n-contact

There are several reasons that The Inn Between is an absolute culinary delight for all patrons. The first has to do with the freshness of the ingredients. There is a garden on site that is used in many of the dishes served. They also keep honey bees on site which truly adds a level of specialness to their honey butter that is served with their selection of fresh breads. Probably the most important reason why every dish at The Inn Between is so fantastic has to do with the very skilled chef making sure every dish that leaves the kitchen is nothing short of perfection. Chef Chris Cesta is a Certified Executive Chef, certified by the American Culinary Federation, who has won many awards over his acclaimed career. Chef Cesta is the backbone of The Inn Between and his love and passion for culinary arts can be tasted in every single bite!

Kyle and I went to The Inn Between on a lovely summer Saturday evening in July. Upon entering the warm and cozy restaurant we were immediately greeted by the friendly hostess and brought to our romantic table near the window. Shortly thereafter we met our friendly and knowledgeable server Mallory. Even though the restaurant was very busy Mallory made us feel like we were her only table; her service was absolutely exemplary! One of the nice and unique things about The Inn Between is that dinner begins with a super creative amuse-bouche, a single bite hors d’oeuvre hand crafted by the chef. Tonight’s creation was a scrumptious pastrami salmon served with an assortment of vegetables on a slice of toast. After hearing the scrumptious specials, we decided to start our meal with an order of the appetizer special for the evening, the Seared Scallops with a savory mushroom stuffing and arugula. The scallops were golden brown, sweet and delicious and the stuffing was the perfect complement making every bite absolute perfection. We also ordered the Baked Stuffed Clams Casino, whole little neck clams topped with bacon, pepper and crumb topping and served on the half shell, yet another excellent dish that was both delicious and attractively plated. Next, we were then served our beautiful salads with homemade rolls and their famous date nut bread. Kyle decided on the specialty salad which was a beautiful salad topped with toasted almonds, raspberry vinaigrette with Gorgonzola cheese and a garlic tulie. I decided on the Caesar salad topped with anchovies (and I love anchovies!) For an entrée I was between the market fish special, a Chilean Sea Bass or the Tenderloin Steak Neptune. Mallory explained to me that this was a tough choice because those are her two all-time favorite dishes. Ultimately I decided on the Tenderloin Steak Neptune, a positively stunning dish with grilled tenderloin steaks, lobster, crab, asparagus, béarnaise and beef demi-glaze and served with whipped baked potatoes and fresh vegetables. This dish is equal parts beautiful and scrumptious. Kyle could not pass up the Angus Reserve N.Y. Strip Steak served with mushrooms and truffle butter alongside beautiful vegetables and whipped baked potatoes. He ate every single bite and said that it was one of the best steaks he had ever had! We absolutely could not pass up a dish from the beautiful dessert tray. We actually had a hard time making our selections because everything was absolutely mouthwatering! Kyle was absolutely blown away by the crème Brule and I would highly recommend the strawberry almond puff pastry filled with Bavarian cream!

The Inn Between Restaurant is a fantastic place for a romantic date night, a delicious meal with the whole family, and even a great place to impress your guests for your upcoming event. The Inn Between Restaurant is the perfect venue for your upcoming bridal or baby shower, it’s perfect to celebrate a birth or anniversary. They are also happy to host your intimate wedding reception as they can host parties of up to 75. Treat your guests to an unforgettable dining experience with an event at The Inn Between Restaurant!

At the Inn Between they have a saying that “You haven’t dined at your favorite restaurant until you’ve dined at the Inn Between” and I submit to you that this saying is absolutely true! Visit their website at www.inn-between.com or check them out on Facebook to stay up to date with their amazing specials. Whether The Inn Between is already your favorite restaurant or it is your soon to be favorite restaurant after your first visit, you need to treat yourself to a fantastic meal as soon as possible! Stop in today for an all-around fantastic dining experience.

Kerilyn Micale
Kerilyn E. Micale is a Cicero native.